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Intel Core i7-10710U vs i5-1035G4 – the i7-10710U is a great performer with a hefty price

Intel Core i7-10710U and i5-1035G4 are both 10th gen CPU but they are different. The i7-10710U is a 14nm Comet Lake CPU while i5-1035G4 is a 10nm Ice lake processor. The Comet Lake one looks very good on paper while the more refined i5-1035G4 shines whits new tech process and new iGPU.

One of them is (maybe) better than the other. Let’s try to find out the winner.

Quick Specs

Bulk prices $443 for the i7-10710U i7-1065G7 and $309.00 for i5-1035G4. That’s a $134 (44%) price gap. The i7-10710U has a hefty price let’s see if it’s worth the money.

As we already mentioned, the i7-10710U specs look good – a 6-core 8-thread CPU with almost the same TDP levels as the i5-1035G4 ones. It has a much higher boost frequency and the same base clock when compared to the Ice Lake CPU – 1.10 GHz – 4.70 GHz to 1.30 GHz – 3.90 GHz. The i7-10710U is equipped with 6MB bigger cache size than the i5-1035G4 but the Ice lake contender has the advantage when it comes to max memory supported frequencies – DDR4-3200, LPDDR4-3733 and we have DDR4-2666, LPDDR3-2133 for the Comet Lake CPU.

As for the iGPUs – UHD 620 is “ticking” in the i7-10710U and i5-1035G4 is paired with Intel Iris Plus G4 graphics.

More detailed specs here – Intel Core i7-10710U / Intel Core i5-1035G4

Quick specs table:

Intel Core i7-10710UIntel Core i5-1035G4
Cores / Threads6 / 124 / 8
Base / Max frequency1.10 – 4.70 GHz1.10 – 3.70 GHz
Cache12 MB Intel Smart Cache6 MB Intel Smart Cache
TDP / up / down15W / 25W / 12.5W15W / 25W / 12W
Memory supportDDR4-2666, LPDDR3-2133DDR4-3200, LPDDR4-3733

CPU Benchmarks

The i7-10710U has 64% more CPU processing power – this processor is the “boss” here.

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 Benchmarks

On the other hand, Intel Iris Plus G4 is 54% faster than the UHD 620. So, that’s a win for the i5-1035G4.

Intel Iris Plus G7Intel UHD 620Difference
3DMark Firestrike2326107454%

Verdict

The price difference between those two 10th gen CPUs is huge – 44%. The choice is entirely in your hands. If you only care about CPU performance, a device with i7-10710U will be the right choice for you. It has much more processing power and it’s suitable for photo and video editing as well as your usual daily stuff like YouTube videos or Web browsing. Ok, the i7-9750H is a bit cheaper but this Comet Lake CPU is the more refined product – the Coffee Lake CPU has 45W TDP while the i7-10710U TDP is just 15W.

The i5-1035G4 will be a good choice for people who want a fast iGPU for casual and light games combined with decent CPU performance. Games like CS:GO or DOTA2 will run much smoother on Intel Iris G4 than UHD620. The Ice Lake CPU looks like a more balanced product – it’s a fast CPU with one of the best iGPUs on the market and it’s a much cheaper product that the i7-10710U. If you a gamer and want to play the newest gaming titles you have to look for a device with a dedicated graphics card because the Intel Iris Plus G4 will not be powerful enough for heavy gaming engines.

All laptops with Core i7-10710U:

All laptops with Core i5-1035G4: