Surface Pro 7+ i5 vs i7 is the extra £540 worth it?
It today we’re going to be looking at the new surface, pro 7 plus i5 versus i7. Now we’ve recently reviewed the surface pro 7 plus i7 edition. So as these are so similar i’m not going to go over the externals or the basics of a surface pro, if you’re interested in watching that video you’ll find it in the description below, and that gives you much more details on the surface pro 7 plus this Video is going to be focusing purely on the differences between the i5 and the i7 version. Nu, just to start, i want to quickly talk about the specs of the two before we actually start a few other benchmarks. Nu, til venstre, we have the surface pro 7 plus i5. Now this is the base model with 8 gigabyte ram og 128 gigabytes of ssd. Nu, på højre side, we have the surface pro 7 plus i7. This has 16 gigabyte ram og 256 gigabytes of ssd. Now the ssd is now pretty much irrelevant because you can actually take the ssd out and upgrade it it’s relatively straightforward to do that now and we will be doing a video on that shortly. So please subscribe and hit notifications. If you wish to see that video now look at these two models side by side, they are both identical externally. The only main differences with these two models, obviously other than the specifications is, the i7 version has a fan and the i5 version is passive, so there’s, never any fan noise.
Now the positives to having no fan noise is obviously the surface pro it’s, always silent and that’s great, but it does have a thermal impact, so in tonight’s video we’re going to be looking at how much of an impact not having a fan is going to have With this i5 model over the fan – assisted i7 model, Okay, so we’re going to look at the performance of these two laptops. The i5 is on the left. The i7 is on the right we’re, going to just start off quickly, just by running cinebench, to see how they boost and whether the i5 without fans starts throttling a lot quicker than the fan assisted i7. So let’s set off cinebench on both at the same time and we’ll look at their behavior now cinebench has started, i’ve got the cpu meters up for both the i5 at the moment has kicked in nicely at 3.8 gigahertz across all cores, and the i7 has got 3.9, Så 100 megahertz faster than the i5, so not a big deal initially, but obviously i think, as it heats up we’re going to see the i5 dip down a lot quicker than the i7 okay, so they’re both running at 30 watts and at 30 watts we’re. Getting 3.4 gigahertz on the i5 and 3.5 gigahertz on the i7, so first run is completed and the scores are very similar. The i7 has scored 50 points more than the i5 and run it a second time, fordi, obviously i want to heat the machines up.
They do the initial boost up to 40 odd watts, 40 til 45 watts and then quickly drop back down to 30 Watt. Now the fan has kicked in, they were on the second run of cinebench. The fan has started to kick in on the i7, so this is hopefully where we’ll see the performance pulling ahead on the i7. Naturligvis, furnace i5 completely silent, nu, we’re 88 degrees on the i5 90 degrees on the i5 going up see and 85 on the i7. But both still pulling 30 Watt, currently, Okay, now nearing the end of the second run. The i5 has dropped down to about 16 til 17 Watt, whereas the i7 has only dropped down to 22 Watt. So you can see now that the i7 is pulling ahead and at 17 watts we’re getting 2.5 gigahertz as opposed to three gigahertz on the i7 at 22 Watt. So now we can see this is where the i7 should start pulling ahead. Så, on the second run, there’s about 170 points between them. The i7 was 170 points faster than the i5, so it’s starting to pull ahead now, we’re gon na do a third run and then we’ll probably just stop at that. So now that they’ve throttled backs the temperatures are much more comfortable 67 on the i5 and 70 between 71 og 74 on the i7 we’re, still at 17, watts on the i5 and 22 watts on the i7 okay. So they finished the third run on city bench r20, and you can see now that the actual performance difference has widened quite significantly 1941 on the i7, so that has totaled back a bit from the original.
But the actual i5 has got 1 58 Point. So there’s about 25 difference between these two scores on this long term, cinebench run what this basically means is on day to day use and short bursts of cpu performance you’re, not really going to see a difference between the i5 and the i7. So only when you’re using a long term load will you see a larger benefits of the i7 over the i5. Så, if you’re, using rendering or simulations or anything complex that’s going to give you a long term load on that cpu, are you going to get the benefit of this i7 over the i5 model day to day use it’s a wash okay? Så, following on from our cinebench test, we’re now going to run a real life project in davinci resolve, which is a video editing software that we use to encode our videos and running a five minute video on both of these machines. Samtidig, so you can see on by looking at the task manager on both these machines that the i7 model is running about 500 gigahertz faster than the i5 model over the long term boost of this project. And that is because the fan has fully kicked in on this i7 now for the first minute, or so they will both kick up to about 3.8 Gigahertz, where you get the short term turbo boost, and then the temperatures will rise. You can see by the task manager that the cpu is flat out on both of these machines, after about just over a minute that’s, when the sort of the short term turbo boost sort of drops out because of the temperatures.
And then we come down to these. Like these are the sort of the long term speeds, 2.4 og 2.9 nu, Naturligvis, these aren’t machines that you’re going to be wanting a rendering video on this is this five minute project would probably take us about two minutes on our workstation. This is apparently gon na. Take about 12 minutes from start to finish on these machines. Now we will skip through most of this and give you the time results at the end, but it’s usable in a pinch. So the actual editing side seems fine on these machines for for like 1080p editing, but the rendering times are particularly slow, Okay, so we’re at the end of the render the i7 finished a little while ago. That completed this job in 10 minutes and five seconds and then quite a lot after the i7, the i5 finished with 12 minutes and two seconds. This is where obviously, the fan assisted i7 obviously makes it more worthwhile of the o5 for a long time. Job like this, but in all honesty i mean i wouldn’t – want to be doing this regularly on these machines, because they’re both pretty slow compared to a desktop now the i7 also has 16 gigabyte ram, as well as the fan, which will give it an advantage Over the i5s mere 8 gigabytes as well, so that will help so now we’re going to run geekbench 5 on both of these models on mains, the i5 scored 1 370 on the single core, the i7 scored 1 542.
So that was quite a nice improvement on the i7 over the i5 there. This is quite a short test and the multi core score scored 5194 on the i5 and 5622 on the i7, so in geekbench there’s, quite a nice improvement on the i7 over the i5. So now that we’re moving on to the gpu side of geekbench the opencl test, these both have the g7 intel, xc, grafik, but there’s still quite a large difference here. The i5 scored 15 029, whereas the i7 scored 18 717 there’s a large difference in the actual graphics score on these models, and that also shows again in time spy. The i5 scored 1454, whereas the i7 scored 1775.. You can see as well. The graphic score was 1318 on the i5, as opposed to 1 593 on the i7. The cpu score again was 3532 on the i5 to 5071 on the i7. So when you’re fully loading the gpu and the cpu, you can see there’s quite a big difference between the i5 and the i7 so to test out the 3d on both of these laptops, we’re running unigine valley with msi afterburner overlay running. So you can see how they’re performing this is the extreme hd preset on uni gen valley, and you can see from the start. They both consume about 18 19 watts we’re, getting 13 frames per second on the i5 and about 16 on the i7. So it’s performing a little bit better straight away, and this is before any throttling now i’m going to run the benchmark and we’re going to see how they go over the course of this benchmark.
Okay, so we’ve finished the benchmark. What surprised me is how well the i5 held up throughout that benchmark. It consistently held its 18 watts and the temperatures are pretty good about 63 til 65 grader. I was expecting it to throttle back a bit more the i7, so the fans have kicked up but you’re not getting a great deal more wattage but it’s. Naturally, it seems to be running at higher gpu clocks on the i7 anyway, and that gives us a score of 669 on the i5 and 803 on the i7, so the i7 is just naturally faster, even without that higher wattage right. Så, just to finish off the performance testing, we can do some testing on batch we’ve had a few people asking me: how do they perform whilst on battery mode so i’m going to just do a geekbench on battery now this is on the firstly, the power mode. On battery recommended setting on both machines right let’s, let these go so quite a big difference to the actual mains performance, 813 single core on the i5 826 on the i7, with a multi core score of 3415 on the i5 and 3716 on the i7. So that’s quite heavily throttled to preserve your battery life i’m gon na now switch it to max battery just try that again and just see if we can get full performance on battery. So here we go. This is the max performance on the windows, mobility, Magt, slider, and you can see that on the max performance on battery we’re, getting this pretty much the same scores as we’re getting on mains.
So if you do need that full performance on battery, you can have it, but it will annihilate your battery life. So as these machines are so similar same batteries, but just obviously the slightly different processor, i tested the battery life. I used them for an hour and a half wirelessly streaming youtube music at 50 Lysstyrke 40 speakers, so they were at exactly the same settings between the two and over the course of that hour and a half there was one percent battery difference between them. The i5 finished that hour and a half with 84 and the i7 finished with 83. Så, in all honesty, the battery life is pretty much a wash with both these machines and from our original review of the i7, we got about seven and a half hours of battery life with the i7 model, so you’re, probably talking maybe nearer eight with the i5. Both pretty good battery life on these machines, but certainly not exceptional, like some of the new m1 macbook pros and some of the other ultrabooks that we’ve got out there right. So in conclusion, looking at this i5 versus the i7, obviously the i7 does perform better, but only really in long term, full load scenarios or on the gpu in light use and day to day use office, applications and a lot of other applications. They’Ll both feel as snappy as each other, so the i5 cost me 850 Pounds, whereas the i7 cost 1 388 Pounds.
So a whopping 538 pounds difference between these two machines and for that extra money, you’re getting double the ram with 16 gigabyte ram. On the i7 double the storage, Så 256 gigabytes on the i7, whereas 128 on the i5 and obviously the i7 cpu, with a fan as opposed to fanless. Now the ssd is kind of a moot point nowadays, because you can actually change that yourself and that is something we’re going to do in a follow up. Video, so don’t buy the i7 because you want more storage. Do it yourself, it’ll save you an absolute fortune. The only reason you’re going to be wanting to pay an awful lot more for this i7 is because you know it’s going to be your pretty much one and only work machine and you’re going to be using it for extended loads, or you really need that. 16 gigabyte ram. Now you can get the 16 gigabytes of ram on the i5 model, but it’s so expensive on the i5 that it’s only an extra, jeg tror, 50 til 100 pounds more to go to the i7 as the i5 version, med 16 gigabyte ram. So if you want that 16 gigabytes of ram give the i5 a skip and go straight to the i7, unless the fan noise bothers you and that’s, the other reason to choose the i5 over the i7, obviously they’re, both a snappy and day to day use. But this one is purely passive and i have to be honest using this for quite a while now i love the fact that fan just never kicks in now in day to day work on the i7.
Også, the fan doesn’t kick in it’s, only on extended loads or graphics load that you hear the fan kick in, but having it completely silent for me is absolute bliss. Godt, i hope this helps if you’re choosing between the 7 plus i5 or i7.