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[Comparison] Intel Core i3-1115G4 vs Intel Core i5-1135G7 – an expected win for the Core i5

Once again we are covering Tiger Lake, this time focusing on the entry-level offering, in the face of the newly available Core i3-1115G4, which is quite the little performer, considering the price you’re paying.

No, it won’t crush benchmarks or surprise you with a record-breaking level of performance, but it is more than capable to handle daily tasks and dabble quickly in some photo editing or anything creative.

Today we are comparing it against its bigger brother, the Core i5-1135G7, to see how big is the performance gap, both in CPU and GPU performance.

Here is our Top Laptop CPU Ranking, where you can find the most powerful laptop processors.

You can find out more about both CPUs here: Intel Core i3-1115G4 / Intel Core i5-1135G7

Specs table

Intel Core i3-1115G4Intel Core i5-1135G7
Lithography10 nm10 nm
Cores / Threads2/44/8
Base / Max frequency3.00 – 4.10GHz2.40 – 4.20GHz
Cache6MB8MB
TDP / up / down12W / 15W / 28W12W / 15W / 28W
Memory supportDDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4x-3733MHzDDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4x-4266MHz
Integrated GraphicsIntel Iris Xe Graphics G4Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80EU)

 

CPU benchmarks

To begin with the CPU results, in the 3D Rendering test, the Core i5-1135G7 was the better CPU, managing to score 49% higher than its little brother. In Photoshop, results were similar, with the Core i5 completing the test with a lead of more than three seconds.

Results are from the Cinebench 20 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)

GPU benchmark

Continuing on with the GPU tests, across all of them, the Iris Xe Graphics G7 performed better. To go into detail, the iGPU was 47%, 35%, and 65% better in 3D Mark Fire Strike, Unigine Heaven 4.0, and Unigine Superposition respectively. Respectively, the difference in real-life gaming goes from 10% to 47%, depending on the game and the graphics settings.

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Gaming tests

cs-go-benchmarks

CS:GOHD 1080p, Low (Check settings)HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings)HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G475 fps52 fps24 fps
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80EU)93 fps (+24% )71 fps (+37% )35 fps (+46% )

DOTA 2HD 1080p, Low (Check settings)HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings)HD 1080p, High (Check settings)
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G476 fps50 fps27 fps
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80EU)91 fps (+20% )55 fps (+10% )35 fps (+30% )

Conclusion

To conclude the results from above, when it comes to benchmarks, both CPU and GPU, the Core i5-1135G7 was undoubtedly the better CPU. Even in gaming (of course, AAA titles are pretty much out of the question), the integrated graphics inside the Core i5 has the edge as well. So if you want to dabble in more creative work or design, the i5 will suit you better, but if you’re just going to be using the device for browsing and multimedia, the i3 will still get the job more than well done.

All laptops with the Intel Core i3-1115G4:

All laptops with the Intel Core i5-1135G7: