Intel Core i7-1185G7 Laptop Processor (Review & Specifications)

Intel Core i7-1185G7 is a Tiger Lake UP3 processor for light and thin laptops released in the third quarter of 2020 alongside Core i7-1165G7. Both chips do not necessarily have many differences. They have the same design with Intel Core i7-1185G7 packing four Willow Cove cores that support hyper-threading, therefore, processing 8 threads, and an Intel Xe Iris Graphics with 96 execution units. The only difference is in the clock frequencies. The base frequency at 28W TDP configuration is 3.0GHz for Core i7-1185G7 which is 0.2GHz higher than that of Core i7-1165G7. The maximum single-core turbo frequency between the two processors increases from 4.7GHz to 4.8GHz in Core i7-1185G7. There’s also a 50MHz gain to the maximum graphics frequency, which is hardly significant.

The Core i7-1185G7 architecture is designed using the 10nm SuperFin process with 12MB of L3 cache. The Core i7-1185G7 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. However, Core i7-1185G7 is slightly better than Core i7-1165G7 based purely on the CPU specifications and is more power-efficient although they are both in the same power range.

When compared to the more recent Core i7-1180G7, Core i7-1185G7 is still the best choice having a faster CPU speed, 32GB larger maximum memory size, faster GPU/CPU turbo speeds, and a 2 GT/s bus transfer rate. It is worth noting that Core i7-1180G7 was solely designed for light and thin laptops that use a low power range (7 – 15W). Core i7-1185G7 is best for gaming and productivity laptops. Its performance is adequate for everyday tasks, but not extraordinary.

Although Core i7-1185G7 and Core i7-1165G7 have a similar design, we’d instinctively expect the performance of Core i7-1185G7 to be slightly better than that of Core i7-1165G7 owing to the frequency differences. The Core i7-1185G7 would have no trouble doing video editing tasks on this platform but it may get sluggish when used with heavy applications that have more memory requirements.

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