The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 Showdown: AMD’s Ryzen Picasso vs. Intel’s Ice Lake

Occasionally the stars align. It is very rare in the laptop space that we’re able to test two devices, with two very different CPU platforms, with the fewest number of variables possible. But those stars have aligned in 2019, and thanks to Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 family, we have a rare opportunity to compare AMD and Intel’s current-generation laptop platforms in a way that wouldn’t normally be possible.

To that end, today we’re having the ultimate laptop showdown of 2019: Surface Laptop 3 vs. Surface Laptop 3, pitting AMD’s Ryzen Picasso platform against Intel’s Ice Lake platform. Both companies have made significant gains this year with their latest laptop platforms, and now we’re finally getting the chance to see, in an apples-to-apples-fashion, just how the two platforms compare.