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Intel Core i7-1185G7 reference design laptop benchmarks confirm iGPU gains over the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U in a Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 but the CPU part still suffers from core count envy

Tiger Lake is the name for Intel's 11th Generation of Core mobile processors. (Image source: Intel)
Tiger Lake is the name for Intel's 11th Generation of Core mobile processors. (Image source: Intel)
Intel’s new Tiger Lake Core i7-1185G7 chip has been doing the rounds inside of a reference design laptop, and while the iGPU component of the SoC has had reviewers generally cooing over its ability to play games at acceptable frame rates, it seems the shortage of CPU cores behind rivals such as the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U is still problematic.

An Intel reference design laptop (based on an MSI Prestige 14) configured with a Tiger Lake Core i7-1185G7 has been doing the review rounds recently, including here with Notebookcheck’s extensive benchmark run. Popular tech YouTube channel Linus Tech Tips has also been putting the laptop through its paces and came up with a general conclusion that many have already offered: iGPU great, CPU could be better.

Fortunately, Linus Tech Tips put the Intel Core i7-1185G7 through some different gaming benchmarks than our review and even managed to record the fps rate for Doom Eternal before buggy early drivers spoiled the party: 31 fps at medium settings and 1080p. A handful of other titles were tested and compared with the results of an AMD Ryzen 7 4800U in a Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7, and the Tiger Lake part proved it possessed the superior iGPU component with higher percentage scores across the board (although 26 fps vs. 23 fps in Shadow of the Tomb Raider isn’t going to blow too many minds).

The noted channel proceeded to test the i7-1185G7 and Ryzen 7 4800U on Cinebench R20, and the 4-core, 8-thread Intel chip was unsurprisingly left in the dust in the multithread test, even further behind than in our review benchmarks that stated a difference of 47%. The difference recorded by Linus Tech Tips ended up being 79%, in favor of the 8-core, 16-thread Renoir processor. It’s possible the chip in the latter case scenario was operating at a difference performance level though, as we used the “better performance” (28 W) mode for our tests.

However, some good points were made in the relevant video clip, that regardless of the Intel Core i7-1185G7 offering iGPU gains but AMD remaining superior with core count for now (and therefore multi-core performance), Intel will still likely enjoy some successes with this latest generation. OEMs tend to offer better and more attractively designed thin and light laptops for Intel parts, and AMD appears to be struggling with the supply of its higher-performing Ryzen 4000 mobile processors. If Intel can keep the thermals in check and also offer great battery life, then Tiger Lake should be a sort of return to form for Team Blue. At least until AMD demands attention with its Cezanne Ryzen 5000 mobile APUs that is.

Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
580 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800U (474 - 479, n=2)
477 Points ∼82%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
474 Points ∼82%
CPU (Multi Core)
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800U (3213 - 3306, n=2)
3260 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
3213 Points ∼99%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
2214 Points ∼68%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
16 (13min - 19max) fps ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
14.9 fps ∼93%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
14.9 fps ∼93%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
35.9 (31min - 41max) fps ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
23.1 fps ∼64%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
23.1 fps ∼64%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
65.2 (58min - 72max) fps ∼100%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
101 (91min - 108max) fps ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
70.8 fps ∼70%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
70.8 fps ∼70%

Legend

 
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
 
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-09-20 (Update: 2020-09-20)
Daniel R Deakin
Daniel R Deakin - Managing Editor News
My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.