The Intel Core i7-1165G7 is a Tiger Lake UP3 processor for thin ultraportable laptops unveiled in the third quarter of 2020. The processor packs four Willow Cove cores that support hyper-threading processing up to 8 threads. The cores operate at a base frequency of 2.8GHz at a TDP configuration of 28W, which boosts up to 4.7GHz in single thread and 4.1GHZ for all its cores. This CPU’s base clock speed is 1.3GHz higher than the base frequency of Core i7-1065G7 offered at 25W which turbo boosts at 3.9GHz single core. The base frequency of the Core i7-1165G7 is, however, still higher (+200MHz) when compared to Core i7-1065G7 at a TDP setting of 12W.
This chip’s architecture is designed using the 10nm SuperFin process with 12MB of L3 cache. The Core i7-1165G7 is compatible with dual-channel DDR4-3200 or LPDDR4x-4267 RAM that can support a maximum of 64GB memory size. It supports PCIe 4.0 (4 lanes), thunderbolt 4, and is capable of HW-accelerating certain AI workloads. It’s important to note that this chipset offers no support for ECC memory which is a type of system memory that can detect and correct common kinds of internal data corruption.
The Core i7-1165G7 is evidently a substantial upgrade over the Core i7-1065G7 and Intel has ranked it as the second fastest Tiger Lake UP3 processor when it was launched. Actually, it is one of the most widely used Tiger Lake UP3. The Core i7-1165G7 integrates an Intel Iris Xe Graphics based on the Gen12 architecture. This GPU includes 96 execution units and is a lot faster than the Intel Iris Plus Graphics with a maximum dynamic frequency bump from 1.1GHz (in Core i7-1065G7) to 1.3GHz (in Core i7-1165G7). With this graphics specifications, the GPU is able to support 4K displays with a high resolution of up to 4320p at 60Hz along with handling 1080p at 60Hz or 720p at 120Hz for smooth video or gaming stream.
Core i7-1165G7 is mostly used in thin and light laptops that come with a 12.5-inch display. It can be paired with high-end graphics cards such as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti to give a pleasing gaming experience in these systems. But, not all games are able to be played at maximum graphics settings because of the lack of dedicated graphics memory in these processors which can be deemed as limiting factors for this processor configuration. It also has no trouble doing video editing tasks on this platform but may get sluggish when used with heavy applications that have more memory requirements.