Power and Storage Performance

The Intel Core i7-1165G7 inside the Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 is a quad-core 11th Generation Tiger Lake processor, and is part of Intel’s top Core i7 family for notebooks. It is technically the lowest member of that family, being around 100-200 MHz lower on the CPU and 100 MHz lower on the GPU. Those integrated graphics though are technically Intel’s best, offering 96 Execution Units of the latest Xe-LP generation. The CPU is paired with 16 GB of LPDDR4X-4266, which is the best memory for any mobile processor in this generation.

The main competition for a processor like this is anything under AMD’s Ryzen 7 lineup, either the R7 4700U (a Zen 2 processor) or the R7 5800U (a Zen 3 processor). However, as is often the case with laptops, it comes down to what exactly the processor is tuned for. Intel lists the TDP range for its 11th Generation Tiger Lake U-series processors as anywhere from a 15 W TDP up to a 50 W all-core turbo.

In our power testing, we took a number of tests during our regular benchmark suite, using the operating system default power modes while plugged in, and here are some insights.

If we just look at a high performance environment, we get a 38 W peak power consumption for the processor, which over the course of 20 seconds decreases to around 18 W, then over the course of 40 seconds moves down to a steady state of 15 W. This is Intel’s Adaptix technology in action, where the peak power of the CPU is adjusted on the fly through a weighted moving average. We saw 4.7 GHz as a peak single core frequency, and then at sustained 15 W load, the processor was running at 1900-2000 MHz.

By contrast, our 3DPM test is also a good computational load, however it does 10 seconds of high performance followed by 10 seconds of idle.

In this test we only see a peak at 29 W, with the CPU moving to a more steady state power consumption over the 10 seconds of each test. It never gets there before the idle time comes in, which restores some of the power budget, ready to turbo up a big higher for the next cycle. This is also an all-core test, and we saw all-core frequencies around 2400-2500 MHz for this.

The software we use unfortunately was not able to record a temperature reading (our results files say 28ºC for everything), but during regular use on a lap, the unibody metallic chassis did get warm to the touch, but not uncomfortably so. For anyone doing extended video editing on this, it is probably worth putting it on the table, and not trapped inside the duvet.

Storage Performance

Inside the Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 is a mainstream high-end PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe drive: the 1 TB Samsung PM981a, which we reviewed back in 2017, and at the time it set the bar for how TLC-based drives should behave for well-rounded performance.

PCMark 10 System Drive Benchmark BandwidthPCMark 10 System Drive Benchmark Average Access TimePCMark 10 System Drive Benchmark Score

Compared to a good number of similar devices we have tested recently, the Huawei MateBook X Pro comes out near the top on storage performance. It loses losing mostly to the MSI Presige 14 Evo, but that has a slightly faster processor and a PCIe 4.0 NVMe drive, but also because that device was one of Intel’s flagship design wins for this generation.

Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 Review System Performance: Web, Emulation, 3D Modeling
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  • Illyan - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - link

    ah youre a gamer that explains it
  • timecop1818 - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - link

    > No direct comparisons with the latest MacBook Air. No M1 mention at all.

    nobody gives a shit about apple laptop that doesn't even run windows anymore.
  • The_Assimilator - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - link

    Even though I agree that these Matebooks are stupidly overpriced, your obvious Apple fanboyism almost entirely negates your arguments.
  • Evil Underlord - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - link

    I have never once considered the MacBook Air, nor am I interested in it. I'd say a Dell XPS or a Lenovo ThinkPad is the prime comparator. So, maybe not quite so cut and dried as you suggest.
  • DougMcC - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - link

    Just wanted to congratulate you on this troll. 5+ pages of angry responses!
  • Kuhar - Thursday, September 30, 2021 - link

  • Wereweeb - Thursday, September 30, 2021 - link

    Matebook and Macbook are not direct competitors, because you can't buy a Macbook. You only rent it from Apple until their self-destructing circuitry fails and you have to buy a new one.

    Please stop attacking everyone who doesn't simp for your favourite anti-consumer tech corporation.
  • T4sslehoff - Sunday, October 3, 2021 - link

    Honestly I think that your comparison with M1 Apple laptops don't makes any sense.
    You're talking about two laptops that don't even share the same architecture, what is the meaning to compare an x64 architecture laptop with and ARM one?
    There's a ton of software you can't even run on an M1 MB, and you will never run, specially in the business segment where there are tons of legacy software that no one will recompile to ARM architecture, and you can't even run an hypervisor to emulate x64 architecture reliably.

    The fact that an M1 MB and this laptop have a screen, a keyboard, ram or an hard drive doesn't mean they can be compared, the hardware is only the tip of the iceberg...

    Don't get me wrong, I hope we all get rid of x64 and move to ARM, and all laptop producers move to ARM, but now there's no reason to compare this laptop with an M1 MB, specially because all the advantages of the MB came from the M1 soc, all the rest is quite poor as all Apple products, 90% design and 10% usability at a huge price.
  • Pacinamac - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - link

    The first word is a typo... Bravo.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - link

    Anandtec kuality.

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