[Comparison] Intel Core i3-1115G4 vs Intel Core i7-1165G7 – the latter is twice as fast and it’s totally worth it

The new Tiger Lake architecture from Intel sways the ranking and shows off what that the fierce competition from AMD truly looks like it lit a fire under Intel, and they have been swinging for the fences with each of their new releases. The Intel Core i3-1115G4 is their newest addition, and it looks like it can be one of the go-to choices for budget laptops.

Today we’re here to see how big is the gap between the entry-level Core i3 and the High-end Core i7-1165G7, in terms of CPU, GPU, and Gaming performance.

Here is our Top Laptop CPU Ranking, where you can find the most powerful laptop processors.

You can find out more about both CPUs here: Intel Core i3-1115G4 / Intel Core i7-1165G7

Specs table

Intel Core i3-1115G4Intel Core i7-1165G7
Lithography10 nm10 nm
Cores / Threads2/44/8
Base / Max frequency3.00 – 4.10GHz2.80 – 4.40GHz
TDP / up / down12W / 15W / 28W12W / 15W / 28W
Memory supportDDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4x-3733MHzDDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4x-4266MHz
Integrated GraphicsIntel Iris Xe Graphics G4Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU)


CPU benchmarks

Starting off with the CPU benchmarks, in the Cinebench 15 3D Rendering test, the Intel Core i7-1165G7 was the better processor, scoring 98% higher. As for the second 2D Rendering test with Photoshop, here the i7 was faster again and had a lead of nearly six seconds.

Results are from the Cinebench R23 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)

GPU benchmarks

Moving over to the GPU tests, the i7 was better across all of them, with a 186% lead in 3DMark Fire Strike, 178% in Unigine Heaven 4.0, and 183% in Unigine Superposition. The gaming test scores were similar, with the Iris Xe Graphics G7 with 96 Execution Units, completely wiping the floor with its smaller brother.

Results are from the 3DMark: Time Spy (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Gaming tests


CS:GOHD 1080p, Low (Check settings)HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings)HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G475 fps52 fps24 fps
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU)168 fps (+124% )120 fps (+131% )70 fps (+192% )

DOTA 2HD 1080p, Low (Check settings)HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings)HD 1080p, High (Check settings)
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G476 fps50 fps27 fps
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU)123 fps (+62% )87 fps (+74% )60 fps (+122% )



Unsurprisingly, the Core i7-1165G7 was the undisputed winner, having better scores across both CPU, GPU, and gaming tests. Some of the percentage leads were in the triple-digit numbers, so that alone should tell you enough. The Core i3-1115G4 is still a great choice for students and most consumers, as it has enough power to do some of the most common tasks, such as Web browsing, multimedia, and even light gaming with most esports titles.

All laptops with the Intel Core i3-1115G4:

All laptops with the Intel Core i5-1135G7:

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