Intel Tiger Lake benchmarks leak again before launch — is AMD in trouble?

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We've been following Intel Tiger Lake leaks for months now, but the official launch is finally due to happen this Wednesday with an abundance of new laptops no doubt arriving with it.

While the official details will all be here soon, a few new benchmarks that Tom's Guide tracked down give us another glimpse at what we can expect from Intel's 11th Gen chipsets once they start shipping.

The benchmarks in question all come from Geekbench 5, which is an industry-standard and one of the tools that we test laptops with here at Laptop Mag. So let's take a look at how these Tiger Lake CPUs stack up to the comparable Ice Lake options.

The top-of-the-line Tiger Lake CPU is the Intel Core i7-1185G7, which lines up against the Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7. It showed up twice (entry 1, entry 2) in the benchmarks. In terms of raw specs, the Tiger Lake option offers a significant advantage over its predecessor with a base frequency of 3GHz with the ability to boost to 4.8GHz, a fairly massive bump up from the 1.3GHz and 3.9GHz figures for the Ice Lake chipset. 

The much-vaunted Intel Xe 12th Gen integrated GPU is a similarly large leap over the Iris Plus available with Ice Lake with 96 execution units (EUs) and 1.55GHz max GPU frequency over the 64 EUs and 1.1GHz of Iris Plus.

On the lower end, we have the Intel Core i5-1135G7, which had managed to also maintain a lower profile over the last several months; we hadn't seen benchmarks emerge for it yet. 

The listing, in this case, was for a forthcoming Acer Aspire laptop and it put up a multi-core score of 4,527 on the strength of a 2.4GHz base frequency and a boosted frequency of 4.2Ghz. While not quite as wild a disparity as seen at the high-end, this is still well above the 1.2GHz and 3.7GHz figures for the current Ice Lake Core i3-1035G7. 

We don't have enough results from this chipset to come up with an average, but this is within the ballpark of the multi-core scores from the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor, which put up a score of 4,617 when we tested the HP Envy x360 13.

Graphics performance with the Intel Xe integrated GPU was similarly superior, although not quite as stark of a difference as at the top end with 80 EUs and a 1.3GHz max frequency compared to the 64 and 1.05GHz of the Ice Lake Iris Plus.

The graphics performance boost is a definite advantage for Tiger Lake that most are focusing on and one that Intel itself has been pushing hard over the summer, so we're incredibly interested to see what that looks like in real-world usage.

There is not much longer before these 11th Gen chips are officially revealed on Wednesday, so we'll have all the answers straight from Intel later this week with a better look at how Tiger Lake stacks up to the competition from AMD.

Sean Riley

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