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Tiger Lake Iris Xe G7 and GeForce MX350 are neck-to-neck in 3DMark — so why is the Intel chip still so much slower when gaming?

Tiger Lake Iris Xe G7 3DMark scores rival the GeForce MX350 — so why is it still so much slower when gaming? (Image source: Nvidia)
Tiger Lake Iris Xe G7 3DMark scores rival the GeForce MX350 — so why is it still so much slower when gaming? (Image source: Nvidia)
Unoptimized drivers, a shared TDP pool, and lack of VRAM on the Iris Xe G7 may be attributing to some steep performance deficits when compared to the GeForce MX150, MX250, or MX350 series when running certain games. A select few titles, however, show the Intel chip to be on par with Nvidia.
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We've just finished testing a small handful of Intel Evo Ultrabooks equipped with the 11th gen Core i7-1165G7 CPU and integrated Iris Xe G7 graphics. This GPU in particular has been touted as being an alternative to the popular GeForce MX series and 3DMark results certainly suggest so with scores that are neck-to-neck between the two. When running actual games, however, the Nvidia GPU will still almost always outperform Intel's new fancy chip by as much as 80 percent in some titles despite what 3DMark is telling us as shown by the comparison charts below.

Games we've tested that run faster on the GeForce MX350 than the Iris Xe G7 include the following:

  • GTA V
  • DOTA 2
  • X-Plane
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey
  • The Division 2
  • Borderlands 3
  • Far Cry New Dawn
  • Anno 1800
  • Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

We have a few theories on why this might be happening. The first is poorer driver optimization from Intel when compared to the more mature drivers from Nvidia. The few Tiger Lake systems we benchmarked were running on pre-release graphics drivers that will surely be updated once they hit retail. It's unlikely that driver updates will close the frame rate gap significantly, but they will at least alleviate some of the issues we experienced.

Our second theory is that Intel might have focused on optimizing its graphics drivers specifically for 3DMark because most tech outlets use 3DMark as a standard of sorts. This may be considered borderline cheating, but we've mentioned in the past that 3DMark can be a poor tool anyway for comparing GPUs of different families such as the Iris Xe G7 to the GeForce MX350. Instead, the tool is at its best when comparing GPUs within the same family (i.e., Intel Iris to Iris or Nvidia GeForce to GeForce).

Our last theory involves the shared TDP pool with the CPU and the lack of VRAM. Unlike the discrete GeForce MX350, the integrated Iris Xe G7 must share resources with the CPU under the same 15 W to 28 W power envelope. This power balance is much more delicate as a stressed CPU will mean fewer resources for the GPU and vice versa. Meanwhile, the shared system RAM may save on motherboard space and overall power consumption, but it will never be as ideal as a pool of dedicated VRAM for gaming.

We still have to test more Tiger Lake Iris Xe G7 laptops before jumping to more conclusions. So far, however, users with GeForce MX laptops shouldn't feel like they're missing out very much performance-wise by skipping 11th gen Tiger Lake-U.

3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
27289 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (19487 - 38040, n=63)
27288 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (23739 - 33672, n=11)
27012 Points ∼99%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (23194 - 26239, n=8)
24701 Points ∼91%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
5139 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (3113 - 5909, n=78)
4932 Points ∼96%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (3999 - 4536, n=13)
4369 Points ∼85%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (3381 - 4462, n=12)
3746 Points ∼73%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (783 - 1819, n=78)
1467 Points ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
1401 Points ∼96%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (1123 - 1595, n=11)
1318 Points ∼90%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (966 - 1400, n=12)
1156 Points ∼79%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (880 - 2029, n=76)
1625 Points ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
1541 Points ∼95%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (1219 - 1752, n=11)
1459 Points ∼90%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (1100 - 1598, n=13)
1309 Points ∼81%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
4471 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (2361 - 5332, n=75)
4390 Points ∼98%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (3615 - 4088, n=13)
3958 Points ∼89%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (3079 - 4040, n=12)
3412 Points ∼76%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (19575 - 28638, n=11)
22237 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (12813 - 22314, n=62)
17749 Points ∼80%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
16127 Points ∼73%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (11700 - 17289, n=8)
15262 Points ∼69%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
6563 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (2942 - 7115, n=72)
6375 Points ∼97%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (5191 - 6448, n=12)
6108 Points ∼93%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (5373 - 7033, n=12)
5917 Points ∼90%
1280x720 Performance Combined
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (2143 - 7160, n=71)
5357 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (4363 - 5296, n=12)
5068 Points ∼95%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
4691 Points ∼88%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (3521 - 4969, n=12)
3999 Points ∼75%
GTA V
1024x768 Lowest Settings possible
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (141 - 146, n=2)
144 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (87.2 - 118, n=12)
98.3 fps ∼68%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (59.2 - 157, n=41)
88.9 fps ∼62%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
81.7 (15.4min, 35.7P1 - 162max) fps ∼57%
1920x1080 Lowest Settings possible
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (86.9 - 109, n=2)
97.7 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (35.1 - 109, n=39)
69.4 fps ∼71%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (53.7 - 69.1, n=10)
61.5 fps ∼63%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
55.2 (12min, 22.2P1 - 128max) fps ∼56%
1366x768 Normal/Off AF:4x
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (115 - 136, n=2)
126 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (76.5 - 105, n=9)
88.7 fps ∼70%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (45.5 - 137, n=42)
75.8 fps ∼60%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
66.6 (14.4min, 22.7P1 - 131max) fps ∼53%
1920x1080 Normal/Off AF:4x
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (69 - 109, n=2)
88.9 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (54.4 - 71.9, n=10)
62.5 fps ∼70%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (29.2 - 109, n=36)
61.1 fps ∼69%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
48.4 (9.05min, 16.1P1 - 122max) fps ∼54%
1920x1080 High/On (Advanced Graphics Off) AA:2xMSAA + FX AF:8x
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (45.8 - 47, n=2)
46.4 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (23.6 - 29.8, n=10)
26.4 fps ∼57%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (9.7 - 51.6, n=42)
25.3 fps ∼55%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
18.7 (6.48min, 9.26P1 - 104max) fps ∼40%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
1280x720 Lite Quality
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (36.5 - 48.6, n=4)
43.7 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (23.8 - 56.5, n=53)
38.9 fps ∼89%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
35.4 fps ∼81%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (31.3 - 44.9, n=14)
35.4 fps ∼81%
1920x1080 Standard Quality
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (20.4 - 23.2, n=4)
22 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (12.2 - 27.6, n=54)
21.3 fps ∼97%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
20.8 fps ∼95%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (16.3 - 22.1, n=11)
18.2 fps ∼83%
Dota 2 Reborn
1280x720 min (0/3) fastest
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (103 - 145, n=13)
123 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (91 - 130, n=15)
103 fps ∼84%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (36 - 148, n=77)
86.8 fps ∼71%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
76.9 (40.9min) fps ∼63%
1366x768 med (1/3)
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (93.8 - 130, n=13)
110 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (73.7 - 106, n=15)
82.6 fps ∼75%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (31.6 - 108, n=77)
68.4 fps ∼62%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
67.4 (45.7min) fps ∼61%
1920x1080 high (2/3)
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (64.1 - 85.2, n=13)
80.5 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (45.7 - 65, n=15)
51.6 fps ∼64%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (31.3 - 88.1, n=77)
47.4 fps ∼59%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
46.4 (25.8min) fps ∼58%
1920x1080 ultra (3/3) best looking
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (52.3 - 77.3, n=13)
71.9 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (43 - 61.2, n=15)
48.4 fps ∼67%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (29.7 - 78.5, n=77)
44.3 fps ∼62%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
42.3 (27.3min) fps ∼59%
X-Plane 11.11
1280x720 low (fps_test=1)
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (49.1 - 81.9, n=13)
66.4 fps ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
50.1 fps ∼75%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (37.3 - 59.3, n=15)
44.5 fps ∼67%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (15.8 - 88.4, n=80)
36.9 fps ∼56%
1920x1080 med (fps_test=2)
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (35.5 - 65.1, n=13)
54.6 fps ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
35.4 fps ∼65%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (30.7 - 46.1, n=15)
35.4 fps ∼65%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (17.9 - 69.5, n=81)
34.8 fps ∼64%
1920x1080 high (fps_test=3)
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (30.2 - 59.1, n=13)
46.8 fps ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
32.6 fps ∼70%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (26.6 - 40.8, n=15)
31.3 fps ∼67%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (17.3 - 59.8, n=81)
31 fps ∼66%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1280x720 Lowest Preset
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (54.3 - 68, n=4)
61.8 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
59 fps ∼95%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (29 - 63, n=13)
46.1 fps ∼75%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
41 (27min - 87max) fps ∼66%
1920x1080 Medium Preset
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (22 - 24, n=4)
23.2 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
21 fps ∼91%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (13 - 26, n=13)
20 fps ∼86%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
18 (14min - 35max) fps ∼78%
Assassin´s Creed Odyssey - 1280x720 Low Preset
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (48 - 49, n=2)
48.5 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (25 - 32, n=2)
28.5 fps ∼59%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
25 (8min - 40max) fps ∼52%
Apex Legends
1280x720 Minimum Settings
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (76.6 - 94, n=2)
85.3 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (70.1 - 111, n=3)
84 fps ∼98%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
80.8 fps ∼95%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
70.6 (53min - 92max) fps ∼83%
1920x1080 Medium Settings AA:TS AF:4x
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (30.8 - 47.1, n=3)
37.8 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (33.1 - 40.6, n=2)
36.9 fps ∼98%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
34.7 fps ∼92%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
30.8 (24min - 36max) fps ∼81%
Metro Exodus
1280x720 Low Quality AF:4x
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
39.3 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (34.8 - 39.1, n=2)
37 fps ∼94%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (28.2 - 38.7, n=2)
33.5 fps ∼85%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
28.2 (15.8min - 44.9max) fps ∼72%
1920x1080 Medium Quality AF:4x
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (15 - 20, n=2)
17.5 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
17 fps ∼97%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
15 (7.1min - 22.2max) fps ∼86%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (14.5 - 14.9, n=2)
14.7 fps ∼84%
The Division 2
1280x720 Low Preset (100% Res. Scale)
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (53 - 57, n=2)
55 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
44 fps ∼80%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (30 - 51, n=2)
40.5 fps ∼74%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
30 fps ∼55%
1920x1080 Medium Preset
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (27 - 28, n=2)
27.5 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (17 - 28, n=2)
22.5 fps ∼82%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
21 fps ∼76%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
17 fps ∼62%
Total War: Three Kingdoms
1280x720 Low (incl textures)
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (79.8 - 91.9, n=2)
85.9 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (59.3 - 93.7, n=4)
77.6 fps ∼90%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
76.2 (, 88P1max: 60max) fps ∼89%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
66.4 fps ∼77%
1920x1080 Medium (incl textures)
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (19.8 - 34.2, n=4)
28 fps ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
26.2 (22min - 30max) fps ∼94%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (22.2 - 30.1, n=2)
26.2 fps ∼94%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
20.2 fps ∼72%
Borderlands 3
1280x720 Very Low Overall Quality (DX11)
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (65.9 - 68.2, n=2)
67.1 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
60.1 fps ∼90%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (39.3 - 50.4, n=3)
46.7 fps ∼70%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
39.3 fps ∼59%
1920x1080 Medium Overall Quality (DX11)
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (26.3 - 27.3, n=2)
26.8 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (19.7 - 26.4, n=3)
23.7 fps ∼88%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
22.9 fps ∼85%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
19.7 fps ∼74%
Doom Eternal
1280x720 Low Preset
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
84 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (42.1 - 56.7, n=2)
49.4 fps ∼59%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
42.1 fps ∼50%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
 
40.2 fps ∼48%
1920x1080 Medium Preset
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
60.9 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (21.4 - 30.9, n=2)
26.2 fps ∼43%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
21.4 fps ∼35%
The Witcher 3
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (32.5 - 107, n=69)
83.3 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (54.9 - 86, n=11)
76.6 fps ∼92%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
74.4 (38min - 89max) fps ∼89%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (54 - 77.5, n=10)
67.7 fps ∼81%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (21.4 - 67, n=70)
53.1 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (35.2 - 49.7, n=12)
44.6 fps ∼84%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
41 (37min - 45max) fps ∼77%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (23.3 - 49.5, n=7)
40.4 fps ∼76%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (10.6 - 45.9, n=70)
28.6 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (20.6 - 29.9, n=12)
26.2 fps ∼92%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
25.4 (22min - 29max) fps ∼89%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (18.4 - 24, n=9)
21.1 fps ∼74%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (10.1 - 17.5, n=11)
15.2 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (10.2 - 20.1, n=62)
14.3 fps ∼94%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (13.2 - 15.2, n=10)
14.2 fps ∼93%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
11.9 (9min - 14max) fps ∼78%
Far Cry New Dawn
1280x720 Low Preset
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (55 - 56, n=2)
55.5 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
41 fps ∼74%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (29 - 49, n=3)
38.7 fps ∼70%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
38 (29min - 49max) fps ∼68%
1920x1080 Medium Preset
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (28 - 28, n=2)
28 fps ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
23 (16min - 30max) fps ∼82%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (18 - 28, n=3)
23 fps ∼82%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
21 fps ∼75%
Dirt Rally 2.0
1280x720 Ultra Low Preset AF:2x
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (114 - 119, n=2)
116 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (114 - 116, n=2)
115 fps ∼99%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
113.6 (98min - 135max) fps ∼98%
1920x1080 Medium Preset AF:4x
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (43.8 - 49.5, n=2)
46.7 fps ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
43.8 (35min - 51max) fps ∼94%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (40.3 - 41.8, n=2)
41.1 fps ∼88%
Anno 1800
1280x720 Low Graphics Quality (DX11)
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (58.4 - 79.4, n=2)
68.9 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (50.8 - 79.2, n=2)
65 fps ∼94%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
50.8 (45min - 57max) fps ∼74%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
49.4 fps ∼72%
1920x1080 Medium Graphics Quality (DX11)
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (30.3 - 35.5, n=2)
32.9 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (19.9 - 29.3, n=2)
24.6 fps ∼75%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
21 fps ∼64%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
19.9 (17min - 25max) fps ∼60%
Control
1280x720 Low Quality Preset (DX11)
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (51.6 - 53.2, n=2)
52.4 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (42.9 - 59.7, n=2)
51.3 fps ∼98%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
51.3 fps ∼98%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
42.9 (36min - 51max) fps ∼82%
1920x1080 Medium Quality Preset (DX11)
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (16.9 - 18.1, n=2)
17.5 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
17.1 fps ∼98%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (14.1 - 19.6, n=2)
16.9 fps ∼97%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
14.1 (11min - 17max) fps ∼81%
GRID 2019
1280x720 Ultra Low Preset
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (67.5 - 85.3, n=2)
76.4 fps ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
67.5 (56min - 79max) fps ∼88%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (59.4 - 71.9, n=2)
65.7 fps ∼86%
1920x1080 Medium Preset
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (36.9 - 42.9, n=2)
39.9 fps ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
36.9 (31.8min - 41.8max) fps ∼92%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (26.4 - 28, n=2)
27.2 fps ∼68%
Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order - 1920x1080 Medium Preset
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
33.4 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (26.2 - 36.9, n=2)
31.6 fps ∼95%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (11.8 - 21.8, n=2)
16.8 fps ∼50%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
11.8 (7min - 16max) fps ∼35%
Hunt Showdown - 1280x720 Low Preset
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (59.1 - 59.1, n=2)
59.1 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
49.3 fps ∼83%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (38 - 60, n=2)
49 fps ∼83%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
38 (28min - 49max) fps ∼64%
Gears Tactics
1280x720 Low Preset
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (128 - 142, n=2)
135 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (97 - 142, n=2)
120 fps ∼89%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
97 fps ∼72%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (77.7 - 110, n=2)
93.9 fps ∼70%
1920x1080 Medium Preset
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (48 - 52.1, n=2)
50.1 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (39.3 - 57, n=3)
48.8 fps ∼97%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
39.3 fps ∼78%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (29.7 - 41.2, n=2)
35.5 fps ∼71%
F1 2020
1280x720 Ultra Low Preset
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (98.7 - 102, n=2)
100 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (79.1 - 83, n=3)
80.6 fps ∼81%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (49 - 93, n=18)
75.3 fps ∼75%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
70 (54min - 80max) fps ∼70%
1920x1080 Medium Preset AF:16x
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (48.3 - 49, n=2)
48.7 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (23.1 - 50, n=18)
40.1 fps ∼82%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
40 (33min - 47max) fps ∼82%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
  (37.2 - 40, n=3)
38.6 fps ∼79%
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