The Core i5-1035G7 is a hell of a mid-range CPU. It’s “loaded” with enough power to beat i7-8650U and it’s even cheaper than it. On top of that, it has a great iGPU that is part of the SoC – the Intel Iris Plus G7 which is one of the fastest integrated graphics at the moment.
This time we decided to compare the Ice Lake mid-range monster with some decently priced fast processor – the i5-10210U. This is a Comet Lake CPU that is snappy-enough for almost every regular user and you don’t have to stretch your wallet because it doesn’t cost a whole fortune.
It’ll be a fast mid-range Ice Lake CPU vs a Comet Lake sibling that has enough power and affordable price.
As always, let’s start with some bulk prices. Intel is asking $320.00 for i5-1035G7 and $297.00 for i5-10210U (8% price difference). The Comet Lake CPU is a bit more inexpensive but the price gap isn’t that big.
If you look at the specs you’ll notice that both CPUs share some almost identical specs like 4 cores and 8 threads, the same amount of cache (6MB), and almost the same TDP values. The i5-1035G7 has an advantage because of its max supported memory frequencies (DDR4-3200, LPDDR4-3733 to DDR4-2666, LPDDR3-2133) but it has lower base and boost clocks when compared to its Comet Lake sibling (1.20 GHz – 3.70 GHz vs 1.60 GHz – 4.20 GHz).
The secret weapon of the Ice Lake processor is the integrated graphics – the Intel Iris G7 is faster than some dedicated GPUs like NVIDIA GeForce MX110 and its almost on par with NVIDIA MX130. The i5-10210U has an Intel UHD graphics which is nothing more than a rebranded UHD 620.
This is our specs table:
|Intel Core i5-1035G7||Intel Core i5-10210U|
|Cores / Threads||4 / 8||4 / 8|
|Base / Max frequency||1.20 – 3.70 GHz||1.60 – 4.20 GHz|
|Cache||6 MB Intel Smart Cache||6 MB Intel Smart Cache|
|TDP / up / down||15W / 25W / 12W||15W / 25W / 10W|
|Memory support||DDR4-3200, LPDDR4-3733||DDR4-2666, LPDDR3-2133|
In terms of computational performance, both CPUs show almost the same results when it comes to 3D rendering.
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)
Yes, as most of you might be thought, the Iris G7 just crushed the UHD Graphics – a 120% better result.
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)
Ok, let’s summarize it. The price gap between those two contenders is just 8% and they are on par in terms of raw processing power. The Core i5-1035G7 has a killer iGPU that is over two times faster than the UHD graphics (a.k.a. UHD 620). The Ice Lake processor has some other advantages too – it’s a 10th gen processor with a 10nm tech process. That leads to lower heat dissipation, lower power consumption (ergo better battery life), and this CPU can fit in much slimmer and compact devices than the i5-10210U-based laptops.
The i5-10210U is a 10th gen processor as well but it has a bit more refined 14nm tech process and that’s all. Its performance is close to i5-1035G7 but unfortunately, the iGPU of the Comet Lake processor is too far away from the Iris G7 in terms of power. When you add in the mix the higher power consumption and a bit higher dissipated heat that comes from the chip itself, it seems that the Comet Lake processor isn’t a good deal when it’s compared to i5-1035G7.
The Ice Lake chip wins because of its more refined 10nm tech process, it has much better iGPU, and it’s more battery-friendly than the i5-10210U.