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Intel Elkhart Lake with Gen11 graphics surfaces on 3DMark; Gen9.5 UHD Graphics 630 is nearly 4x faster in Time Spy, but that's okay

Intel Elkhart Lake with Gen11 graphics is expected to cater to IoT applications. (Image Source: TechPowerUp)
Intel Elkhart Lake with Gen11 graphics is expected to cater to IoT applications. (Image Source: TechPowerUp)
The first 3DMark scores of an Intel Elkhart Lake engineering sample have surfaced. Elkhart Lake's Fire Strike and Time Spy scores indicate that Gen11 GPU in this processor lags behind considerably compared to Gen9.5 UHD Graphics 630. However, this may not be a major concern given that Elkhart Lake is expected to be primarily targeted towards IoT devices.

Intel Jasper Lake is the expected successor to Gemini Lake, and we've recently seen a benchmark leak indicating that the upcoming Pentium and Celeron family would feature Gen11 graphics. Alongside Jasper Lake, Intel is also expected to introduce Elkhart Lake, a processor based on the 10nm Tremont architecture tailored towards Internet of Things (IoT) devices. 

We now have the first benchmark sightings of Elkhart Lake in the wild thanks to renowned leaker TUM_APISAK. APISAK managed to unearth both Fire Strike and Time Spy results of what is purported to be an Elkhart processor with four cores and four threads. According to the 3DMark entries, this particular Elkhart Lake CPU manages to score 571 points in Fire Strike and 170 points in Time Spy. 3DMark reports the maximum clock as 1,880 MHz and the CPU seems to support LPDD4x RAM.

In the Fire Strike result, the Elkhart lake chip scored a graphics score of 590. The score is surprisingly low considering that Elkhart Lake is expected to incorporate Gen11 graphics. For perspective, the Gen9.5 UHD Graphics 630 in Kaby Lake and above generations scores well-above the 1000 mark in this test.

Elkhart Lake's low score in Fire Strike could be due to the fact that it is comparatively more power constrained as it targeted towards IoT applications. The CPU, though based on Tremont, is also not really expected to perform on the same lines as a 15W Kaby Lake or Coffee Lake would and hence could be a bottleneck for the GPU.

A similar explanation can be given for the low Time Spy and Time Spy Graphics scores as well with the UHD Graphics 630 offering nearly 4x higher scores.

It may also be noted that the chip here is likely to be an early engineering sample and there is a good chance that we may see higher clocks further down the line. That being said, the seemingly low performance put up by this Elkhart Lake sample should not be much of a concern given its intended application for IoT and similar low-powered devices.

It would be interesting to see how Jasper Lake performs in these tests as that would probably give us a better idea of the improvements Tremont brings over the current Gemini Lake offerings.

Intel Elkhart Lake 3DMark listing. (Image Source: @TUM_APISAK on Twitter)
Intel Elkhart Lake 3DMark listing. (Image Source: @TUM_APISAK on Twitter)
Intel Elkhart Lake 3DMark Fire Strike score. (Image Source: @TUM_APISAK on Twitter)
Intel Elkhart Lake 3DMark Fire Strike score. (Image Source: @TUM_APISAK on Twitter)
Intel Elkhart Lake 3DMark Time Spy score. (Image Source: @TUM_APISAK on Twitter)
Intel Elkhart Lake 3DMark Time Spy score. (Image Source: @TUM_APISAK on Twitter)
 
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2020-06- 2 (Update: 2020-06- 2)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.