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Be sure to toggle your GPD Pocket 3 power level via BIOS for a significant boost in performance

Be sure to toggle your GPD Pocket 3 power level via BIOS for a significant boost in performance
Be sure to toggle your GPD Pocket 3 power level via BIOS for a significant boost in performance
The default power level is limited to a TDP range of just 15 W to 20 W for up to 30 to 50 percent slower processor performance than the average Core i7-1195G7. You're definitely going to want to play around with the BIOS settings to increase the power level ratings and squeeze more performance out of the processor.

The 8-inch GPD Pocket 3 is notable for carrying the very fast Intel 11th gen Core i7-1195G7 CPU that can only be found on larger high-end laptops like the Vaio SX14 or MSI Prestige 14 Evo. Thus, the Pocket 3 should be able to offer a similar level of performance to the aforementioned Vaio or MSI on paper. In practice, however, the manufacturer has set the default power level to be lower than average for overall poorer raw performance.

CPU and GPU performance is roughly 30 percent and 50 percent slower than the average Core i7-1195G7 and Iris Xe 96 EUs GPU, respectively, when running the Pocket 3 at its default power level. Raising the power level via the BIOS menu will narrow the CPU and GPU performance deficit to just 6 percent and 0 percent, respectively. Thus, it's highly recommended to adjust the power level of the Pocket 3 upon bootup for power users who want to squeeze as much performance as possible out of the system.

Adjusting the power level via the BIOS menu is fortunately easy. As shown by the picture below, the system has three preset power levels in order from lowest to highest performance: Down, Nominal, and Up. Nominal is the default power level and so users will want to change the Configurable TDP Lock option to "Up" to maximize performance. Users can also manually adjust the individual PL1 and PL2 limits for more finetuning, but actual performance will ultimately be limited by the overlying cooling solution. See our full review on the Pocket 3 to learn more about its features.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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: Ø655 (525.83-745.35)
: Ø570 (564.07-573.67)
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (574 - 999, n=8)
855 Points ∼100% +15%
GPD Pocket 3
Intel Core i7-1195G7
745 (525.83min - 745.35max) Points ∼87%
GPD Pocket 3
Intel Core i7-1195G7
574 (564.07min - 573.67max) Points ∼67% -23%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
GPD Pocket 3
Intel Core i7-1195G7
223 Points ∼100%
GPD Pocket 3
Intel Core i7-1195G7
207 Points ∼93% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (198 - 238, n=7)
219 Points ∼98% -2%
3DMark 11 on the default Nominal power level
3DMark 11 on the default Nominal power level
3DMark 11 on the higher-performing "Up" power level. Note the drastic increase in the GPU score
3DMark 11 on the higher-performing "Up" power level. Note the drastic increase in the GPU score
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (2867 - 7134, n=99)
6315 Points ∼100% +115%
GPD Pocket 3
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1195G7
2942 Points ∼47%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (2286 - 5955, n=109)
4790 Points ∼100% +48%
GPD Pocket 3
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1195G7
3236 Points ∼68%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (707 - 1830, n=107)
1444 Points ∼100% +84%
GPD Pocket 3
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1195G7
783 Points ∼54%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (789 - 2095, n=105)
1603 Points ∼100% +82%
GPD Pocket 3
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1195G7
880 Points ∼55%
BIOS power levels. Three distinct options are available each with unique CPU TDP ranges
BIOS power levels. Three distinct options are available each with unique CPU TDP ranges

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Allen Ngo, 2021-11-19 (Update: 2021-11-18)