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Intel Core i7-1185G7 in Review - First Tiger Lake Benchmarks

Tiger Lake vs. Renoir Intel gave us the opportunity to check the new high-end CPU for slim notebooks. Intel's new Tiger Lake chip uses a new and more powerful integrated graphics card, so the gap to AMD can be closed. We have a closer look at a development laptop from Intel and test the capabilities of the new chip in numerous benchmarks and with different TDP configurations.
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Intel Core i7-1185G7 in review
Intel Core i7-1185G7 in review

Test System

We tested an "Intel Reference Design System", which was build for Intel. It is based on the MSI Prestige 14 (in review with Comet Lake) barebone notebook, which will not be available for retail. It is a comparatively slim 14-inch laptop, which is slightly raised when you open the lid and sucks in air from the bottom. The fan noise was moderate during our benchmark tests. The aluminum chassis did get pretty warm, but it was not too bad. We are unfortunately not allowed to post any pictures of the internals.

We could select three different performance levels for our benchmarks:

  1. Better Battery: 15 Watt PL1 (sustained load, HWInfo: 14.8 W during Blender) and 54W PL2 (28s peak load, HWInfo 54.5W during Blender)
  2. Better Performance: 28 Watt PL1 (sustained load, HWInfo: 27.9 W duirng Blender) and 54W PL2 (28s peak load, HWInfo: 54 W during Blender)
  3. Best Performance: 28 Watt or 36 Watt with Dynamic Tuning (sustained load, HWInfo 35.3W during Blender) and 54 W PL2 (HWInfo 54.7 W duirng Blender)

Intel recommended the mode "Better Performance", because it will probably be the most representative for production units. We therefore performed the majority of our tests with 28W and only checked individual tests with 15W and 36W (Dynamic Tuning). Dynamic Tuning maintains the 36W PL1 as long as the internal temperatures and the "skin" temperatures are not getting too high, otherwise it will drop down to 28W.

 
Processor
Intel Core i7-1185G7 4 x 3 - 4.8 GHz, 28 W PL2 / Short Burst, 56 W PL2 / Sustained, Tiger Lake UP3
Graphics adapter
Memory
16384 MB 
, LDDR4X-4266 Dual Channel
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
Connections
2 Thunderbolt
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6)
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

CPU Performance - Ice Lake with Turbo

The tested Core i7-1185G7 is the high-end model for the launch of the Tiger Lake U generation and offers four processor cores (Willow Cove micro architecture), which can run at up to 4.8 GHz. This means the peak clock is much higher compared to Ice Lake and should result in higher single-core performance. Compared to AMD's current top models, Intel still uses four cores and prefers to use the chip die for a more powerful graphics unit as well as (partially) integrated Wi-Fi as well as Thunderbolt 4.

If we only look at the processor performance, there is an impressive advantage over the old Core i7-1065G7 (like in the Dell XPS 13 9300, for example). Compared to the fast AMD Renoir processors, the test system is sitting between the two 8-core chips Ryzen 7 4700U and 4800U - impressive. The high single-core performance really makes the difference here. The i7-1185G7 can beat all the rivals in the Cinebench Single-Core tests. Even a desktop Core i9-10900K or Ryzen 7 3800XT are slightly slower. If you look at the multi-core benchmarks, like the time consuming Blender test, AMD's 8-core chips still have a big advantage. However, Intel can close the gap to the Ryzen 5 4500U 6-core CPU, which once again shows the performance potential of the four Tiger Lake cores.

Compared to Intel's own Comet lake-U and H-series chips, Tiger Lake once again performs very well. The U-series is clearly beaten - despite 6 cores (which hardly pay off due to the low TDP envelope). The H-series with 8 cores still wins the multi-core tests, but the smaller quad-core chips like the Core i5-10300H are beaten.

Performance Rating - Percent
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
 
86.3 pt ∼86%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
 
81.1 pt ∼81%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
76.6 pt ∼77%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 35W Dynamic Tuning -4!
Intel Core i7-1185G7
73.2 pt ∼73%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
 
71.8 pt ∼72%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
65 pt ∼65%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
 
63.3 pt ∼63%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
59.2 pt ∼59%
Average Intel Core i7-10710U
 
56.5 pt ∼57%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
 
56.3 pt ∼56%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
 
56 pt ∼56%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
 
55.7 pt ∼56%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
54.9 pt ∼55%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
49.7 pt ∼50%
Average Intel Core i7-10810U
 
49.2 pt ∼49%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
 
44.7 pt ∼45%
Average AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
 
42.2 pt ∼42%
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
0.899 sec * ∼100% -57%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
0.682 sec * ∼76% -19%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (0.661 - 0.899, n=16)
0.716 sec * ∼80% -25%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (0.625 - 1.088, n=10)
0.69 sec * ∼77% -21%
Average AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
 
0.686 sec * ∼76% -20%
Average Intel Core i7-10810U
  (0.651 - 0.717, n=2)
0.684 sec * ∼76% -20%
Average Intel Core i7-10710U
 
0.649 sec * ∼72% -14%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (0.614 - 0.654, n=6)
0.635 sec * ∼71% -11%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
0.634 sec * ∼71% -11%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (0.611 - 0.651, n=4)
0.626 sec * ∼70% -10%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (0.585 - 0.708, n=19)
0.622 sec * ∼69% -9%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
0.613 sec * ∼68% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (0.554 - 0.649, n=3)
0.599 sec * ∼67% -5%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (0.547 - 0.662, n=18)
0.584 sec * ∼65% -2%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
0.579 sec * ∼64% -1%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (0.564 - 0.596, n=8)
0.577 sec * ∼64% -1%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
0.571 sec * ∼64%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Intel Reference Design Laptop 35W Dynamic Tuning
Intel Core i7-1185G7
593 Points ∼100% +2%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
580 Points ∼98%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
553 Points ∼93% -5%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (480 - 583, n=4)
543 Points ∼92% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (456 - 511, n=21)
486 Points ∼82% -16%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (465 - 500, n=8)
485 Points ∼82% -16%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
474 Points ∼80% -18%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (431 - 504, n=22)
470 Points ∼79% -19%
Average Intel Core i7-10710U
  (460 - 480, n=3)
467 Points ∼79% -19%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (448 - 476, n=6)
464 Points ∼78% -20%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
453 Points ∼76% -22%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
451 Points ∼76% -22%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (424 - 453, n=9)
446 Points ∼75% -23%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (312 - 470, n=11)
442 Points ∼75% -24%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (358 - 474, n=28)
440 Points ∼74% -24%
Average AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
  (422 - 427, n=2)
425 Points ∼72% -27%
Average Intel Core i7-10810U
  (396 - 444, n=2)
420 Points ∼71% -28%
CPU (Multi Core)
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (3539 - 4487, n=8)
3907 Points ∼100% +76%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (2800 - 4133, n=21)
3469 Points ∼89% +57%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
3213 Points ∼82% +45%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (2467 - 3299, n=22)
2962 Points ∼76% +34%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (2401 - 2829, n=6)
2649 Points ∼68% +20%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2440 Points ∼62% +10%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 35W Dynamic Tuning
Intel Core i7-1185G7
2402 Points ∼61% +8%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
2214 Points ∼57%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (1843 - 2530, n=10)
2208 Points ∼57% 0%
Average Intel Core i7-10710U
  (1181 - 2598, n=4)
2123 Points ∼54% -4%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (1397 - 2240, n=11)
2061 Points ∼53% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-10810U
  (1516 - 2344, n=2)
1930 Points ∼49% -13%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1285 - 2530, n=4)
1913 Points ∼49% -14%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
1560 Points ∼40% -30%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (1081 - 2024, n=28)
1524 Points ∼39% -31%
Average AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
  (1432 - 1571, n=2)
1502 Points ∼38% -32%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1396 Points ∼36% -37%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (12.2 - 14.6, n=8)
12.9 fps ∼100% +100%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (10.1 - 13.5, n=16)
11.6 fps ∼90% +80%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
10.768 fps ∼83% +67%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (8.07 - 11.1, n=20)
9.85 fps ∼76% +52%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (6.79 - 8.81, n=4)
8.02 fps ∼62% +24%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
7.16 fps ∼56% +11%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (6.13 - 7.78, n=10)
7.11 fps ∼55% +10%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (5.86 - 7.16, n=6)
6.73 fps ∼52% +4%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
6.46 fps ∼50%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
6.08 fps ∼47% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-10710U
  (4.2 - 7.95, n=3)
6.06 fps ∼47% -6%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
5.02 fps ∼39% -22%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (3.84 - 5.58, n=3)
4.92 fps ∼38% -24%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (2.2 - 6.38, n=19)
4.56 fps ∼35% -29%
Average Intel Core i7-10810U
  (3.81 - 5.16, n=2)
4.49 fps ∼35% -30%
Average AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
 
4.37 fps ∼34% -32%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (43786 - 48730, n=8)
46539 MIPS ∼100% +86%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
44804 MIPS ∼96% +79%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (33674 - 48397, n=20)
42504 MIPS ∼91% +69%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (26535 - 36792, n=20)
34150 MIPS ∼73% +36%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (26652 - 31114, n=4)
28945 MIPS ∼62% +15%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
25891 MIPS ∼56% +3%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
25086 MIPS ∼54%
Average Intel Core i7-10710U
  (16713 - 29948, n=3)
24592 MIPS ∼53% -2%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (23237 - 25891, n=7)
24162 MIPS ∼52% -4%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (15146 - 24772, n=10)
22975 MIPS ∼49% -8%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
21139 MIPS ∼45% -16%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (15556 - 23087, n=3)
19893 MIPS ∼43% -21%
Average Intel Core i7-10810U
  (16072 - 21925, n=2)
18999 MIPS ∼41% -24%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
18936 MIPS ∼41% -25%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (10406 - 22898, n=21)
17175 MIPS ∼37% -32%
Average AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
 
15043 MIPS ∼32% -40%
7z b 4 -mmt1
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
5368 MIPS ∼100%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (5081 - 5525, n=8)
5353 MIPS ∼100% 0%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (5114 - 5605, n=20)
5332 MIPS ∼99% -1%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
5153 MIPS ∼96% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (4651 - 5326, n=3)
5024 MIPS ∼94% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (4504 - 5253, n=20)
4988 MIPS ∼93% -7%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (2945 - 4956, n=10)
4659 MIPS ∼87% -13%
Average Intel Core i7-10810U
  (4398 - 4794, n=2)
4596 MIPS ∼86% -14%
Average Intel Core i7-10710U
  (4425 - 4727, n=3)
4587 MIPS ∼85% -15%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4438 MIPS ∼83% -17%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
4436 MIPS ∼83% -17%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (4208 - 4470, n=4)
4348 MIPS ∼81% -19%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (3948 - 4589, n=21)
4337 MIPS ∼81% -19%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4321 MIPS ∼80% -20%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (4278 - 4338, n=7)
4300 MIPS ∼80% -20%
Average AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
 
4014 MIPS ∼75% -25%
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU
Average AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
 
907 Seconds * ∼100% -66%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (675 - 1650, n=20)
889 Seconds * ∼98% -63%
Average Intel Core i7-10810U
  (695 - 875, n=2)
785 Seconds * ∼87% -44%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (660 - 958, n=3)
771 Seconds * ∼85% -41%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
745 Seconds * ∼82% -37%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
681 Seconds * ∼75% -25%
Average Intel Core i7-10710U
  (468 - 892, n=3)
648 Seconds * ∼71% -19%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (533 - 748, n=7)
611 Seconds * ∼67% -12%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
545 Seconds * ∼60%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
533 Seconds * ∼59% +2%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 35W Dynamic Tuning
Intel Core i7-1185G7
513 Seconds * ∼57% +6%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (479 - 555, n=10)
509 Seconds * ∼56% +7%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (447 - 537, n=4)
490 Seconds * ∼54% +10%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (326 - 431, n=20)
372 Seconds * ∼41% +32%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (261 - 386, n=19)
323 Seconds * ∼36% +41%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
322 Seconds * ∼36% +41%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (239 - 295, n=8)
279 Seconds * ∼31% +49%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Intel Reference Design Laptop 35W Dynamic Tuning
Intel Core i7-1185G7
230 Points ∼100% +3%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
224 Points ∼97%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
216 Points ∼94% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (210 - 220, n=4)
214 Points ∼93% -4%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (201 - 219, n=10)
208 Points ∼90% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (190 - 214, n=26)
203 Points ∼88% -9%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (187 - 213, n=26)
195 Points ∼85% -13%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
182 Points ∼79% -19%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (176 - 182, n=6)
181 Points ∼79% -19%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
180 Points ∼78% -20%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
176 Points ∼77% -21%
Average Intel Core i7-10710U
  (138 - 194, n=7)
175 Points ∼76% -22%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (141 - 190, n=32)
175 Points ∼76% -22%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (156 - 177, n=10)
173 Points ∼75% -23%
Average Intel Core i7-10810U
  (161 - 182, n=2)
172 Points ∼75% -23%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (108 - 194, n=14)
171 Points ∼74% -24%
Average AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
 
165 Points ∼72% -26%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (1614 - 1862, n=10)
1744 Points ∼100% +81%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (1111 - 1833, n=26)
1580 Points ∼91% +64%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
1568 Points ∼90% +62%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (1039 - 1418, n=27)
1296 Points ∼74% +34%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (1035 - 1189, n=7)
1096 Points ∼63% +13%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 35W Dynamic Tuning
Intel Core i7-1185G7
1066 Points ∼61% +10%
Average Intel Core i7-10710U
  (513 - 1113, n=7)
999 Points ∼57% +3%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
966 (866.27min - 966.32max) Points ∼55% 0%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
966 Points ∼55%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
866 (754.55min - 866.1max) Points ∼50% -10%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (715 - 1007, n=15)
890 Points ∼51% -8%
Average Intel Core i7-10810U
  (658 - 1064, n=2)
861 Points ∼49% -11%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (536 - 921, n=14)
819 Points ∼47% -15%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (606 - 1020, n=6)
782 Points ∼45% -19%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
760 (489.25min - 610.17max) Points ∼44% -21%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
702 Points ∼40% -27%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
628 (619.66min - 627.69max) Points ∼36% -35%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (288 - 836, n=33)
652 Points ∼37% -33%
Average AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
 
580 Points ∼33% -40%

* ... smaller is better

The sustained performance is stable on Intel's reference laptop, and we can neither see the usual drop after the initial benchmark runs in the 28W or 15W mode.

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Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Core i7-1185G7: Ø853 (754.55-866.1)
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Ryzen 7 4800U: Ø1238 (1192.82-1622.45)
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Core i7-1065G7: Ø573 (480.43-760.86)
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Core i7-1185G7: Ø625 (619.66-627.69)

As we have already reported during the launch, Tiger Lake does not use fixed TDP limits anymore, but manufacturers can choose between 15 and 28W (depending on the cooling solution). Including Dynamic Tuning, the CPU can even consume up to 36W for longer periods. Our benchmarks clearly show that these TDP settings have a massive effect on the performance. The single-core performance is not affected that much, because the 15W limit is already sufficient for high clocks, but the CPU performance will drop by 27 % or 31 %, respectively, compared to the maximum setting. This means there will still be significant performance differences from notebook to notebook. You cannot just look at the model designation like i7-1185G7 for the performance you will get.

Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Intel Reference Design Laptop 35W Dynamic Tuning
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
593 Points ∼100% +2%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
580 Points ∼98%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
553 Points ∼93% -5%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (480 - 583, n=4)
543 Points ∼92% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (456 - 511, n=21)
486 Points ∼82% -16%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (465 - 500, n=8)
485 Points ∼82% -16%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
  (474 - 479, n=2)
477 Points ∼80% -18%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
474 Points ∼80% -18%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (448 - 476, n=6)
464 Points ∼78% -20%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000)
451 Points ∼76% -22%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4600U
  (447 - 447, n=2)
447 Points ∼75% -23%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (424 - 453, n=9)
446 Points ∼75% -23%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (312 - 470, n=11)
442 Points ∼75% -24%
Average AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
  (422 - 427, n=2)
425 Points ∼72% -27%
CPU (Multi Core)
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (3539 - 4487, n=8)
3907 Points ∼100% +76%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (2800 - 4133, n=21)
3469 Points ∼89% +57%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
  (3213 - 3306, n=2)
3260 Points ∼83% +47%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
3213 Points ∼82% +45%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (2401 - 2829, n=6)
2649 Points ∼68% +20%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4600U
  (2544 - 2544, n=2)
2544 Points ∼65% +15%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000)
2440 Points ∼62% +10%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 35W Dynamic Tuning
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
2402 Points ∼61% +8%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
2214 Points ∼57%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (1843 - 2530, n=10)
2208 Points ∼57% 0%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (1397 - 2240, n=11)
2061 Points ∼53% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1285 - 2530, n=4)
1913 Points ∼49% -14%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
1560 Points ∼40% -30%
Average AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
  (1432 - 1571, n=2)
1502 Points ∼38% -32%
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU
Average AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
 
907 Seconds * ∼100% -66%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (660 - 958, n=3)
771 Seconds * ∼85% -41%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
745 Seconds * ∼82% -37%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (533 - 748, n=7)
611 Seconds * ∼67% -12%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
545 Seconds * ∼60%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000)
533 Seconds * ∼59% +2%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 35W Dynamic Tuning
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
513 Seconds * ∼57% +6%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (479 - 555, n=10)
509 Seconds * ∼56% +7%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (447 - 537, n=4)
490 Seconds * ∼54% +10%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (261 - 386, n=19)
323 Seconds * ∼36% +41%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
322 Seconds * ∼36% +41%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
 
322 Seconds * ∼36% +41%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (239 - 295, n=8)
279 Seconds * ∼31% +49%

* ... smaller is better

Application Performance - PCMark 10

We still use the regular PCMark 10 for the application performance, which includes free software like LibreOffice, GIMP, Firefox, and Chromium. Thanks to the fast 1TB PM981a SSD from Samsung, the MSI barebone with Tiger Lake shows a great performance. The system only drops back a bit in the Content Creation part, but the other two sub tests produce even higher scores compared to fast gaming notebooks with 8-core CML-H CPUs (i9-10980HK). The overall score is lower on the i7-1185G7 system, but it is alightly ahead of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 with Ryzen 7 4800U CPU. The result is an indicator how well Tiger Lake based systems should (or could, respectively) handle office and productive tasks.

PCMark 10 / Score - Score
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (5277 - 6594, n=7)
6007 Points ∼100% +8%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (4884 - 6739, n=17)
5865 Points ∼98% +5%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
5561 Points ∼93%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
5383 Points ∼90% -3%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
 
5383 Points ∼90% -3%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (4527 - 5214, n=4)
4797 Points ∼80% -14%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), Samsung PM881 MZNLH512HALU-0000/07
4784 Points ∼80% -14%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (4077 - 5301, n=10)
4765 Points ∼79% -14%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (4601 - 4972, n=3)
4759 Points ∼79% -14%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (4393 - 5024, n=8)
4681 Points ∼78% -16%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
4451 Points ∼74% -20%
Average AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
 
4322 Points ∼72% -22%
PCMark 10 / Essentials - Essentials
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
10484 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (9438 - 10829, n=7)
9972 Points ∼95% -5%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (9585 - 10113, n=3)
9857 Points ∼94% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (8890 - 10458, n=17)
9719 Points ∼93% -7%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
9637 Points ∼92% -8%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
 
9637 Points ∼92% -8%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (8303 - 9559, n=4)
9123 Points ∼87% -13%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
9096 Points ∼87% -13%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), Samsung PM881 MZNLH512HALU-0000/07
8905 Points ∼85% -15%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (8327 - 9124, n=7)
8721 Points ∼83% -17%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (7148 - 9874, n=10)
8667 Points ∼83% -17%
Average AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
 
8600 Points ∼82% -18%
PCMark 10 / Productivity - Productivity
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
8770 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (7641 - 8877, n=7)
8250 Points ∼94% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (7633 - 8503, n=17)
8113 Points ∼93% -7%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
7631 Points ∼87% -13%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
 
7631 Points ∼87% -13%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (6996 - 8058, n=10)
7515 Points ∼86% -14%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), Samsung PM881 MZNLH512HALU-0000/07
7096 Points ∼81% -19%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
6912 Points ∼79% -21%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (6400 - 7752, n=7)
6908 Points ∼79% -21%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (5348 - 7945, n=4)
6843 Points ∼78% -22%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (6560 - 6745, n=3)
6641 Points ∼76% -24%
Average AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
 
6489 Points ∼74% -26%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation - Digital Content Creation
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (5177 - 10130, n=7)
7289 Points ∼100% +44%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (4563 - 9448, n=17)
7089 Points ∼97% +40%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
5758 Points ∼79% +13%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
 
5758 Points ∼79% +13%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
5075 Points ∼70%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (4459 - 5161, n=4)
4842 Points ∼66% -5%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), Samsung PM881 MZNLH512HALU-0000/07
4704 Points ∼65% -7%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (3187 - 5893, n=10)
4582 Points ∼63% -10%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (4189 - 4791, n=7)
4486 Points ∼62% -12%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (4083 - 4891, n=3)
4479 Points ∼61% -12%
Average AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
 
3926 Points ∼54% -23%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
3807 Points ∼52% -25%

GPU Performance - Xe Architecture promises a lot of performance

High performance of the Iris Xe in 3DMark tests
High performance of the Iris Xe in 3DMark tests

The Tiger Lake processors are the first chips with the new Xe graphics generation. Intel only calls it "Intel Iris Xe Graphics" on our Core i7-1185G7, and it is supported by 16 GB LPDDR4x-4266 RAM in a dual-channel configuration. However, the iGPU does not have its own graphics memory (except for caches). Intel advertises a big performance advantage over the Ice Lake Generation, so it is a big improvement after a long time of familiar iGPUs.

The new Xe GPU performs extremely well in the synthetic graphics benchmarks. It is on par with a dedicated AMD Radeon Pro 560X in the Apple MacBook Pro 15 and the fastest Ryzen iGPUs (like the RX Vega 8 in the Ryzen 4000) are clearly beaten. Mobile graphics cards from Nvidia like the GeForce MX350 are also much slower and the score is more comparable to the new MX450. 

The compute performance of the GPU in V-Ray is not that impressive, but still on par with the older GeForce MX250/MX330. The AMD GPUs are more powerful in this test.

Basemark GPU 1.2 - 1920x1080 Vulkan Medium Offscreen
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7
202 (105min, 155P1 - 432max) fps ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
AMD Radeon Pro 560X, Intel Core i7-8850H
182 (113min, 133P1 - 370max) fps ∼90% -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
AMD Radeon Pro 560X, Intel Core i7-8850H
177.5 (107min - 390max) fps ∼88% -12%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7
172 (89.2min, 133P1 - 403max) fps ∼85% -15%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
 
102 fps ∼50% -50%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
82.6 (47.9min, 62.3P1 - 176max) fps ∼41% -59%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000)
 
82.6 fps ∼41% -59%
Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7
107 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (101 - 102, n=2)
102 fps ∼95% -5%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
  (64.5 - 120, n=4)
101 fps ∼94% -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
AMD Radeon Pro 560X, Intel Core i7-8850H
98.44 fps ∼92% -8%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (0.99 - 123, n=40)
96.9 fps ∼91% -9%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (48.5 - 115, n=28)
95.9 fps ∼90% -10%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7
88.3 fps ∼83% -17%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
75.38 fps ∼70% -30%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
72.7 fps ∼68% -32%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (72.7 - 75.4, n=2)
74 fps ∼69% -31%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (53 - 76.5, n=6)
66.5 fps ∼62% -38%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (38.4 - 74.5, n=27)
63.3 fps ∼59% -41%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000)
  (49.8 - 75.1, n=9)
61.9 fps ∼58% -42%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
59.4 fps ∼56% -44%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
 
55 fps ∼51% -49%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
 
1680 Points ∼100% +4%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (1416 - 2130, n=10)
1653 Points ∼98% +2%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7
1618 Points ∼96%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
  (1596 - 1634, n=2)
1615 Points ∼96% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
AMD Radeon Pro 560X, Intel Core i7-8850H
1614 Points ∼96% 0%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 35W Dynamic Tuning
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7
1614 Points ∼96% 0%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (1326 - 1370, n=3)
1346 Points ∼80% -17%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
1173 Points ∼70% -28%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
1173 Points ∼70% -28%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (881 - 1169, n=21)
1065 Points ∼63% -34%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (742 - 1084, n=6)
946 Points ∼56% -42%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
 
872 Points ∼52% -46%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000)
  (685 - 932, n=10)
835 Points ∼50% -48%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
783 Points ∼47% -52%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (526 - 848, n=20)
739 Points ∼44% -54%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
 
7500 Points ∼100% +33%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (4935 - 6651, n=42)
6024 Points ∼80% +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
AMD Radeon Pro 560X, Intel Core i7-8850H
5699 Points ∼76% +1%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
  (5616 - 5792, n=4)
5677 Points ∼76% 0%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7
5652 Points ∼75%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (4332 - 4457, n=4)
4387 Points ∼58% -22%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
3938 Points ∼53% -30%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
3938 Points ∼53% -30%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (2939 - 3885, n=28)
3521 Points ∼47% -38%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (2425 - 3593, n=6)
3128 Points ∼42% -45%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
 
2789 Points ∼37% -51%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000)
  (2228 - 3239, n=10)
2787 Points ∼37% -51%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2656 Points ∼35% -53%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (1418 - 3156, n=23)
2600 Points ∼35% -54%
V-Ray Benchmark Next - GPU
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
47 mpaths ∼100% +42%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
47 mpaths ∼100% +42%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (39 - 50, n=4)
44.5 mpaths ∼95% +35%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 35W Dynamic Tuning
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7
37 mpaths ∼79% +12%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000)
  (30 - 52, n=4)
36.3 mpaths ∼77% +10%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
33 mpaths ∼70% 0%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7
33 mpaths ∼70%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7
29 mpaths ∼62% -12%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (29 - 31, n=3)
30 mpaths ∼64% -9%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7
25 mpaths ∼53% -24%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (17 - 23, n=4)
19.5 mpaths ∼41% -41%

Gaming Performance

Graphics errors should be eliminated on retail units
Graphics errors should be eliminated on retail units

Thanks to the much higher GPU performance, the iGPU is also much better suited for games compared to previous iGPUs. We tested a couple of titles and even Doom Eternal ran smoothly with good frame rates, but we did not record the result due to a graphics error caused by the beta drivers.

The demanding title "The Witcher 3" shows the performance of the iGPU very well. It is almost on par with the GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q and playable at 1080p and high settings at 35 FPS. The GeForce MX350 is much slower, but the situation changes in GTA 5, where the MX350 can manage a clear lead. The AMD Vega 7 in the Acer Swift 3 SF314 is clearly beaten both times.

Our test of an older version of DOTA 2 also places the Xe behind the MX350 and on par with the Vega 7, while the Vega 8 in the Slim 7 is even a bit faster.

Real-world gaming tests once again show that the performance depends on drivers, optimizations, and graphics memory. You cannot always say that dedicated GPUa like a MX350 with fast GDDR5 VRAM are always beaten, but you can see the performance potential of the Iris Xe and that it makes entry-level dGPUs unnecessary.

X-Plane 11.11 - 1920x1080 high (fps_test=3)
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
 
65.1 fps ∼100% +56%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (45.4 - 59.1, n=3)
50.9 fps ∼78% +22%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
 
44.6 fps ∼69% +7%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7
41.7 fps ∼64%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (9.8 - 44.4, n=15)
38.1 fps ∼59% -9%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7
33.1 fps ∼51% -21%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
30.5 fps ∼47% -27%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
30.5 fps ∼47% -27%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (21.9 - 31.2, n=6)
27 fps ∼41% -35%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000)
  (24.4 - 29.6, n=6)
27 fps ∼41% -35%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
26.2 fps ∼40% -37%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (10.8 - 19.4, n=15)
14.9 fps ∼23% -64%
Dota 2 Reborn - 1920x1080 ultra (3/3) best looking
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (94.9 - 117, n=3)
109 fps ∼100% +121%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
 
104 fps ∼95% +111%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (74 - 76.9, n=3)
75.7 fps ∼69% +53%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (7.8 - 66, n=19)
53.5 fps ∼49% +8%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
52.5 (47.3min) fps ∼48% +6%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
52.5 fps ∼48% +6%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7
49.4 (33.1min) fps ∼45%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (33.5 - 52.3, n=6)
43.3 fps ∼40% -12%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000)
  (33.2 - 46.7, n=7)
40.1 fps ∼37% -19%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
39.8 (36.6min) fps ∼37% -19%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7
38 (25.9min) fps ∼35% -23%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (16.4 - 35.7, n=16)
26.7 fps ∼24% -46%
The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (29.1 - 43, n=28)
38 fps ∼100% +6%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
  (34 - 41, n=3)
36.5 fps ∼96% +2%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7
35.9 (31min - 41max) fps ∼94%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (27.4 - 27.8, n=3)
27.6 fps ∼73% -23%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
23.1 fps ∼61% -36%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
23.1 fps ∼61% -36%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (16.3 - 23.1, n=26)
20.1 fps ∼53% -44%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (16.5 - 21, n=5)
19.2 fps ∼51% -47%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (10.9 - 20.1, n=15)
16.9 fps ∼44% -53%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
15.7 (13min - 18max) fps ∼41% -56%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000)
  (11.6 - 16.8, n=7)
15.1 fps ∼40% -58%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
 
13.3 fps ∼35% -63%
GTA V - 1920x1080 High/On (Advanced Graphics Off) AA:2xMSAA + FX AF:8x
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
 
65.9 fps ∼100% +119%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
  (61.8 - 62.1, n=2)
62 fps ∼94% +106%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
 
47 fps ∼71% +56%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (35.9 - 41.5, n=3)
38.6 fps ∼59% +28%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7
30.1 (7.4min, 20P1 - 122max) fps ∼46%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
29.8 (3.22min, 21.3P1 - 83.4max) fps ∼45% -1%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
29.8 fps ∼45% -1%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
 
24.3 fps ∼37% -19%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000)
  (20.5 - 22.4, n=2)
21.5 fps ∼33% -29%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
20.5 (2.05min, 14.5P1 - 33.2max) fps ∼31% -32%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
 
13.3 fps ∼20% -56%

Verdict

Our initial benchmarks with a reference system from Intel with the new high-end Tiger Lake-U chip, the Core i7-1185G7, are very promising and the chip leaves an excellent impression. Intel shows what a well-configured version with sufficient cooling is capable of. The performance is very impressive for a quad-core CPU and both Intel's as well as AMD's 6-core chips are beaten. The fast Ryzen 7 4800U with 8 cores is still ahead in many multi-core tests for this TDP segment, but the real highlight is the excellent single-core performance thank to high clocks. The efficient mobile processor can even beat high-end desktop models like the i9-10900K. This also results in excellent results in application benchmarks, which is shown by PCMark 10.

The integrated Iris Xe GPU is another highlight. Intel manages to beat dedicated entry-level GPUs like the GeForce MX330 or 350 in synthetic tests, but we have to wait and see how the real-world gaming performance will be. Our initial tests are promising in this respect.

The performance of Tiger Lake is still decent at 15 Watts, so we also hope that there will be fast 6W models. However, the model designation alone does not show the performance, but it really depends on the TDP configuration and the cooling performance.

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Klaus Hinum, 2020-09-17 (Update: 2020-09-17)
Andreas Osthoff
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I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.