Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Book Benchmarks

Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Book Benchmarks

If you’re still on the fence trying to decide between the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, this article may be just what you’re looking for. I’m going to compare some benchmarks between the two devices so you can see the difference in CPU, graphics, and battery performance.

For these benchmarks, I’m primarily comparing the i5 versions of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book. However, I, also, have some data from the i7 version of the Surface Book, and I’ll also include some data I have from the Surface Pro 3 (i5 version) and the Surface 3. By doing so, you can get a better overall idea how all of these devices perform in relation to each outer.

One last thing, since I haven’t had an opportunity to use any of the new devices for extended periods of time, I was only able to get one set of benchmarks from each as opposed to averaging 5 to 10 benchmark runs together, like I normally do.

Be on the lookout later for my normal, and much more rigorous, “real-world” benchmarks a few weeks after the devices are released.

Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Book Benchmarks: CPU

For the CPU test, Google Octane 2.0 and Kraken 1.1 was used to benchmark the devices. You can see the comparative charts below:

Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Book Benchmarks Octane

Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Book Benchmarks kraken

For the Octane benchmark, a higher score and longer line are better. For the Kraken benchmark, a lower number and shorter line are better.

Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Book Benchmarks: Graphics

For graphics testing, the 3DMark Ice Storm and SkyDiver Unlimited tests and produced the following results:

Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Book Benchmarks Icestorm

Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Book Benchmarks Skydiver

For both tests, a higher number and longer line are better. That i7/NVIDIA GPU combination sure does make a difference, doesn’t it?

Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Book Benchmarks: Battery

In this test, Mobile Mark 2014 was used to benchmark the battery life of the various devices. You can see the results below:

Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Book Benchmarks Battery

As you can see, the i5 Surface Book came in with an astounding 817 minutes (13 hours, 37 minutes) of battery life and the clipboard portion got 199 minutes (3 hours, 19 minutes) all by itself!!

At 479 minutes, the SP4 scored almost as well as the Surface 3 but, funny enough, the SP3 outscored them both with a 527 minute (8 hours, 47 minutes) result for this test. That’s probably because the SP3 has a 42W/Hr battery while the SP4 only has a battery rated for 38W/Hr and the Surface 3 only 27W/Hr.

Keep in mind, during my earlier, real-world testing on the SP3 battery, I wasn’t seeing this level of performance; so, take it for what it’s worth.

Still, 479 minutes is pretty impressive for such a powerful and light device. I just hope it pans out “in the real world”.

Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Book Benchmarks: Conclusion

While there were really no surprises, it’s always nice to see this type of assumption-affirming data. Hopefully, this data helped you make up your mind if you were still on the fence about which to get (an SP4 or Surface Book).

If you already decided, then I hope the data makes you feel a little more justified in your decision.


is a professional geek with over 23 years of experience working in Information Technology and dealing with everything from large-scale storage to remote systems management and automation for organizations such as Texas Instruments, Mobil Oil, and the University of Michigan (where he was an Academic IT Director). He co-founded JTRTech along with Joanna to realize his long-time dream of working for himself.


  1. Any way you can throw in SP3 i7 benchmarks?

    Super curious to see how the new i5 compares to the previous i7

    I never owned a Surface product. Right now it seems the SP3 i7 is the best choice.

  2. Will you be adding the Surface 4 i7 to the benchmarks. I’m currently deciding between i5 and i7 and I think better graphics might make Civ a little more playable on my long fights to kill some time. I wonder how much the i7 impacts the battery life versus the i5 also. Is it 10 minutes or 2 hours reduction or nothing at all.

    • Depends on what you’re planning to do with it. The SP4 is more powerful than the SP3 but, not by a huge amount.

      I wouldn’t worry too much about the stability issues, though. Microsoft has been working on them and should have them (mostly) patched up in a couple of weeks.

      To me the big thing is really money. If all you’re doing is surfing the web, Facebooking, and reading email then the SP3 will do the job and save you some cash.

      If you need more power to run resource hungry apps then you might want to consider the SP4.

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