Intel has released 10 new 11th Gen Tiger Lake notebook processors for high-performance gaming and workstation notebooks, including commercial vPro models. Intel promises high-end desktop performance with up to 19% multi-threaded performance gains from generation to generation. plus platform-level improvements with PCIe 4.0 support. These new H-series processors have a TDP of up to 65W and join the previously released low-power Tiger Lake processors, which are designed for thin and light notebooks for everyday use. However, Intel says at least 30 future laptops based on the new Tiger Lake-H processors will also be less than 20mm thick.
The new 11th Gen Core processors feature a new integrated UHD Graphics based on the new Intel Xe-LP architecture with 32 execution units. Platform features include Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6E support. At launch, the family will include Core i9 and Core i7 models with eight cores each, as well as models with a six-core Core i5 processor. Among the five W-series Xeon models, there are also two models dedicated to commercial notebooks, and they support the Intel vPro business platform, which includes new thread detection and flow control technologies that claim to protect against ransomware. … and cryptomining attacks.
Tiger Lake processors use the Willow Cove core architecture, which is manufactured using Intel’s 10nm SuperFin process. The platform has 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes providing high-speed connections to a discrete GPU as well as an NVMe SSD. Dual eDP graphics channels enable notebooks with built-in secondary displays. Memory support goes up to DDR4-3200.
The top-end Core i9-11980HK has been billed as the world’s best mobile gaming processor and will be used in laptops, which Intel calls “an enthusiast halo.” It is fully unlocked and can be overclocked, depending on which enclosures and coolers the original equipment manufacturers are installing. It has eight cores with Hyper-Threading and 24MB of L3 cache. It has a base frequency of 2.6 GHz and can run at up to 3.3 GHz with a configurable 65W TDP, or up to 5 GHz on dual cores using Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0 when thermal conditions permit.
Intel says that with this new generation, buyers can expect to see more 17-inch 1440p gaming laptops hitting the market, which are likely to become the normal display resolution, as well as 1080p models with refresh rates up to 360Hz. Intel says OEMs are announcing over 80 designs, many of which are expected to be gaming laptops and may also have Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 and GeForce RTX 3050 Ti discrete GPUs that were announced at the same time.