Tiger Lake: 11th generation Intel Core processors are here, and they claim to be the most powerful in their range. What do they offer?
When Intel introduces a new generation of CPUs it does the lightest processors, intended for ultrathin laptops and tablets. The new 11th Gen Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, codenamed Tiger Lake, have just been announced.
Intel Tiger Lake processor series specs
Up to 4.8GHz speed, Intel Tiger Lake ensures that they are up to twice as fast as its AMD equivalent, and they also release new technologies such as WiFi 6, PCIe-4 or Thunderbolt 4. More than 150 laptops from Acer, Asus, Dell, Dynabook, HP, Lenovo, LG, MSI, and Razer have already been announced, including Samsung laptops with a 5G connection.
Intel Tiger Lake remains to stuck in 10 nanometer (nm) technology, while its rivals already work with 7 nm, and even less. Today they presented the new 10nm SuperFin lithograph. Since they cannot downsize the transistors at the moment, they are working on other areas, such as reducing voltage usage to deliver more performance at the same voltage.
The result is that this Eleventh Generation Tiger Lake Intel Core offers 20% more CPU performance than the previous one, with twice the graphics power thanks to its new integrated Iris Xe GPU, and 5 times more processing capacity in artificial intelligence.
In addition, these new Tiger Lake processors launch new technologies such as WiFi 6 (802.11 ax), three times faster than the current WiFi 5 (802.11 ac) that most of us use, Thunderbolt 4 with USB 4 support and the ability to connect an 8K monitor and up to 4 4K monitors, and PCIe-4 (a novelty in mobile processors), which allows connecting an SSD at a speed of 32 Gbps.
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In the presentation Intel has compared these new Tiger Lake CPUs with the AMD Ryzen 4800U, and ensures that they are 100% faster at changing the size of photos, and up to 200% faster in tasks such as rendering 4K video.
When it comes to playing games, the new Iris Xe GPU offers 66% more performance than a previous generation processor with the NVIDIA MX350 GPU.
Intel says the 11th Generation Tiger Lake processors can perform multitasking tasks, previously it was only possible with desktop computers: play games, record video and stream all at the same time, or use multiple 4K monitors at 60Hz at the same time.
In total, Intel has announced nine processors, whose characteristics you can see in these tables:
We start from an Intel Core i3 1110G4 with two cores and 4 threads at a 1.8GHz speed, with Turbo mode at 3.9GHz speed. It has a 6MB cache and a consumption between 13W and 15W.
The most powerful model (remember that they are chips designed for ultra-thin laptops) is the Intel i7-1185G7, with 4 cores and 8 threads at a 3GHz speed, and a 4.8GHz turbo boost. It has a 12MB cache and a consumption between 12W and 28W.
We don’t know anything about prices though.
Intel announced Evo laptops, a new brand
The Mountain View company last year launched a program called Project Athena, which encourages the development of quality laptops by maintaining a series of quality parameters in all components of the computer. More than 150 companies are already participating to create the most reliable laptops on the market.
The union of the Eleventh Generation Intel Core processors and Project Athena has given rise to a new brand: Intel Evo, with a new Intel logo included. It will reflect what we have talked about: laptops and other devices that maintain excellence not only in the processor, but in the rest of the components.
These laptops must comply with a series of rules, such as:
- Constant responsiveness on battery
- System startup from sleep mode in less than 1 second
- Actual battery life of 9 hours or more on systems with FHD displays
- Fast charging with up to 4 hours of charge in less than 30 minutes on systems with FHD displays