COMPARATIVA: GPU Intel Iris Xe G7 contra Intel HD Graphics, AMD Vega y NVidia MX

COMPARATIVA: GPU Intel Iris Xe G7 contra Intel HD Graphics, AMD Vega y NVidia MX


Today we present our benchmark comparison of the new GPU Intel Iris Xe LP Gen 12 Against the rest of integrated GPUs on the market today, a GPU that we will soon see in many mini PCs with Intel’s Gen11.

The news GPU Xe LP (integrated low consumption) are the Gen12 of these graphics solutions and finally give a very important leap in performance in the graphics section for 11th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. Intel Core i3, Celeron and Pentium processors are excluded from these GPUs for now, a real shame. With these new GPUs we can finally have light gaming on 11Gen Intel processors and we will also have substantial improvements in video playback. Let’s see how this new GPU works and how it defends itself against the competition.


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

General specifications

These built-in charts Intel Xe LP Gen12 we find them in the new processors Intel Tiger Lake Gen11 destinated to laptops and low-power devices such as mini PCs. These processors are made in the process of 10nm SupeFin, have connectivity USB 4, Thunderbolt 4 y PCI Express 4.0 that allows us to also connect any next-generation GPU, a noticeable leap in performance compared to the 14nm of previous generations.

Within this range of processors some mount the new GPU Intel Iris Xe G7 with two configurations, one with 96 execution units (EU) in the Core-i7 and another with 80 US on Core i5 processors, on the other hand processors Core i3 they only make up the old Intel HD Graphics with 48 EU. There is also a variant Intel Iris Xe G7 MAX with higher clock speed, double decoder and improvements in AI DP4a.

In this range of processors we have two families divided by consumption, on the one hand those of high consumption UP3 that are between 12 and 28W TPD and in the range of low consumption UP4 we have processors with consumptions between 7 y 15 W TPD. Something that will also mark the raw performance of the processor.

Cores/Threads Base Turbo Consumption Graphics I
Intel Core i7-1185G7 4/8 3.0 GHz 4.3 GHz 12 / 28W Iris Xe G7 96
Intel Core i7-1165G7 4/8 2.8 GHz 4.1 GHz 12 / 28W Iris Xe G7 96
Intel Core i5-1135G7 4/8 2.4 GHz 3.8 GHz 12 / 28W Iris Xe G7 80
Intel Core i3-1125G4 4/8 2.0 GHz 3.3 GHz 12 / 28W UHD Graphics 48
Intel Core i3-1115G4 2/4 3.0 GHz 4.1 GHz 12 / 28W UHD Graphics 48
Intel Core i7-1160G7 4/8 1.2 GHz 3.6 GHz 7/15W Iris Xe G7 96
Intel Core i5-1130G7 4/8 1.1 GHz 3.4 GHz 7/15W Iris Xe G7 80
Intel Core i3-1120G4 4/8 1.1 GHz 3.0 GHz 7/15W UHD Graphics 48
Intel Core i3-1110G4 2/4 1.8 GHz 3.9 GHz 7/15W UHD Graphics 48

GPU

The design of the new Intel Iris Xe G7 LP They represent a radical departure from the older Intel HD Graphics which are technologically out of date. The new GPUs have a much simpler and functional modular design that we will see evolve in future versions. The performance is directly improved almost twice when jumping to 10nm SuperFin but also for the improvement in the support of instructions and flow management.

VPU

In the video playback section, these new GPUs also update their processing engine, the new Media Engine offers us the twice the encoding / decoding performance, we have support from AV1 decoding, greater acceleration H.265, video playback up to [email protected], medium HDR 10 y Dolby Vision (one layer) and compatibility with 12bit color.

Regarding video outputs we have support for four screens at once, can be distributed among eDP outlets, DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0 natively with color support 12bit BT2020 and supports video output up to 360Hz Adaptive Sync. as we see does not have HDMI 2.1 support and all the special functions that this connection brings.

PERFORMANCE TEST

Testing hardware

For direct testing on these new GPUs Intel Iris XE G7 we have used a laptop Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-514R, a well balanced computer that has the processor Intel Core i5-1135G7, with 8 GB RAM and disk SSD NVMe from 512 GB. A system that comes with Windows 10 64bit installed by default and that moves perfectly to play quite demanding titles as we will see in the tests, office automation, desktop applications and 4K multimedia playback.


testing bench

We run several GPU performance tests Intel Iris XE G7 and we measure it against the most widespread GPUs of the moment such as the old ones Intel HD Graphics, the powerful AMD Vega of Ryzen processors and GPUs with dedicated GDDR memory in the family NVIDIA GeForce MX.

3DMark

The test of graphics performance par excellence with a fairly solid continuity in terms of results which helps us when comparing the performance of GPUs historically. As we see the performance figures in these synthetic tests are quite promising and it is appreciated as equal or exceed the AMD Vega of the Ryzen 4000. Curiously, it also surpasses in these tests the NVIDIA GeForce MX, but as we will see it is only in the tests, in real games where much more performance is required from the dedicated memory, the GeForces greatly improve the results.

Games

We performed our tests in games using the GPU Intel Iris XE G7 that as we see gives us a pretty good performance if we compare it with its direct competition GPU AMD Vega, a really positive jump over the outdated Intel HD Graphics. As we have commented, the actual performance in games if it is below the NVIDIA GeForce MX, here you can see the extra performance that the dedicated GDRR memory that install these integrated GPUs.

  • Adjustment: High quality / Resolution 1080p / No VSync.
  • On models with integrated low-end Intel HD GPU and 720p resolution.

During our gaming sessions at Fortnite y CS:GO the system is fluid, we just have to adjust quality of some sections for play comfortably at 1080p with frame rate well above 30fps. Keep in mind that these tests are carried out on power-limited processors to increase battery life in laptops, in mini PCs we will surely have higher performance. Without a doubt, a positive step by Intel in the right direction and that brings us good news for the next mini pc with processors Core i5 y i7 Tiger Lake.

VPU and Sound

We passed a series of performance tests in terms of video playback on the GPU Intel Iris XE G7 to check the formats supported by the VPU integrated. As we can see, the results are very good both in h.265 HDR like in VP9 4K, also as we have verified this new VPU has support of AV1 hardware decoding. This codec is still in the process of implementation and has some problems with KODI 19, but they will be solved when this version evolves, on YouTube we can reproduce the videos encoded with this format without problems.

  • Picture quality: Correct colors and good processing.
  • HDR compatibility: Dolby Vision (single layer), HDR10 and support for REC709 / BT2020 profiles.
  • Sound: Depends on manufacturer settings, but can go up to Dolby Atmos and DTS: X

Formats Result
h.264 / 1080i / 8bit Correct
h.264 / 1080p / 4K / 8bit Correct
h.264 / 1080p / 10bit (anime) Correct (SW)
h.265 / 1080p / 8bit Correct
h.265 / 1080p / 10bit (anime) Correct
h.265 / [email protected] / 8bit Correct
h.265 / [email protected]/60fps / 10bit HDR Correct
VP9 P1 / 4K @ 24fps / 8bit Correct
VP9 P2 / [email protected]/60fps / 10bit HDR Correct
VP9 P2 / [email protected] / 10bit HDR Correct
AV1 / 4K @ 24fps / 10bit Correct
Netflix 4K HDR Correct
Max. Bitrate 100 Mbps = 12,5 MB/s
  • SW = does not have hardware acceleration and may have a specific jump in very large files.

CONCLUSIONS

Opinion

As we can see in our comparison the new GPU Intel Iris XE G7 we are before a very positive evolution Regarding the performance of Intel’s integrated graphics solutions, we finally have a real competition against AMD Vega GPUs In this sector. In the real results playing demanding titles, the Intel Iris Xe G7 GPUs leave the already old Intel HD Graphics far behind, with this power if we can play adjusting graphic quality to most titles.

The new one GPU Intel Iris XE G7 It also offers us good quality video playback, compatibility HDMI 2.0 native and decoding support for modern codec AV1 that will extend in the next years in streaming services like Netflix. Unfortunately, it seems that the torpor for HDMI 2.1 connectivity has been left in the pipeline, which we may see in future evolutions, for now we will have to settle for a maximum resolution of 8K @ 60fps.

In short, the new GPU Intel Iris XE G7 they finally offer us a good performance than silver against its competition in the sector of integrated GPUs such as AMD Vega. We are looking forward to it being extended and we will soon see mini PCs with this graphical solution with a higher power consumption limit than notebooks.

Assessment

PROS CONS
  • Good 3D performance
  • Video compatible with AV1 and 8K @ 60fps
  • Native HDMI 2.0 compatibility
  • HDR support
  • Stable drivers
  • No HDMI 2.1 support
  • GPU limited to Core i5 and Core i7 only

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