Surface Book design

Benchmarks of what appears to be the Surface Book 3 have been listed on 3DMark. Results spotted by Twitter’s _rogame show a vendor name of Microsoft and pairings of high-end laptop processors and GPUs that heavily suggest this is the new 2-in-1 hybrid.

The most powerful variant features a GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q graphics card. This is a very capable GPU that should be able to run most modern games on high settings at 1080p. The Max-Q features reduced clock speeds compared to its other laptop and desktop variants but the specs are otherwise quite similar. If cooling and CPU power is sufficient, users can expect over 60 fps at high settings in titles like the Division 2, Far Cry 5, Battlefield V, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Another variant features a 1650 Max-Q instead.

The graphics horsepower should also prove useful for rendering and video editing, especially when combined with its processor. In both benchmarks, the supposed Surface Book 3 features an Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor. The quad-core 10nm chip has already been seen in devices like the new Razer Blade Stealth and doesn’t reach the performance of the i7-9750H in rendering, but performs comparably in Adobe Premiere and Photoshop.

In addition, the same Twitter user also discovered benchmarks from devices that could be the Surface Book and feature a possible Intel Tiger Lake CPU. One Microsoft device on Geekbench features an ‘Intel 0000 CPU’ with the markings of the new architecture and a 1660 Ti. Another 4 thread/8 core processor is present on 3DMark under Microsoft’s name, listed with a generic GPU but with a 2.3GHz 0000 CPU.

As always, though, it’s worth taking these benchmarks with a grain of salt. We’ve seen several instances where they’ve turned out to be fake, be for prototype devices, or new devices entirely. We won’t know for sure until Microsoft Officially announces the Surface Book 3, which will hopefully be in October.