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Intel Core i7-1065G7 – 10nm Ice Lake Incoming, Surpasses AMD’s 12nm Picasso Ryzen 7 3750H in Latest CPU Benchmarks


Intel's latest 10nm Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7 has appeared on the PassMark database, along with quite the result, beating out AMD's 12nm Picasso Ryzen 5 3500U and Ryzen 7 3750H.

Intel's 10nm Core i7-1065G7 CPU Tested in PassMark, Blazes Past 3rd Gen Ryzen Mobility

Intel's 10nm Core i7-1065G7 has appeared before, previously in late May via a Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1, scoring highly on Geekbench. Now, a second benchmark result has been discovered, this time in PassMark by TUM_APISAK (via NotebookCheck). The PassMark result of the i7-1065G7 has since been removed, but a cached result is available to take a look at.

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If we compare the performance to Intel's own Core i9-8950HK, we can see that in single thread performance, the 15W chip actually manages to deliver just about the same performance as the unlocked mobility SKU. The Core i9 is a 6 core and 12 thread part so the multi-thread benchmark performance would be higher but the difference isn't that huge and a 6 core, 12 thread Ice Lake part would easily manage to surpass the Core i9-8950HK while delivering higher power efficiency.

Intel Core i7-1065G7 Versus Ryzen 5 3500U - Single Thread Performance

Despite the Core i7-1065G7's lower base clock of 1.3 GHz, the Core i7-1065G7 scores 2625 in the single thread test, outpacing the Ryzen 5 3500U with a score of 1818 at 2.1 GHz. In terms of single thread performance, the Ryzen 5 3500U is at an 807 point deficit as the Core i7-1065G7 pulls ahead by nearly 30%. It's also notable to mention the Core i7-1065G7's slightly higher turbo clock of 3.9 GHz compared to the Ryzen 5 3500U's turbo clock of 3.7 GHz.

Intel Core i7-1065G7 Versus AMD Ryzen 5 3500U (Image Credits: NotebookCheck)

Intel Core i7-1065G7 Versus Ryzen 5 3500U - Multi-Threaded Performance

Both the Core i7-1065G7 and Ryzen 5 3500U contain four cores and eight threads, yet the Core i7-1065G7 manages to score a CPU score of 10316 compared to the Ryzen 5 3500U's score of 8042. In this case, the Core i7-1065G7 outperforms the Ryzen 5 3500U by 2274 points, or by 22%.

Intel's 10nm Efficiency & IPC Improvements

Intel's 10nm process is anticipated to bring various efficiency improvements, and it is evident in the PassMark results. Both the Core i7-1065G7 and Ryzen 5 3500U are 15W processors, yet the Intel counterpart manages to overcome the Ryzen 7 3750H, a 35W chip, as well, despite running at lower clock speed. Intel claims the Sunny Cove architecture will bring an 18% IPC improvement over Skylake, but when factoring in the age of Skylake, that's a comparison to a four-year-old core. AMD's latest Zen 2 microarchitecture brought a 15% IPC uplift in just over a year.

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It is worth noting the AMD chips in comparison, the Ryzen 5 3500U and Ryzen 7 3750H, are based upon the Zen+ microarchitecture, built on the 12nm node, and not AMD's latest Zen 2 architecture, built upon TSMC's latest 7nm node. Along with Sunny Cove, Intel's upcoming Gen11 iGPUs will go head-to-head with AMD's Vega and upcoming Navi iGPUs.

Intel's 10nm Process Maturity

Intel's 10nm process has long since been in development, with only a few mobile parts reaching the production phase. Intel has made it clear that anything above the 28W, quad-core, eight-thread range will have to wait until the 10nm process is further developed. So far, Intel has released a single processor built upon the 10nm node, the Cannon Lake Core i3-8121U.

Intel 10nm Ice Lake CPUs

At Computex 2019, Intel announced a range of mobile platforms and notebooks that will utilize their 10nm Ice Lake processors, branded as the 10th Generation Core family. The company said that the processors are now shipping and will be available on retail very soon.