Tech Update: Intel Tiger Lake integrated Xe graphics beats Nvidia recent MX350 laptop GPU

Tech Update: Intel Tiger Lake integrated Xe graphics beats Nvidia recent MX350 laptop GPU

Another clue that 11th-gen Tiger Lake integrated GPUs are going to be impressive for gaming

Intel’s Core i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake processor for laptops has been spotted in leaked benchmarks, which show integrated graphics (just about) outperforming the GeForce MX350, a standalone notebook graphics card which was released by Nvidia just a couple of months back.

The Intel Core i7-1165G7 has Xe graphics with 96 execution units (EUs) and 768 cores, clocked at 1.3GHz within the benchmark comparison which is highlighted by Rogaine, a really active leaker on Twitter (as spotted by Videocardz).

The Intel CPU is rated with a 15W base TDP, and note that it'll sit below the Core i7-1185G7, so won’t be the top-end Tiger Lake model for laptops (11th-gen high-end parts are often pushed to 28W), and as Videocardz observes, the MX350 is obtainable in 25W and 15W variants.

In the Geekbench 4 OpenCL benchmark, Intel’s Xe integrated graphics manage to rack up a score of 59,845, which just sneaks before the MX350 on 59,828.

There are slight variations within the individual benchmarks, with the Intel solution having a transparent win when it involves the Gaussian Blur test, and Nvidia’s GeForce GPU romping home with a simple win for the high-energy physics test.

Another leaked Geekbench 4 compute benchmark highlighted by Tum_Apisak on Twitter compared the performance of the Core i7-1165G7 versus Intel’s Core i5-1135G7 (with 80 EUs), with the results of the latter around 13.5% slower, which is just about needless to say.

Game on

On the face of it, the fight against the MX350 seems like a really impressive win for Intel’s Tiger Lake silicon, although we've to require any leaked benchmark with an appropriate dose of salt. And albeit it's genuine, this result's just one benchmark – and a computer-related one at that, with a gaming benchmark being a really different matter.

That said, Rogaine specifically notes that similar results are observed in 3DMark, suggesting that this does reflect gaming prospects pretty accurately. And indeed we've also recently seen Intel showing off Battlefield V running on a laptop using integrated Xe graphics, managing a solid 30 frames per second approximately on top quality graphics settings at 1080p resolution.

Of course, that was on a prototype laptop too, therefore the results with a finished product could rather be better still.

Future thin-and-light laptops that don’t have a discrete (standalone) graphics card could, then, offer some pretty impressive gaming performance levels when equipped with Tiger Lake processors.

As to when these notebooks could be available, Intel’s 11th-gen mobile processors are expected to ship to manufacturers soon, and that they should be appearing in laptops on the shelves at the top of 2020, ready combat AMD’s Ryzen 4000 models.

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