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Intel’s Meteor Lake CPU Disappoints in Geekbench 6

Intel’s Meteor Lake CPU Disappoints in Geekbench 6

Intel’s key focus for Meteor Lake mobile processors is to improve efficiency, GPU capabilities, and AI advances. This strategy emphasizes Intel’s dedication to system performance and efficiency rather than just raw CPU performance.

A new set of Geekbench 6 results for Intel’s forthcoming Core Ultra 7 165H Meteor Lake CPU has been released, sporting 16 cores, 22 threads, and a maximum turbo frequency of 5GHz. @BenchLeaks discovered the results on X, a renowned Geekbench 6 leaker, who posted a new listing.

These benchmark results appear to follow a pattern of poor performance found in earlier Meteor Lake disclosures. While the Core Ultra 7 165H surpassed Intel’s current-generation i7-13700H, it lagged far behind AMD’s Ryzen 7 7745HX.

The Core Ultra 7 165H achieved 2,502 points in the single-core benchmark and 12,545 points in the multi-core measure. The first page of i7-13700H and Ryzen 7 7745HX scores were averaged to create a fair comparison.

The existing Core i7-13700H was 9.1% slower in the single-core Geekbench 6 benchmark and 17% slower in the multi-core benchmark. Despite these findings, there appears to be some albeit minor improvement in the performance of the Core Ultra 7 165H CPU.

In preliminary benchmark comparisons, Intel’s Core Ultra 7 165H lagged behind AMD’s Zen 4-based Ryzen 7 7745HX. In single-core and multi-core Geekbench 6 tests, the Intel processor underperformed by 6.4% and 3.2%, respectively.

The Core Ultra 7 165H’s Geekbench 5 results are unremarkable, especially given that AMD’s current-generation laptop CPU outperforms it by a narrow margin. These early benchmark leaks correspond to the pattern in other Meteor Lake listings in the Geekbench results database. A prior report, which contained a Geekbench listing for a Core Ultra 7 1002H, likewise showed disappointing results, with a performance differential of only 10% when compared to the Core i7-13700H.

It’s important to note that these early benchmark breaches should be treated with caution for various reasons. These are early leaks, and Meteor Lake laptops aren’t expected to ship until December 14. Furthermore, Intel prioritizes battery efficiency and functionality advancements over sheer performance in its next-generation mobile CPUs.

These improvements include a more robust “Arc-lite” integrated GPU and the addition of a hardware-accelerated machine learning chip. Although Meteor Lake’s architecture is only expected to gain 3% more IPC (Instructions Per Clock) for efficiency cores and no IPC improvement for P-cores, the possibility of clock speed improvements exists.

Intel may opt for faster clock speeds to improve Meteor Lake’s performance. Finally, Intel’s emphasis on efficiency and new features suggests that significant CPU performance improvements may not be the primary focus of Meteor Lake’s release.

Shahbaz Ahmed


Shahbaz Ahmed serves as the CEO of Gammahed. He studied from Aptech and earned certification of ACCP. As an Aptech Certified Computer Professional, he's armed with a solid foundation in the intricacies of technology. With an impressive gaming journey spanning over 18 years, his passion has led him to become a writer, dedicated to guiding fellow gamers through the realm of gaming hardware. Having personally encountered and conquered numerous gaming-related problems during his early years of gaming, Shahbaz Ahmed now shares his invaluable expertise to help others navigate similar challenges.