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Intel Iris Xe Max-powered Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP470 in review: Good gains over Xe Graphics G7 96 EUs, MX350, and GTX 1050 in synthetic GPU tests

Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP470 is among the first Intel Xe Max-powered laptops. (Image Source: Asus)
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP470 is among the first Intel Xe Max-powered laptops. (Image Source: Asus)
We ran several synthetic GPU benchmarks in our Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP470 review unit and found that Intel's new Xe Max dGPU offers perceivable gains over the similar Xe Graphics G7 with 96 EUs and the GeForce GTX 1050 while being significantly faster than a GeForce MX350. Xe Max also seems to offer large gains compared to the Radeon RX Vega 8 in Renoir APUs. However, Intel looks to be playing catch-up with the pre-sample MX450 numbers in our database.
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The Asus VivoBook TP470 joins the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 and the Acer Swift 3X in being among the first laptops sporting the Intel Iris Xe Max dGPU. We currently have the VivoBook TP470 in our labs and while the review will follow soon, we now have some first synthetic benchmarks of the Xe Max to compare with the competition.

Though Intel's briefing back in October seemed to indicate that Xe Max would only be paired with a Core i7 28 W Tiger Lake SoC, our VivoBook TP470 model is interestingly powered by the Core i5-1135G7.

Intel Xe Max specifications. (Source: Intel)
Intel Xe Max specifications. (Source: Intel)
Intel Xe G7 80 EUs GPU-Z info.
Intel Xe G7 80 EUs GPU-Z info.
Intel Xe Max GPU-Z info
Intel Xe Max GPU-Z info

Intel Iris Xe Max vs. the competition

For this comparison, we have pitted the Xe Max-powered VivoBook TP470 primarily against laptops powered by the GeForce MX350, GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Max-Q, GTX 1050 Ti, Xe Graphics G7 80 EUs, and Xe Graphics G7 96 EUs along with the AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 and RX 5300M. We have also included results from an MX450-powered pre-sample device for perspective, but we advice taking that data with some caution.

Right off the bat, we see that Xe Max comes very close to the GTX 1050 Ti in 3DMark 11 and is only 8% slower than the MX450 numbers we have in our database. Compared to Tiger Lake Xe Graphics G7 with 96 EUs, we see Xe Max showing up to a 23% lead in this benchmark.

Though Xe G7 96 EUs and Xe Max are somewhat identical GPUs, the latter is clocked 300 MHz higher and comes with its own memory controller with a 68 GB/s bandwidth, which explains the higher scores. When compared to an 80 EU-Xe G7, we get to see a 37% boost in performance with Xe Max. The Radeon Vega 8 in the Ryzen 7 4800U trails by 26% in this test. Gains up to 34% can be expected against an MX350 GPU.

Xe Max also does well in our suite of 3DMark GPU tests. In Time Spy, Xe Max is 4% ahead of our MX450 numbers while being 27% faster than the MX350. However, the performance gap between Xe G7 96 EUs in the Schenker Vision 15 and Xe Max narrows significantly in this benchmark with the latter leading by only 9%.

Interestingly, the Xe G7 96 EUs in the Dell XPS 13 9310 with a Core i7-1165G7 shows trails our Xe Max-powered VivoBook TP470 by 31%. This can probably be explained by the large disparity in PL1/PL2 values between these laptops. Xe Max shows nearly 50% higher scores in comparison with a Renoir Vega 8 while itself being 51% slower than the RX 5300M.

In Fire Strike, both the MX450 and GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q lead the Xe Max by a decent margin though the Xe Max is still about 6% faster than a GTX 1050. The power disparity between the Schenker Vision 15 and Dell XPS 13 9310 comes into play again in this test; the Xe Max is about 10% faster than the Xe G7 96 EUs in the Schenker.

Xe Max seems to offer a significant 46% lead over the MX350 and about 61% higher performance than a Renoir Vega 8 in Fire Strike.

Unigine Valley at the FHD Extreme Preset shows that the Xe Max is lagging by 4% compared to the MX350 but and that gap grows to 39% when compared with he GTX 1050 Max-Q.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI Bravo 15 A4DCR
AMD Radeon RX 5300M, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
14437 Points ∼100% +76%
MX450 Pre-Sample
NVIDIA GeForce MX450,
8950 Points ∼62% +9%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
8741 Points ∼61% +6%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP470EZ-EC033TS
Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics, Intel Core i5-1135G7
8214 Points ∼57%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10510U
7291 Points ∼51% -11%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
6971 Points ∼48% -15%
Lenovo Yoga 730-15IKB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, Intel Core i7-8550U
6935 Points ∼48% -16%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
6698 Points ∼46% -18%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15IIL05
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i5-1035G1
6448 Points ∼45% -21%
MSI Prestige 14 A10RD
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-10510U
6135 Points ∼42% -25%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
6085 Points ∼42% -26%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
5991 Points ∼41% -27%
HP 17-ca1149ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3871 Points ∼27% -53%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI Bravo 15 A4DCR
AMD Radeon RX 5300M, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
3539 Points ∼100% +103%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP470EZ-EC033TS
Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics, Intel Core i5-1135G7
1743 Points ∼49%
MX450 Pre-Sample
NVIDIA GeForce MX450,
1680 Points ∼47% -4%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10510U
1634 Points ∼46% -6%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
1611 Points ∼46% -8%
Lenovo Yoga 730-15IKB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, Intel Core i7-8550U
1416 Points ∼40% -19%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15IIL05
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i5-1035G1
1370 Points ∼39% -21%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
1319 Points ∼37% -24%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
1209 Points ∼34% -31%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
1173 Points ∼33% -33%
HP 17-ca1149ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
763 Points ∼22% -56%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI Bravo 15 A4DCR
AMD Radeon RX 5300M, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
10550 Points ∼100% +67%
MX450 Pre-Sample
NVIDIA GeForce MX450,
7500 Points ∼71% +18%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
7324 Points ∼69% +16%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP470EZ-EC033TS
Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics, Intel Core i5-1135G7
6333 Points ∼60%
Lenovo Yoga 730-15IKB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, Intel Core i7-8550U
5965 Points ∼57% -6%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
5759 Points ∼55% -9%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10510U
5616 Points ∼53% -11%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
4626 Points ∼44% -27%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15IIL05
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i5-1035G1
4457 Points ∼42% -30%
MSI Prestige 14 A10RD
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-10510U
4340 Points ∼41% -31%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
4170 Points ∼40% -34%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
3938 Points ∼37% -38%
HP 17-ca1149ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
2556 Points ∼24% -60%
Unigine Valley 1.0 - 1920x1080 Extreme HD DirectX AA:x8
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10510U
30.8 fps ∼100% +64%
MSI Prestige 14 A10RD
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-10510U
19.6 fps ∼64% +4%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP470EZ-EC033TS
Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics, Intel Core i5-1135G7
18.8 (11.6min - 33.6max) fps ∼61%

Preliminary evaluation seems to suggest that Intel Xe Max could prove to be a viable alternative to the NVIDIA GeForce MX350 and the Renoir Vega 8 in synthetic benchmarks. We also see good gains over the GTX 1050 series. Pre-sample MX450 numbers indicate that Intel still has some work to do.

That being said, do note that performance in games can be vastly different owing to differences between various game engines. We look forward to doing game benches on our Asus VivoBook TP470 sample very soon.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2020-12-29 (Update: 2020-12-29)