April 19, 2021

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Hardware Performance Has Improved Significantly for the 11th Generation Core Lightweight Laptops

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Following Intel’s launch of the Tiger Lake processor in early September, OEMS have launched new lightweight products based on this platform. During the Black Friday period, the 11th generation core thin laptops also achieved good sales. As a rule, we do a horizontal review of new platform products every year, and this year is no exception.

At present, Intel’s 11th Generation Core lightweight models are mainly equipped with core I7-1165G7 and Core I5-1135G7. In addition, very few products are equipped with Core I7-1185G7. However, as we have only got several models of Core I7-1165G7 and Core I5-1135G7 so far, this review will not cover core I7-1185G7 for the time being.

•Horizontal comment description

Since there are few processor models involved in the current generation Core platform, we will no longer test each machine individually, but take typical values as performance references after specific tests for both models.

After the first-generation core performance test results, we will focus on the introduction of the new generation Core products in the second half of the horizontal review.

 

Basic features of core 11 processors

Before we get started, let’s take a look at some of the features of Intel’s Core 10 processor, which include:

 

  • Newly designed Willow Cove microarchitecture
  • New 10nm SuperFin transistor process
  • New Intel Iris Xe Torch core display
  • New AI functions
  • New media and display engines
  • New hardware enhanced security features
  • Integrated Thunderbolt 4
  • Integrated the new PCIe 4.0 interface

Intel 11 Core compared to the tenth generation Ice Lake processor has significant improvement. Thanks to the 10nm SuperFin transistor technology, through the redesign transistors and metal stack, it reduced the source of leakage resistance, and achieves the lower capacitance. It also reduces the operating voltage of the transistor, improves the response of the supply, which makes the processor has the higher efficiency, at the same time also can maintain lower power consumption.

In addition, Tiger Lake processor integrates the Willow Cove microarchitecture, the Torch Xe core display, and numerous IO units to work efficiently, thus creating a processor platform with more complete functions and more complete experience. Both in terms of computing power and graphics performance, the Core processor has a significant performance improvement over the core processor.

 

•Performance evaluation of core 11 processors

Now that we have the basics down, let’s take a look at how Intel’s Core 10 processors actually perform.

Test software:

Geekbench 5,

3 dmark,

V – Ray Benchmark

h. 264 Benchmark

7 – the Zip

 

By selecting these five test software, we can have a comprehensive understanding of the common use of the eleventh generation Core processor in terms of theoretical performance, physical performance, rendering performance, coding performance and multithreading performance respectively.

First, we’ll look at the overall test results, and we’ll post screenshots of the tests later.

In general, Intel’s Core 11th processors have seen substantial performance improvements, particularly in single core performance, as they have enhanced core capabilities, leading to significant acceleration for many productivity applications. In addition, from the perspective of rendering and coding tests, the 11th Core I5 and I7 processors use the same instruction set. It is reasonable that the performance of the two processors is basically equal in this respect even with the same four cores. But when compared vertically, the performance improvements in rendering and coding are quite significant compared to the 10th generation core processors.

 

Let’s start with the performance of the Core I5-1135G7 processor:

Geekbench 5 tests the comprehensive capability of the processor and shows the Core I5-1135G7 single-core performance score 1264 and multi-core performance score 4589, which are significantly improved compared with the tenth generation Core I5-1035G7 processor.

3DMark Time Spy was used to test the physical performance of the DX 12 processor. The CPU scored 4103 points, which was also significantly improved compared to the previous generation.

V-ray Benchmark is a test program of V-Ray, a widely used rendering software. Core I5-1135G7 processor rendered 6048 ksamples per unit of time. If you compare the performance of the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor, which is only 5,238 ksamples, Core 10’s rendering efficiency is pretty good.

H.264 Benchmark is a commonly used coding test tool. Core I5-1135G7 processor can render 2500 frames in 1 minute and 31 seconds, which is a significant improvement compared with the same level processor of core in the 10th generation.

7-ZIP comes with multi-threading performance testing tools. Intel Core I5-1135G7 is a 4-core 8-thread processor. Its compression performance score is 26077MIPS and decompression performance score is 23673MIPS, with a total score of 24875MIPS.

 

Here’s a look at the core I7-1165G7 processor performance:

The processor scored 1,512 single-core and 5,486-multicore in the Geekbench 5 test, the best performance by a low-power processor to date. And as you can see, thanks to the higher frequency, the Core I7-1165G7 processor outperforms the Core I5-1135G7 in both single-core and multi-core performance.

In the 3DMark Time Spy mode test, the CORE I7-1165G7 CPU scored 4662 for performance, which is a huge improvement over the 10th generation Core’s physical rendering capabilities.

In rendering and video coding tests, we can see that the Core I7-1165G7 processor performs roughly the same as the Core I5-1135G7 processor with the same 4-core eight-thread instruction set, and the overall efficiency is very good.

Thanks to higher main frequency and core frequency capability, core I7-1165G7 processor is superior to most low-power processors in multithreading performance. Its compression performance score is 28907MIPS, decompression performance score is 24767MIPS, comprehensive score is 26837MIPS, and overall efficiency performance is good.

In addition, in terms of performance differences, the performance of Intel’s core I7-1165G7 increased by 27.4% and 33.4%, respectively, compared with the core I7-1065G7 processor. Compared with core I5-1065G7 processor, core I5-1135G7 processor has an 11.7% increase in single-core performance and a 15.9% increase in multi-core performance, showing a significant performance improvement.

In addition to the CPU performance, rendering performance, coding performance, multithreading performance and other improvements, another bright spot is the qualitative change in graphics performance brought by the Torch Xe core display based on the Xe graphics architecture.

 

The Intel Torch Xe core displays far better graphics than its predecessor, the Plus core, and is no less impressive than the MX 350 and MX450 entry-level models, providing a better balance between work and entertainment for the lightweight laptops built on the core of the decade.

 

Lenovo Yoga 13S 2021: Continuation of classic series

Not long ago, Lenovo launched a series of products, including the Yoga and small new, to improve and expand its product line.

Lenovo’s Yoga series belongs to the middle and high-end products, known for its excellent workmanship, simple appearance and extreme portability, the price is naturally always in the middle of the position. But this time, Lenovo will be the Yoga 13S 2021 IPO price directly to 769-849 dollars on the mainstream price segment, it can be said is full of sincerity.

The Lenovo Yoga 13S 2021 is equipped with the latest Intel 11th generation core processor, integrated with a new torch Xe core display, and paired with 16GB LPDDR4x 4266MHz high frequency memory. The product is also certified for the Intel Evo platform.

Lenovo Yoga 13S 2021 has a screen with excellent visual experience, 13 inches, 2.5K resolution, 16:10 golden ratio, 100%sRGB high color range, support DC dimming, four-sided micro border, 91% screen, whether office or entertainment, this screen can bring a good look and feel.

Yoga 13S 2021 adopts the brand new Unibody Stamping 4.0 technology, which is a complex process of 20 lines, all-metal body, surface positive, without too much line decoration, which continues the simple high-end appearance of Yoga. The overall weight of the machine is only 2.62lbs, which is thin to 0.54inch, and it is standard equipped with portable charging head, which is placed in the bag and can be carried easily.

At the same time, the Lenovo Yoga 13S 2021 is built with Intel AX201 wireless network card, support wi-FI6, effectively reduce channel interference, enjoy faster, more secure, more stable network connection. In terms of interfaces, there are two Thunderbolt4 and A full-featured Type-C, which supports dual 4K-60Hz or single 8k-60Hz display extensions, with one and three hubs attached at random, and an additional HDMI, A VGA and A USB Type-a interface for daily expansion.

The Yoga 13S 2021 has a 50Wh battery capacity and supports fast charging technology. Officials say it can play 1080P video for 13.1 hours continuously, and can charge up to 80% of the battery in an hour. In general, the overall cost performance of this product is not bad.

 

Acer Special S5: for mobile office

Acer Special S5 is not only the new product featuring complete machine antibacterial, but also has passed the Intel Evo platform certification, with 17 hours of ultra-long battery life and excellent performance. After the recent launch, all seconds of light within 24 hours, enough to see the user’s recognition of this product.

During this special period, special S5 (Swift 5) series products also adopt the whole machine antibacterial design, in order to ensure the user’s use safety to a greater extent. The whole machine of Swift 5 series products all uses the silver ion antibacterial ingredient which conforms to the European Union biocide product regulation (BPR) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standard, can effectively reduce the bacteria growth on the touch screen and the touch pad surface, and is the world’s first complete machine antibacterial product.

In terms of appearance design, Special S5 (Swift 5) adopts the fuselage design of magnesium lithium alloy + magnesium aluminum alloy. The fuselage thickness is only 0.58inch, and the weight reaches an astonishing 2.2lbs, equivalent to the weight of two bottles of mineral water. It can be easily packed into the bag, and it is quite convenient to carry out while ensuring the fuselage strength, even if the woman can easily carry it.

The Viva S5 (Swift 5) was also the first product in the industry to pass the rigorous certification of the Intel Evo platform. It is powered by Intel’s 11th generation core processor, which provides a significant increase in computing power and graphics performance thanks to a new architecture called Tiger Lake. When dealing with multithreaded complex tasks, the system can achieve instant response, no delay experience.

In addition, the Special S5 (Swift 5) also has a longer battery life, which can reach more than 10 hours of multi-tasking capability without plugging in, ensuring that you can use it all day.

In terms of entertainment video and audio, the Special S5 (Swift 5) is supported by Intel Iris Xe core display + high resolution screen, which has a smoother design, more accurate display and more realistic color, bringing users a comfortable and comprehensive experience.

 

Asus Zen X vertical and horizontal: craftsmanship

Asus Zen X horizontal and vertical use ink black color, so that the metal texture is more prominent. The dark-gold edge of the fuselage made by amber red diamond cutting technology is in sharp contrast with the black color of ink and jade, and at the same time, it is well integrated together to create a sense of dignity with both brilliance and X, and also a good interpretation of the beauty of science and technology.

As a business laptop, Asus Zen X is 0.54inch thin and weighs only 2.98lbs, which makes it very portable. For women, a slightly larger handbag can be tucked in and taken away, and with its long battery life, it can easily meet the needs of mobile office.

Asus has made significant innovations in the trackpad for laptops in recent years, most notably the NumberPad. The NumberPad 2.0 trackpad for the Zen X perfectly solves the problem of not having a separate numeric keypad on a small laptop. When the user wants to use the number key, he/she only needs to click the icon in the upper right corner of the trackpad to open the virtual number keyboard with LED backlight with one click to meet the user’s requirement of fast number entry.

In terms of screen, Asus Has achieved an amazing 92% screen proportion through the design of ultra-narrow border on the one hand. On the other hand, by supporting touch, it provides users with more choices in the way of interaction.

First 11 generation Core + Intel Evo certified Asus Ling Yao X Crossbar

The Zen X has a 13.9-inch, 3:2 scale screen, but thanks to its narrow bezel, it’s much smaller than the average 14-inch laptop. At the same time, its 3300×2200 resolution of 3.3K also brings a more delicate visual and sensory experience to the screen. The narrow border design widens the field of view of the entire screen, minimizes the impact of the border on the visual sense, and makes the user feel more immersed when watching.

In addition, Asus Zen X vertical and Horizontal also passed the PANTONE certification, which further proves that the high quality of its display screen has indeed reached the level of professional display.

In addition to the high level of display, Asus Zen X horizontal and vertical also introduced AI noise reduction function. Usually, when we participate in online meetings and teleconference, we always encounter background noise. Sometimes, if we don’t pay attention to it, it will greatly affect the feelings of other participants. AI noise reduction can automatically identify background noise and filter it to avoid such problems.

At present, Asus Zen X is sold on the market and people who are interested might as well pay attention to this series.

 

•VAIO FH 14: Intimate productivity tool

Words such as high cost performance, good looking and great performance have become the benchmark for our choice of electronic products. More and more users are enjoying the brand-new experience brought by high technology. As the most important productivity tool, laptop is indispensable for a good experience. For example, VAIO’s new FH14 lightweight laptop is a very good product.

FH14 main performance and lightweight design, its meaning representative VAIO gave good wishes of the user. The laptop is a tool for office, entertainment, learning, and your friend’s right-hand man, or a loyal bodyguard as guardian on your side, make you feel comfortable and happy.

In terms of appearance, VAIO Si14 is made of magnesium and aluminum alloy with high-quality spraying process. It has two colors of gorgeous black and platinum silver. It is as light as 3.08lbs, which meets the user’s demand for portability.

In terms of performance, VAIO FH14 is equipped with Intel’s latest eleventh generation Core I7-1165G7 processor, 10nm SuperFin transistor process, 4-core 8-thread design, 2.8GHz primary frequency, 4.7ghz single-core frequency capability, 12MB three-level cache, and 12W-28W TDP range. At the same time, the Core 10 is arguably Intel’s biggest technology explosion in recent years. It has a newly designed Willow Cove microarchitecture, a new Xe architecture core display, new AI capabilities, a new media and display engine, new hardware enhanced security features, and integrated Thunderbolt 4 with support for a new PCIe 4.0 interface that ensures even more computing power for this lightweight device.

For video cards, VAIO FH14 adopts Iris Xe+GTX 1650Ti dual video card scheme. GTX 1650Ti has 1024 stream processors, 4GB GDDR6 video memory and good overall performance. However, VAIO host 14 is equipped with XE-LP kernel display, which is the g7-level kernel display with the highest specification in XE-LP kernel display. It has 96 execution units, which is significantly improved compared with the maximum 64 execution units of the previous generation. Not only in the picture, video, graphics rendering and other work is not too much pressure, but also can be basic game requirements.

As a 14-inch laptop, the VAIO is designed with a narrow three-sided bezel to reduce the size of the body, greatly increasing the screen size and providing a more immersive experience. Maximum support 4 k resolution, at the same time in terms of color standard, VAIO FH 14 screen Δ E average is 1.8, the vast majority of color values are achieved professional display level.

 

On the interface side, VAIO has long insisted on offering its users a full interface on a lightweight device. In addition to the usual ports, VAIO has AN SD card slot and Thunderbolt 4 ports, either for data or video output, or the rJ-45, which many products have abandoned.

 

•HP Star 14: the first notebook which is popular with young people

Good-looking s justice, appearance has become the primary choice for young people to express their emotions. This is the life we want, and the Star 14 All-in-one laptop is such a product that users like.

The Star 14 all-in-one laptop is especially careful in the process design. Both sides of A and C of this product are made of metal, which is fashionable and exquisite, and at the same time, it also gives consideration to auxiliary heat dissipation. The star 14 all-round light and light book has moonlight silver, lumen gold, first love pink and other fashion colors for young users to choose, and A, C double-sided use different color design, simple and fashionable colorful contrast color makes the product design sense stronger.

Now that we’ve mentioned the C-side design of the laptop, let’s move on to the C-side. Surface C adopts 3D integral forming technology, which can make the product have no gap at the margin. Excellent workmanship makes the metal fit tightly, which can also prevent dust deposition better while aesthetic surge. Compared with the previous version, the CNC diamond cutting touch pad is larger in size and more sensitive, which can bring better touch control experience. It will not be inconvenient to use the touch pad directly without mouse.

In addition to the manufacturing process, the C-side also features a full-size, uncluttered keyboard. The star 14 all-in-one lightweight keyboard has a 0.05inch key path, making it more comfortable to hit and more powerful to bounce back. The 0.75inch key distance can also effectively reduce mistouch during operation.

The B-side of star 14 is equipped with a full screen with a narrow border. The width of the left and right borders is only 0.17inch. The design of the full screen brings up to 84% of the screen, making the view wider.

Moreover, it can be matched with FHD high-resolution IPS screen, with up to 400 nits and 72%NTSC high-gamut and high-brightness display, providing users with an unrestrained visual experience. In addition, the Star 14 all-purpose thin and light camera is placed at the top of the screen, in the process of use, can effectively prevent the user’s face distortion and awkward perspective in the video window.

14 universal star light, moreover, this is still the continuation of the star series family of classic design, can be seen from the diagram, when open the notebook, axis slightly raised a certain Angle, on the one hand, increase the type of comfort, parallel visual angle, on the other hand, also can make effective at the bottom of the laptop into the wind, good for heat dissipation.

Of course, in addition to the superb craftsmanship that goes into making the All-in-one slim and light version, the Star 14’s portability isn’t to be underestimated. For one thing, the laptop is as thin as 0.67inch and weighs as little as 3.11lbs. Even a girl can hold it in one hand.

In addition, 14 Star All-in-one this interface is also very complete, HDMI2.0 interfaces, USB3.2 Gen1 interfaces, SD card reader interfaces, such as headset unity, the most important thing is that it also has a charge of support, and can carry out data transmission and multiple screen output USB Type – 3.2 Gen 2 C interface, make its application can realize the scene, get rid of the awkward to carry small tail.

 

•Conclusion:

The overall performance of Intel’s core 11 processors is a big improvement, especially the single-core performance compared to Ice Lake. However, there is still large room for improvement in the number of cores in the core processor of the 11th generation. If 6 cores and 12 threads can be generally achieved, even if the core temperature is a little higher, in fact, it is completely acceptable for users.

As for the new core products of the 11th generation, from the mainstream price of 600-1,000, to the high-end price of 1,200-1,500 dollars, and then to the flagship price of more than 1,500 dollars, the overall distribution and composition are very extensive and comprehensive, which enables users with different budgets to find suitable products.

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