Intel Tiger Lake-U Geekbench scores look pretty promising
The 10th Gen Intel Core processors may be quite a mess with some SKUs based on the older 14nm process and some on the new 10nm process. While Intel has been pretty decent with their naming, it still doesn’t solve the problem that not all 10th Gen laptops will achieve the expectations of consumers who are expecting to get the latest and greatest from Intel. The 11th Gen may solve that though with a full range of products based on the 10nm++ node, and it seems that preliminary benchmarks are pretty promising too.
Some scores have cropped up on Geekbench, allegedly belonging to the upcoming Tiger Lake-U processors. With a single-core score of 1400 and a multi-core score of 4920, it is quite impressive, to say the least. For comparison, the top-of-the-line Core i7 1065G7 scored 1229 and 4510, while the six-core Core i7 10710U did 1092 and 4985, for the single-core and multi-core benchmarks, respectively. This might be attributed to the new Willow Cove core architecture, which is built upon Ice Lake’s Sunny Cove core architecture. There’s also the rather high clock speeds that the Tiger Lake-U part tested might be running at, with a 2.3 GHz base clock.
With that said, for a 4-core, 8-thread Tiger Lake-U part like the one here in Geekbench’s records to beat a six-core Comet Lake part is really quite an impressive feat. The single-core performance has risen by a fair bit over Ice Lake too, which is nice to see. It should deliver an interesting lead over AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800U, which promises 4% higher single core performance than Intel’s Core i7 1065G7, although the 11th Gen Intel Core processors should still take a back seat when it comes to multi-threaded workloads due to how AMD managed to cram a whopping eight cores into their 15W TDP part.
Intel and its partners are expected to unveil laptops featuring the latest Tiger Lake processors by Q2 or Q3 2020, which means AMD will get a headstart with their upcoming AMD Ryzen 4000 series of mobile processors.
It’s nice to see Intel being competitive again. With the 11th Gen Intel Core processors also expected to bring along their latest Intel Xe graphics architecture, they might be able to put up a strong fight against AMD’s mobile offerings on both the CPU and integrated graphics fronts. Hopefully Intel’s 10nm yields will be sufficient by then and they won’t have to pull off a 11th Gen-but-14nm thing again.
Pokdepinion: I am actually more inclined towards the low wattage mobile processors now than the performance ones…