A fresh wave of leaks has surfaced, shedding light on Intel’s latest offering in the form of the Core Ultra 7 165H Meteor Lake CPU. Early tests using Geekbench software have revealed performance scores, painting a picture of the chip’s capabilities.
The Core Ultra 7 165H, featuring an impressive 16 cores and 22 threads, with a maximum turbo clock speed of 5GHz, was spotted in a benchmark listing by well-known leaker @BenchLeaks. While the specifications are undeniably powerful, the actual performance in Geekbench’s single and multi-core benchmarks fell short of expectations.
[GB6 CPU] Unknown CPU— Benchleaks (@BenchLeaks) September 25, 2023
CPU: Intel Core Ultra 7 165H (16C 22T)
Min/Max/Avg: 3364/4990/4863 MHz
CPUID: A06A4 (GenuineIntel)
In the single-core benchmark, the Core Ultra 7 165H scored 2,502 points, and in the multi-core benchmark, it achieved 12,545 points. While it outperformed Intel’s current-generation i7-13700H by a slight margin, it fell short when compared to AMD’s Ryzen 7 7745HX, which managed to surpass it by several percentage points.
Against AMD’s Zen 4-based Ryzen 7 7745HX, the Ultra 7 165H displayed inferior performance, lagging by 6.4% and 3.2% in the single-core and multi-core Geekbench 6 benchmarks, respectively.
This performance trend is not isolated, as other leaks regarding Meteor Lake listings have shown similar outcomes. A previous listing for a Core Ultra 7 1002H also exhibited underwhelming results, with just a 10% performance margin over the Core i7-13700H.
However, these early benchmark leaks should be taken with a grain of caution. Meteor Lake laptops are not set to officially launch until December 14, and Intel’s focus with its next-generation mobile chips extends beyond sheer performance. The company is diligently working to enhance power efficiency and functionality, including a more potent integrated GPU named “Arc-lite” and the integration of a hardware-accelerated machine learning chip.
Intel’s emphasis on efficiency and new features suggests that they may prioritize graphics and AI capabilities over substantial CPU gains. While the current benchmark results may not be groundbreaking, there is potential for clock speed improvements in the final release.
While the initial benchmark scores for the Core Ultra 7 165H in Geekbench 6 may not have lived up to expectations, it’s important to remember that these early leaks provide just a glimpse of what the Meteor Lake architecture has to offer. Intel’s focus on efficiency and innovation may yield different results once the product officially hits the market.