Intel’s Alder Lake chipsets are expected to launch in the next couple of months, just over a year after the company launched its 11th-Gen Tiger Lake Series processors that are currently found on laptops and desktop computers today. The company is still offering 10nm chipsets in 2021, while AMD and Apple have moved on 7nm and 5nm processors that offer better performance and power efficiency. The upcoming Alder Lake series is also expected to feature the same 10nm tech, instead of the Intel 4 technology node that will bring 7nm at a future date.
Last year, when Intel announced the Tiger Lake mobile processors, the company also revealed the blueprint for its Intel Evo initiative, a rebranding of the company’s Project Athena. It allows manufacturers to ship devices with an Intel Evo branding, if they match certain hardware specifications from Intel. These are aimed at creating better, longer-lasting thin and light laptops. This means Intel Evo certified devices must offer adequate responsiveness, over 9 hours of battery on full HD resolution, waking from sleep in under a second, fast charging, Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 4 support.
We recently took a look at the Dell XPS 13 (9310) that sported the Intel Evo certification (read it here) and see how the device performed with the Intel Core i7-1185G7 chipset under the hood. We found that the ultrabook was capable of handling most tasks with ease, while the Intel Iris Xe graphics also offered impressive performance. Today, we’re taking a look at the HP Envy X360 that was released earlier this year bearing the i7-1165G7 chipset, to see how it performs with Intel’s best certification for laptops.
Intel provided us with an HP Envy X360 convertible ultrabook, which is powered by the Intel Core i7-1165G7 chipset that is Evo certified. This laptop comes with four Hyper-threading enabled Willow Coves at 2.8Ghz clock speed at 28W TDP, with boosting up to 4.7 GHz on a single core and 4.1 GHz on all cores. This chipset is a little slower than the Intel Core i7-1185G7 we recently tested on the Dell XPS 13 (9310) but the difference isn’t very large, at least on paper.
According to Intel, the second-generation 10nm SuperFin process for its chipset should be comparable to the 7nm Ryzen 4000 chipsets and offers support for PCIe Express 4.0 and dual-channel LPDDR4x-4267 and DDR4-3200 RAM. Since this laptop is Intel Evo certified, you get support for Wi-Fi 6 connectivity out of the box, while USB4 Type-C and Thunderbolt 4 support is also present. We will address other aspects like battery life at a later stage, but this device comes with a 51Wh Li-ion polymer battery. We performed an OS ‘reset’ to the factory defaults and left all the settings on the device unchanged before testing the device.
CPU and graphics performance and benchmarks
It’s going to be a while before customers will see 7nm chips from Intel, but the company’s SuperFin design is supposed to provide a capable upgrade over its predecessors. This means that if you have a Core i7-10810, Core 17-10610U or the older Core i7-8559U chipset, you should see improvements on the newer Core i7-1165G7.
The HP Envy X360 running the i7-1165G7 chipset scored an average of 1490 points for single-core performance on Geekbench with an average score of 4630 points for multi-core performance. These scores put it on par with the Ryzen 7 5800H and Ryzen 5 5600H chipsets. When it comes to multi-core performance, however, the Intel Core i7-1165G7 is outclassed by both the Ryzen 7 4700U and the Ryzen 7 4800U. On Novabench, the laptop managed a score of 2245, while running at 1.48 GHz – comprising a CPU score of 1278 and GPU score of 403.