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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  • Prestissimo - Thursday, September 30, 2021 - link

  • vladx - Thursday, September 30, 2021 - link

    Just more FUD, it's common knowledge that Lithuania has a bone to pick with China.
  • DougMcC - Thursday, September 30, 2021 - link

    Sure, if you consider government advisories baseless. Be sure to avoid that covid vaccination!
  • vladx - Thursday, September 30, 2021 - link

    You bet, still unvaccinated to this day while at the same time managing to not get infected even once. If you are careful enough to sanitize your hands thoroughly like I am you don't need any vaccine.
  • Wereweeb - Thursday, September 30, 2021 - link

    "US accuses Huawei of spying" the first was caught dozens of times spying on everyone, including their own citizens. The second is accused every couple of months and I never hear of any evidence popping up. Hmmmmmmm
  • DougMcC - Thursday, September 30, 2021 - link

    That just establishes the credibility of the US as an expert on spying ...
  • DougMcC - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - link

    My first thought as well 'which generation of spy chips does it include'?
  • ikjadoon - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - link

    Looks decent besides the battery life & lack of Thunderbolt 3. On any $1000 base MSRP Tiger Lake design, TB3 should be standard. Likewise, why does it list LPDDR4X-3733 when TGL-U supports 4266?

    Alas, if we're comparing it to MacBooks, we should try to bring in macOS devices to the standard AnandTech notebook bench suite. Software, I'll figure it out, but getting a late-model MacBook (preferably Arm / M1) as a comparison would let us, the reader, really see these comparisons.

    But, the price: wow. I don't know where the money has gone, but TB3 + higher system efficiency should really be expected at this price point. It's a pricey laptop--besides gaming and workstations, it lives in the highest price bracket for Windows PCs.

    I am quite glad, however, to see Huawei maintain their 3:2 displays: 16:9 needs alternatives in every segment.
  • QueBert - Thursday, September 30, 2021 - link

    I DJ and make music, I bought an Asus Zenbook 13, after a few months with it I wish to hell I'd waited for M1 support to be added to the software I used. This thing cost the same as an M1 Air, I'm most annoyed at how the fan will often times spin relentlessly even when I'm doing nothing. And even though it's only 2 months old, apparently it's already lost 30% of it's value so if I wanted to try and sell it I'd lose my ass.
  • Wereweeb - Thursday, September 30, 2021 - link

    Upgradeability? Repairability?

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