Intel launches 11th-gen Tiger Lake CPUs, with blazing-fast clock speeds

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Intel launches 11th-gen Tiger Lake CPUs, with blazing-fast clock speeds

Intel promised ”dramatic” clock-speed increases in its 11th-gen “Tiger Lake” Intel Core CPU. It delivered.

In August, Intel surprised us by promising that its new SuperFIN transistor would push Tiger Lake to a greater-than-generational improvement in CPU performance. While that claim will have to wait for actual testing, the numbers help bolster its case: The base clock speed of the top four-core, eight-thread Core i7-1185G7 reaches 3GHz—far above that of Intel’s flagship 10th-gen Ice Lake chips—with single-core turbo speeds hitting 4.8GHz. 

All told, Intel is launching nine new Tiger Lake processors for notebooks, five of which include the new Xe integrated graphics core. More than 150 designs based on the new 11th-gen Intel Core processors are expected from partners including Acer, Asus, Dell, Dynabook, HP, Lenovo, LG, MSI, Razer, Samsung and others, Intel says. Twenty will be “Intel Evo” notebooks, the new name for Intel’s ongoing Project Athena lineup of collaboratively designed premium notebook PCs.

Intel’s making ambitious performance claims, including that Tiger Lake is 2.7 times as fast as “competitive products” in video editing, and that it can add an hour or so of battery compared to Ice Lake. Keep in mind, however, that the current landscape favors AMD’s mobile Ryzen, especially notebook processors like the 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen Mobile 4800U that easily compete with Intel’s 10th-gen “Ice Lake” H-series processors for gaming laptops. Intel hasn’t announced a gaming-class Tiger Lake processor yet, though it’s made the case that Tiger Lake enables thin-and-light gaming performance where none existed before.

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Acer’s Swift 5 will feature Intel’s 11th gen Tiger Lake CPU and Xe graphics.

Tiger Lake looks significantly faster

Intel has talked at length about the architectural details underlying Tiger Lake, but it’s said little about the the actual clock frequencies of the chips themselves. On Wednesday, Intel unveiled them. The higher-power ‘UP3’ series of chips (previously known as the ‘U’ series mobile CPUs for laptops) will include five chips ranging from the dual-core, 3GHz Core i3-1115G4 on up to the quad-core, 3GHz Core i7-1185G7. The lower-power ‘UP4’ series chips for tablets and thin-and-light PCs (designated in prior generations with the ‘Y’ suffix) includes four processors, ranging from the 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i3-1110G4 up to the 1.2GHz quad-core Core i7-1160G7. 

In a presentation on Wednesday, Intel quietly amended its product list by saying that the Core i3-1125G4 and Core i3-1120G4 would be available in 2021.

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Intel’s 11th-gen Tiger Lake processors for thin-and-light notebooks and tablets. It looks as if Intel may differentiate between the UP4 and UP3 chips via model number: A final “0” for UP4 tablet chips, and a final “5” for UP3 notebook processors.

Compared to Intel’s first 10th-gen Ice Lake processors, several differences stand out with Tiger Lake. Top to bottom, the base clock speeds as well as the single-core turbo speeds are all higher, even significantly in some cases. The max all-core turbo speeds are higher, too. The closest generational comparison is Ice Lake’s Core i5-1035G1 (1GHz base, 3.6GHz single-core turbo, 3.3GHz all-core turbo) and Tiger Lake’s Core i3-1125G4 (2GHz base, 3.7GHz single-core turbo, 3.3GHz all-core turbo). Actual performance will vary, and will need to be established via testing.

Intel isn’t offering as much processor choice as in Ice Lake, as there are five UP3 Tiger Lake processors (versus six Ice Lake-U chips) and four UP4 Tiger Lake processors (compared to five Ice Lake Y-series chips). Intel may identify the lower-power UP4 chips with model numbers ending in zero.

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