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Intel Core i3-1115G4 vs Intel Core i7-1185G7 vs Intel Core i7-1165G7

Intel Core i3-1115G4

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The Intel Core i3-1115G4 is a dual-core SoC for laptops and Ultrabooks based on the Tiger Lake-U generation (UP3) that was launched in September 2020. It integrates two Willow Cove processor cores (4 threads thanks to HyperThreading). Each core can clock from 3 GHz (base speed) to 4.1 GHz (single- and dual-core boost). The faster Core i5 and i7 models offer more cores and are therefore significantly faster.

Another novelty is the integrated Xe graphics card based on the completely new Gen 12 architecture. In the i3-1115G4 Intel is naming the GPU UHD Graphics and offers only 48 of the 96 EUs clocked at 400 - 1250 MHz. GPU and CPU can together use the 6 MB of L3 cache.

Furthermore, Tiger Lake SoCs add PCIe 4 support (four lanes), AI hardware acceleration, and the partial integration of Thunderbolt 4 / USB 4 and WiFi 6 in the chip.

The chip is produced on the second-gen 10 nm Intel SuperFin process that should be comparable to the 7 nm TSMC process (e.g. Ryzen 4000 series).

Performance

Multi-thread peformance is most comparable to Intel Core i5-8250U and AMD Ryzen 5 3450U, both quad-core processors launched just a year or two ago. This makes the i3 a more than decent option for entry-level as well as lower mid-range laptops. It is more than fast enough for day-to-day tasks; that said, any workload of the more taxing kind (such as exporting a high-bitrate, hour-long UHD video) will be enough to bring the i3 to its knees rather quickly.

The operating range of the UP3 series is specified at 12 to 28 Watt. Therefore, the processor is also suited for thin and light laptops.

Intel Core i7-1185G7

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The Intel Core i7-1185G7 is a power-efficient quad-core SoC for laptops and Ultrabooks based on the Tiger Lake-U generation (UP3) that was introduced September 2020. It integrates four Willow Cove processor cores (8 threads thanks to Hyper-Threading). Each core can clock from 1.2 GHz (12 W base clock speed), 3 GHz (28 W base clock speed) to 4.8 GHz (single-core boost). All cores at once can clock at up to 4.3 GHz. At the time of announcement, the i7-1185G7 is the fastest model of the line-up. Since early 2021, the i7-1185G7 supports management features like vPro.

Another novelty is the integrated Iris Xe iGPU based on the completely new Gen 12 architecture. It should offer a significantly higher performance compared to the older Iris Plus G7 (Ice Lake). In the i7-1185G7 it uses 96 EUs and clocks between 400 - 1,350 MHz. The GPU and CPU can together use the 12 MB of L3 cache.

Furthermore, Tiger Lake SoCs add PCIe 4 support (four lanes), AI hardware acceleration, and the partial integration of Thunderbolt 4/USB 4 and Wi-Fi 6 in the chip.

Performance

The average 1185G7 in our database is just as fast as AMD's hexa-core Ryzen 5 4500U APU is, as far as multi-thread performance is concerned. While the i7 is not Intel's fastest laptop-grade processor by any stretch of imagination, it's more than usable for your productivity and creative apps, with a bit of gaming possible as well.

The chip is produced on the second-generation 10 nm Intel SuperFin process that is comparable to the 7 nm TSMC process Ryzen 4000 CPUs are manufactured on.

The operating range of the UP3 series is specified at 12 to 28 Watt. Therefore, the processor is suited for thin and light laptops.

Intel Core i7-1165G7

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The Intel Core i7-1165G7 is an upper mid-range, quad-core SoC designed for use in ultra-thin laptops. The Tiger Lake-UP3 processor was unveiled in September 2020; its Hyper-Threading-enabled Willow Cove CPU cores run at 2.8 GHz (base clock speed @ 28 W TDP) to 4.7 GHz (single-core Boost frequency). The all-core Boost frequency sits at 4.1 GHz. This i7 was the second-fastest CPU of TGL-UP3 line-up when Intel initially launched the series in 2020.

The i7 is ever-so-slightly inferior to Intel Core i7-1185G7 in that the vPro support is nowhere to be found, the clock speeds are lower, and the iGPU's clock speed is a little lower as well.

Architecture

A sizeable performance-per-MHz boost is one of the many benefits of Tiger Lake generation compared to the older Ice Lake and Comet Lake product families. Core i7-1165G7 is compatible with dual-channel DDR4-3200 or quad-channel LPDDR4x-4267 RAM; Intel recommends using no more than 64 GB, for reference. The processor also supports PCI-Express 4.0 (4 lanes) and is capable of HW-accelerating certain AI workloads. Thunderbolt 4, USB 4 and Wi-Fi 6 support is partially baked into the chip. Four PCI-Express 4.0 lanes allow for read/write rates of up to 7.9 GB/s, provided a suitably fast NVMe SSD is used.

The i7 is built with the second-gen 10 nm Intel process marketed as SuperFin that is supposedly comparable to TSMC's 7 nm process, the one Ryzen 4000 and Ryzen 5000 series processors are manufactured on. Both the CPU cores and the iGPU have access to 12 MB of L3 cache. The SoC is supposed to be soldered straight on to the motherboard (BGA1449 socket interface); it is thus anything but user-replaceable.

Performance

The average Core i7-1165G7 in our database is just as fast as Intel's Core i5-10200H and Core i7-10810U are, as far as multi-thread performance is concerned. It's even brave enough to come dangerously close to the costlier Core i7-1195G7 while unfortunately not being able to quite match the high bar set by AMD's Ryzen 3 5300U. That said, this is a very decent CPU; provided the long-term Power Limit is high enough (> 30 W) and the cooling solution is a good one, the i7 will have no trouble chewing through light video editing and 3D rendering jobs on the go with a bit of gaming possible as well (even if there is no dedicated graphics card). More on this below.

Graphics

The Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96 EUs) is based on Intel's Generation 12 architecture. It is a lot faster than the older Iris Plus G7 (Ice Lake) and UHD Graphics 620 (Comet Lake) solutions. The Xe has 96 Execution Units running at 400 MHz to 1,300 MHz, in the case of this Core i7.

This graphics adapter can drive up to 4 monitors in resolutions as high as SUHD [email protected] simultaneously, and the built-in video decoder is AV1-friendly. It will happily decode most other video codecs including HEVC, AVC, VP9, MPEG-2 and so on, too.

The Xe will let you play most games at 1080p / Low. It's nearly as fast as NVIDIA's GeForce MX350, surpassing anything we have seen from AMD's integrated graphics thus far. It is paramount that fast RAM is used as the Xe has no VRAM of its own. The other prerequisites for decent 3D performance are decently high Power Limits and a competent cooling solution.

Power Consumption

Core i7-1165G7 has a default TDP of 12 W to 28 W (OEMs get to set the value according to their needs), thus making the Core i7 a good fit for tiny mini-PCs, ultra-portable laptops and high-end tablets alike. The CPU will have performance sustainability issues if cooled passively which is something for OEMs to keep in mind.

Last but not the least, the fairly modern 10 nm manufacturing process and the low core count render the i7 a relatively energy-efficient CPU.

ModelIntel Core i3-1115G4Intel Core i7-1185G7Intel Core i7-1165G7
SeriesIntel Tiger LakeIntel Tiger LakeIntel Tiger Lake
CodenameTiger Lake UP3Tiger Lake UP3Tiger Lake UP3
Series: Tiger Lake Tiger Lake UP3
Intel Core i7-1195G72.9 - 5 GHz4 / 812 MB
Intel Core i7-1185G73 - 4.8 GHz4 / 812 MB
Intel Core i7-1165G72.8 - 4.7 GHz4 / 812 MB
Intel Core i5-1155G72.5 - 4.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-1145G72.6 - 4.4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-1135G72.4 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i3-1125G42 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i3-1115G43 - 4.1 GHz2 / 46 MB
Intel Core i7-1195G72.9 - 5 GHz4 / 812 MB
» Intel Core i7-1185G73 - 4.8 GHz4 / 812 MB
Intel Core i7-1165G72.8 - 4.7 GHz4 / 812 MB
Intel Core i5-1155G72.5 - 4.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-1145G72.6 - 4.4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-1135G72.4 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i3-1125G42 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i3-1115G43 - 4.1 GHz2 / 46 MB
Intel Core i7-1195G72.9 - 5 GHz4 / 812 MB
Intel Core i7-1185G73 - 4.8 GHz4 / 812 MB
» Intel Core i7-1165G72.8 - 4.7 GHz4 / 812 MB
Intel Core i5-1155G72.5 - 4.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-1145G72.6 - 4.4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-1135G72.4 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i3-1125G42 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i3-1115G43 - 4.1 GHz2 / 46 MB
Clock3000 - 4100 MHz3000 - 4800 MHz2800 - 4700 MHz
L1 Cache160 KB320 KB320 KB
L2 Cache2.5 MB5 MB5 MB
L3 Cache6 MB12 MB12 MB
Cores / Threads2 / 44 / 84 / 8
TDP28 Watt28 Watt28 Watt
Technology10 nm10 nm10 nm
max. Temp.100 °C100 °C100 °C
SocketBGA1499BGA1449BGA1449
FeaturesDL Boost, GNA, Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), Thunderbolt 4, DDR4-3200 / LPDDR4x-3733DL Boost, GNA, Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), Thunderbolt 4, DDR4-3200 / LPDDR4x-4266DL Boost, GNA, Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), Thunderbolt 4, DDR4-3200 / LPDDR4x-4266
iGPUIntel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs (400 - 1250 MHz)Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs (400 - 1350 MHz)Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs (400 - 1300 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
Announced
ManufacturerIntel Tiger Lake i3-1115G4Intel Tiger Lake i7-1185G7Intel Tiger Lake i7-1165G7

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i3-1115G4
34.1 pt (38%)
Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i7-1185G7
40.8 pt (45%)
Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i7-1165G7
40.8 pt (45%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
min: 2725     avg: 3043     median: 3236 (5%)     max: 3244 Points
min: 3610     avg: 5324     median: 5383.5 (9%)     max: 6383 Points
min: 2525     avg: 5110     median: 5216 (9%)     max: 6862 Points
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
min: 1242     avg: 1296     median: 1312 (58%)     max: 1319 Points
min: 1251     avg: 1449     median: 1455.5 (64%)     max: 1532 Points
min: 1110     avg: 1425     median: 1457.5 (64%)     max: 1539 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 504     avg: 507     median: 505 (58%)     max: 515 Points
min: 489     avg: 557     median: 558.5 (64%)     max: 593 Points
min: 442     avg: 551     median: 564 (65%)     max: 589 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 961     avg: 1113     median: 1071 (5%)     max: 1251 Points
min: 1425     avg: 2039     median: 2090 (9%)     max: 2493 Points
min: 1060     avg: 1967     median: 1996.5 (8%)     max: 2657 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 384.7     avg: 460.5     median: 494 (5%)     max: 507 Points
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min: 617     avg: 859     median: 866 (9%)     max: 1066 Points
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min: 553     avg: 847     median: 850 (9%)     max: 1027 Points
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 137     avg: 178.5     median: 193 (59%)     max: 197 Points
min: 168     avg: 215.4     median: 217 (66%)     max: 230 Points
min: 115     avg: 212.1     median: 218 (66%)     max: 230 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 8.99     avg: 9.3     median: 9.3 (13%)     max: 9.67 Points
min: 5.26     avg: 8     median: 7.9 (11%)     max: 9.84 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 2.52     avg: 2.5     median: 2.5 (8%)     max: 2.56 Points
min: 2.16     avg: 2.5     median: 2.5 (8%)     max: 2.63 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
8018 Points (65%)
min: 8782     avg: 8872     median: 8872 (72%)     max: 8962 Points
min: 7815     avg: 8540     median: 8645 (71%)     max: 9053 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
16265 Points (19%)
min: 26426     avg: 27025     median: 27024.5 (31%)     max: 27623 Points
min: 15248     avg: 22318     median: 22636 (26%)     max: 28753 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 35564     avg: 36392     median: 36391.5 (28%)     max: 37219 Points
min: 29428     avg: 36033     median: 36980 (28%)     max: 40744 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 10927     avg: 11135     median: 11135 (61%)     max: 11343 Points
min: 10812     avg: 11405     median: 11515.5 (63%)     max: 11777 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
412.8 s (5%)
240.4 s (3%)
min: 216.279     avg: 288.1     median: 288.1 (3%)     max: 360 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
11.8 s (2%)
min: 5.71     avg: 6     median: 5.8 (1%)     max: 6.875 s
101%