Rumour | Indications of a Microsoft Surface Book 3 with a Tiger Lake or 28 W Core i7-1068G7 processor and an NVIDIA GPU appear on Geekbench
Until yesterday, we had heard nothing about the possibility of Microsoft releasing a Surface Book 3, which would be the first new Surface Book since 2017. Then, clues to a third-generation model powered by an Intel Core i7-1065G7 and NVIDIA Max-Q GPUs appeared on 3DMark, pointing to at least two SKUs. If that was not enough, _rogame has now possibly found information pertaining to an even more powerful model.
Tweeting today, the leaker posted links to two Geekbench listings, which they claim hint to there being a Tiger Lake-powered Surface Book 3 in development. This Tiger Lake-powered device is paired with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU too, presumably a Max-Q model.
_rogame also referred to another 3DMark listing, which may or may not be a different Surface Book 3 SKU altogether. Apparently, as we cannot verify the 3DMark listing ourselves, its CPU outperforms the best Core i7-1065G7 currently on the market. _rogame did not rule out this being a Core i7-1068G7 though, the 28 W Ice Lake processor that is apparently on track for OEMs this quarter.
A higher-end Ice Lake variant of the Surface Book 3 could possibly help it compete against other multimedia laptops, but we are unsure what to make of this for the time being. If a 28 W Surface Book 3 is in development, then we suspect that Microsoft would restrict it to the 15-inch model. We doubt that the chassis of the 13.5-inch version would have the capabilities to cool such a powerful chip effectively.
Again, we are none the wiser when Microsoft will release the Surface Book 3, if at all.