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LG Gram 14 costs $1600 USD, somehow manages to be one of the slowest Core i7 Ice Lake laptops you can buy

LG Gram 14 costs $1600 USD, somehow manages to run slower than every other Core i7 Ice Lake laptop (Image source: LG)
LG Gram 14 costs $1600 USD, somehow manages to run slower than every other Core i7 Ice Lake laptop (Image source: LG)
If you're looking for a super-light Core i7-1065G7 laptop, then the LG Gram 14 would be tough to beat. If you're looking for good Core i7-1065G7 performance, however, then almost any other laptop with the same CPU would outperform the LG.
Allen Ngo, 🇩🇪

The LG Gram series distinguishes itself from the competition by prioritizing weight over almost everything else. The 14-inch Gram 14Z90N, for example, weighs at least 200 grams less than the latest Dell XPS 13 9300 even though the latter is a smaller 13.3-inch laptop. The repercussions for having such a lightweight Ultrabook, however, can be steep.

The aforementioned LG laptop comes with the 10th gen Core i7-1065G7 CPU commonly found on many high-end Ultrabooks like the Dell XPS 13, HP Spectre x360 13, or Razer Blade Stealth. Unfortunately, raw multi-thread performance on the LG is approximately 30 percent slower than the average Core i7-1065G7 laptop as shown by our comparison graphs below. In fact, even some older laptops with an 8th gen Core i5-8250U like the Dell Latitude 3390 can provide essentially the same CPU performance as the much newer LG system.

By extension, the integrated Iris Plus G7 GPU would also perform much slower than expected on the 14-inch LG Gram. 3DMark scores range between 30 to 60 percent slower than the average Iris Plus G7 laptop in our database.

The disappointing processor performance isn't a huge surprise when looking closer at the Gram 14Z90N hardware. It's copper heat pipe, for example, is shorter and smaller than on most other Ultrabooks likely to keep weight in check. Secondly, fan noise is always very quiet no matter the onscreen load. And lastly, the CPUs in LG Gram laptops have been consistently performing below average year after year. These details all suggest that LG is content with minimizing processor performance if it means having a lighter and quieter Ultrabook than the rest. It's a trade-off that some users might not mind but more should be aware of.

More information on the LG Gram 14Z90N including temperatures, sustained clock rates, and fan noise can be found on our full review here.

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LG Gram 14Z90N Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø453 (446.17-494.8)
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø573 (480.43-760.86)
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7 Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø636 (559.86-812.55)
Lenovo Ideapad S340-15IIL Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø517 (460.32-737.44)
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø592 (555.54-783.03)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1883 Points ∼100% +74%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
Intel Core i7-8565U
1645 Points ∼87% +52%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
1533 Points ∼81% +42%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (1081 - 2024, n=28)
1524 Points ∼81% +41%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
1506 Points ∼80% +39%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
1492 Points ∼79% +38%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel Core i5-8265U
1350 Points ∼72% +25%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10710U
1181 Points ∼63% +9%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
1117 Points ∼59% +3%
LG Gram 14T90N
Intel Core i7-10510U
1097 Points ∼58% +1%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1081 Points ∼57%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
458 Points ∼100% +28%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
Intel Core i7-8565U
444 Points ∼97% +24%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (358 - 474, n=28)
440 Points ∼96% +23%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
425 Points ∼93% +19%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel Core i5-8265U
399 Points ∼87% +11%
LG Gram 14T90N
Intel Core i7-10510U
380 Points ∼83% +6%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
369 Points ∼81% +3%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
366 Points ∼80% +2%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
358 Points ∼78%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
351 Points ∼77% -2%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
750 Points ∼100% +52%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
Intel Core i7-8565U
683 Points ∼91% +38%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
675 (643.4min - 674.64max) Points ∼90% +36%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
668 (646.48min - 668.95max) Points ∼89% +35%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
667 Points ∼89% +35%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
659 Points ∼88% +33%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (288 - 836, n=33)
652 Points ∼87% +32%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
642 Points ∼86% +30%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel Core i5-8265U
622 Points ∼83% +26%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
564 Points ∼75% +14%
LG Gram 14T90N
Intel Core i7-10510U
530 (445.08min - 507.45max) Points ∼71% +7%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10710U
513 (528.77min - 559.75max) Points ∼68% +4%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
495 (446.17min - 494.8max) Points ∼66%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
Intel Core i7-8565U
181 Points ∼100% +9%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
180 Points ∼99% +8%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (141 - 190, n=32)
175 Points ∼97% +5%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10710U
170 Points ∼94% +2%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
166 Points ∼92% 0%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
166 Points ∼92%
LG Gram 14T90N
Intel Core i7-10510U
162 Points ∼90% -2%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel Core i5-8265U
152 Points ∼84% -8%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
146 Points ∼81% -12%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
145 Points ∼80% -13%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼79% -14%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
133 Points ∼73% -20%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1023 Seconds * ∼100%
LG Gram 14T90N
Intel Core i7-10510U
990 Seconds * ∼97% +3%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
942.3 Seconds * ∼92% +8%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10710U
892 Seconds * ∼87% +13%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (675 - 1650, n=20)
889 Seconds * ∼87% +13%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel Core i5-8265U
815 Seconds * ∼80% +20%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
766 Seconds * ∼75% +25%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
703 Seconds * ∼69% +31%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
703 Seconds * ∼69% +31%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
MSI Modern 14 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10710U
4608 MIPS ∼100% +11%
LG Gram 14T90N
Intel Core i7-10510U
4530 MIPS ∼98% +9%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (3948 - 4589, n=21)
4337 MIPS ∼94% +4%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4166 MIPS ∼90%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
4087 MIPS ∼89% -2%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel Core i5-8265U
4029 MIPS ∼87% -3%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
3726 MIPS ∼81% -11%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
3638 MIPS ∼79% -13%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3555 MIPS ∼77% -15%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
18535 MIPS ∼100% +38%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
17508 MIPS ∼94% +30%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel Core i5-8265U
17467 MIPS ∼94% +30%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (10406 - 22898, n=21)
17175 MIPS ∼93% +28%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
16931 MIPS ∼91% +26%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10710U
16713 MIPS ∼90% +24%
LG Gram 14T90N
Intel Core i7-10510U
15128 MIPS ∼82% +13%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
15003 MIPS ∼81% +12%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
13432 MIPS ∼72%
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (948 - 1348, n=16)
1288 Points ∼100% +36%
LG Gram 14T90N
Intel Core i7-10510U
1253 Points ∼97% +32%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
1229 Points ∼95% +30%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
948 Points ∼74%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
904 Points ∼70% -5%
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
4372 Points ∼100% +77%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (2464 - 4855, n=16)
4315 Points ∼99% +75%
LG Gram 14T90N
Intel Core i7-10510U
3628 Points ∼83% +47%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3154 Points ∼72% +28%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
2464 Points ∼56%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel Core i5-8265U
4.6 fps ∼100% +25%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (2.2 - 6.38, n=19)
4.56 fps ∼99% +24%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
4.27 fps ∼93% +16%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10710U
4.2 fps ∼91% +14%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3.99 fps ∼87% +9%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
3.9 fps ∼85% +6%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
3.89 fps ∼85% +6%
LG Gram 14T90N
Intel Core i7-10510U
3.8 fps ∼83% +4%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
3.67 fps ∼80%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
61.5 s ∼100%
LG Gram 14T90N
Intel Core i7-10510U
61 s ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (46.9 - 85.3, n=16)
59.8 s ∼97% -3%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
0.02 s ∼0% -100%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
0 s ∼0% -100%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
0.761 sec * ∼100%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
0.734 sec * ∼96% +4%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
0.722 sec * ∼95% +5%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (0.661 - 0.798, n=15)
0.704 sec * ∼93% +7%
LG Gram 14T90N
Intel Core i7-10510U
0.689 sec * ∼91% +9%
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean

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3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4086 Points ∼17% +160%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i5-8250U
3538 Points ∼15% +125%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (1319 - 4163, n=25)
3186 Points ∼13% +103%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R5 3500U
2801 Points ∼12% +78%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 3700U
2698 Points ∼11% +72%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 3700U
2447 Points ∼10% +56%
Lenovo IdeaPad S940-14IWL
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U
1679 Points ∼7% +7%
LG Gram 14T90N
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U
1579 Points ∼7% +1%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
1571 Points ∼6%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U
1548 Points ∼6% -1%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1175 Points ∼5% -25%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4508 Points ∼8% +43%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 3700U
4056 Points ∼7% +29%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (2112 - 4630, n=25)
4015 Points ∼7% +27%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R5 3500U
3908 Points ∼7% +24%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i5-8250U
3483 Points ∼6% +11%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 3700U
3389 Points ∼6% +8%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
3150 Points ∼5%
Lenovo IdeaPad S940-14IWL
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U
1787 Points ∼3% -43%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U
1757 Points ∼3% -44%
LG Gram 14T90N
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U
1738 Points ∼3% -45%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1680 Points ∼3% -47%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
824 Points ∼4% +55%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 3700U
779 Points ∼4% +46%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (526 - 848, n=20)
739 Points ∼4% +39%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
533 Points ∼3%
LG Gram 14T90N
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U
375 Points ∼2% -30%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
348 Points ∼2% -35%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
2950 Points ∼7% +98%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i5-8250U
2740 Points ∼6% +84%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (1418 - 3156, n=23)
2600 Points ∼6% +75%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R5 3500U
2598 Points ∼6% +75%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 3700U
2581 Points ∼6% +74%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 3700U
2272 Points ∼5% +53%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
1487 Points ∼3%
Lenovo IdeaPad S940-14IWL
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U
1245 Points ∼3% -16%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U
1194 Points ∼3% -20%
LG Gram 14T90N
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U
1155 Points ∼3% -22%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
968 Points ∼2% -35%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R5 3500U
18850 Points ∼9% +168%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 3700U
18378 Points ∼9% +161%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
17803 Points ∼9% +153%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i5-8250U
16553 Points ∼8% +135%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 3700U
16048 Points ∼8% +128%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (7024 - 18881, n=22)
15320 Points ∼8% +117%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U
9643 Points ∼5% +37%
Lenovo IdeaPad S940-14IWL
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U
9347 Points ∼5% +33%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
7963 Points ∼4% +13%
LG Gram 14T90N
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U
7067 Points ∼3% 0%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
7045 Points ∼3%

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Allen Ngo, 2020-05-19 (Update: 2020-05-16)
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Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.