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Intel Core Ultra 7 165H Meteor Lake Slower than the 13th Gen Core-13700H in 5/6 Benchmarks

The Core Ultra 7 165H is a 16-core CPU with 6 P-cores, 8 E-cores, and 2 LPE cores. It has a max boost clock of 5GHz.

The latest member of Intel’s 1st Gen Core Ultra “Meteor Lake” lineup has leaked out, leaving us less than impressed. The Core Ultra 7 165H is a 16-core CPU with 6 P-cores (Redwood Cove), 8 E-cores (Crestmont), and 2 LPE cores (Crestmont on SoC). It has a max boost clock of 5GHz for the P-core, 3.8GHz for the E-cores, and 2.5GHz for the LPE cores. It has a default TDP of 28W, a maximum boost power limit of 115W, and a maximum assured power of 65W.

The chip tested by Notebookcheck had a PL2 limit of 65W and a base power of 55W. It was pitched against the Core i7-13700H (53W-89W) and the Ryzen 7 7840HS (54W-64W). The number of benchmarks is limited, but at least they’re somewhat relevant (unlike Geekbench).

The Core Ultra 7 165H emerges victorious in only one test. In the 10+ years old Cinebench R15, where it’s 9% and 12% faster than the Core i7-13700H and the Ryzen 7 PRO 7840HS. The 13700H is faster in R20 and R23, though not by a substantial margin. Still, it’s a poor look for Meteor Lake, no matter how you spin it.

The single-core performance is even worse as the Core Ultra 7 165H falls behind the Core i7-13700H and the 7840HS in Cinebench R23. It continues to trail the former in R20 and R15 with deltas of 3% and 6%, respectively. There isn’t much to say except, “What the hell happened to Meteor Lake.” This is no better than Ice Lake, minus the delays.

Areej Syed

Processors, PC gaming, and the past. I have been writing about computer hardware for over seven years with more than 5000 published articles. Started off during engineering college and haven't stopped since. Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Divinity, Torment, Baldur's Gate and so much more... Contact: areejs12@hardwaretimes.com.
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