A while back Intel PR lead, Ryan Shrout showed off a Tiger Lake-based laptop running Battlefield V at 1080p high with an astounding 30 FPS. Keep in mind that we’re talking about an SoC with a shared TDP of 28W between the CPU and GPU. Going by that, this kind of performance is all kinds of impressive. However, if we have a look at how AMD’s Ryzen 4000 powered laptops perform in the same games, it may not be enough.
Going by a video posted by TechEpiphany, the Ryzen 7 4800U when running at a cTDP of 25W (simulated in this case) and DDR4-3200 memory is nearly as fast as the Tiger Lake processor in the same game. Keep in mind that the final performance of the top-end TGL-U part, namely the Core i7-1165G7 may be slightly faster but the average performance will likely be slightly lower due to varying thermal solutions used by OEMs.
In the above video, the Tiger Lake chip is 20-25% faster than the Ryzen 7 4800U (7nm Vega 8). This may seem like a decent lead but it’s still a nominal advantage in terms of real-world performance, especially if you consider that it’ll power Intel’s finest products till the end of 2021. AMD will likely have the Renoir-successor out a while before the next wave of post-Tiger Lake chips.
3DMark leaks shared by _rogame over the last few weeks paint a similar picture. The average delta in the GPU performance of Renoir and Tiger Lake varies between 20-30%, with certain workloads seeing it exceed 40% but that’s very rare.
As far as CPU performance is concerned, Tiger Lake’s single-threaded performance will almost certainly be superior but as already known it’ll be limited to quad-core designs so the advantage won’t be as pronounced. Furthermore, the fact that Tiger Lake won’t launch on the high-performance 45W notebook space means that AMD’s Renoir 4000H lineup will continue to power the fastest gaming notebooks.