System Performance: Web, Emulation, 3D Modeling

As we’ve covered a number of times in reviews of this level of laptop – the offering from Intel compared to AMD is quite different. At the same power level, AMD has up to 8 cores with 16 threads, while Intel only offers half that, in exchange for some go faster AVX512 instructions and built-in on-die Thunderbolt. Also, single thread performance is a key factor of Intel’s design, aiming for a super-fast immediate response for most tasks that are simple point and click on a work device. We saw on the previous page that this 15 W processor will offer up to 38 W instantaneously, and this is likely to be important on a number of our system performance tests.

That being said, we did have some issues running PCMark’s video compute workloads on our machine. PCMark10, no matter that the system was fully updated, would not correctly finish the video display and streaming encoding in its test suite. This is somewhat annoying, as that is the first test in PCMark’s run, and also part of the PCMark battery test. We were unable to find the root cause in our time with the device.

PCMark 10 - Productivity


Cinebench R20 - Multi-Threaded BenchmarkCinebench R20 - Single-Threaded Benchmark


Speedometer 2.0(7-2) Google Octane 2.0 Web Test

(1-1) Agisoft Photoscan 1.3, Complex Test(3-3) Dolphin 5.0 Render Test(5-4) WinRAR 5.90 Test, 3477 files, 1.96 GB

The mix of performance in the 1165G7 is interesting because it clearly lacks on some of the more demanding workloads, but ends up ahead on the lighter workloads like Optane and Dolphin. WinRAR is a mix of multi-thread and DRAM speed, so the Intel is in the ballpark there.

Power and Storage Performance Graphics Performance
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  • gijames1225 - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - link

    The MBA is the default laptop of this category for journalists. Very few other professionals go with a MBA. If they are hellbent on a Mac, they get a MacBook Pro of some size, and otherwise the default is a high-end machine from HP, Dell, or Lenovo.

    The MacBook Air is a computer for non-professionals or writers / students / journalists. That obviously leads to them having an outsized presence in tech reporting, but I've never seen a developer, graphic designer, or video editor rely on a MBA (even though you no doubt could in a pinch).

    It sounds like you have a MacBook Air or at really, really love them, and that's fine; but that's not the default laptop for the overwhelming majority of the world.
  • skavi - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - link

    you appear to be forgetting about programmers.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - link

    Unless you are programming mac apps or iphone apps, the majority use windows laptops, sometimes with linux. The days of Macs being for professionals are over, largely thanks to apple themselves.
  • lemurbutton - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - link

    Everyone in Silicon Valley uses a Mac, except for the finance department.
  • Linustechtips12 - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - link

    i would label this more as "California people" as most down there do use MacBooks but its generally because they think windows just sucks because OOOHHHH APPLE GOOD PRODUCT
  • SaolDan - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - link

    So true. California is apple land.
  • vladx - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - link

    Here in Europe, less than 10% of programmers use a Mac so YMMV.
  • The_Assimilator - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - link

    No, the only people who use Macs are the people who don't do any actual work. Sales, marketing, C-level execs.
  • star-affinity - Saturday, October 2, 2021 - link

    Not where I work…
    Most developers are on MacOS for both Android development and (naturally) iOS development.
    Some Android developers are on Linux.

    People need to stop the everything is black or white” thinking. You can do a lot if work in various business with a Mac. You can do a lot if work in various business with PC/Windows computer.

    They both work pretty well together too, especially nowadays when there's so much ”working in the cloud” going on.
  • Illyan - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - link

    in the real world developers heavily use macs, dont know where you're getting this "the days of Macs being for professionals are over" idea from

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