At its online launch on September 2, Intel officially announced the 11th Gen Intel Core for compact laptops. High-performance models with an H index for gaming laptops and desktop versions to appear in the first half of 2021
Tiger Lake chips are manufactured using a 10 nm process technology and consist of Willow Cove cores and Iris Xe graphics subsystem on Xe-LP (low-power) architecture. The manufacturer claims that the new core architecture allows higher frequencies to be achieved with lower voltage.
Tiger Lake supports DDR4-3200 memory up to 64GB and LP-DDR4x-4266 memory up to 32GB – a significant improvement over Ice Lake. A Thunderbolt 4 controller is integrated directly into the processor (it is Thunderbolt 3 compatible and differs only in the number of connection lines).
Iris Xe consists of 96 compute units and 16 MB of its own cache. The integrated graphics share the RAM with the rest of the system, but since Tiger Lake supports faster modules, the performance is noticeably increased compared to Iris Plus.
Intel has shown a slide with games that can be played on laptops without a discrete graphics card. In particular, The Witcher 3 overcomes the 50 fps threshold, GTA V – above 60 fps, and esports disciplines like CS: GO and Dota 2 confidently keep above 100 frames per second. True, at the presentation they did not specify at what graphics settings the readings were taken.
Video processing promises a 2x performance improvement over 10th Gen Ice Lake processors.
Almost all processors presented today have 4 cores and 8 threads, the maximum frequencies vary from 3.3 GHz to 4.3 GHz with a load on all cores.
Core i3 models received graphics on the old architecture and half the cache size, and two of the three models are completely dual-core. The Core i5 and Core i7 models differ mainly in the frequencies and the number of integrated graphics processing units – the full set of 96 units is available only on the Core i7.
Intel notes that the processor architecture is easily scalable – in the future, the company will introduce 8-core models designed for gaming laptops and mobile workstations.