An Intel Tiger Lake-based Core i7 processor, the 1165G7 has surfaced that appears to be quite close to the final version, giving us an idea of what to expect from Team Blue’s latest CPU and GPU architectures. Tiger Lake will feature the latest Willow Cove core architecture and will also include the first iteration of the Gen12 Xe graphics with as many as 96EUs, putting it more or less on par with the DG1.
As you can see in the above 3DMark 11 performance chart, the Gen12 integrated graphics are a big step up from the Gen11 and even the 7nm Vega iGPU found on the Ryzen 7 4800U. It’s 50-60% faster than Ice Lake (Gen11), but just marginally ahead of the Renoir part. Granted, the final scores will be higher, but don’t expect it to increase by much.
On the CPU side, the Ryzen 7 4800U is way ahead of the Core i7-1165G7, beating it by nearly 4,000 points. The latter is even slower than its predecessor, the 1065G7 in this test, meaning that the retail unit will likely be 10-15% faster than this particular result. Even then though, the results won’t change by much. Yes, the graphics side is a major step up from Ice Lake and Gen11, it’s still in the vicinity of the Renoir competition. The CPU side being limited to quad-core designs means that the latter will once again be considerably faster in most applications, even though the IPC and single-threaded performance is likely to be somewhat superior on Tiger Lake.