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Update | Hexa-core i7-10710U sample underachieves in Cinebench R15 and R20 benchmarks; trails behind AMD's quad-core Ryzen 7 3700U

The new MSI Prestige 15 features 10th Gen Intel Core processors. (Image source: MSI)
The new MSI Prestige 15 features 10th Gen Intel Core processors. (Image source: MSI)
A 6-core Comet Lake Intel Core i7-10710U has been put through the rigors of Cinebench R15 and R20 and has apparently struggled with the multi-core testing aspects of the benchmarks. AMD’s 15 W quad-core APU, the Ryzen 7 3700U, was able to achieve better scores in R15. The Intel chip is a part of the same MSI Prestige 15 laptop that was recently spotted on Geekbench and UserBenchmark.
MSI has stated that the performance discrepancy could be down to the Creator Center mode selected.

Update September 16: As pointed out by one of our readers in the comments and now further confirmed by MSI, it seems the device in this particular test was likely running in balanced mode ("Comfort") and better results would have been produced by operating the Prestige 15 laptop in "Sport" mode. As can be seen in the new images at the bottom of this article, a score of 1100 can be achieved by the i7-10710U in the Cinebench R15 multi test. Performance mode would allow 25 W to 45 W TDP.

Thanks to Eseka, who originally tested an MSI Prestige 15 laptop with Intel Core i7-10710U and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, we now have a couple more benchmarks for the Comet Lake chip to go along with the Geekbench and UserBenchmark ones we have already reported on. This time, the new processor has been put through its paces on Cinebench R15 and R20 and has seemingly come up wanting.

Although the i7-10710U already demonstrated its potential as a single-core meteor with this particular tested laptop, things have been different when it came down to multi-core benchmarking (as was pointed out with the Geekbench scores). The CML-U SoC managed to rack up scores of 644 on Cinebench R15 and 1,515 to 1,531 on Cinebench R20. In comparison, AMD’s fellow power-efficient Ryzen 7 3700U chip that also has a TDP of 15 W amassed a recorded score of 701 on Cinebench R15, even though it has two less cores to utilize than the rival from Intel.

Obviously, there is a horde of caveats to be added to this comparison, including the systems involved in the testing and the thermal restrictions in place. For instance, in a recent Notebookcheck review for the MSI Prestige 14 the i7-10710U scored a much more vigorous 1,043 points in the Cinebench R15 benchmark thanks to MSI’s optimization work, with the processor being able to operate briefly at 50 W and at an average of 30 W.

It’s arguable that the pre-production MSI Prestige 15 model that Eseka has used in his testing is offering suboptimal performance, and we have reached out to MSI in regard to the multi-core scores achieved by this laptop. As can be seen in the Cinebench R15 table below, the i7-10710U we have tested soundly surpassed devices with the quad-core Whiskey Lake i7-8665U, as it should.

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Cinebench R15 result. (Image source: Cinebench/Eseka)
Cinebench R15 result. (Image source: Cinebench/Eseka)
Cinebench R20 result. (Image source: Cinebench/Eseka)
Cinebench R20 result. (Image source: Cinebench/Eseka)
MSI Prestige 15 information. (Image source: MSI)
MSI Prestige 15 information. (Image source: MSI)
MSI Prestige 14 information. (Image source: MSI)
MSI Prestige 14 information. (Image source: MSI)
Much improved result for the Intel Core i7-10170U. (Image source: MSI)
Much improved result for the Intel Core i7-10170U. (Image source: MSI)
 
Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
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GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
1113 Points ∼100%
MSI Prestige 14 i7-10710U
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
1043 Points ∼94%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2019-20QE000VGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8665U, WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-512G
701 (min: 574.56, max: 701.36) Points ∼63%
Dell Latitude 5500
UHD Graphics 620, 8665U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
688 (min: 599.53, max: 729.94) Points ∼62%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
UHD Graphics 620, 8665U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
674 Points ∼61%
MSI Prestige 15
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
644 Points ∼58%
Cinebench R20 - CPU (Multi Core)
Dell Latitude 5500
UHD Graphics 620, 8665U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
1530 Points ∼100%
MSI Prestige 15
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
1515 Points ∼99%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
UHD Graphics 620, 8665U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
1453 Points ∼95%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2019-20QE000VGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8665U, WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-512G
1346 Points ∼88%

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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-09-13 (Update: 2019-09-16)