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Not created equal yet again: Retail Core i7-1165G7 laptops can be up to 50 percent slower than Intel's in-house claims

Not created equal yet again: Retail Core i7-1165G7 laptops can be up to 50 percent slower than Intel's in-house claims (Image source: Intel)
Not created equal yet again: Retail Core i7-1165G7 laptops can be up to 50 percent slower than Intel's in-house claims (Image source: Intel)
We don't think it's a coincidence that initial processor benchmarks from Intel are always faster than what we actually see on retail units from OEMs. ULV CPUs are designed to run across a wide range of TDP levels meaning manufacturers often choose to run them at slower speeds even though the silicon is capable of much more.

As we've mentioned time and time again, it takes more than one laptop sample to fully represent any specific processor because said processor will very likely perform differently on other laptops. Benchmarking several consumer-ready laptops each equipped with the same processor would be the best way to paint a bigger picture of what the CPU is capable of. And yet, we still get headlines jumping to conclusions about a processor based on just one or two random benchmark entries.

With 11th gen Intel Tiger Lake now available on store shelves, we've tested five different laptops thus far each equipped with the Core i7-1165G7 and the results haven't been as good as we had initially hoped. When Intel invited us to test a Core i7-1165G7 developer unit last Summer, we recorded some impressive multi-thread and single-thread performance numbers as shown by the comparison chart below. Unfortunately, not even one of our five retail laptops could match what we recorded on the Intel developer unit in terms of multi-threaded performance. The Acer SF514-55T, which is the fastest Core i7-1165G7 laptop we've tested thus far that's actually available for consumers, is almost 20 percent slower than the in-house Intel unit while the Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371 can be anywhere from 20 to 50 percent slower when it levels off at 15 W.

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Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø813 (791.78-824.28)
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø718 (617.03-918.32)
Acer SF514-55T Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø679 (635.98-959.46)
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø653 (629.83-862.05)
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371 Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00; CPU Multi 64Bit; Performance Mode: Ø530 (502.41-808.1)
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371 Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00; CPU Multi 64Bit; Standard Mode: Ø525 (492.36-749.48)
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371 Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00; CPU Multi 64Bit; Silent Mode: Ø478 (358.13-605.84)

So, why the wide performance deltas? It all has to do with Turbo Boost sustainability as some laptops are better equipped than others at running higher clock rates for longer due to higher temperature ceilings or better cooling solutions. Our CineBench R15 xT loop graph above shows that even the Acer SF514-55T can start out flying through the gate before performance eventually drops by over 30 percent as clock rates steadily decline over time.

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 5.3: 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)
i7-1165G7 Pre-Sample
Intel Core i7-1165G7
2530 Points ∼100%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
2108 Points ∼83%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
2025 Points ∼80%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1285 - 2530, n=20)
1963 Points ∼78%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1913 Points ∼76%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1728 Points ∼68%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1285 Points ∼51%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
583 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
569 Points ∼98%
i7-1165G7 Pre-Sample
Intel Core i7-1165G7
565 Points ∼97%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
559 Points ∼96%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (480 - 588, n=20)
556 Points ∼95%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
543 Points ∼93%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7
480 Points ∼82%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
i7-1165G7 Pre-Sample
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1020 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (606 - 1027, n=22)
846 Points ∼83%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
824 (791.78min - 824.28max) Points ∼81%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
818 Points ∼80%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
810 (629.83min - 862.05max) Points ∼79%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7
808.1 Points ∼79%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7
749.48 Points ∼73%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7
605.84 Points ∼59%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
696 (672.4min - 695.53max) Points ∼68%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
i7-1165G7 Pre-Sample
Intel Core i7-1165G7
220 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
219 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
218 Points ∼99%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (199 - 228, n=17)
216 Points ∼98%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
214 Points ∼97%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7
213 Points ∼97%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
210 Points ∼95%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7
958 Seconds * ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
694 Seconds * ∼72%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
660 Seconds * ∼69%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
632 Seconds * ∼66%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (495 - 958, n=19)
611 Seconds * ∼64%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
575 Seconds * ∼60%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5326 MIPS ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5283 MIPS ∼99%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (4651 - 5507, n=19)
5239 MIPS ∼98%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5217 MIPS ∼98%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5096 MIPS ∼96%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7
4651 MIPS ∼87%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
23460 MIPS ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (15556 - 27168, n=19)
23342 MIPS ∼99%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
23087 MIPS ∼98%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
21036 MIPS ∼90%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
20843 MIPS ∼89%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7
15556 MIPS ∼66%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1575 Points ∼100%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1566 Points ∼99%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1551 Points ∼98%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1547 Points ∼98%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1265 - 1595, n=20)
1537 Points ∼98%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1523 Points ∼97%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5926 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5682 Points ∼96%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5586 Points ∼94%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5456 Points ∼92%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5441 Points ∼92%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1821 - 5926, n=20)
5215 Points ∼88%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
6.95 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1.39 - 7.95, n=19)
6.01 fps ∼86%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5.84 fps ∼84%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5.58 fps ∼80%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5.34 fps ∼77%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7
3.84 fps ∼55%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7
56.7 s * ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (43.3 - 88.1, n=18)
50.8 s * ∼90%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
49.4 s * ∼87%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
48.9 s * ∼86%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
47.9 s * ∼84%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
46.2 s * ∼81%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.649 sec * ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (0.554 - 1.002, n=19)
0.601 sec * ∼93%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.593 sec * ∼91%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.586 sec * ∼90%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.568 sec * ∼88%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.554 sec * ∼85%

* ... smaller is better

Gaming performance shows a similar trend where the same aforementioned consumer laptops each with the integrated Iris Xe G7 GPU struggle to reach the same benchmark scores as Intel's in-house kits. The average Xe GPU is at least 20 percent slower than the initial Intel reference design thus far based on our small handful of tested retail units.

Intel Tiger Lake is barely a month old and there's still plenty to test in the year ahead. Graphics drivers in particular are still maturing meaning average gaming performance should only get better from here. But for now, these early Tiger Lake systems are following the same trend that we observed on both Ice Lake and AMD Ryzen laptops when they first became available this time last year.

3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
1618 Points ∼100%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 35W Dynamic Tuning
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
1614 Points ∼100%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
1614 Points ∼100%
Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs,
1590 Points ∼98%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (1089 - 1670, n=21)
1439 Points ∼89%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
1401 Points ∼87%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
1209 Points ∼75%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
1089 Points ∼67%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
856 Points ∼53%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
Intel Reference Design Laptop 35W Dynamic Tuning
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
1807 Points ∼100%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
1798 Points ∼100%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
1775 Points ∼98%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (1192 - 1859, n=19)
1600 Points ∼89%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
1541 Points ∼85%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
1333 Points ∼74%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
1192 Points ∼66%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
969 Points ∼54%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
5774 Points ∼100%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
5652 Points ∼98%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
5139 Points ∼89%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
5107 Points ∼88%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (3638 - 5848, n=20)
5059 Points ∼88%
Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs,
4820 Points ∼83%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
4170 Points ∼72%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
2460 Points ∼43%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs,
38040 Points ∼100%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
31380 Points ∼82%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (21542 - 38040, n=13)
28625 Points ∼75%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
27289 Points ∼72%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
23053 Points ∼61%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
17768 Points ∼47%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
6875 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (3192 - 7093, n=15)
5594 Points ∼81%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
4691 Points ∼68%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
4067 Points ∼59%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
3192 Points ∼46%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
2864 Points ∼42%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
7001 Points ∼100%
Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs,
6710 Points ∼96%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
6698 Points ∼96%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
6563 Points ∼94%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (5018 - 7090, n=16)
6517 Points ∼93%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
5018 Points ∼72%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
4558 Points ∼65%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
1920x1080 High Quality
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (14.5 - 21.7, n=10)
16.6 fps ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
15.8 fps ∼95%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
15.4 fps ∼93%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
15.1 fps ∼91%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
10.5 fps ∼63%
1920x1080 Standard Quality
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
24.7 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (18.3 - 25.7, n=10)
22.4 fps ∼91%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
20.8 fps ∼84%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
19.6 fps ∼79%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
12.7 fps ∼51%
1280x720 Lite Quality
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
44.1 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (31.3 - 46.4, n=10)
39.9 fps ∼90%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
35.4 fps ∼80%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
33.7 fps ∼76%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
24.3 fps ∼55%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
16 (13min - 19max) fps ∼100%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
15 (6min - 18max) fps ∼94%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
14.3 (12min - 17max) fps ∼89%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (11.7 - 16, n=13)
14.3 fps ∼89%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
11.9 (9min - 14max) fps ∼74%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
7 (5min - 9max) fps ∼44%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
35.9 (31min - 41max) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
32.7 (29min - 36max) fps ∼91%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
30 (25min - 34max) fps ∼84%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (10.6 - 35.9, n=15)
29.1 fps ∼81%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
25.4 (22min - 29max) fps ∼71%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
12.8 (11min - 15max) fps ∼36%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
10.6 fps ∼30%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
65.2 (58min - 72max) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
58.4 (17min - 66max) fps ∼90%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
54 (43min - 60max) fps ∼83%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (21.4 - 65.2, n=15)
52.5 fps ∼81%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
41 (37min - 45max) fps ∼63%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
29.2 (26min - 32max) fps ∼45%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
21.4 (14min, 19.05P1 - 30max) fps ∼33%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
101 (91min - 108max) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
97.7 (89min - 107max) fps ∼97%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (32.5 - 107, n=15)
84.1 fps ∼83%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
79 (50min - 87max) fps ∼78%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
74.4 (38min - 89max) fps ∼74%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
51.4 (46min - 57max) fps ∼51%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
32.5 fps ∼32%
GTA V
1920x1080 Highest Settings possible AA:4xMSAA + FX AF:16x
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
12.4 (3.63min, 9.43P1 - 58.4max) fps ∼100%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
11.1 fps ∼90%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (7.94 - 12.8, n=8)
10.6 fps ∼85%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
10.5 (3.77min, 8.26P1 - 29max) fps ∼85%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
7.95 (1.84min, 4.76P1 - 79.9max) fps ∼64%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
4.35 (1.61min, 3.57P1 - 87.3max) fps ∼35%
1920x1080 High/On (Advanced Graphics Off) AA:2xMSAA + FX AF:8x
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
30.1 (7.4min, 20P1 - 122max) fps ∼100%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
25.2 fps ∼84%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (18.7 - 31.9, n=9)
24.9 fps ∼83%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
24.7 (7.44min, 17.9P1 - 101max) fps ∼82%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
18.7 (6.48min, 9.26P1 - 104max) fps ∼62%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
9.99 (4.48min, 7.25P1 - 18.9max) fps ∼33%
1920x1080 Normal/Off AF:4x
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
75.5 (15.1min, 45.5P1 - 147max) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
65.5 (14.1min, 35.7P1 - 117max) fps ∼87%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (48.4 - 75.5, n=9)
63.2 fps ∼84%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
59.1 fps ∼78%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
48.4 (9.05min, 16.1P1 - 122max) fps ∼64%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
29.1 (10.7min, 20P1 - 61.2max) fps ∼39%
1366x768 Normal/Off AF:4x
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
89.6 (13.9min, 52.6P1 - 158max) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
76.8 (5.78min, 40P1 - 185max) fps ∼86%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (64.6 - 89.6, n=9)
76.8 fps ∼86%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
74.4 fps ∼83%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
66.6 (14.4min, 22.7P1 - 131max) fps ∼74%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
45.9 (11.9min, 31.3P1 - 74max) fps ∼51%
1920x1080 Lowest Settings possible
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
86.1 (13.6min, 55.6P1 - 156max) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
72.6 (15.3min, 38.5P1 - 138max) fps ∼84%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (55.2 - 86.1, n=9)
70.7 fps ∼82%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
63.8 fps ∼74%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
55.2 (12min, 22.2P1 - 128max) fps ∼64%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
35 (13min, 25P1 - 88.9max) fps ∼41%
1024x768 Lowest Settings possible
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
100 (19.1min, 62.5P1 - 185max) fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (80.1 - 101, n=9)
89.3 fps ∼89%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
87.9 fps ∼88%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
84.3 (19.6min, 45.5P1 - 137max) fps ∼84%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
81.7 (15.4min, 35.7P1 - 162max) fps ∼82%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
59.5 (14.8min, 41.7P1 - 129max) fps ∼60%
Dota 2 Reborn
1920x1080 ultra (3/3) best looking
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
49.4 (33.1min) fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (34.1 - 144, n=18)
48.6 fps ∼98%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
47.7 (32.4min) fps ∼97%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
42.5 (24.8min) fps ∼86%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
42.3 (27.3min) fps ∼86%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
38 (25.9min) fps ∼77%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
34.1 (22.1min) fps ∼69%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
28.5 (20.6min) fps ∼58%
1920x1080 high (2/3)
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
52 (35.1min) fps ∼100%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
50 (34.7min) fps ∼96%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
46.4 (25.8min) fps ∼89%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (36.5 - 58.6, n=17)
45.7 fps ∼88%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
40.5 (28.7min) fps ∼78%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
38.9 (27.2min) fps ∼75%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
37.8 (24min) fps ∼73%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
30.7 (22.1min) fps ∼59%
1366x768 med (1/3)
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
70.7 (46.8min) fps ∼100%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
69.2 (44.2min) fps ∼98%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
67.4 (45.7min) fps ∼95%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (51.4 - 76.4, n=17)
63.7 fps ∼90%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
55.3 (31.9min) fps ∼78%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
54.3 (36.6min) fps ∼77%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
52.6 (34.3min) fps ∼74%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
51.8 (40.6min) fps ∼73%
1280x720 min (0/3) fastest
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
86.2 (42.8min) fps ∼100%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
83.8 (41.9min) fps ∼97%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (72.9 - 86.2, n=17)
80.4 fps ∼93%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
79.9 (43.2min) fps ∼93%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
77.5 (42.7min) fps ∼90%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
76.9 (40.9min) fps ∼89%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
76.2 (49.8min) fps ∼88%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
72.9 (42.4min) fps ∼85%
X-Plane 11.11
1920x1080 high (fps_test=3)
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
41.7 fps ∼100%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
37.3 fps ∼89%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (21.8 - 41.7, n=18)
33.8 fps ∼81%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
33.1 fps ∼79%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
32.6 fps ∼78%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
32.5 fps ∼78%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
31.2 fps ∼75%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
21.8 fps ∼52%
1920x1080 med (fps_test=2)
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
45.6 fps ∼100%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
41.6 fps ∼91%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (24.5 - 45.6, n=18)
37.6 fps ∼82%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
37.3 fps ∼82%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
37.1 fps ∼81%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
35.4 fps ∼78%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
34.3 fps ∼75%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
24.5 fps ∼54%
1280x720 low (fps_test=1)
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
63.5 fps ∼100%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
55.6 fps ∼88%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
50.7 fps ∼80%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
50.1 fps ∼79%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
48 fps ∼76%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
47.1 fps ∼74%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (26 - 63.5, n=18)
44.9 fps ∼71%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
33 fps ∼52%
Strange Brigade
1920x1080 ultra AA:ultra AF:16
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
24 (5min, 5.93P1 - 304max) fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (23.1 - 24, n=2)
23.6 fps ∼98%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
23.1 (5min, 5.95P1 - 261max) fps ∼96%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
15.6 (5min, 5P1 - 231max) fps ∼65%
1920x1080 high AA:high AF:8
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
30.4 (6.3min, 7.97P1 - 280max) fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (28.3 - 30.4, n=2)
29.4 fps ∼97%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
28.3 (5.2min, 7.9P1 - 253max) fps ∼93%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
15.3 (5min, 5P1 - 245max) fps ∼50%
1920x1080 medium AA:medium AF:4
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
38.5 (8.5min, 10P1 - 315max) fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (35.2 - 38.5, n=2)
36.9 fps ∼96%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
35.2 (8.6min, 12P1 - 225max) fps ∼91%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
17.6 (5min, 7.02P1 - 243max) fps ∼46%
1280x720 lowest AF:1
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
94.4 (16.2min, 33.1P1 - 363max) fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (77.5 - 94.4, n=2)
86 fps ∼91%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
77.5 (15.6min, 29P1 - 281max) fps ∼82%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
48.8 (10.6min, 14.2P1 - 253max) fps ∼52%
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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2020 11 > Not created equal yet again: Retail Core i7-1165G7 laptops can be up to 50 percent slower than Intel's in-house claims
Allen Ngo, 2020-11-17 (Update: 2020-11-17)
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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.