It’s not just on the desktop side that the Skylake architecture has been a recurring feature for the past five and a half years. The same applies to portable and performance-oriented gaming computers, for which the company has had difficulty delivering a multi-core solution of 10 nanometers with high clock frequencies.
The digital edition of CES 2021 is the platform for real news from Intel. Alongside “Rocket Lake” with Core i9-11900K at the forefront, Intel is also launching “Tiger Lake-H” for laptops. However, this is a product made of 10 nanometers and with the company’s very latest architecture Willow Cove.
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The suffix “-H” at the end of the code name means that it is a high-performance solution, while “-U” indicates that the processor is a more energy-efficient variant for thin and light computers. By all accounts, Tiger Lake-H at the hardware level is a direct copy of energy-efficient Tiger Lake-U. The new portable game processors thus get only four cores with eight wires, instead of up to eight cores with the Core 10000 series.
The difference is therefore mainly about higher power budget, which enables the processors to maintain high clock frequencies over time. All models in the Tiger Lake-H family have configurable TDP values from 28 to 35 W, compared to Tiger Lake-U which starts at significantly lower 7 W and stays at 15 W.
The top model is called Core i7-11375H and, depending on the TDP setting, has a base frequency of 3.0 GHz (28 W) or 3.3 GHz (35 W). The processor’s maximum turbo frequency with one core lands at 5.0 GHz, which takes the step down to 4.8 GHz when a second core is loaded. With all four cores, the peak value is 4.3 GHz. In addition to a lower maximum frequency of 4.8 GHz, the Intel Core i7-11370H is identical to the flagship.
The entry-level model Core i5-11300H has a base frequency of 2.6 or 3.1 GHz with a turbo frequency of 4.4 GHz with one and two cores, and 4.0 GHz with all four. Common to all is support for DDR4 memory at 3,200 MHz and more expensive LPDDR4X at 4,267 MHz.
Instead of highlighting overall performance, Intel talks about Tiger Lake-H as a series that balances mobility with gaming performance. According to the company itself, the Core i7-11375H offers an increase of 30 percent single-wire performance compared to the alternatives from AMD, something that should come in handy in just games. Whether the number of cores is Tiger Lake-H in the barrel in the same scenario remains to be seen.
While today’s launch of Tiger Lake-H is about models with 4 cores, Intel is also working on increasing the number of cores to 8 and threads to 16. The company revealed at the end of 2020 and during CES 2021, Intel announces that these will also go up to 5.0 GHz.
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