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Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake can run Doom at 1080p and Destiny 2 at 720p... sort of

Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake can run Doom at 1080p and Destiny 2 at 720p... sort of (Image source: metro.co.uk)
Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake can run Doom at 1080p and Destiny 2 at 720p... sort of (Image source: metro.co.uk)
With some heavy tweaking and field-of-view reductions, Doom and Destiny 2: Shadowkeep can run at a locked 30 FPS in some scenarios. Still, we recommend at least a GeForce MX150 if you intend to play such intensive titles regularly.

Intel designed Ice Lake Iris Plus to be wholly capable of playing popular and undemanding PC titles like Fortnite, League of Legends, DOTA 2, Rocket League, or CS:GO much faster than what the last generation UHD Graphics 620 was ever capable of doing. Even so, that's not going to stop us from throwing more graphically advanced games at it just to see how far we can push the new 10th gen CPU series. With the Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 and Core i7-1065G7 on hand, we decided to see what it would take to run Doom (2016) and Destiny 2 at reasonable frame rates and resolutions.

Starting with Doom at the lowest 720p preset settings, the Dell XPS convertible manages an average 41 FPS compared to just 26 FPS on the Acer Nitro 5 with integrated RX Vega 10 graphics. A locked 30 FPS experience is therefore attainable which isn't so bad for a 13.4-inch convertible. Jumping to 1080p at the lowest preset settings will bring down the average to just 24 FPS, but enabling Vulkan instead of OpenGL appears to boost the average frame rate to 29.

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Doom with heavy motion blur because of the unstable frame rates
Doom with heavy motion blur because of the unstable frame rates

For Destiny 2, we would again run at the lowest 720p preset settings as a jumping off point. Unfortunately, we don't recommend going any higher as frame rates will tank even at these base settings. The combination of tight corridors and wide open battle spaces results in highly variable frame rates ranging from 15 FPS to 70 FPS and an average of just 29 FPS. Frame rates become even worse when at The Tower gathering hub because of the high number of onscreen NPCs and players. Perhaps more notably, average frame rates are comparable to the AMD Ryzen 7 3700U with RX Vega 10 while being significantly slower than the discrete GeForce MX150 as shown by our graph below.

You can definitely game on an Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7 machine; it'll just depend on what game you have in mind. Very demanding titles like Doom or Destiny 2 will more than likely be "playable" in a loose sense of the word.

Frame rates hover around 20 FPS when at The Tower gathering hub or 20 to 40 FPS when playing Crucible where tight corridors are common
Frame rates hover around 20 FPS when at The Tower gathering hub or 20 to 40 FPS when playing Crucible where tight corridors are common
Destiny 2 - 1280x720 Low Preset
MSI GE72 965M Ti
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
102 fps ∼100%
MSI PE60 2QD
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
62.5 fps ∼61%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
62.5 fps ∼61%
MSI B350I Pro AC - DDR4-2933, 512 MB GPU
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G, AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
56.7 (99th percentile: 38.5) fps ∼56%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
Intel Core i5-8250U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
51.6 (99th percentile: 27.2) fps ∼51%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
41.2 fps ∼40%
MSI CX72 6QD
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
32 fps ∼31%
MSI GP62 2QD
Intel Core i7-5700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce 940M
31.9 fps ∼31%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
30.2 fps ∼30%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
29.4 fps ∼29%
HP 17-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U, AMD Radeon 530
22.6 fps ∼22%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF
Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
18.5 fps ∼18%
HP mt43
AMD PRO A8-9600B, AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
15.3 fps ∼15%
HP 14-bs007ng
Intel Core i5-7200U, Intel HD Graphics 620
12.6 fps ∼12%
Doom - 1280x720 Low Preset
MSI GE72 965M Ti
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
93 (min: 42, max: 70) fps ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
Intel Core i7-6500U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
73.9 fps ∼79%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
65.88 fps ∼71%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
Intel Core i7-6920HQ, AMD Radeon Pro 460
65 fps ∼70%
MSI PE60 2QD
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
62 (min: 51, max: 89) fps ∼67%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
41.2 fps ∼44%
MSI GP62 2QD
Intel Core i7-5700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce 940M
39.6 (min: 33, max: 53) fps ∼43%
MSI CX72 6QD
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
38.5 (min: 31, max: 53) fps ∼41%
Acer Nitro 5
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
26.5 fps ∼28%
Lenovo ThinkPad E485-20KU000NGE
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
25.1 fps ∼27%
HP 17-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U, AMD Radeon 530
19.5 fps ∼21%
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Allen Ngo, 2019-10- 4 (Update: 2019-10- 4)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.