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First Core i7-1185G7 benchmarks just barely outperform the Core i7-1165G7, if at all

First Core i7-1185G7 benchmarks just barely outperform the Core i7-1165G7, if at all (Image source: Intel)
First Core i7-1185G7 benchmarks just barely outperform the Core i7-1165G7, if at all (Image source: Intel)
If a laptop is giving you the option between a Core i7-1165G7 or Core i7-1185G7, then you may as well save some money and go with the Core i7-1165G7. Spending more on the Core i7-1185G7 will give only marginal performance benefits and sometimes even none at all depending on the system.

Ultrabooks with 10th gen Core i7 Ice Lake would typically come with the Core i7-1065G7 only. For the current 11th gen Core i7 Tiger Lake series, however, some OEMs are offering two options instead: the Core i7-1165G7 or the slightly more expensive Core i7-1185G7. We've tested a couple of Core i7-1185G7 laptops thus far and our numbers don't paint a compelling picture for the new top-end CPU.

Our graphs below compare the MSI Prestige 14 Evo and Dell XPS 13 9310, each with the Core i7-1185G7 CPU, to the average scores of all Core i7-1165G7 laptops in our database as of this writing to show how marginal the gains can be between the Core i7-1165G7 and i7-1185G7. The differences can be so minor that a few Core i7-1165G7 laptops like the Razer Book 13 can edge out the i7-1185G7 even though it comes equipped with the "slower" i7-1165G7 processor. The Prestige 14 Evo can offer about 15 percent faster raw multi-thread performance than the average Core i7-1165G7.

As for their integrated Iris Xe GPUs, the Core i7-1165G7 and i7-1185G7 each come with 96 EUs and so any performance differences between them are again marginal with a 15 percent advantage for the i7-1185G7 according to 3DMark.

It's possible that the Core i7-1185G7 may extend its lead over the i7-1165G7 once we receive more test samples for a larger sample size, but the somewhat underperforming Dell XPS 13 9310 i7-1185G7 configuration isn't getting our hopes up.

Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.5: Single-Core | Multi-Core
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
2283 Points
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1060 - 2657, n=81)
1967 Points
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Core i7-1185G7
1936 Points
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
579 Points
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Core i7-1185G7
567 Points
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (442 - 589, n=81)
552 Points
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
933 (873.52min - 933.34max) Points
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Core i7-1185G7
871 (631.55min - 870.74max) Points
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (553 - 1027, n=86)
846 Points
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
224 Points
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Core i7-1185G7
217.1 Points
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (115 - 230, n=78)
212 Points
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Core i7-1185G7
652 Seconds *
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (468 - 1138, n=80)
618 Seconds *
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
533 Seconds *
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (4478 - 5507, n=80)
5182 MIPS
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Core i7-1185G7
5099 MIPS
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
5029 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
24882 MIPS
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (15347 - 27405, n=80)
22935 MIPS
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Core i7-1185G7
20478 MIPS
Geekbench 5.5 / Single-Core
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Core i7-1185G7
1546 Points
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1302 - 1595, n=77)
1524 Points
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
1398 Points
Geekbench 5.5 / Multi-Core
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Core i7-1185G7
5791 Points
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
5560 Points
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (3078 - 5926, n=77)
5155 Points
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
7.12 fps
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1.39 - 8.47, n=80)
6.3 fps
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Core i7-1185G7
5.58 fps
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
56.1 s *
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (21.5 - 88.1, n=78)
49.2 s *
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Core i7-1185G7
47.7 s *
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Core i7-1185G7
0.605 sec *
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (0.552 - 1.002, n=80)
0.594 sec *
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
0.591 sec *

* ... smaller is better

3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
5848 Points
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
5498 Points
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (2286 - 6143, n=206)
4903 Points
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
1670 Points
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
1603 Points
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (707 - 1871, n=203)
1494 Points
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
1859 Points
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
1749 Points
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (789 - 2133, n=200)
1673 Points
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
7090 Points
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (2867 - 7471, n=193)
6342 Points
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
5339 Points
1280x720 Performance Combined
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
7093 Points
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (1926 - 7238, n=192)
5509 Points
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
4709 Points
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Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482EA Intel Core i7-1165G7; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø907 (901.51-936.79)
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition Intel Core i7-1165G7; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø761 (740.62-782.95)
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000 Intel Core i7-1165G7; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø800 (705.49-917.98)
Razer Book 13 FHD Intel Core i7-1165G7; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø941 (926.76-976.06)
HP Pavilion 13-bb0015cl Intel Core i7-1165G7; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø680 (673.49-684.52)
SCHENKER Vision 15 Intel Core i7-1165G7; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø968 (957.88-1027.12)
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG Intel Core i7-1165G7; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø603 (589.73-747.11)
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T Intel Core i7-1165G7; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø731 (710.18-922.13)
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q Intel Core i7-1165G7; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø813 (791.78-824.28)
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD Intel Core i7-1165G7; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø718 (617.03-918.32)
Acer SF514-55T Intel Core i7-1165G7; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø679 (635.98-959.46)
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA Intel Core i7-1165G7; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø653 (629.83-862.05)
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371 Intel Core i7-1165G7; CPU Multi 64Bit; Performance Mode: Ø530 (502.41-808.1)
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371 Intel Core i7-1165G7; CPU Multi 64Bit; Standard Mode: Ø525 (492.36-749.48)
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371 Intel Core i7-1165G7; CPU Multi 64Bit; Silent Mode: Ø478 (358.13-605.84)
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 4K Intel Core i7-1185G7; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø714 (631.55-870.74)
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005 Intel Core i7-1185G7; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø892 (873.52-933.34)
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Allen Ngo, 2021-01- 6 (Update: 2021-01- 6)