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The Yoga 9i is Lenovo's fastest 14-inch convertible to date all because of Tiger Lake

The Yoga 9i is Lenovo's fastest 14-inch convertible to date all because of Tiger Lake
The Yoga 9i is Lenovo's fastest 14-inch convertible to date all because of Tiger Lake
Even the least expensive 11th gen Core i5 Yoga 9i 14 can outperform the priciest older Yoga C940 14 with the 10th gen Core i7. Intel has been steadily upping its integrated graphics game which has allowed even small convertible laptops like the Yoga 9i to run popular titles at decent frame rates.

We recently reviewed the Core i5 14-inch Lenovo Yoga 9i and walked away impressed by its performance especially for a subnotebook convertible. Even our base Core i5-1135G7 configuration is able to pull in higher numbers than the previous generation Core i7-1065G7 that continues to be prevalent on most high-end Ultrabooks including on the older Yoga C940 14.

In terms of raw CPU multi-thread performance, CineBench R20 is almost 30 percent higher for the Core i5 Yoga 9i 14 over the Core i7 Yoga C940 14 while CineBench R15 results have both laptops much closer. This discrepancy can be explained by the superior Turbo Boost sustainability of the Yoga 9i 14; CineBench R20 is a longer and more intensive benchmark when compared to CineBench R15 meaning laptops that can't sustain high clock rates for extended periods are more likely to return lower scores on the newer benchmark. This becomes apparent when running CineBench R15 xT in a loop as shown by the graph below where the Core i7 C940 14 would return lower and lower scores over time.

As for graphics performance, the jump from Ice Lake Iris Plus G7 in the older Yoga C940 14 to Iris Xe is about a 50 to 60 percent gain according to 3DMark. Whereas Ice Lake had a tendency to hover between 30 FPS and 60 FPS in most games with screen tearing galore, the Iris Xe is more capable of maintaining 60 FPS at the native 1080p resolution on popular titles like Rocket League, DOTA 2, or Fortnite. The extra graphics horsepower should also prove useful for graphics-heavy applications like photo or video editing.

Though the internal performance upgrades are nice, the Yoga 9i 14 is only a minor external upgrade over the Yoga C940 14 in almost every aspect. Both models have the same keyboard, clickpad, port options, dimensions, and even LG display with just minor chassis differences between them. Yoga 9i owners do get Thunderbolt 4, but Thunderbolt 3 will be more than enough for most owners.

See our full review on the Yoga 9i 14 to learn more about the laptop and its performance.

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Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5 Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø733 (708.93-754.89)
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9 Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø627 (606.12-749.06)
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ; CPU Multi 64Bit; Performance Mode: Ø702 (693.71-740.11)
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø672 (659-720)
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø550 (517.87-676.69)
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB 81C4 UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø588 (570.26-651.27)
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø484 (468.03-611.66)
Lenovo Yoga 730-13IKB UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG); CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø488 (467-630)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.4: Single-Core | Multi-Core
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (431 - 941, n=61)
790 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
755 (708.93min - 754.89max) Points ∼96%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Core i7-1065G7
749 Points ∼95%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
740 (693min - 740max) Points ∼94%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
720 (659min - 720max) Points ∼91%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel Core i5-10210U
677 Points ∼86%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB 81C4
Intel Core i7-8550U
651 Points ∼82%
Lenovo Yoga 730-13IKB
Intel Core i7-8550U
630 Points ∼80%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
613 Points ∼78%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
200 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (141.4 - 205, n=57)
194.3 Points ∼97%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Core i7-1065G7
181 Points ∼91%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
179 Points ∼90%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel Core i5-10210U
169 Points ∼85%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB 81C4
Intel Core i7-8550U
168 Points ∼84%
Lenovo Yoga 730-13IKB
Intel Core i7-8550U
163 Points ∼82%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
145 Points ∼73%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
2031 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (979 - 2382, n=58)
1819 Points ∼90%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1590 Points ∼78%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel Core i5-10210U
1292 Points ∼64%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
517 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (375 - 527, n=58)
507 Points ∼98%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Core i7-1065G7
452 Points ∼87%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel Core i5-10210U
421 Points ∼81%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
765 Seconds * ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (499 - 1044, n=56)
663 Seconds * ∼87%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
619 Seconds * ∼81%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4752 MIPS ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (3924 - 4921, n=58)
4677 MIPS ∼98%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4431 MIPS ∼93%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
22682 MIPS ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (14745 - 24873, n=58)
21371 MIPS ∼94%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
18289 MIPS ∼81%
Geekbench 5.4 / Single-Core
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1407 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (1147 - 1428, n=54)
1374 Points ∼98%
Geekbench 5.4 / Multi-Core
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
5261 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (3475 - 5472, n=54)
4666 Points ∼89%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
6.45 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (3.57 - 7.6, n=53)
5.91 fps ∼92%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
5.1 fps ∼79%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (44.2 - 62.9, n=56)
52.8 s * ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
49.1 s * ∼93%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (0.619 - 0.727, n=55)
0.642 sec * ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
0.633 sec * ∼99%

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3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
4626 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (1560 - 4847, n=76)
3643 Points ∼79%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
3156 Points ∼68%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
2973 Points ∼64%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1257 Points ∼27%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U
1216 Points ∼26%
Lenovo Yoga 730-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U
1174 Points ∼25%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
1319 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (743 - 1511, n=74)
1145 Points ∼87%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
835 Points ∼63%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
825 Points ∼63%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
408 Points ∼31%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U
349 Points ∼26%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
1474 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (833 - 1689, n=74)
1283 Points ∼87%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
945 Points ∼64%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
934 Points ∼63%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
467 Points ∼32%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U
400 Points ∼27%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
5991 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (2246 - 6120, n=74)
5093 Points ∼85%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4630 Points ∼77%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4613 Points ∼77%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB 81C4
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U
1911 Points ∼32%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1859 Points ∼31%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U
1734 Points ∼29%
Lenovo Yoga 730-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U
1649 Points ∼28%
1280x720 Performance Combined
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
5510 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4163 Points ∼76%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (1396 - 6070, n=74)
4145 Points ∼75%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4045 Points ∼73%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB 81C4
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U
1862 Points ∼34%
Lenovo Yoga 730-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U
1670 Points ∼30%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1583 Points ∼29%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U
1524 Points ∼28%
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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2020 12 > The Yoga 9i is Lenovo's fastest 14-inch convertible to date all because of Tiger Lake
Allen Ngo, 2020-12- 5 (Update: 2020-12- 4)