Intel Core i7-1165G7
The Intel Core i7-1165G7 is an energy-efficient quad-core SoC designed for sleek laptops and Ultrabooks. The Tiger Lake-UP3 processor was unveiled in September 2020. It has four Hyper-Threading-enabled Willow Cove cores running at 2.8 GHz (base frequency @ 28 W TDP) Boosting up to 4.7 GHz (single-core Boost frequency). The all-core Boost frequency is limited to 4.1 GHz. The Core i7 was the second-fastest model of the TGL-UP3 lineup at launch. The more expensive Core i7-1185G7's base clock speed is 200 MHz higher, its Boost clock speed is 100 MHz higher, and its Iris Xe G7 iGPU is slightly faster as well at up to 1,350 MHz.
Tiger Lake brings multiple improvements over the older Comet Lake and Ice Lake product families including a sizeable performance-per-MHz boost. A Core i7-1165G7 is compatible with dual-channel DDR4-3200 or LPDDR4x-4267 RAM, has native PCI-Express 4.0 support (4 lanes) and hardware AI acceleration. The Thunderbolt 4, USB 4 and Wi-Fi 6 support is partially baked into the chip. The i7 CPU is manufactured on the second-gen 10 nm Intel SuperFin process that should be comparable to the 7 nm TSMC process Ryzen 4000 processors are manufactured on. Both the CPU cores and the iGPU have access to 12 MB of L3 cache. The SoC gets soldered straight to the motherboard (BGA1449 socket) and is extremely hard to replace.
The cooling system performance as well as the TDP settings will have a huge impact on the Boost sustainability, directly influencing the CPU performance. The average Core i7-1165G7 from our database is just as fast as the Core i7-10610U, Core i7-10810U, Core i5-10300H, Core i7-8559U in multi-core benchmarks. In the meantime, the single-thread testing reveals the i7 to be just as fast as the Core i9-10900K, Ryzen 5 5600H, Ryzen 7 5800H, Ryzen 9 5950X, Ryzen 7 5800X, Core i7-11370H. This is a very decent CPU for thin and light laptops released in 2020 and 2021. While it is not quite as fast as the higher-wattage competition, the i7 will have no trouble chewing through the video editing and rendering jobs on the go with a bit of gaming possible as well (even if there is no dedicated graphics card). More on this below.
The Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96 EUs) iGPU is based on the brand-new Gen 12 architecture. It is a lot faster than the older Iris Plus G7 (Ice Lake) and especially the UHD Graphics 620 (Comet Lake). In the case of the Core i7, the Xe GPU uses 96 of the 96 EUs running at 400 MHz to 1,300 MHz. The 96 EU Xe iGPU can drive up to 4 monitors simultaneously in resolutions as high as SUHD 4320p, and the built-in video decoder can handle the AVC, HEVC, VP9 and last but not the least AV1 video streams. The gaming performance is comparable to entry-level discrete graphics cards such as the Nvidia GeForce MX350, surpassing anything we have seen on an AMD APU thus far.
The Tiger Lake-U processors are relatively energy-efficient thanks to the 10 nm manufacturing process and low core count. The default TDP of the TGL-UP3 series CPUs is in the range of 12 W to 28 W (the OEMs get to set the value according to their needs), making the i7 a good fit for thin and light laptops and high-end tablets alike. Performance sustainability is likely to be an issue in passively cooled setups.
|Series||Intel Tiger Lake|
|Codename||Tiger Lake UP3|
|Series: Tiger Lake Tiger Lake UP3|
|Clock Rate||2800 - 4700 MHz|
|Level 1 Cache||320 KB|
|Level 2 Cache||5 MB|
|Level 3 Cache||12 MB|
|Number of Cores / Threads||4 / 8|
|Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)||28 Watt|
|Manufacturing Technology||10 nm|
|Max. Temperature||100 °C|
|Features||DL Boost, GNA, Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), Thunderbolt 4, DDR4-3200 / LPDDR4x-4266|
|GPU||Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs (400 - 1300 MHz)|
|64 Bit||64 Bit support|
|Product Link (external)||Intel Tiger Lake i7-1165G7|