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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.

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
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
46.1 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (36.5 - 49.2, n=5)
44.8 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (14.9 - 56.5, n=171)
39.1 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (33.7 - 41, n=5)
37 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (21.9 - 50.1, n=51)
35.5 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (8.32 - 45.6, n=100)
31.5 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (23 - 36.9, n=7)
30 fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (17.3 - 20.7, n=6)
19.1 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (16.1 - 19, n=3)
17.1 fps
1920x1080 Standard Quality
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (27 - 32.5, n=6)
30.8 fps
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
24.2 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (20.4 - 23.9, n=5)
22.4 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (10.5 - 28, n=167)
21.7 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (16.4 - 19.4, n=5)
17.9 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (11.7 - 25, n=46)
17.9 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (4.47 - 25.1, n=93)
17.3 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (12 - 17.4, n=6)
14.8 fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (9 - 11.3, n=6)
10.2 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (8.1 - 9.98, n=3)
8.73 fps
1920x1080 High Quality
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (18 - 23.8, n=6)
21 fps
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
17 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (8.15 - 27.8, n=160)
16.8 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (10.7 - 15.1, n=5)
13.8 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (4.01 - 22, n=84)
13 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (7.71 - 17.7, n=45)
12.4 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (9.9 - 12.2, n=4)
11.3 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (7 - 10.9, n=5)
8.88 fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (6.6 - 9.6, n=5)
7.89 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
 
6.8 fps
The Witcher 3
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (56.8 - 128.3, n=19)
111.3 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (28.9 - 110, n=179)
83.8 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (54.9 - 86, n=12)
77.3 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (27.2 - 89, n=46)
65.9 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (30.2 - 97.4, n=98)
65.3 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (47.4 - 70, n=24)
60.8 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (42.6 - 72, n=24)
58.2 fps
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
54.2 (44min - 68max) fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (28.2 - 58, n=20)
47.8 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (29.7 - 53.8, n=8)
37.4 fps
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (46.7 - 77.3, n=25)
68.1 fps
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
53.7 (43min - 64max) fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (21.4 - 74.1, n=177)
53.3 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (35.2 - 51.9, n=13)
45.2 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (21.8 - 56.9, n=100)
41.8 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (19.6 - 55.2, n=34)
40.7 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (30 - 40, n=27)
35.3 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (24.4 - 43.2, n=26)
34.3 fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (20.8 - 36.8, n=18)
32.1 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (20.4 - 24.2, n=5)
22.5 fps
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (29.1 - 43, n=29)
38 fps
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
33.8 (27min - 41max) fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (10.6 - 45.9, n=182)
28.6 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (20.6 - 29.9, n=13)
26.3 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (9.3 - 33.5, n=98)
21.5 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (8.7 - 26.8, n=45)
20.6 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (16.3 - 23.1, n=27)
20.1 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (13.3 - 23.8, n=25)
19 fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (10.9 - 20.1, n=18)
17 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (8.4 - 18.8, n=8)
12.5 fps
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (15.7 - 25, n=33)
21.6 fps
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
17.7 (16min - 20max) fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (10.1 - 17.5, n=12)
15.4 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (8.79 - 20.1, n=173)
14 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (7.07 - 17.6, n=48)
13.7 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (9 - 16, n=24)
11.6 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (6.5 - 17, n=25)
11.1 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (6.26 - 15.7, n=88)
11.1 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (6.6 - 11.5, n=8)
8.84 fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (5.13 - 10, n=13)
8.36 fps
X-Plane 11.11
1280x720 low (fps_test=1)
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (59.1 - 94.9, n=2)
77 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (49.1 - 90.8, n=14)
68.1 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (48 - 82.7, n=5)
61 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (18.8 - 73.6, n=17)
54.3 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (26.9 - 64.9, n=56)
44.4 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (13.4 - 88.4, n=203)
41.2 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (9.12 - 74.4, n=105)
36.4 fps
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
33.4 fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (16.4 - 42.9, n=18)
28.8 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (23 - 28.4, n=7)
25 fps
1920x1080 med (fps_test=2)
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (51.9 - 77.8, n=2)
64.9 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (35.5 - 72.3, n=14)
55.9 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (40.9 - 56, n=5)
47.6 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (9.8 - 57, n=17)
40.9 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (11.6 - 69.5, n=204)
35.1 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (21.1 - 49.6, n=56)
34.8 fps
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
34.4 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (6.45 - 40.5, n=106)
28.7 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (15.6 - 22, n=7)
18.6 fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (11.4 - 22.3, n=17)
16.2 fps
1920x1080 high (fps_test=3)
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (44.6 - 66.7, n=2)
55.7 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (30.2 - 63.7, n=14)
48 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (36.7 - 52.3, n=5)
42.8 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (9.8 - 52.6, n=17)
39.4 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (11.1 - 59.8, n=203)
31.6 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (19.1 - 43.1, n=56)
30.6 fps
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
29.7 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (5.55 - 36.3, n=104)
25.8 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (14.2 - 19.7, n=7)
16.6 fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (10.8 - 19.7, n=18)
15 fps
GTA V
1024x768 Lowest Settings possible
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (141 - 156, n=3)
147.7 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
 
129.4 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (92.2 - 145, n=3)
124.1 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (109 - 127.5, n=4)
117.7 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (53.6 - 160, n=47)
100.4 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (52 - 157, n=152)
97.4 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (36.5 - 144.6, n=77)
83 fps
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
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (51.8 - 88.1, n=3)
65.8 fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (24.8 - 50.9, n=3)
39.5 fps
1920x1080 Lowest Settings possible
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (86.9 - 108.5, n=2)
97.7 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (80.9 - 92.9, n=2)
86.9 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (34.7 - 115.4, n=127)
72.4 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (30.5 - 101, n=32)
64.2 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (21.5 - 98.1, n=63)
61.7 fps
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
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
 
30.3 fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
 
21.1 fps
1366x768 Normal/Off AF:4x
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (115 - 137.3, n=3)
129.6 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
 
116.9 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (83 - 137, n=3)
114.3 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (95.4 - 115.9, n=4)
102.2 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (34 - 148, n=42)
87.7 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (24.1 - 137, n=155)
81.9 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (28.9 - 133.8, n=80)
70.4 fps
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
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (46.3 - 80.9, n=3)
59.4 fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (33.1 - 43.5, n=2)
38.3 fps
1920x1080 Normal/Off AF:4x
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (69 - 108.7, n=2)
88.9 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (82.1 - 94.8, n=2)
88.5 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (31.7 - 104, n=32)
65.5 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (20 - 109, n=128)
64 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (18.8 - 97.2, n=63)
55.6 fps
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
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
 
32.1 fps
1920x1080 High/On (Advanced Graphics Off) AA:2xMSAA + FX AF:8x
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
 
65.9 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (45.8 - 49.5, n=3)
47.4 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (35.9 - 41.5, n=4)
38.4 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (25.1 - 35.9, n=3)
32 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (13.8 - 40.6, n=44)
26.1 fps
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
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (9.39 - 51.6, n=147)
22.7 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (7.81 - 32, n=79)
18.4 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (13.2 - 23.3, n=3)
16.9 fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (12.7 - 13.3, n=2)
13 fps
Dota 2 Reborn
1280x720 min (0/3) fastest
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (124 - 154, n=2)
139 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (98.4 - 186, n=6)
123.6 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (102.8 - 145, n=14)
122.9 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (71 - 131, n=21)
108.5 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (67.9 - 152, n=56)
108.3 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (36 - 148, n=203)
99.7 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (14.8 - 140.3, n=105)
91.2 fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (54.4 - 101, n=19)
81.4 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (53 - 73, n=10)
63.9 fps
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
59.1 (23.1min) fps
1366x768 med (1/3)
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (113 - 143, n=2)
128 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (93.8 - 130, n=14)
110.6 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (82.9 - 162, n=6)
107.7 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (21.8 - 109, n=21)
86.7 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (49.9 - 122.3, n=56)
86.2 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (31.6 - 108.5, n=203)
75.3 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (10.9 - 119.5, n=105)
67.8 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (32.6 - 63, n=10)
50.6 fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (29 - 62.8, n=19)
49.8 fps
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
40.3 (24.2min) fps
1920x1080 high (2/3)
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (103 - 126, n=2)
114.5 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (64.1 - 88.4, n=14)
81.1 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (67.1 - 78.5, n=6)
71 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (8.6 - 77.4, n=21)
62 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (23.2 - 88.1, n=203)
53.6 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (25.5 - 76.7, n=56)
51.9 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (10.4 - 70.9, n=105)
42.5 fps
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
38.3 (24.4min) fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (12.5 - 39.7, n=10)
30.7 fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (17.5 - 38.5, n=19)
29.5 fps
1920x1080 ultra (3/3) best looking
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
  (94.9 - 117, n=4)
106 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (52.3 - 80.6, n=14)
72.5 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (60.2 - 68.9, n=6)
63.9 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (7.8 - 67.5, n=21)
53.6 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (20.6 - 78.5, n=203)
48.9 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (23.3 - 72, n=56)
48.7 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (7.8 - 66.1, n=106)
39.2 fps
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
38.4 (24.9min) fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (11.8 - 37.2, n=10)
28.3 fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (16.4 - 35.7, n=18)
26.9 fps
Strange Brigade
1280x720 lowest AF:1
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
 
148.8 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (90.9 - 94.4, n=3)
92.7 fps
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
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (48.5 - 107.3, n=157)
84.4 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (43 - 117, n=49)
78.6 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (71.3 - 80.5, n=2)
75.9 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
 
75.3 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (22.7 - 98.7, n=78)
67 fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (47.7 - 53.9, n=3)
50.8 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (37.9 - 48.9, n=2)
43.4 fps
1920x1080 medium AA:medium AF:4
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
 
54.3 fps
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
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (18.2 - 48.3, n=155)
36.3 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (31.7 - 35, n=3)
33 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (16.9 - 45.3, n=48)
30.8 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (26.7 - 30.3, n=2)
28.5 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (6 - 48.8, n=80)
27.9 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
 
26.8 fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (18.5 - 21.4, n=3)
20.4 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (15.1 - 19.6, n=2)
17.4 fps
1920x1080 high AA:high AF:8
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
 
38.5 fps
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
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (15.4 - 38.1, n=154)
29.1 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (14.6 - 37.7, n=48)
26 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (24.6 - 27.2, n=3)
25.6 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (11.4 - 32.3, n=77)
22.6 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (19.9 - 23.1, n=2)
21.5 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
 
20.9 fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (15.4 - 17.3, n=3)
16.7 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (12.6 - 16.2, n=2)
14.4 fps
1920x1080 ultra AA:ultra AF:16
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
 
32.5 fps
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
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (13.2 - 30.8, n=152)
23.5 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (12.8 - 32.1, n=46)
22.2 fps
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (13.6 - 26.2, n=53)
19.6 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (18.8 - 20.1, n=3)
19.3 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (15.7 - 16.9, n=2)
16.3 fps
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
 
16.1 fps
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
 
15.2 fps
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (10.9 - 13.8, n=2)
12.4 fps
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Allen Ngo, 2021-01-11 (Update: 2021-01-12)