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Six months later, Iris Xe is looking to be exactly what Intel needed in its fight against AMD Ryzen

Six months later, Iris Xe is looking to be exactly what Intel needed in its fight against AMD Ryzen (Image source: Intel)
Six months later, Iris Xe is looking to be exactly what Intel needed in its fight against AMD Ryzen (Image source: Intel)
Iris Xe Max did little to impress, but the same can't be said about the regular Iris Xe 96 EUs GPU. With more than thirty 11th gen laptops under our belt, we can now paint a broader picture of how Iris Xe performs when compared to all the mobile Ryzen Radeon Vega GPUs currently available.
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When we first benchmarked Iris Xe back in early October of 2020, we found a handful of game-specific bugs and crashes that ultimately made the Intel GPU less reliable than the classic GeForce MX alternative. Performance was also more unsteady in certain titles like GTA V or Apex Legends. Now that we are almost halfway through 2021, we have since tested dozens more Tiger Lake laptops running on updated drivers than our initial Tiger Lake unit back in 2020 was sorely missing. Intel has since directly addressed some problematic titles including Horizon Zero Dawn (as of v27.20.100.9466) to allow for gameplay at lower settings.

We're also starting to get a better idea of how Iris Xe compares to the current lineup of mobile Ryzen CPUs. On average, frame rates are comparable to the Radeon RX Vega 8 4000 which is currently the fastest integrated GPU on AMD's Zen 2 Ryzen 7 Lucienne platform. Other integrated Radeon RX Vega GPUs like the Vega 6, 9, or 10 are all consistently slower than Iris Xe by relatively wide margins. Using 3DMark to judge the performance differences between Iris Xe and Radeon RX Vega is not always reliable and so we've also included real-world gaming benchmarks below. Some titles, like Final Fantast XV, favor Iris Xe significantly.

As for the hyped Iris Xe Max, its gaming performance is not any better than the standard Iris Xe 96 EUs despite what its name may otherwise suggest. This particular version was designed more for content creation and editing instead of gaming as exemplified by the Dell Inspiron 7506 2-in-1.

In all, it's an impressive showing from Intel considering that they were an order of magnitude behind AMD in terms of integrated graphics performance just a couple of years of ago. Suddenly, Ultrabooks with GeForce MX graphics are looking less appealing and even less common at this point in time.

3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (6111 - 6447, n=3)
6297 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (3073 - 5909, n=79)
4909 Points ∼78%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (3381 - 4462, n=12)
3746 Points ∼59%
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AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), R7 5700U
3561 Points ∼57%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
  (3476 - 3599, n=3)
3523 Points ∼56%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (2534 - 4081, n=7)
3398 Points ∼54%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (2407 - 3778, n=29)
3243 Points ∼52%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
 
2789 Points ∼44%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (2122 - 3239, n=19)
2661 Points ∼42%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (1095 - 2901, n=37)
2215 Points ∼35%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (1567 - 2999, n=16)
2181 Points ∼35%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (1697 - 1766, n=3)
1735 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (783 - 1819, n=79)
1464 Points ∼84%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (966 - 1400, n=12)
1156 Points ∼67%
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AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), R7 5700U
1136 Points ∼65%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (800 - 1284, n=7)
1066 Points ∼61%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (728 - 1100, n=25)
986 Points ∼57%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
  (786 - 1085, n=2)
936 Points ∼54%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
 
872 Points ∼50%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (650 - 932, n=18)
803 Points ∼46%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (578 - 852, n=7)
724 Points ∼42%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (523 - 790, n=19)
672 Points ∼39%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (7804 - 8380, n=3)
8133 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (2942 - 7115, n=73)
6366 Points ∼78%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (5373 - 7033, n=12)
5917 Points ∼73%
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AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), R7 5700U
5710 Points ∼70%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (4370 - 6117, n=7)
5500 Points ∼68%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
  (4337 - 5549, n=4)
5213 Points ∼64%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (3993 - 5731, n=26)
5069 Points ∼62%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
 
4380 Points ∼54%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (3401 - 4713, n=19)
4150 Points ∼51%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (2688 - 4165, n=17)
3483 Points ∼43%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (1668 - 4317, n=40)
3429 Points ∼42%
1280x720 Performance Combined
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (5479 - 7083, n=3)
6154 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (2143 - 7160, n=72)
5331 Points ∼87%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (3521 - 4969, n=12)
3999 Points ∼65%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (2459 - 5086, n=26)
3784 Points ∼61%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
  (2477 - 4203, n=4)
3734 Points ∼61%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (2387 - 4567, n=7)
3554 Points ∼58%
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AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), R7 5700U
3521 Points ∼57%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (2263 - 4297, n=19)
3272 Points ∼53%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
 
3041 Points ∼49%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (1232 - 3871, n=40)
2500 Points ∼41%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (1157 - 3247, n=17)
2306 Points ∼37%
GTA V
1024x768 Lowest Settings possible
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (87.2 - 118, n=12)
98.3 fps ∼100%
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AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
90.4 (10.4min, 62.5P1 - 150max) fps ∼92%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (59.2 - 157, n=42)
88.4 fps ∼90%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (79.4 - 91.4, n=2)
85.4 fps ∼87%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
  (68.1 - 102, n=2)
85.1 fps ∼87%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (53.6 - 112, n=5)
83.2 fps ∼85%
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (65.9 - 99.1, n=2)
82.5 fps ∼84%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (51.8 - 88.1, n=3)
65.8 fps ∼67%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (51.5 - 74.6, n=3)
63.9 fps ∼65%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (43.2 - 56.4, n=2)
49.8 fps ∼51%
1920x1080 Lowest Settings possible
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (35.1 - 109, n=40)
68.7 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (49.2 - 89.2, n=3)
65.3 fps ∼95%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (53.7 - 69.1, n=10)
61.5 fps ∼90%
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AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
58.4 (9.77min, 41.7P1 - 118max) fps ∼85%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (30.5 - 71.1, n=3)
53 fps ∼77%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (49.5 - 55.8, n=2)
52.7 fps ∼77%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
 
39.1 fps ∼57%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
 
33.2 fps ∼48%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
 
30.3 fps ∼44%
1920x1080 Normal/Off AF:4x
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (50.9 - 78.5, n=2)
64.7 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (54.4 - 71.9, n=10)
62.5 fps ∼97%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (29.2 - 109, n=37)
60.4 fps ∼93%
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AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
60.1 (7.54min, 40P1 - 129max) fps ∼93%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (50.1 - 57.1, n=2)
53.6 fps ∼83%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (31.7 - 67.9, n=3)
52.3 fps ∼81%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
 
41.5 fps ∼64%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
 
32.2 fps ∼50%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
 
32.1 fps ∼50%
1920x1080 High/On (Advanced Graphics Off) AA:2xMSAA + FX AF:8x
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (24 - 30.9, n=2)
27.5 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (23.6 - 29.8, n=10)
26.4 fps ∼96%
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AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
25.8 (4.1min, 18.2P1 - 36.8max) fps ∼94%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (9.7 - 51.6, n=43)
25 fps ∼91%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
  (17.6 - 28.7, n=2)
23.2 fps ∼84%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (14.3 - 29.1, n=6)
22.6 fps ∼82%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (20.5 - 22.4, n=2)
21.5 fps ∼78%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (15.7 - 25.3, n=3)
20.4 fps ∼74%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (13.2 - 23.3, n=3)
16.9 fps ∼61%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (10.4 - 14.1, n=2)
12.3 fps ∼45%
1920x1080 Highest Settings possible AA:4xMSAA + FX AF:16x
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
 
13.2 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
 
12.3 fps ∼93%
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AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
11.3 (2.5min, 8P1 - 35.5max) fps ∼86%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
  (8.26 - 14.3, n=2)
11.3 fps ∼86%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (9.42 - 13.3, n=9)
11.1 fps ∼84%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (4.22 - 22.9, n=40)
10.3 fps ∼78%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (6.64 - 13.3, n=6)
9.66 fps ∼73%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (9.19 - 9.3, n=2)
9.25 fps ∼70%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (5.8 - 10.1, n=3)
7.55 fps ∼57%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
 
7.15 fps ∼54%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
1280x720 Lite Quality
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
 
46.1 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (23.8 - 56.5, n=54)
38.7 fps ∼84%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (31.3 - 44.9, n=14)
35.4 fps ∼77%
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AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
34.1 fps ∼74%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (22.7 - 37.2, n=7)
31.7 fps ∼69%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
  (24.4 - 31.3, n=4)
28.5 fps ∼62%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (20.9 - 29.4, n=5)
25.6 fps ∼56%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (13.5 - 27.8, n=7)
23.5 fps ∼51%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (16.1 - 19, n=3)
17.1 fps ∼37%
1920x1080 Standard Quality
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (24.2 - 26.2, n=2)
25.2 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (12.2 - 27.6, n=55)
21.1 fps ∼84%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (16.3 - 22.1, n=11)
18.2 fps ∼72%
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AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
17.5 fps ∼69%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (12 - 18.1, n=7)
15.8 fps ∼63%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
  (12.9 - 16.4, n=4)
15.1 fps ∼60%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (10.6 - 15.1, n=5)
12.6 fps ∼50%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (6.6 - 14, n=7)
11.9 fps ∼47%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (8.1 - 9.98, n=3)
8.73 fps ∼35%
1920x1080 High Quality
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (17 - 18.2, n=2)
17.6 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (10.4 - 27.6, n=53)
16.2 fps ∼92%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (11.2 - 15.4, n=11)
12.5 fps ∼71%
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AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
12 fps ∼68%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (7.74 - 12.3, n=7)
10.7 fps ∼61%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
 
7.74 fps ∼44%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (3.7 - 9.22, n=5)
6.99 fps ∼40%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
 
6.8 fps ∼39%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (4.82 - 8.65, n=3)
6.7 fps ∼38%
Dota 2 Reborn
1280x720 min (0/3) fastest
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (93.4 - 124, n=7)
109 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (91 - 130, n=15)
103 fps ∼94%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
  (96.4 - 103, n=2)
99.9 fps ∼92%
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AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
97.2 (86.8min) fps ∼89%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (81.6 - 109, n=17)
93.5 fps ∼86%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (36 - 148, n=78)
86.9 fps ∼80%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (56.2 - 97.2, n=25)
70.8 fps ∼65%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
 
68.9 fps ∼63%
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (59.1 - 70.1, n=3)
65.8 fps ∼60%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (53 - 73, n=10)
63.9 fps ∼59%
1366x768 med (1/3)
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (66.7 - 100, n=7)
84.2 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (73.7 - 106, n=15)
82.6 fps ∼98%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
  (72 - 80.5, n=2)
76.3 fps ∼91%
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AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
75.9 (66.3min) fps ∼90%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (62.6 - 89, n=17)
73.1 fps ∼87%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (31.6 - 108, n=78)
68.5 fps ∼81%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (46.8 - 76.3, n=25)
59.7 fps ∼71%
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (40.3 - 81.6, n=3)
57.3 fps ∼68%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (32.6 - 63, n=10)
50.6 fps ∼60%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
 
46.2 fps ∼55%
1920x1080 high (2/3)
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (45.7 - 65, n=15)
51.6 fps ∼100%
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AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
49.1 (44.2min) fps ∼95%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (33.5 - 59, n=7)
48.2 fps ∼93%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (31.3 - 88.1, n=78)
47.3 fps ∼92%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
  (37 - 54.2, n=2)
45.6 fps ∼88%
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (38.3 - 51.3, n=3)
43.1 fps ∼84%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (32 - 50, n=17)
40.7 fps ∼79%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
 
37.9 fps ∼73%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (26.9 - 47.8, n=25)
36.5 fps ∼71%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (12.5 - 39.7, n=10)
30.7 fps ∼59%
1920x1080 ultra (3/3) best looking
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (43 - 61.2, n=15)
48.4 fps ∼100%
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AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
46.1 (42min) fps ∼95%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (31.4 - 55.6, n=7)
44.9 fps ∼93%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (29.7 - 78.5, n=78)
44.2 fps ∼91%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
  (34.7 - 50.2, n=2)
42.5 fps ∼88%
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (38.4 - 46.6, n=3)
41.1 fps ∼85%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (30.4 - 46.7, n=17)
38.2 fps ∼79%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (24.7 - 44.8, n=25)
33.7 fps ∼70%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
 
31.4 fps ∼65%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (11.8 - 37.2, n=10)
28.3 fps ∼58%
The Witcher 3
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (32.5 - 107, n=70)
82.9 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (54.2 - 108, n=3)
72.9 fps ∼88%
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AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
69.1 (60min - 78max) fps ∼83%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (54 - 77.5, n=10)
67.7 fps ∼82%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (40.5 - 73.4, n=6)
60.5 fps ∼73%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (32.8 - 60, n=17)
45.7 fps ∼55%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
 
41.9 fps ∼51%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
 
41.8 fps ∼50%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (38 - 39, n=2)
38.5 fps ∼46%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (29.7 - 53.8, n=8)
37.4 fps ∼45%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (22 - 47.4, n=15)
33.9 fps ∼41%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (32 - 34.8, n=3)
33.5 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (10.6 - 45.9, n=71)
28.3 fps ∼84%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (18.4 - 24, n=9)
21.1 fps ∼63%
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AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
19.8 (17min - 23max) fps ∼59%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (12.5 - 23.4, n=6)
18.8 fps ∼56%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (10.7 - 19.4, n=16)
14.6 fps ∼44%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
 
13.8 fps ∼41%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
 
13.3 fps ∼40%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (8.4 - 18.8, n=8)
12.5 fps ∼37%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (9.2 - 16.4, n=11)
12.4 fps ∼37%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (7.4 - 9.7, n=2)
8.55 fps ∼26%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (17.2 - 18.5, n=3)
17.8 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (10.2 - 20.1, n=62)
14.3 fps ∼80%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (13.2 - 15.2, n=10)
14.2 fps ∼80%
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AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
14 (13min - 16max) fps ∼79%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (9.33 - 15.4, n=5)
12.8 fps ∼72%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (9.68 - 11.2, n=5)
10.5 fps ∼59%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
 
9.55 fps ∼54%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (6.6 - 11.5, n=8)
8.84 fps ∼50%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
 
8.1 fps ∼46%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (6.3 - 9, n=4)
7.55 fps ∼42%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
 
6 fps ∼34%
X-Plane 11.11
1280x720 low (fps_test=1)
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (37.3 - 59.3, n=15)
44.5 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (38.7 - 53.2, n=7)
44.3 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
  (38.7 - 44.8, n=2)
41.8 fps ∼94%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ALC05 82HU002YUS
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
41.7 fps ∼94%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (33.1 - 45.6, n=16)
38.6 fps ∼87%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (15.8 - 88.4, n=81)
36.9 fps ∼83%
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (33.4 - 39.8, n=2)
36.6 fps ∼82%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (19.2 - 39.9, n=22)
26.6 fps ∼60%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (23 - 28.4, n=7)
25 fps ∼56%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
 
20.1 fps ∼45%
1920x1080 med (fps_test=2)
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (30.7 - 46.1, n=15)
35.4 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (17.9 - 69.5, n=82)
34.8 fps ∼98%
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (34.4 - 34.9, n=2)
34.7 fps ∼98%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ALC05 82HU002YUS
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
34 fps ∼96%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (28.7 - 41.7, n=7)
33.9 fps ∼96%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
  (29.8 - 34.6, n=2)
32.2 fps ∼91%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (25.2 - 33.8, n=16)
29.1 fps ∼82%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (14.5 - 31, n=22)
20.3 fps ∼57%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (15.6 - 22, n=7)
18.6 fps ∼53%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
 
16.9 fps ∼48%
1920x1080 high (fps_test=3)
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ALC05 82HU002YUS
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
31.5 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (26.6 - 40.8, n=15)
31.3 fps ∼99%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (17.3 - 59.8, n=82)
31 fps ∼98%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (25.8 - 36.8, n=7)
30 fps ∼95%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
  (28 - 31.8, n=2)
29.9 fps ∼95%
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (28.9 - 29.7, n=2)
29.3 fps ∼93%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (22.6 - 29.9, n=16)
26.1 fps ∼83%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
  (14.4 - 27.3, n=21)
18.1 fps ∼57%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (14.2 - 19.7, n=7)
16.6 fps ∼53%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
 
14.7 fps ∼47%
Strange Brigade
1280x720 lowest AF:1
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (87.4 - 98.4, n=3)
93.7 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (54.4 - 105, n=39)
85.9 fps ∼92%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (72.2 - 87.8, n=12)
77.8 fps ∼83%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ALC05 82HU002YUS
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
75.8 (43.7min, 66.2P1 - 142max) fps ∼81%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (45.3 - 88.3, n=6)
69.7 fps ∼74%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
 
61.6 fps ∼66%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
 
55.5 fps ∼59%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (41 - 59.6, n=2)
50.3 fps ∼54%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
 
49.9 fps ∼53%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (37.9 - 48.9, n=2)
43.4 fps ∼46%
1920x1080 medium AA:medium AF:4
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (39.1 - 41.2, n=3)
39.9 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (18.8 - 43.5, n=40)
35.7 fps ∼89%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (28.9 - 33.9, n=10)
30.7 fps ∼77%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ALC05 82HU002YUS
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
29.6 (21.3min, 26P1 - 45.2max) fps ∼74%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (17.6 - 33.8, n=6)
27.1 fps ∼68%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
 
24.1 fps ∼60%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
 
20.2 fps ∼51%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (17 - 22.9, n=2)
20 fps ∼50%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (15.1 - 19.6, n=2)
17.4 fps ∼44%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
 
16.3 fps ∼41%
1920x1080 high AA:high AF:8
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (33 - 33.6, n=3)
33.2 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (16.5 - 35.8, n=40)
28.7 fps ∼86%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (24.3 - 28.6, n=10)
25.9 fps ∼78%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ALC05 82HU002YUS
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
25.1 (18.7min, 19.5P1 - 41.3max) fps ∼76%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (15.3 - 29, n=6)
23.1 fps ∼70%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
 
20 fps ∼60%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (15 - 19.3, n=2)
17.2 fps ∼52%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
 
17.1 fps ∼52%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (12.6 - 16.2, n=2)
14.4 fps ∼43%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
 
13.7 fps ∼41%
1920x1080 ultra AA:ultra AF:16
Average Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
  (28.3 - 28.9, n=3)
28.6 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (16.2 - 28.1, n=39)
23.5 fps ∼82%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (20.7 - 24.4, n=10)
22.1 fps ∼77%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ALC05 82HU002YUS
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
21.5 (16min, 17.2P1 - 44max) fps ∼75%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (13.3 - 25, n=6)
20 fps ∼70%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
 
16.7 fps ∼58%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
 
16.7 fps ∼58%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
 
14.8 fps ∼52%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (10.9 - 13.8, n=2)
12.4 fps ∼43%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
 
11.9 fps ∼42%
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