Intel Core i7-1165G7
The Intel Core i7-1165G7 is a quad-core SoC designed for leaner laptops. The Tiger Lake-UP3 processor was unveiled in September 2020. It features four Hyper-Threading-enabled Willow Cove cores running at 2.8 GHz (base clock speed @ 28 W TDP) Boosting up to 4.7 GHz (single-core Boost frequency). The all-core Boost frequency is 4.1 GHz. The i7 was the second-fastest model of TGL-UP3 lineup at launch. The costlier 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.
A sizeable performance-per-MHz boost is one of the many benefits of Tiger Lake generation compared to the older Ice Lake and Comet Lake product families. Core i7-1165G7 is compatible with dual-channel DDR4-3200 or quad-channel LPDDR4x-4267 RAM, supports PCI-Express 4.0 (4 lanes) and is capable of HW-accelerating certain AI workloads. 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 is supposedly comparable to the 7 nm TSMC process that Ryzen 4000 series mobile 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 not user-replaceable.
Long-term Boost sustainability of a mobile CPU tends to depend heavily on cooling system performance as well as TDP settings of a laptop. That said, the average Core i7-1165G7 in 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 designed for 2020 and 2021 Ultrabooks. 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) is based on Intel's 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 this Core i7, the Xe GPU uses 96 of the 96 EUs running at 400 MHz to 1,300 MHz. The graphics adapter can drive up to 4 monitors simultaneously in resolutions as high as SUHD [email protected], and the built-in video decoder can handle AVC, HEVC, VP9 and last but not the least AV1-encoded videos. The iGPU's gaming performance is close to what series MX discrete graphics cards such as the GeForce MX350 offer, surpassing anything we have seen on an AMD APU thus far. As the iGPU has no VRAM of its own, it is paramount that fast system RAM is used.
The 10 nm manufacturing process and low core count render the Tiger Lake-U processors relatively energy-efficient. The TGL-UP3 series CPUs have a default TDP of 12 W to 28 W (the OEMs get to set the value according to their needs), making the i7 a good fit for super-portable laptops and quality tablets alike. Performance sustainability is very likely to be an issue in passively cooled setups though.
|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|