Ice Lake vs Kaby Lake R. This will be the battle of the generations. We have Intel Core i5-1035G4 (Ice Lake) and Intel Core i7-8650U (Kaby Lake R) for our comparison today. Almost two years between them – Kaby Lake R was launched in Q3’17. For the IT world, two years is a lot of time.
Intel is selling the i5-1035G4 for $309 and i7-8650U for $409. Exactly a $100 difference. Let’s see if is worth it the extra money.
So, in 2019 i5 CPUs like the i5-1035G4 got the same core count (4 core, 8 threads) as our two years old i7-8650U. That’s nice progress. But let’s continue with the other specs.
The frequencies of Core i7-8650U are a bit lower (1.10 GHz base frequency and 3.70 GHz boost) compared to i7-8650U’s 1.90 GHz to 4.20 GHz. The max memory size is double for the Core i5-1035G4 – 64 GB. Core i7-8650U is taking the lead with 8MB of cache while Core i5-1035G4 has 6MB cache.
The powerful Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 is rocking inside the i5-1035G4 while i7-8650U is equipped with the much more ordinary UHD Graphics 620. The next one is the memory support – the Core i5-1035G4 is taking the ovations here with DDR4-3200, LPDDR4-3733, and DDR4-2400, LPDDR3-2133 “only” for i7-8650U.
You can see our table for more clear specs comparison.
|Intel Core i5-1035G4||Intel Core i7-8650U|
|Cores / Threads||4 / 8||4 / 8|
|Base / Max frequency||1.10 – 3.70 GHz||1.90 – 4.20 GHz|
|Cache||6 MB Intel Smart Cache||8 MB Intel Smart Cache|
|TDP / up / down||15W / 25W / 12W||15W / 25W / 10W|
|Memory support||DDR4-3200; LPDDR4-2133||DDR4-2666; LPDDR3-2133|
Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Just look at the i5-1035G4’s 3DMark Fire Strike (graphics) score – it’s a whopping 160% more than i5-1035G4. End of story.
Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
The same story here – Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 is faster compared to Intel UHD 620.
|CS:GO||HD 1080p, Low (Check settings)||HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings)||HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)|
|Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4||69 fps||37 fps||22 fps|
|Intel UHD 620||57 fps||33 fps||15 fps|
|DOTA 2||HD 1080p, Low (Check settings)||HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings)||HD 1080p, High (Check settings)|
|Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4||97 fps||46 fps||28 fps|
|Intel UHD 620||77 fps||39 fps||16 fps|
|Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5)||HD 768p, Normal (Check settings)||HD 768p, High (Check settings)||HD 768p, Very High (Check settings)|
|IIntel Iris Plus Graphics G4||45 fps||22 fps||– fps|
|Intel UHD 620||35 fps||– fps||– fps|
Do we have a clear winner?
Yes, after everything we saw (specs and CPU performance) it’s clear like day and night. Core i5-1035G4 is packing a lot of cool features – enough core count for your basic everyday tasks such as web browsing and videos, much faster IGP (Iris Plus Graphics) – you can expect much better FPS in some popular light games like DOTA 2 and CS:GO compared to UHD Graphics 620.
Also, i5-1035G4 supports higher memory frequencies and got almost the same TDP levels (only the TDP down value is a bit higher than the one in the i7-8650U – 12W to 10W).
On top of that, Core i5-1035G4’s price is $100 lower so that’s a great offer!