Intel tried to put Apple M1 in a disadvantageous light against the background of Tiger Lake

Intel tried to put Apple M1 in a disadvantageous light against the background of Tiger Lake


Intel has stepped up advocacy on the benefits of its eleventh generation mobile processors. Yesterday the company shared details about their superiority over mobile Ryzen in single-threaded performance, and today, official reports were released, claiming that notebooks with Tiger Lake processors outperform Apple’s latest systems based on the new M1 chips with ARM architecture.

Intel shared a presentation in which Intel argued for the benefits of mobile computers with 11th Gen Core (Tiger Lake) processors. Tom’s Hardware… In the presented materials, the company compares the new Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Air with several systems based on Core i7-1185G7 and Core i7-1165G7 processors and comes to the conclusion that Tiger Lake laptops are more productive, do not lose in terms of autonomy, and are better compatible with various software and hardware. , and also have more interesting and varied configurations.

In terms of performance, Intel compares a Core i7-1185G7 (4-core, up to 4.8 GHz, 28W TDP) system with an Apple M1-based MacBook Pro in a number of practical tasks and applications. In almost all selected tests, including surfing the Internet, working in the office suite Microsoft Office 365, transcoding and rendering video in Adobe Premiere Pro, as well as photo processing in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and in Topaz Labs utilities, the Tiger Lake system turns out to be more powerful with an average advantage of two times. It is worth emphasizing that in most of the comparisons for the Apple M1, the tests do not use emulation, but native versions of applications.

The situation with gaming performance is somewhat different. M1 integrated graphics are powerful enough to withstand the Iris Xe, however, Intel has a different argument – many popular games on the MacBook Pro simply do not run.

Intel also found something to brag about when talking about autonomy. Here, the company compared a MacBook Air based on an Apple M1 processor with a serial Acer Swift 5 laptop with a Core i7-1165G7 processor (4 cores, up to 4.7 GHz, 28 W), as a result of which it turned out that with the same screen brightness setting and with the same load both laptops can run on battery for approximately the same amount of time.

Along the way, Intel notes that the MacBook Air does not meet a number of quality parameters laid down in the Intel Evo certification program, in particular, in terms of system responsiveness.

Intel has other arguments as well. She claims that Tiger Lake laptops are often equipped with touchscreens, which current Apple mobile computers cannot offer. In addition, the range of different options for Tiger Lake laptops is very wide, and the Intel mobile platform is embodied in various innovative form factors without limiting the user to traditional laptop performance. It is also mentioned that only one external display can be connected to MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, while there is no such limitation for Intel laptops.

The presentation also contains mentions about the impossibility of connecting external graphics cards to Apple computers with an M1 processor and about existing compatibility problems with various software.

It should be borne in mind that the described presentation is the fruit of the work of Intel’s technical marketing department, that is, we are not talking about an impartial comparison. Nevertheless, many of the microprocessor giant’s attacks are quite reasonable, and mobile computers based on 11th Gen Core processors really deserve to be considered as alternatives to the Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. However, the very fact of the appearance of such a presentation rather suggests that Intel saw in the face of Apple a formidable rival, which, after switching to its own silicon and ARM architecture, could shake its position in the mobile segment.

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