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Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP470 is among the first Intel Xe Max-powered laptops. (Image Source: Asus)
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP470 is among the first Intel Xe Max-powered laptops. (Image Source: Asus)

We ran several synthetic GPU benchmarks in our Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP470 review unit and found that Intel’s new Xe Max dGPU offers perceivable gains over the similar Xe Graphics G7 with 96 EUs and the GeForce GTX 1050 while being significantly faster than a GeForce MX350. Xe Max also seems to offer large gains compared to the Radeon RX Vega 8 in Renoir APUs. However, Intel looks to be playing catch-up with the pre-sample MX450 numbers in our database.

The Asus VivoBook TP470 joins the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 and the Acer Swift 3X in being among the first laptops sporting the Intel Iris Xe Max dGPU. We currently have the VivoBook TP470 in our labs and while the review will follow soon, we now have some first synthetic benchmarks of the Xe Max to compare with the competition.

Though Intel’s briefing back in October seemed to indicate that Xe Max would only be paired with a Core i7 28 W Tiger Lake SoC, our VivoBook TP470 model is interestingly powered by the Core i5-1135G7.

For this comparison, we have pitted the Xe Max-powered VivoBook TP470 primarily against laptops powered by the GeForce MX350, GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Max-Q, GTX 1050 Ti, Xe Graphics G7 80 EUs, and Xe Graphics G7 96 EUs along with the AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 and RX 5300M. We have also included results from an MX450-powered pre-sample device for perspective, but we advice taking that data with some caution.

Right off the bat, we see that Xe Max comes very close to the GTX 1050 Ti in 3DMark 11 and is only 8% slower than the MX450 numbers we have in our database. Compared to Tiger Lake Xe Graphics G7 with 96 EUs, we see Xe Max showing up to a 23% lead in this benchmark.

Though Xe G7 96 EUs and Xe Max are somewhat identical GPUs, the latter is clocked 300 MHz higher and comes with its own memory controller with a 68 GB/s bandwidth, which explains the higher scores. When compared to an 80 EU-Xe G7, we get to see a 37% boost in performance with Xe Max. The Radeon Vega 8 in the Ryzen 7 4800U trails by 26% in this test. Gains up to 34% can be expected against an MX350 GPU.

Xe Max also does well in our suite of 3DMark GPU tests. In Time Spy, Xe Max is 4% ahead of our MX450 numbers while being 27% faster than the MX350. However, the performance gap between Xe G7 96 EUs in the Schenker Vision 15 and Xe Max narrows significantly in this benchmark with the latter leading by only 9%.

Interestingly, the Xe G7 96 EUs in the Dell XPS 13 9310 with a Core i7-1165G7 shows trails our Xe Max-powered VivoBook TP470 by 31%. This can probably be explained by the large disparity in PL1/PL2 values between these laptops. Xe Max shows nearly 50% higher scores in comparison with a Renoir Vega 8 while itself being 51% slower than the RX 5300M.

In Fire Strike, both the MX450 and GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q lead the Xe Max by a decent margin though the Xe Max is still about 6% faster than a GTX 1050. The power disparity between the Schenker Vision 15 and Dell XPS 13 9310 comes into play again in this test; the Xe Max is about 10% faster than the Xe G7 96 EUs in the Schenker.

Xe Max seems to offer a significant 46% lead over the MX350 and about 61% higher performance than a Renoir Vega 8 in Fire Strike.

Unigine Valley at the FHD Extreme Preset shows that the Xe Max is lagging by 4% compared to the MX350 but and that gap grows to 39% when compared with he GTX 1050 Max-Q.

MSI Bravo 15 A4DCR

AMD Radeon RX 5300M, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H


14437 Points ∼100% +76%

MX450 Pre-Sample

NVIDIA GeForce MX450,


8950 Points ∼62% +9%

MSI GF75 8RD-001

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H


8741 Points ∼61% +6%

Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP470EZ-EC033TS

Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics, Intel Core i5-1135G7


8214 Points ∼57%

Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10510U


7291 Points ∼51% -11%

Schenker Vision 15

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7


6971 Points ∼48% -15%

Lenovo Yoga 730-15IKB

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, Intel Core i7-8550U


6935 Points ∼48% -16%

Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7


6698 Points ∼46% -18%

Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15IIL05

NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i5-1035G1


6448 Points ∼45% -21%

MSI Prestige 14 A10RD

NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-10510U


6135 Points ∼42% -25%

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE

AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 7 4800U


6085 Points ∼42% -26%

Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7


5991 Points ∼41% -27%

HP 17-ca1149ng

AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 5 3500U


3871 Points ∼27% -53%

MSI Bravo 15 A4DCR

AMD Radeon RX 5300M, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H


3539 Points ∼100% +103%

Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP470EZ-EC033TS

Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics, Intel Core i5-1135G7


1743 Points ∼49%

MX450 Pre-Sample

NVIDIA GeForce MX450,


1680 Points ∼47% -4%

Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10510U


1634 Points ∼46% -6%

Schenker Vision 15

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7


1611 Points ∼46% -8%

Lenovo Yoga 730-15IKB

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, Intel Core i7-8550U


1416 Points ∼40% -19%

Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15IIL05

NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i5-1035G1


1370 Points ∼39% -21%

Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7


1319 Points ∼37% -24%

Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7


1209 Points ∼34% -31%

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE

AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 7 4800U


1173 Points ∼33% -33%

HP 17-ca1149ng

AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 5 3500U


763 Points ∼22% -56%

MSI Bravo 15 A4DCR

AMD Radeon RX 5300M, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H


10550 Points ∼100% +67%

MX450 Pre-Sample

NVIDIA GeForce MX450,


7500 Points ∼71% +18%

MSI GF75 8RD-001

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H


7324 Points ∼69% +16%

Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP470EZ-EC033TS

Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics, Intel Core i5-1135G7


6333 Points ∼60%

Lenovo Yoga 730-15IKB

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, Intel Core i7-8550U


5965 Points ∼57% -6%

Schenker Vision 15

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7


5759 Points ∼55% -9%

Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10510U


5616 Points ∼53% -11%

Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7


4626 Points ∼44% -27%

Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15IIL05

NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i5-1035G1


4457 Points ∼42% -30%

MSI Prestige 14 A10RD

NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-10510U


4340 Points ∼41% -31%

Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7


4170 Points ∼40% -34%

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE

AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 7 4800U


3938 Points ∼37% -38%

HP 17-ca1149ng

AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 5 3500U


2556 Points ∼24% -60%

Preliminary evaluation seems to suggest that Intel Xe Max could prove to be a viable alternative to the NVIDIA GeForce MX350 and the Renoir Vega 8 in synthetic benchmarks. We also see good gains over the GTX 1050 series. Pre-sample MX450 numbers indicate that Intel still has some work to do.

That being said, do note that performance in games can be vastly different owing to differences between various game engines. We look forward to doing game benches on our Asus VivoBook TP470 sample very soon.

Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2020-12-29 (Update: 2020-12-29)

Vaidyanathan Subramaniam

I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.

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