Intel Ice Lake-U promises up to 16 percent better FPS in Overwatch than the AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
Intel may be the undisputed champ when it comes to CPU performance in the laptop world, but its integrated HD/UHD Graphics series has barely changed even after several years. AMD exploited this fact by introducing the integrated Radeon RX Vega 8 and Vega 10 GPU series as found on Zen and Zen+ APUs like the Ryzen 2500U and Ryzen 2700U, respectively, which are able to run laps around any mobile Intel UHD Graphics GPU as of this writing. Intel will finally rectify this with the faster integrated Gen11 UHD Graphics GPUs for its upcoming 10th gen Ice Lake-U CPU series.
As shown by the Intel slide below, the blue chipmaker is claiming that its unnamed Ice Lake Core i7 U-series CPU can outperform the latest Ryzen 7 3700U Zen+ CPU in 7 out of 9 tested gaming benchmarks. The two outliers - 3DMark Night Raid and Dirt Rally 2.0 - are neck-to-neck between the two processors. While Intel doesn't specify the exact Core i7 CPU SKU, we suspect it to be an Iris offering since it is a 25 W SKU and not a 15 W SKU.
It's important to keep in mind that the comparison data comes from Intel and that it's not something we can independently verify at the moment. For example, it's entirely possible that AMD could close the already small performance gap at a future date via driver updates or optimizations. Intel Ice Lake-U will debut in just a few months on one of several Athena-certified laptops as unveiled at Computex 2019.