The 10th gen Intel Ice Lake CPUs are on the market for quite some time and we saw that they are worthy products. These chips offer good battery life, more than decent performance and they have new and fast iGPUs like the Intel Iris Plus G7 and Iris G4. These integrated video cards aren’t too far away from some low-end dedicated GPUs in terms of performance – you can have a look at our comparisons between Iris G7 and MX130 and Iris G4 and MX110.
Unfortunately, one of the few downsides of the whole Ice Lake lineup is the price – yes, they are fast, they are 10nm chips with fast integrated graphics, but in a lot of cases, the bulk price is on the high side. If you care only about CPU performance and your budget is tight, there are better options on the market right now. Like the Core i5-9300H that we are going to compare with Core i7-1065G7.
As a start, some bulk prices – $426.00 for the Core i7-1065G7 and $250.00 for Core i5-9300H – Holy Moly, a 70% price gap is no joke. Let’s see if the i7-1065G7 can justify its higher price premium.
The Core i7-1065G7 is a 10nm Ice Lake processor while the i5-9300H is a Coffee Lake CPU. The latter has a hefty TDP of 45W so it can maintain higher sustained frequencies during load while this is not the case with the competitor – the ULV chips can’t maintain high clocks because of their low TDP levels (which is good for battery life).
The Ice Lake CPU has a lower base and boosts frequencies when compared to its Coffee Lake rival (1.30 GHz – 3.90 GHz to 2.40 – 4.10 GHz) and they have the same cache size of 8MB. The newer 10nm CPU has an advantage with its max supported memory frequencies – DDR4-3200, LPDDR4-3733, while the i5-9300H has more modest ones – DDR4-2666; LPDDR3-2133.
|Intel Core i7-1065G7||Intel Core i5-9300H|
|Cores / Threads||4 / 8||4 / 8|
|Base / Max frequency||1.30 – 3.90 GHz||2.40 – 4.10 GHz|
|Cache||8 MB Intel Smart Cache||8MB Intel Smart Cache|
|TDP / up / down||15W / 25W / 12W||45W / – / 35W|
|Memory support||DDR4-3200, LPDDR4-3733||DDR4-2666; LPDDR3-2133|
I5-9300H is 11% faster in terms of 3D rendering – a good for a much low-prices processor.
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)
The UHD 630 showed its age here – the Iris G7 is over two times faster than it.
|Intel Iris Plus G7||Intel UHD Graphics 630|
|3DMark FireStrike||3024 (+153%)||1196|
Ice or Coffee
It really depends on your needs. If you care only about CPU performance and your laptop is placed most of the time on a desk with a plugged charger – yes, the i5-9300H is a good choice. The performance is definitely there, no matter the load – Web browsing, watching videos, using programs like Handbrake, or editing photos – this fella will do the job and its price is much more pleasant than the more modern 10nm chip (a 70% price gap between them). The drawbacks – the CPU consumes more power and it requires significantly better cooling than the 10th gen processors so you’ll have a hard time finding it in a thin and light notebook.
The i7-1065G7 is a whole another story. It’s a fast 10nm processor (but slower than the i5-9300H) with superb iGPU – the Iris G7 which is one of the fastest integrated graphics solutions on the market right now. If you need the whole CPU / iGPU package – ok, it’s now a bad idea. You can have a (probably) thin, light (ergo, portable), and battery-friendly laptop which sounds great especially if you can afford it. After work, you can play some light-to-medium heavy games because the Iris G7 can handle a lot of them if you don’t care about maxed-out visuals. But if you don’t need the iGPU power (one of the main key selling points of this CPU) this processor doesn’t look like a good deal – it’s too expensive in this case. If you need more GPU power you can get a configuration with Core i5-9300H and an affordable graphics card like the GeForce GTX 1050 which is obviously a lot faster than the Iris G7.
If you need a really strong CPU performance there are better deals at a lower price than the i7-1065G7 – like the i7-9750H which is a 6-core beast and it costs $395.00.