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Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ with Intel Core i7-1165G7 shows potential casual gaming chops as Iris Xe iGPU easily outguns Nvidia GeForce MX350 dGPU and AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 in OpenCL

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ costs from US$899.99. (Image source: Microsoft/Intel - edited)
The Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ costs from US$899.99. (Image source: Microsoft/Intel - edited)
The new Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ has made a couple of appearances on Geekbench that point to the convertible laptop being ideal for some light gaming sessions. The Iris Xe iGPU in the Surface Pro 7+ device’s Intel Core i7-1165G7 managed to outscore both the Nvidia GeForce MX350 dGPU and AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000 class).

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Although the Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ (or Surface Pro 7 Plus) is targeted at business customers, there is evidence of the new Surface being a handy casual gaming machine. Two Geekbench records have been uncovered by Tum Apisak that show strong single-core scores, which should be useful in gaming, along with decent OpenCL scores, bearing in mind that the Surface Pro 7+ relies on an iGPU. In this instance, the 4-core Intel Core i7-1165G7 SoC is present, bringing along its Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 with 96 EUs.

The single-core scores from the Geekbench listings are 1,560 points and 1,518 points, which would place the Tiger Lake i7-1165G7 actually above the i7-1185G7 in the benchmark’s current table (based on average scores). As good as those performances are, it’s the OpenCL scores by the integrated Iris Xe graphics-processing part that really stand out. In the two test runs, the scores produced were 18,740 points and 18,919 points. These results actually surpass the average scores recorded by the discrete GPU Nvidia GeForce MX350 and beat out a recent test of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (2020 build).

In Geekbench’s OpenCL chart, the GeForce MX350 sits on 13,955 points, which leaves the Iris Xe iGPU’s highest result of 18,919 points a huge +35.57% ahead of the Nvidia dGPU. Impressively, the Surface 7+’s graphics core also manages to outscore an AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 that was part of a Ryzen 9 5900H SoC tested in an Asus ROG Zephyrus laptop. The Vega 8 part racked up 16,478 points, leaving the Intel iGPU +14.81% ahead. Of course, these are isolated tests in devices that are hardly directly comparable, but they do show that the Intel Core i7-1165G7 in the new Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ is available for both business and pleasure.

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Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000) Nvidia GeForce MX350
Type iGPU (i7-1165G7) iGPU (Ryzen 9 5900H) dGPU
OpenCL 18,740/18,919 points (Surface Pro 7+) 16,478 points (Asus ROG Zephyrus) 13,955 points (average)
Geekbench 5.3. (Image source: Geekbench)
Geekbench 5.3. (Image source: Geekbench)
OpenCL. (Image source: Geekbench)
OpenCL. (Image source: Geekbench)
OpenCL. (Image source: Geekbench)
OpenCL. (Image source: Geekbench)

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Geekbench (1/2/3/4/5) & @TUM_APISAK & Microsoft

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Daniel R Deakin, 2021-01-19 (Update: 2021-01-19)