Intel’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake CPUs are supposed to pack the company’s best architectures both on the CPU as well as the GPU side, plus the latest iteration of the 10nm process. These will be the first 10nm chips from Intel to approach the 5GHz mark which is a big step up from Ice Lake which was barely able to hit 4GHz in most applications. The new Willow Cove core architecture powering the CPUs are supposed to offer a markedly higher IPC and single-threaded performance than any other chip on the market. Finally, the Gen12 iGPU will be Intel’s fastest graphics solution to date with up to 96EUs or 384 shaders. Now for the benchmarks:
In Geekbench, the Tiger Lake flagship, the Core i7-1165G7 has a significant single-core lead over AMD’s fastest 15W Renoir part, the Ryzen 7 4800U. The multi-threaded performance is understandably better for Renoir as it has twice the number of cores. However, it’s an ever so slight improvement due to limited clock scaling on mobile platforms. The 4800U’s multi-threaded advantage over the 1165G7 is just under 10% which is much lower than the latter’s single-threaded lead over the former.
Interestingly, even the midrange Core i5-1035G7 has a notable single-threaded lead of 20% over the 4800U, with a nominal deficit of ~15% in multi-threaded workloads. Comparing the two Tiger Lake chips to the 45W Renoir flagship, the Ryzen 9 4900H doesn’t skew the results by much. The latter is around 15% slower than the Core i5 and nearly 30% slower than the Core i7 in terms of single-threaded performance. The multi-threaded performance is more palatable with a lead of 15% over the Core i5 and 30% over the Core i7. This is on account of the better clock scaling thanks to the higher power budget.
Comparing the Core i7-1165G7 against the lower-end Renoir points is rather pointless as its faster on both the single as well as multi-threaded fronts as expected. The Core i5-1135G7 is a more appropriate match, leading in single-threaded workloads by around 25-30% and being just under 5% slower in other multi-core tests.
The only problem with Tiger Lake will once again be the availability. It’ll be limited to the sub-30W notebook market while it’s still not clear whether Asia-Pacific will get the upgrade. At present, there is one only Ice Lake notebook available on the subcontinent which is the Acer 3. All the rest feature the Comet Lake variants.
You can check the graphics performance of the Gen12 iGPUs paired with Tiger Lake here: