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-U (UP3) processor was unveiled in September 2020. Core i7-1165G7 has four Willow Cove cores commanding eight threads in total thanks to Hyper-Threading support with clocks in the range of 2.8 GHz (guaranteed base clock) to 4.7 GHz (single-core Boost). The all-core Boost frequency is limited to 4.1 GHz. Core i7-1165G7 was the second-fastest model of the line-up at launch. The more expensive Core i7-1185G7's base clock is 200 MHz higher, the Boost frequency is 100 MHz higher, and the iGPU is slightly faster as well at up to 1350 MHz.
Tiger Lake brings multiple improvements compared to the older Comet Lake and Ice Lake product families including a sizeable performance-per-MHz boost. 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. Thunderbolt 4, USB 4 and Wi-Fi 6 support is partially integrated 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 on to the motherboard (BGA1449 socket) and is extremely hard to replace.
The performance of the CPU depends on the TDP settings and the cooling system quality. The average Core i5-1165G7 from our database is just as fast as Core i9-10900K, Ryzen 5 5600H and Ryzen 7 5800X processors are according to single-core benchmarks. Multi-core benchmarks, however, put the i7 close to Core i5-10610U and Core i5-10300H CPUs. This is a very decent CPU for thin and light laptops released in 2020 and 2021. It can easily handle light gaming and video editing as well as the web browsing and spreadsheet editing.
The Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96 EUs) iGPU is based on a brand-new Gen 12 architecture. It is a lot faster than the older Iris Plus G7 (Ice Lake) and especially the UHD Graphics 620. In the case of the Core i7, the Xe GPU uses 96 of the 96 EUs with clock rates of 400 MHz to 1,300 MHz. Iris Xe G7 (96 EUs) is able to drive up to 4 monitors simultaneously in resolutions of up to SUHD 4320p, and the built-in video decoder can handle AVC, HEVC, VP9 and last but not the least AV1 video streams. Gaming performance is comparable to entry-level discrete graphics cards such as Nvidia GeForce MX350.
Tiger Lake-U processors are relatively energy-efficient thanks to the 10 nm manufacturing process and the low core count. The operating range of the UP3 series is specified at 12 W to 28 W which makes the i7 a good choice for thin and light laptops. 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|