[Comparison] Intel Core i7-11390H vs Intel Core i7-1165G7 – is the extra wattage really worth it?

Intel has this weird 35W family of CPUs that are neither as efficient as the Tiger Lake U-series nor as powerful as the big-name Tiger Lake H45 SKUs. They also need really specific cooling in order to work properly. This is why the experiment is now over, being replaced by a new Alder Lake P-series, which caps at 28W, which should hopefully resolve the cooling issues.

Today we have the most capable Tiger Lake H35 chip, the i7-11390H. It has a very high boost speed of 5.00GHz but uses only 4 cores and 8 threads. Going against it is a proven processor in the ULV-space, the i7-1165G7, which manages to deliver a really good level of performance despite its TDP limitations.

Here is our Top Laptop CPU Ranking, where you can check out the best performing processors.

Today we are comparing the Intel Core i7-11390H against the Intel Core i7-1165G7.

You can learn more about both CPUs here: Intel Core i7-11390H / Intel Core i7-1165G7

Specs table

Intel Core i7-11390HIntel Core i7-1165G7
ArchitectureTiger Lake H35Tiger Lake UP3
Lithography10 nm10 nm
Base / Max frequency3.40-5.00GHz2.80-4.40GHz
Cores / Threads4/84/8
Memory TypeDDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4x-4267MHzDDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4x-4267MHz
Power Consumption35W12/15/28W
Integrated GPUIntel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU)Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU)

CPU benchmarks

In Cinebench 20 3D Rendering benchmark, the extra TDP headroom amounts to only a 7.1% increase in performance. The difference is more significant in the Photoshop test, with the i7-11390H finishing the test 0.6 seconds sooner.

Results are from the Cinebench R23 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

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


All in all, if you’re looking for more performance, you might as well bite the bullet and upgrade to the 45W CPUs, which offer more power, core count, and cache size, instead of the Tiger Lake H35-series. As you can see, even the lower-powered U-series chips are able to keep up with them, while offering much better efficiency which equates to more battery life. It also makes for less cooling needs, thus allowing the device to be thinner and more compact.

All laptops with the Intel Core i7-11390H:

All laptops with the Intel Core i7-1165G7:

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