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Intel says the Iris Xe Max isn't really for gaming. They're not wrong

Intel says the Iris Xe Max isn't really for gaming. They're not wrong
Intel says the Iris Xe Max isn't really for gaming. They're not wrong
While you can certainly use it for games, that isn't really what the Xe Max was designed for. Its performance-per-dollar will be highest for workloads like HandBrake or Adobe Lightroom rather than pure gaming.
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The Intel Xe family of GPUs is the company's bold attempt at going head-to-head with the all-popular Nvidia graphics cards. Making something competitive against the GeForce RTX 3080 isn't going to happen overnight, of course, and so Intel has elected to start from the ground up by launching integrated Iris Xe solutions first before eventually making available discrete options. The first laptops with integrated Xe launched late last year while the discrete Xe Max is now finally available on store shelves albeit in limited quantities.

The first two laptops sporting the Xe Max GPU that users can buy right now are the Asus VivoBook Flip 15 TP470 and Dell Inspiron 15 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition. Driver issues were teeming when we initially got our hands on the Dell convertible, but Intel eventually addressed many of these concerns with driver updates (version 27.20.100.9039 at the time of writing). The Xe Max is no traditional discrete GPU, however, as Intel has designed it specifically for video encoding and graphics editing rather than raw gaming prowess.

Does this mean that the Xe Max can't play games at all? Though it can certainly run some titles faster than the GeForce MX350 based on our experience with the Dell convertible, other titles may run significantly slower. For example, both DOTA 2 and GTA V would each run almost 50 percent slower than the GeForce MX350 to be just marginally better than the integrated Xe 96 EUs. The GPU isn't optimized for many games and the results definitely show.

Even worse is the fact that the Dell Inspiron 15 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition retails for well over $1000 USD. When considering that a standard laptop with faster GeForce GTX 1650 or GTX 1660 Ti graphics costs about the same, the Xe Max would need to come down in price significantly to be more worthwhile.

Intel is rumored to be working on a DG2 series of desktop graphics card that can better rival the cards from AMD and Nvidia. We'll just have to wait and see if the DG2 drivers will be better optimized for games or if we'll be getting a repeat of the Xe Max.

Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
1280x720 Lite Quality
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (41 - 63.8, n=6)
58.3 fps ∼100%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
46.1 fps ∼79%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (36.5 - 48.6, n=4)
43.7 fps ∼75%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (23.8 - 56.5, n=52)
38.9 fps ∼67%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (33.7 - 41, n=4)
37.3 fps ∼64%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (31.3 - 44.9, n=14)
35.4 fps ∼61%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (23 - 36.9, n=7)
30 fps ∼51%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (16.5 - 39.9, n=31)
29.8 fps ∼51%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (17.3 - 20.7, n=4)
19.1 fps ∼33%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (16.1 - 19, n=3)
17.1 fps ∼29%
1920x1080 Standard Quality
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (27 - 32.5, n=6)
30.8 fps ∼100%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
24.2 fps ∼79%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (20.4 - 23.2, n=4)
22 fps ∼71%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (12.2 - 27.6, n=53)
21.2 fps ∼69%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (16.3 - 22.1, n=11)
18.2 fps ∼59%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (16.4 - 19, n=4)
17.6 fps ∼57%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (8.64 - 22, n=28)
16.3 fps ∼53%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (12 - 17.4, n=6)
14.8 fps ∼48%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (9 - 11.3, n=4)
10.1 fps ∼33%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (8.1 - 9.98, n=3)
8.73 fps ∼28%
1920x1080 High Quality
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (18 - 23.8, n=6)
21 fps ∼100%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
17 fps ∼81%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (11.9 - 27.6, n=51)
16.3 fps ∼78%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (10.7 - 14.9, n=4)
13.4 fps ∼64%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (5.91 - 22, n=26)
13.4 fps ∼64%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (11.2 - 15.4, n=11)
12.5 fps ∼60%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (9.9 - 12.2, n=3)
11 fps ∼52%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (7 - 10.9, n=5)
8.88 fps ∼42%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (6.6 - 8.09, n=3)
7.42 fps ∼35%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
 
6.8 fps ∼32%
The Witcher 3
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (56.8 - 128, n=19)
111 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (32.5 - 107, n=68)
83.2 fps ∼75%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (54.9 - 86, n=11)
76.6 fps ∼69%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (54 - 77.5, n=10)
67.7 fps ∼61%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (35.5 - 92.2, n=30)
62.6 fps ∼56%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (47.4 - 70, n=24)
60.8 fps ∼55%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (42.6 - 72, n=24)
58.2 fps ∼52%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
54.2 (44min - 68max) fps ∼49%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (28.2 - 58, n=18)
47.8 fps ∼43%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (29.7 - 53.8, n=8)
37.4 fps ∼34%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (46.7 - 77.3, n=25)
68.1 fps ∼100%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
53.7 (43min - 64max) fps ∼79%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (21.4 - 67, n=69)
53.1 fps ∼78%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (35.2 - 49.7, n=12)
44.6 fps ∼65%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (22.6 - 56.4, n=33)
40.5 fps ∼59%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (23.3 - 49.5, n=7)
40.4 fps ∼59%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (30 - 40, n=27)
35.3 fps ∼52%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (24.4 - 43.2, n=26)
34.3 fps ∼50%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (20.8 - 36.8, n=16)
32.1 fps ∼47%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (20.4 - 24.2, n=5)
22.5 fps ∼33%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (29.1 - 43, n=29)
38 fps ∼100%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
33.8 (27min - 41max) fps ∼89%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (10.6 - 45.9, n=69)
28.5 fps ∼75%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (20.6 - 29.9, n=12)
26.2 fps ∼69%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (18.4 - 24, n=9)
21.1 fps ∼56%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (10.6 - 31.7, n=33)
20.6 fps ∼54%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (16.3 - 23.1, n=27)
20.1 fps ∼53%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (13.3 - 23.8, n=25)
19 fps ∼50%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (10.9 - 20.1, n=16)
17 fps ∼45%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (8.4 - 18.8, n=8)
12.5 fps ∼33%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (15.7 - 25, n=33)
21.6 fps ∼100%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
17.7 (16min - 20max) fps ∼82%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (10.1 - 17.5, n=11)
15.2 fps ∼70%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (10.2 - 20.1, n=61)
14.3 fps ∼66%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (13.2 - 15.2, n=10)
14.2 fps ∼66%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (9 - 16, n=24)
11.6 fps ∼54%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (6.5 - 17, n=25)
11.1 fps ∼51%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (6.26 - 14.1, n=27)
11 fps ∼51%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (6.6 - 11.5, n=8)
8.84 fps ∼41%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (5.13 - 10, n=12)
8.27 fps ∼38%
X-Plane 11.11
1280x720 low (fps_test=1)
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (59.1 - 94.9, n=2)
77 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (49.1 - 81.9, n=13)
66.4 fps ∼86%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (48 - 82.7, n=5)
61 fps ∼79%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (18.8 - 73.6, n=16)
53.7 fps ∼70%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (37.3 - 59.3, n=15)
44.5 fps ∼58%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (15.8 - 88.4, n=79)
37.1 fps ∼48%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (18.6 - 57, n=37)
35.6 fps ∼46%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
33.4 fps ∼43%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (16.4 - 42.9, n=16)
29.5 fps ∼38%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (23 - 28.4, n=7)
25 fps ∼32%
1920x1080 med (fps_test=2)
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (51.9 - 77.8, n=2)
64.9 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (35.5 - 65.1, n=13)
54.6 fps ∼84%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (40.9 - 56, n=5)
47.6 fps ∼73%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (9.8 - 57, n=16)
40.2 fps ∼62%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (30.7 - 46.1, n=15)
35.4 fps ∼55%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (17.9 - 69.5, n=80)
34.7 fps ∼53%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
34.4 fps ∼53%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (20.1 - 40.5, n=38)
30.1 fps ∼46%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (15.6 - 22, n=7)
18.6 fps ∼29%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (11.4 - 20.9, n=16)
15.8 fps ∼24%
1920x1080 high (fps_test=3)
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (44.6 - 66.7, n=2)
55.7 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (30.2 - 59.1, n=13)
46.8 fps ∼84%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (36.7 - 52.3, n=5)
42.8 fps ∼77%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (9.8 - 52.6, n=16)
39 fps ∼70%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (26.6 - 40.8, n=15)
31.3 fps ∼56%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (17.3 - 59.8, n=80)
30.9 fps ∼55%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
29.7 fps ∼53%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (18 - 35.5, n=38)
27 fps ∼48%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (14.2 - 19.7, n=7)
16.6 fps ∼30%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (10.8 - 19.4, n=16)
14.9 fps ∼27%
GTA V
1024x768 Lowest Settings possible
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (141 - 146, n=2)
144 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
 
129 fps ∼90%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (92.2 - 145, n=3)
124 fps ∼86%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (109 - 124, n=3)
114 fps ∼79%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (87.2 - 118, n=12)
98.3 fps ∼68%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (59.2 - 157, n=40)
88.8 fps ∼62%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (36.5 - 98.4, n=17)
70.2 fps ∼49%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
65.9 (1.772min, 29.4P1 - 145max) fps ∼46%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (51.8 - 88.1, n=3)
65.8 fps ∼46%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (24.8 - 50.9, n=2)
37.9 fps ∼26%
1920x1080 Lowest Settings possible
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (86.9 - 109, n=2)
97.7 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
 
80.9 fps ∼83%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (35.1 - 109, n=38)
69.5 fps ∼71%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (53.7 - 69.1, n=10)
61.5 fps ∼63%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
57.5 (1.587min, 25P1 - 133max) fps ∼59%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (34.6 - 76.4, n=14)
53.4 fps ∼55%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
 
30.3 fps ∼31%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
 
21.1 fps ∼22%
1366x768 Normal/Off AF:4x
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (115 - 136, n=2)
126 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
 
117 fps ∼93%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (83 - 137, n=3)
114 fps ∼90%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (95.4 - 101, n=3)
97.7 fps ∼78%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (76.5 - 105, n=9)
88.7 fps ∼70%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (45.5 - 137, n=41)
75.8 fps ∼60%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (43.8 - 84.3, n=17)
60.9 fps ∼48%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
60.7 (1.589min, 28.6P1 - 128max) fps ∼48%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (46.3 - 80.9, n=3)
59.4 fps ∼47%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
 
43.5 fps ∼35%
1920x1080 Normal/Off AF:4x
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (69 - 109, n=2)
88.9 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
 
82.1 fps ∼92%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (54.4 - 71.9, n=10)
62.5 fps ∼70%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (29.2 - 109, n=35)
61.1 fps ∼69%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
50.9 (1.309min, 23.8P1 - 99.5max) fps ∼57%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (29.1 - 67.5, n=14)
46.9 fps ∼53%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
 
32.1 fps ∼36%
1920x1080 High/On (Advanced Graphics Off) AA:2xMSAA + FX AF:8x
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
 
65.9 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (45.8 - 47, n=2)
46.4 fps ∼70%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (35.9 - 41.5, n=3)
38.6 fps ∼59%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (25.1 - 35.9, n=3)
32 fps ∼49%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (23.6 - 29.8, n=10)
26.4 fps ∼40%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (9.7 - 51.6, n=41)
25.4 fps ∼39%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
24 (0.776min, 9.35P1 - 114max) fps ∼36%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (9.94 - 28.2, n=17)
18.7 fps ∼28%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (13.2 - 23.3, n=3)
16.9 fps ∼26%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
 
13.3 fps ∼20%
Dota 2 Reborn
1280x720 min (0/3) fastest
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (124 - 154, n=2)
139 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (98.4 - 186, n=6)
124 fps ∼89%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (103 - 145, n=13)
123 fps ∼88%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (71 - 131, n=20)
108 fps ∼78%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (91 - 130, n=15)
103 fps ∼74%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (36 - 148, n=76)
86.9 fps ∼63%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (54.4 - 101, n=17)
80.8 fps ∼58%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (66.2 - 123, n=37)
79 fps ∼57%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (53 - 73, n=10)
63.9 fps ∼46%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
59.1 (23.1min) fps ∼43%
1366x768 med (1/3)
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (113 - 143, n=2)
128 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (93.8 - 130, n=13)
110 fps ∼86%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (82.9 - 162, n=6)
108 fps ∼84%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (21.8 - 109, n=20)
85.9 fps ∼67%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (73.7 - 106, n=15)
82.6 fps ∼65%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (31.6 - 108, n=76)
68.3 fps ∼53%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (34 - 78.1, n=37)
56.7 fps ∼44%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (32.6 - 63, n=10)
50.6 fps ∼40%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (29 - 62.8, n=17)
48.8 fps ∼38%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
40.3 (24.2min) fps ∼31%
1920x1080 high (2/3)
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (103 - 126, n=2)
115 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (64.1 - 85.2, n=13)
80.5 fps ∼70%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (67.1 - 78.5, n=6)
71 fps ∼62%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (8.6 - 77.4, n=20)
61.4 fps ∼53%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (45.7 - 65, n=15)
51.6 fps ∼45%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (31.3 - 88.1, n=76)
47.4 fps ∼41%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
38.3 (24.4min) fps ∼33%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (22.8 - 51.6, n=37)
36.9 fps ∼32%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (12.5 - 39.7, n=10)
30.7 fps ∼27%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (17.5 - 38.5, n=17)
29.4 fps ∼26%
1920x1080 ultra (3/3) best looking
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (94.9 - 117, n=4)
106 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (52.3 - 77.3, n=13)
71.9 fps ∼68%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (60.2 - 68.9, n=6)
63.9 fps ∼60%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (7.8 - 67.5, n=20)
53 fps ∼50%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (43 - 61.2, n=15)
48.4 fps ∼46%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (29.7 - 78.5, n=76)
44.3 fps ∼42%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
38.4 (24.9min) fps ∼36%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (21.8 - 48, n=38)
34.8 fps ∼33%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (11.8 - 37.2, n=10)
28.3 fps ∼27%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (16.4 - 35.7, n=17)
26.8 fps ∼25%
Strange Brigade
1280x720 lowest AF:1
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (90.9 - 92.7, n=2)
91.8 fps ∼100%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
87.4 (18.8min, 30P1 - 471max) fps ∼95%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (54.4 - 105, n=38)
86 fps ∼94%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (72.2 - 87.8, n=12)
77.8 fps ∼85%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
 
75.3 fps ∼82%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
 
71.3 fps ∼78%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (37.3 - 87.7, n=18)
63.5 fps ∼69%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
 
50.7 fps ∼55%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (37.9 - 48.9, n=2)
43.4 fps ∼47%
1920x1080 medium AA:medium AF:4
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
39.1 (8.5min, 12.8P1 - 298max) fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (18.8 - 43.5, n=38)
36.2 fps ∼93%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (31.7 - 32.3, n=2)
32 fps ∼82%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (28.9 - 33.9, n=10)
30.7 fps ∼79%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
 
26.8 fps ∼69%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
 
26.7 fps ∼68%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (13.5 - 36.2, n=18)
25.6 fps ∼65%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
 
21.4 fps ∼55%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (15.1 - 19.6, n=2)
17.4 fps ∼45%
1920x1080 high AA:high AF:8
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
33 (6.6min, 7.89P1 - 291max) fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (16.5 - 35.8, n=38)
29 fps ∼88%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (24.3 - 28.6, n=10)
25.9 fps ∼78%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (24.6 - 25, n=2)
24.8 fps ∼75%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (12.1 - 28, n=18)
21.2 fps ∼64%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
 
20.9 fps ∼63%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
 
19.9 fps ∼60%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
 
17.3 fps ∼52%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (12.6 - 16.2, n=2)
14.4 fps ∼44%
1920x1080 ultra AA:ultra AF:16
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
28.5 (6.3min, 11.7P1 - 260max) fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (16.9 - 28.1, n=37)
23.7 fps ∼83%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (20.7 - 24.4, n=10)
22.1 fps ∼78%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (18.8 - 18.9, n=2)
18.9 fps ∼66%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (14.3 - 22.9, n=10)
18.2 fps ∼64%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
 
16.1 fps ∼56%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
 
15.7 fps ∼55%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
 
15.2 fps ∼53%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (10.9 - 13.8, n=2)
12.4 fps ∼44%
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