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Our first Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7 benchmarks are in and they outgun the AMD Ryzen 7 3700U

We benchmark the Core i7-1065G7 in both 15 W and 25 W configurations to compare them against the mobile Ryzen 7 series
We benchmark the Core i7-1065G7 in both 15 W and 25 W configurations to compare them against the mobile Ryzen 7 series
AMD has reasons to worry. Intel Ice Lake represents the biggest leap in performance for the Core U series since Kaby Lake-R in 2017. Our preliminary numbers reveal significant GPU gains over the old UHD Graphics 620 while maintaining a 15 W envelope. Meanwhile, the higher-end 25 W Core i7-1065G7 will be even faster than the Zen+ Ryzen 7 3700U on all tested accounts.

Intel is about to launch its 10th generation Ice Lake processors later this year to succeed the current 9th generation Whiskey Lake-U series. Unlike the minor tiptoe in performance from 8th gen Kaby Lake-R to 9th gen Whiskey Lake-U, the gen-to-gen performance gain with Ice Lake promises to be a larger jump.

Intel recently gave us the opportunity to test the upcoming 10 nm Core i7-1065G7 in both 15 W and 25 W TDP levels so we can see what kind of performance gains 25 W can bring to the table and how the new CPU compares to last generation options. OEMs will offer two versions of the Core i7-1065G7 at retail depending on the chassis design: a 15 W SKU and a 25 W SKU. This particular processor is expected to supplant the 14 nm Core i7-8565U and compete directly with AMD's 14 nm Zen+ Ryzen 7 3700U especially in graphics performance where Intel had been stagnant. 

Before we begin, it's important to note that these test samples are preliminary Intel machines not meant to represent any final OEM designs. Retail laptops with the same Core i7-1065G7 CPU from Lenovo, Dell, HP, Acer, and others will indubitably have different levels of performance due to differences in chassis designs and cooling. Thus, our data and findings below only paint a broad picture of what we can expect from the Core i7-1065G7. It won't be until we can personally test a handful of retail units that we can comfortably give a more detailed verdict on this particular Core i7 Ice Lake processor.

In addition to the above forewarning, Intel had some limitations as to what kinds of tests we were allowed to run on these early Ice Lake machines. We are therefore unable to provide a few of our usual measurements like power consumption, temperature, and battery life until proper retail units become available.

For a technical overview of Intel Ice Lake and the technology behind it, see here. We will be jumping straight into the raw performance levels of the 15 W and 25 W Core i7-1065G7 to see how the new CPU stacks up against the Core i7-8565U, i7-8550U, and AMD's Ryzen 7 3700U.

SDS SYSTEM Configuration

 

CPU

Intel® Core™ i7-1065G7 (15 W and 25 W)

Memory

8GB LPDDR4X-3733 (dual channel)

SSD

Intel® SSD Pro 7600p Series 256GB

Graphics

Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics (64 EUs)

Graphics Driver

26.20.100.7010

Display

13.3" 4K Panel 3840x2160

Wireless

Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201 2x2

OS

Windows 10 Pro Build 1903


Intel's 10th gen Core Ice Lake-U and Ice Lake-Y launch lineup. We'll be focusing on just the Core i7-1065G7 with integrated Iris Plus Graphics 940 for now
Intel's 10th gen Core Ice Lake-U and Ice Lake-Y launch lineup. We'll be focusing on just the Core i7-1065G7 with integrated Iris Plus Graphics 940 for now
Intel SDS preliminary Ice Lake laptop specifications
Intel SDS preliminary Ice Lake laptop specifications
 

Processor Performance - Nearly tied with the Core i5-9300H

Starting with CineBench R15, we can observe that the 25 W Core i7-1065G7 offers a 44 percent performance boost over its 15 W Core i7 version in multi-threaded loads. The 25 W Core i7 results are still about 11 to 25 percent higher than the Ryzen 7 3700U and about 32 percent higher than the average Core i7-8550U in our database taken from a sample size of 76 laptops.

The 15 W Core i7-1065G7, however, is less impressive as results are slightly below the average Core i7-8550U and about on par with the older Ryzen 7 2700U in multi-threaded loads. Single-threaded performance is actually quite close to the 25 W i7-1065G7 which is where the AMD alternatives really struggle.

More impressively, the 25 W i7-1065G7 is neck-to-neck with the Core i5-9300H according to CineBench R20. When considering that the latter is a 45 W CPU commonly found on gaming laptops, this is a strong showing for the 10th gen 25 W Core i7.

CineBench R11.5 64-bit (15 W)
CineBench R11.5 64-bit (15 W)
CineBench R15 (15 W)
CineBench R15 (15 W)
CineBench R20 (15 W)
CineBench R20 (15 W)
CineBench R11.5 (25 W)
CineBench R11.5 (25 W)
CineBench R15 (25 W)
CineBench R15 (25 W)
CineBench R20 (25 W)
CineBench R20 (25 W)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
188 Points ∼86%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
180 Points ∼83%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
183 Points ∼84%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
176 Points ∼81%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H
171 Points ∼78%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
163 Points ∼75%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
Intel Core i7-8550U
161 Points ∼74%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (108 - 172, n=74)
160 Points ∼73%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
146 Points ∼67%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
146 Points ∼67%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
145 Points ∼67%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
142 Points ∼65%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
135 Points ∼62%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H
769 Points ∼18%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
751 Points ∼17%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
677 (min: 671.37, max: 798.44) Points ∼15%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
672 Points ∼15%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
675 (min: 643.4, max: 674.64) Points ∼15%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
Intel Core i7-8550U
657 Points ∼15%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
618 Points ∼14%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
613 Points ∼14%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (301 - 761, n=76)
570 Points ∼13%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
546 Points ∼12%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
521 Points ∼12%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
410 (min: 335.35, max: 409.45) Points ∼9%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
367 Points ∼8%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
2.17 Points ∼89%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
2.17 Points ∼89%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
2.09 Points ∼86%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
1.89 Points ∼77%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (1.43 - 1.95, n=32)
1.834 Points ∼75%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
1.67 Points ∼68%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
1.64 Points ∼67%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
1.61 Points ∼66%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
1.61 Points ∼66%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
Intel Core i7-8550U
1.43 Points ∼59%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
8.06 Points ∼24%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
7.63 Points ∼23%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
7.32 Points ∼22%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
Intel Core i7-8550U
6.92 Points ∼21%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
6.91 Points ∼21%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (4.38 - 8.56, n=32)
6.28 Points ∼19%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
6.05 Points ∼18%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
5.69 Points ∼17%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
4.55 Points ∼14%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
3.4 Points ∼10%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
7390 Points ∼68%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
7281 Points ∼67%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
7249 Points ∼67%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H
6539 Points ∼60%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (4202 - 8211, n=30)
6332 Points ∼58%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
6213 Points ∼57%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
5641 Points ∼52%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
5595 Points ∼52%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
4776 Points ∼44%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
4473 Points ∼41%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
4379 Points ∼40%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H
24623 Points ∼50%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
24376 Points ∼49%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
23215 Points ∼47%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
18579 Points ∼37%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
18041 Points ∼36%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (11694 - 24180, n=30)
17908 Points ∼36%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
16551 Points ∼33%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
16466 Points ∼33%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
13838 Points ∼28%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
12799 Points ∼26%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
9812 Points ∼20%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
466 Points ∼91%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
464 Points ∼90%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
444 Points ∼86%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H
419 Points ∼82%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
366 Points ∼71%
CPU (Multi Core)
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H
1723 Points ∼25%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
1691 Points ∼24%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1672 Points ∼24%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
1506 Points ∼22%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1189 Points ∼17%

Benchmarks like CineBench and GeekBench are relatively poor indicators of CPU performance since the tests are short in duration. Longer benchmarks like wPrime, Blender, and HWBOT are better at gauging CPU performance over time to account for any throttling. The 25 W Core i7-1065G7 is still able to consistently outperform the 15 W version by about 30 to 40 percent in each of the three aforementioned benchmarks. Results are about 10 percent slower than the Coffee Lake-U Core i7-8559U in each case.

Interestingly, x265 4K encoding on the 15 W Core i7 is on par with the Ryzen 7 3700U while rendering on Blender is 40 percent slower on the Intel.

Running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop shows how well the processors can perform over time as illustrated by our graph below. The 25 W Core i7 is able to maintain its lead over the Ryzen 7 3700U even after accounting for throttling. However, throttling results will always vary between chassis designs and so OEMs could limit Core i7 performance even further if they wish for smaller chassis designs.

Blender rendering results (15 W)
Blender rendering results (15 W)
Blender rendering results (25 W)
Blender rendering results (25 W)
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Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø692 (673.41-751.19)
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø508 (490.88-548.12)
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00 GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø628 (624.25-657.27)
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø484 (468.03-611.66)
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE Vega 10, 2700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø573 (548.16-653.78)
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API Vega 10, 3700U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø640 (634.34-662.55)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
473.575 s * ∼6%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
450.38 s * ∼5%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
438 s * ∼5%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel Core i7-8550U
435 s * ∼5%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
375.873 s * ∼4%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
354.368 s * ∼4%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (258 - 435, n=11)
351 s * ∼4%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
255.576 s * ∼3%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
234.569 s * ∼3%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (1.4 - 7795, n=90)
1105 Seconds * ∼5%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
748.324 Seconds * ∼3%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
696.928 Seconds * ∼3%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel Core i7-8550U
601 Seconds * ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
594.092 Seconds * ∼3%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
530.738 Seconds * ∼2%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
464.06 Seconds * ∼2%
TrueCrypt
Serpent Mean 100MB
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
0.474 GB/s ∼25%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
0.459 GB/s ∼24%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
0.449 GB/s ∼24%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (0.357 - 0.469, n=6)
0.4253 GB/s ∼22%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel Core i7-8550U
0.42 GB/s ∼22%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
0.385 GB/s ∼20%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
0.369 GB/s ∼19%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
0.233 GB/s ∼12%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
0.21 GB/s ∼11%
Twofish Mean 100MB
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
0.813 GB/s ∼27%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
0.761 GB/s ∼25%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
0.76 GB/s ∼25%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (0.583 - 0.793, n=6)
0.715 GB/s ∼24%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel Core i7-8550U
0.68 GB/s ∼23%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
0.628 GB/s ∼21%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
0.543 GB/s ∼18%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
0.397 GB/s ∼13%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
0.368 GB/s ∼12%
AES Mean 100MB
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
5 GB/s ∼26%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
5 GB/s ∼26%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
5 GB/s ∼26%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (3.3 - 4.6, n=6)
4.15 GB/s ∼21%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel Core i7-8550U
4.1 GB/s ∼21%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
3.8 GB/s ∼19%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
3.2 GB/s ∼16%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
2.4 GB/s ∼12%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
2.1 GB/s ∼11%
Blender 2.79 - ---
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
981 Seconds * ∼10%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (841 - 937, n=3)
873 Seconds * ∼9%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U
769.2 Seconds * ∼8%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
706 Seconds * ∼7%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
703 Seconds * ∼7%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
682 Seconds * ∼7%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
650 Seconds * ∼7%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H
643 Seconds * ∼7%
WinRAR - Result
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
6656 KB/s ∼78%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4995 KB/s ∼59%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4908 KB/s ∼58%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (3847 - 5287, n=7)
4487 KB/s ∼53%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel Core i7-8550U
3970 KB/s ∼47%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
2435 KB/s ∼29%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
2392 KB/s ∼28%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
30570 MIPS ∼37%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
22033 MIPS ∼27%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U
21107 MIPS ∼26%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H
20736 MIPS ∼25%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
20612 MIPS ∼25%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
16931 MIPS ∼21%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
15460 MIPS ∼19%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
12738 MIPS ∼16%
7z b 4 -mmt1
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
6171 MIPS ∼89%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
4826 MIPS ∼70%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H
4626 MIPS ∼67%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4412 MIPS ∼64%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4231 MIPS ∼61%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U
3981 MIPS ∼58%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
3638 MIPS ∼53%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
3347 MIPS ∼48%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
5.9 fps ∼28%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
5.523 fps ∼26%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H
5.7 fps ∼27%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
5.42 fps ∼26%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U
4.72 fps ∼23%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (3.88 - 4.43, n=2)
4.16 fps ∼20%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
3.92 fps ∼19%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
3.9 fps ∼19%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
2.8 fps ∼13%
ComputeMark v2.1
1024x600 Normal, QJuliaRayTrace
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
944 Points ∼8%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
804 Points ∼7%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (302 - 1416, n=9)
748 Points ∼6%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
683 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
642 Points ∼5%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
620 Points ∼5%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
619 Points ∼5%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
574 Points ∼5%
1024x600 Normal, Mandel Scalar
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
805 Points ∼13%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
789 Points ∼13%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
764 Points ∼12%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
677 Points ∼11%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (181 - 908, n=9)
600 Points ∼10%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
592 Points ∼9%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
549 Points ∼9%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
534 Points ∼8%
1024x600 Normal, Mandel Vector
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
525 Points ∼11%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
515 Points ∼10%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
449 Points ∼9%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (163 - 948, n=9)
441 Points ∼9%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
396 Points ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
381 Points ∼8%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
348 Points ∼7%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
335 Points ∼7%
1024x600 Normal, Fluid 2DTexArr
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (105 - 524, n=9)
242 Points ∼7%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
211 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
201 Points ∼5%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
189 Points ∼5%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
174 Points ∼5%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
165 Points ∼4%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
148 Points ∼4%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
126 Points ∼3%
1024x600 Normal, Fluid 3DTex
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
260 Points ∼7%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
256 Points ∼7%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (86 - 518, n=9)
241 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
200 Points ∼5%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
190 Points ∼5%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
189 Points ∼5%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
178 Points ∼5%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
150 Points ∼4%
1024x600 Normal, Score
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
2652 Points ∼10%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
2366 Points ∼8%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7
2322 Points ∼8%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (836 - 4314, n=9)
2273 Points ∼8%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
2206 Points ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
2016 Points ∼7%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
1841 Points ∼7%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
1779 Points ∼6%

* ... smaller is better

Prime95 Stress - Faster Clock Rates for Longer on the 25 W SKU

We stress the laptop with Prime95 to observe clock rate behavior when at 100 percent CPU utilization. Intel says that the 25 W SKU will not necessarily run at higher clock rates than the 15 W SKU, but it will be able to maintain higher clock rates for longer than the 15 W SKU. We're able to confirm this with Prime95; our screenshots below reveal that the 25 W SKU is able to maintain a clock rate of 3.3 GHz for about two times longer (~6 seconds vs. 14 seconds) than the 15 W SKU during the beginning of the stress test. Thereafter, clock rates stabilize at 2.5 GHz compared to just 2 GHz or lower on the 15 W SKU. These observations confirm our CineBench R15 loop test results from above.

While our test units lack the feature, Intel says retail SKUs will have AI-driven Adaptix Dynamic Tuning that should result in more gradual changes to clock rates over time depending on the application and overlying cooling solution. When encoding video, for example, users should see more gradual drops in clock rates over time instead of the steep slope we've recorded here. The technology would work similarly to Dell's existing Dynamic Power Policy for the XPS laptop series.

Prime95 (15 W) initiated at the moment core temperature begins to spike. Note the spike in clock rate to about 3.3 GHz
Prime95 (15 W) initiated at the moment core temperature begins to spike. Note the spike in clock rate to about 3.3 GHz
Prime95 (25 W) initiated at the moment core temperature begins to spike. Note that the clock rate spike is similar to the 15 W SKU but for a longer period of time
Prime95 (25 W) initiated at the moment core temperature begins to spike. Note that the clock rate spike is similar to the 15 W SKU but for a longer period of time

Graphics Performance - More of a Mixed Bag

Next up is GPU performance. Intel has been phoning it in for the past few years when it comes to the UHD Graphics series as it has barely changed since the early Skylake days. It wasn't until the advent of the mobile Ryzen Vega series that finally pushed Intel back to the drawing board for its integrated Ice Lake GPU. The result is a huge gain in graphics performance over the current UHD Graphics 620 series by as much as 110 percent and 160 percent for the 15 W Core i7-1065G7 and 25 W Core i7-1065G7, respectively, according to 3DMark 11. This puts the 15 W Intel Core i7 on par with the AMD RX Vega 8 and 25 W Core i7 in between the GeForce MX130 and GeForce MX150.

3DMark 11 (15 W)
3DMark 11 (15 W)
Cloud Gate (15 W)
Cloud Gate (15 W)
Fire Strike (15 W)
Fire Strike (15 W)
3DMark 11 (25 W)
3DMark 11 (25 W)
Cloud Gate (25 W)
Cloud Gate (25 W)
Ice Storm Extreme (25 W)
Ice Storm Extreme (25 W)
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
7595 Points ∼34%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
4211 Points ∼19%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
3731 Points ∼17%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (1329 - 7414, n=67)
3041 Points ∼13%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
2975 Points ∼13%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
2776 Points ∼12%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
2720 Points ∼12%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
2698 Points ∼12%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
2683 Points ∼12%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8559U
2583 Points ∼11%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U
2184 Points ∼10%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1586 Points ∼7%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1524 Points ∼7%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
1157 Points ∼5%
1280x720 Performance Physics
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8559U
9162 Points ∼49%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
9039 Points ∼49%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
7543 Points ∼41%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (3961 - 9527, n=67)
6682 Points ∼36%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
6566 Points ∼35%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
6475 Points ∼35%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
6239 Points ∼34%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
6084 Points ∼33%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
5938 Points ∼32%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
5268 Points ∼28%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U
5230 Points ∼28%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
5073 Points ∼27%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
4133 Points ∼22%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
3961 Points ∼21%
1280x720 Performance GPU
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
13447 Points ∼26%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
4517 Points ∼9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
4300 Points ∼8%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
4056 Points ∼8%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
3968 Points ∼8%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
3677 Points ∼7%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
3549 Points ∼7%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (1440 - 7640, n=67)
3199 Points ∼6%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8559U
3081 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
2849 Points ∼6%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
2688 Points ∼5%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U
2493 Points ∼5%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1734 Points ∼3%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1577 Points ∼3%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Physics
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
11124 Points ∼39%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8559U
10418 Points ∼36%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
9839 Points ∼34%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
9457 Points ∼33%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
8387 Points ∼29%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
8355 Points ∼29%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (3961 - 11110, n=57)
8275 Points ∼29%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
8212 Points ∼29%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
8119 Points ∼28%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
7079 Points ∼25%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
6984 Points ∼24%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
6059 Points ∼21%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U
5709 Points ∼20%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
4860 Points ∼17%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
9536 Points ∼23%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
3585 Points ∼9%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
2864 Points ∼7%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
2581 Points ∼6%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
2568 Points ∼6%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (862 - 6042, n=57)
2539 Points ∼6%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
2453 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
2340 Points ∼6%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
2310 Points ∼6%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8559U
2260 Points ∼6%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
1567 Points ∼4%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U
1418 Points ∼3%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1216 Points ∼3%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1064 Points ∼3%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
8075 Points ∼30%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
3218 Points ∼12%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
2691 Points ∼10%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
2352 Points ∼9%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (786 - 5412, n=57)
2319 Points ∼9%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
2317 Points ∼9%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
2234 Points ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
2129 Points ∼8%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
2123 Points ∼8%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8559U
2040 Points ∼8%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U
1310 Points ∼5%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
1210 Points ∼5%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1112 Points ∼4%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
962 Points ∼4%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Physics
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
8314 Points ∼21%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8559U
7377 Points ∼19%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
7043 Points ∼18%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
7033 Points ∼18%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
6354 Points ∼16%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
5839 Points ∼15%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (3437 - 7725, n=62)
5757 Points ∼15%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
5372 Points ∼14%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
5195 Points ∼13%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
5153 Points ∼13%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
4094 Points ∼10%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
4058 Points ∼10%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U
4048 Points ∼10%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
3437 Points ∼9%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
57365 Points ∼31%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
21893 Points ∼12%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
18581 Points ∼10%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
18378 Points ∼10%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8559U
16698 Points ∼9%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
15926 Points ∼9%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
15186 Points ∼8%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (6910 - 36413, n=62)
14963 Points ∼8%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
14505 Points ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
13362 Points ∼7%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U
11264 Points ∼6%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
10003 Points ∼5%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
9364 Points ∼5%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
8112 Points ∼4%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
22167 Points ∼37%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
13613 Points ∼23%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
13233 Points ∼22%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8559U
13037 Points ∼22%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
11751 Points ∼20%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
11201 Points ∼19%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
10527 Points ∼18%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (5821 - 16379, n=62)
10493 Points ∼18%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
9981 Points ∼17%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
8889 Points ∼15%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
8870 Points ∼15%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U
8067 Points ∼14%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
7255 Points ∼12%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
7193 Points ∼12%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
52619 Points ∼63%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
51910 Points ∼62%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
47027 Points ∼56%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
46962 Points ∼56%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
45657 Points ∼54%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (16312 - 51937, n=17)
37536 Points ∼45%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
31612 Points ∼38%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
31174 Points ∼37%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
29317 Points ∼35%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
77920 Points ∼11%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
72586 Points ∼10%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
68150 Points ∼9%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
64952 Points ∼9%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
60928 Points ∼8%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
57869 Points ∼8%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
56912 Points ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
45638 Points ∼6%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (7482 - 81315, n=17)
45499 Points ∼6%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Score
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
70113 Points ∼32%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
58862 Points ∼27%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
56042 Points ∼26%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
54622 Points ∼25%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
54372 Points ∼25%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
52651 Points ∼24%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
52619 Points ∼24%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
45925 Points ∼21%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (8505 - 64138, n=17)
42463 Points ∼20%

Unfortunately, raw 3DMark benchmarks almost never tell the whole story especially for GPUs outside of Nvidia. We tested five games on the Core i7-1065G7 ranging from undemanding to very demanding: Rocket League, Bioshock Infinite, Overwatch, Witcher 3, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Results are on par with the RX Vega 10 at worse and, depending on the title and laptop model, about 20 percent faster or more at best. Expect gaming performance to vary considerably in retail SKUs as OEMs must balance the 25 W power envelope between the CPU, GPU, and cooling solution. In this case, a dedicated GeForce MX130 still offers more consistent and reliable gaming performance.

An interesting observation is that real-world gaming performance between the 15 W and 25 W Core i7 test samples is almost the same despite what 3DMark is telling us. The 25 W Core i7 is just a few percentage points faster than the 15 W Core i7 on average when running the few games we've tested. Aside from the early unoptimized graphics drivers, we suspect that the CPU may be a bottleneck to the GPU or vice versa when running real-world titles to explain the similar gaming results between them.

We also noticed that games would stutter more frequently than usual even after taking into account the uneven frame pacing. We're crossing our fingers that this will be addressed once retail models become available or that it was simply a fluke on the sample test unit.

Unigine Valley (15 W)
Unigine Valley (15 W)
Unigine Valley (25 W). Results are nearly identical to the 15 W version
Unigine Valley (25 W). Results are nearly identical to the 15 W version
System statistics when running Witcher 3 (15 W)
System statistics when running Witcher 3 (15 W)
System statistics when running Witcher 3 (25 W). Processor performance is unexpectedly similar to the 15 W SKU
System statistics when running Witcher 3 (25 W). Processor performance is unexpectedly similar to the 15 W SKU
While the new Iris GPU is powerful on paper, it still suffers from some of the same gaming issues that plagued earlier Iris solutions. Namely, performance is not very consistent between games
While the new Iris GPU is powerful on paper, it still suffers from some of the same gaming issues that plagued earlier Iris solutions. Namely, performance is not very consistent between games
We can notice more stuttering than usual when gaming on these preliminary graphics drivers to suggest there is a lot more work to be done before the full potential of the GPU can be exploited
We can notice more stuttering than usual when gaming on these preliminary graphics drivers to suggest there is a lot more work to be done before the full potential of the GPU can be exploited
Rocket League
1920x1080 High Quality AA:High FX
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
43.2 fps ∼100%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
43.1 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (37.8 - 47.4, n=5)
42.4 fps ∼98%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
38.8 fps ∼90%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
35.3 fps ∼82%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
32.7 (min: 6, max: 47) fps ∼76%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
29.3 (min: 13, max: 40) fps ∼68%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
27.9 fps ∼65%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
24.7 fps ∼57%
1920x1080 Quality AA:Medium FX
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (54.3 - 76.1, n=5)
65.1 fps ∼100%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
62.6 fps ∼96%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
62.5 fps ∼96%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
62.1 fps ∼95%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
59.1 fps ∼91%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
44 fps ∼68%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
42.6 (min: 30, max: 55) fps ∼65%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
40.6 (min: 10, max: 63) fps ∼62%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
37.5 fps ∼58%
1920x1080 Performance
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
92 fps ∼100%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
77 fps ∼84%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
74.6 fps ∼81%
1280x720 Performance
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (128 - 160, n=4)
150 fps ∼100%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
133.3 fps ∼89%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
115 fps ∼77%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
107.3 fps ∼72%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
107.1 fps ∼71%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
106.5 fps ∼71%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
103 (min: 70, max: 131) fps ∼69%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
97 (min: 18, max: 126) fps ∼65%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
90.5 fps ∼60%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider - 1280x720 Lowest Preset
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (30 - 50, n=5)
40.8 fps ∼100%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
29 fps ∼71%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
28 fps ∼69%
Acer Nitro 5
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
24 fps ∼59%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
22 (min: 17, max: 37) fps ∼54%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
20.5 (min: 15, max: 38) fps ∼50%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
15 fps ∼37%
Overwatch - 1280x720 Low (Render Scale 100 %) AA:FX AF:1x
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (60 - 174, n=6)
131 fps ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
91 (min: 69, max: 112) fps ∼69%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
84.6 fps ∼65%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
77.8 fps ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018-20KGS03900
Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
71.6 fps ∼55%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
68.4 fps ∼52%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
63.3 (min: 46, max: 81) fps ∼48%
Acer Nitro 5
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
46.2 fps ∼35%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
62.2 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
20 fps ∼32%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (13.3 - 23.8, n=25)
19 fps ∼31%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
18.7 fps ∼30%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
18 fps ∼29%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
15.1 fps ∼24%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
15 fps ∼24%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
13.3 fps ∼21%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
12.1 fps ∼19%
Acer Nitro 5
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
9.8 fps ∼16%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
109.6 fps ∼100%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
34.6 fps ∼32%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (24.4 - 43.2, n=26)
34.3 fps ∼31%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
34 fps ∼31%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
34 fps ∼31%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
26 fps ∼24%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
24.2 fps ∼22%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
24 fps ∼22%
Acer Nitro 5
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
21.2 fps ∼19%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
157.1 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
59 fps ∼38%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (42.6 - 72, n=24)
58.2 fps ∼37%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
53.4 fps ∼34%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
50.3 fps ∼32%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
45.4 fps ∼29%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
43 fps ∼27%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
37.8 fps ∼24%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
36.5 fps ∼23%
Acer Nitro 5
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
29.7 fps ∼19%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
27.4 (min: 21, max: 35) fps ∼17%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
23.2 (min: 17, max: 31) fps ∼15%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
21.7 (min: 17, max: 28) fps ∼14%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
17 fps ∼11%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018-20KGS03900
Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
10.3 fps ∼7%
BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
87.7 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (27.8 - 35.2, n=33)
31.8 fps ∼36%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
23.9 fps ∼27%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
21.3 fps ∼24%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
19.8 fps ∼23%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
19.7 fps ∼22%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
18.5 fps ∼21%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
18.4 fps ∼21%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
17 fps ∼19%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
16.8 fps ∼19%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018-20KGS03900
Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
10.4 fps ∼12%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
10.3 fps ∼12%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
9.8 fps ∼11%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
9.1 (min: 5, max: 16) fps ∼10%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 fps ∼9%
1366x768 High Preset
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
190.4 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (59.7 - 98, n=33)
83.5 fps ∼44%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
61.7 fps ∼32%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
58.5 fps ∼31%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
55.5 fps ∼29%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
55.5 fps ∼29%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
55 fps ∼29%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
54.8 fps ∼29%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
51.3 fps ∼27%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
31.2 fps ∼16%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
30.5 fps ∼16%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018-20KGS03900
Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
30.4 fps ∼16%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
26.1 (min: 5, max: 63) fps ∼14%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
25 fps ∼13%
1366x768 Medium Preset
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
200.3 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (60 - 115, n=33)
98.1 fps ∼49%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
72.1 fps ∼36%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
68.3 fps ∼34%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
65.9 fps ∼33%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
65.5 fps ∼33%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
65.4 fps ∼33%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
64.8 fps ∼32%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
64.7 fps ∼32%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
37.4 fps ∼19%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018-20KGS03900
Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
36.2 fps ∼18%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
35.3 fps ∼18%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
30.8 (min: 67, max: 98) fps ∼15%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
27 fps ∼13%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
213.6 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (98.1 - 203, n=33)
163 fps ∼76%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
126.1 fps ∼59%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
116.6 fps ∼55%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
110 fps ∼51%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
105.7 fps ∼49%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 25 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
104.6 fps ∼49%
Intel SDS Core i7-1065G7 Preliminary Sample 15 W
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
104.2 fps ∼49%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
100.2 fps ∼47%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
95 fps ∼44%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
71.3 fps ∼33%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
68.7 (min: 22, max: 208) fps ∼32%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
58.7 fps ∼27%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
57 fps ∼27%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018-20KGS03900
Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
56.9 fps ∼27%

Preliminary Verdict - Excellent Start With More Work To Go

10th gen Ice Lake brings the enormous leap in GPU performance Intel needs to outgun the mobile RX Vega 8/10 series
10th gen Ice Lake brings the enormous leap in GPU performance Intel needs to outgun the mobile RX Vega 8/10 series

The jump from Kaby Lake Core i7-7500U to Kaby Lake-R Core i7-8550U brought a large boost to CPU performance while GPU gains were minimal. In a similar manner, we now expect the jump from Whiskey Lake-U Core i7-8565U to 15 W Ice Lake-U Core i7-1065G7 to bring a large boost to GPU performance with only minimal raw CPU gains. Intel has managed to squeeze significantly more GPU power over the aging UHD Graphics 620 to be competitive against the <35 W AMD RX Vega 10 all while staying within a smaller 15 W TDP envelope — an impressive feat on its own right.

If you're looking for faster CPU performance, however, only the 25 W Core i7-1065G7 can get the job done. We're seeing a 40 percent gain in multi-threaded CPU performance over the 15 W version. Interestingly, real-world gaming performance between the 15 W and 25 W versions is almost the same in many cases meaning that the jump from 15 W Core i7-1065G7 to 25 W Core i7-1065G7 benefits the CPU much more than the integrated Iris GPU. The biggest reason to own the 25 W Core i7 SKU over the 15 W Core i7 SKU would be for the higher processor performance and not its GPU performance as a result.

Finally, it's worth noting that the upcoming 25 W Core i7-1065G7 performs very similarly to Intel's existing Coffee Lake-U 28 W Core i7-8559U. This uncommon processor can be found on the Intel NUC8i7BEH mini PC and it gives us a very close approximation to the raw horsepower of the impending 25 W Core i7-1065G7. Of course, Ice Lake will integrate more QoL features outside of just performance not found on Coffee Lake-U including Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi 6, Adaptix, and AI inference technology that we will test in more depth once retail units become available. The extent of how AI features and deep learning can improve everyday workloads on Windows remains to be seen.

Our first impressions of the Core i7-1065G7 are positive overall from a pure performance standpoint. The 15 W SKU offers similar CPU performance to the Core i7-8565U and slightly better GPU performance than the more demanding AMD RX Vega 10 while the 25 W SKU is within 10 percent of the Core i5-9300H in raw processing power. The GPU still needs some work for more consistent performance across games that will surely be improved over time with driver updates.

Expect the first Ice Lake laptops to launch in Q4 2019 as part of Intel's lineup of first generation Athena models.

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Allen Ngo, 2019-08- 1 (Update: 2019-08- 2)
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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.