Intel has been looking to make a statement with its laptop CPUs for quite some time. And the 11th-gen Core i7-1185G7, AKA Tiger Lake, might just be their biggest launch in years. While previous releases barely faced competition, Tiger Lake will face the game-changing Ryzen 4000 series by AMD.
Twitter is already filled with talks around the revival of the slugfest between AMD, Qualcomm, and Intel. Meanwhile, the team at PCWorld pitted the Tiger Lake against a 6-core i7, a 4-core i7, and an 8-core Ryzen 7.
While they weren’t allowed to reveal the build of the laptop featuring the i7-1185G7 Tiger Lake, they provided the specification for the other contestants in this experiment.
The “Comet Lake U” 6-core i7-10710U with HD graphics featured in a Dell XPS 13 7390 laptop. A Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 housed the “Ice Lake U” 4-core i7-1065G7 with Iris Plus graphics. The final feature was a “Renoir” 8-core Ryzen 7 4800U in a Lenovo Slim 7 with Radeon graphics.
How did the 11th-gen Core i7 fare?
The processors were tested over three major categories: gaming, AI, and conventional CPU performance. These categories helped provide the performances of the chips in a wide range of applications. As both the 11th-gen Core i7 and Ryzen 7 were several folds better than the rest, we will compare the findings head-on for the two.
Starting with gaming, Ryzen 7 performs well. However, Tiger Lake emerged as a clear winner. A 30% faster performance over Ryzen 7 is no laughing matter. Hence, if you care about gaming when using an ultra-light laptop, choose Tiger Lake.
The second category is more relevant for about a year in the future than right now. As more and more applications adopt AI, you would want to get a processor that is ready for things. And the winner, again, is Tiger Lake. But Ryzen 7 redeems itself by a landslide in the final category, as depicted in the following chart.
To compare the traditional CPU performance of the two chips, they were tested on the Cinebench R15. And if you didn’t guess it already, red shows Ryzen 7’s performance while blue is for the Core i7. Hence, if you are looking for a laptop that is a monster at raw multi-threaded performance, Ryzen 7 stands above everyone else here.