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3.0 GHz base clock at 28 W? Intel Core i7-1185G7 Tiger Lake processor appears on 3DMark

The Core i7-1185G7, Intel's premier Tiger Lake-U series processor? (Image source: Intel)
The Core i7-1185G7, Intel's premier Tiger Lake-U series processor? (Image source: Intel)
Intel is having a rough ride of it lately, with AMD giving the company another kicking with its Ryzen 4000 series APUs. Now, a 28 W Tiger Lake-U series processor has appeared on 3DMark Time Spy, the Core i7-1185G7. While the quad-core chip has a substantially higher base clock than its Ice Lake equivalent, its appearance raises more questions than it does provide answers.

The Intel Tiger Lake-U series is likely a while off yet, with the 10 nm architecture originally said to be succeeding Ice Lake sometime this year. Promised to offer a new CPU core architecture and a new Xe graphics engine among other changes, expectation for the Tiger Lake architecture is already high. Now, several hardware spotters have been rummaging through a 3DMark Time Spy listing for a processor called the Core i7-1185G7 in the hope of revealing some secrets about Tiger Lake.

While few people have gone so far as Own Snap in describing the Core i7-1185G7 as offering "disappointing specs", the information contained within the 3DMark listing has had mixed responses. Regardless, any Core i7-G7 processor will be one of Intel's flagship Tiger Lake-U series chips, even if it still only has four cores.

On the one hand, the listing has excited some enthusiasts. The Core i7-1185G7 reports a 3.0 GHz base clock, which would be 700 MHz higher than the Core i7-1068G7. Seen as an indicator of the processor's potential, the listing does not report an accurate boost clock.

(Image source: Intel via Wikichip)

On the other hand, there is some confusion about what TDP the processor will offer. For reasons we cannot find, multiple enthusiasts seem to think that the Core i7-1185G7 is a 28 W TDP processor, making it comparable to the Core i7-1068G7. However, going by Intel's naming scheme for the Ice Lake architecture, a processor with the capability of reaching 28 W should have an 8 in its name preceding its GPU suffix. Hence, a 28 W Tiger Lake-U chip should be called the Core i7-1188G7, not the i7-1185G7.

@TUM_APISAK reports that the Core i7-1185G7 achieved a CPU score of 2,922 and a graphics score of 1,296. To put these into context, the Ryzen 7 4800U has been shown to score 1,227 points in the same graphics test, giving the Core i7-1185G7 a 5-6% lead. However, its CPU score falls far shot of what the Core i7-1065G7 is capable. Ultimately, while we doubt that either scores are final, @TUM_APISAK asserts that the graphics score may be.

So, there we have it, a Tiger Lake-U series processor that give us more questions than it does answers. If the Core i7-1185G7 really is a 28 W-capable chip, then it would seem Intel has tweaked its Ice Lake naming scheme. Additionally, while a 3 GHz base clock seems high, its GPU does not seem to offer that much over comparable Ryzen 4000-U series processors.

(Image source: 3DMark via @_rogame & @TUM_APISAK)


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Alex Alderson, 2020-04- 3 (Update: 2020-04- 3)