Supposed Intel-AMD Core i7-8705G benchmarks rival the GTX 1050 in performance
Intel and AMD made the bombshell announcement earlier this week that will have major implications to the CPU and GPU markets for years to come. Strangely enough, the critical news was not made public through live press events and it came with very few details regarding the exact CPU and GPU SKUs we will soon see. This has led to multiple outlets babbling and predicting what may soon come out of the partnership based on the little information we know as confirmed.
With the initial launch supposedly just months away, more concrete leaks are now hinting at what we can expect to come. The latest is a set of unidentified 3DMark 11 scores that are purportedly the upcoming Core i7-8705G and i7-8809G with the unnamed AMD Radeon Polaris/Vega graphics. The 3DMark 11 Graphics Performance scores sit at 3777 points and 3960 points for the i7-8705G and i7-7709G, respectively, to be a step below the average GTX 950M at 4357 points but well above the average GeForce 940MX at 2560 points. These scores, of course, are lower than expected given that the integrated Iris Plus Graphics 640 is already comparable to the GTX 850M and 950M when gaming. Nonetheless, the scores show we can expect just a minor GPU performance dip of only about 5 percent between the higher-end i7-7709G and lower-end i7-8705G.
The next set of unconfirmed benchmarks is potentially more interesting as it involves a repeatable scene in a shipped game. As leaked by Reddit and reported by Hot Hardware, the i7-8705G returns an average of 33.5 FPS in the built-in Ashes of the Singularity benchmark at 1080p High settings. When compared to our own benchmark tests, the result is nearly identical to the GTX 1050 (29.5 FPS) and, by extension, the GTX 965M. The more recent MX150 runs significantly worse at 17.1 FPS in the same benchmark test. Ashes of the Singularity is quite CPU intensive as well since it is a RTS title that benefits directly from higher processor core counts. Nonetheless, a wider variety of benchmarks will be necessary before assuming a bigger picture.
The performance results seem plausible as the Intel-AMD partnership will likely challenge Nvidia in the low-end and mainstream gaming space where the duo can have better traction. The high-end enthusiast space where the GTX 1060 and up reign supreme will be less threatened by the new mobile chips since the dedicated Vega series targets this sector directly.
CES 2018 is suddenly looking a lot more exciting than it was just a few weeks ago.