This Wednesday (2), the Intel made the official announcement of the long-awaited line of processors Eleventh generation core (Tiger Lake). Okay, maybe not that long awaited. But the fact is that the new chips arrive with the mission of making Intel dive once and for all in the 10 nanometer segment (introduced in the previous generation). In addition, they bring the promising graphics Intel Iris Xe.
More than that, today’s announcements mark a new phase for Intel, so much so that the company has even changed its logo. Yes, ads, in the plural. In addition to the Core Tiger Lake chips, the company unveiled the Intel Evo label, aimed at the Athena Project.
However, in this post, the focus is on the new Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, so let’s go to them. The new generation brings frequencies of up to 4.8 GHz, native compatibility with Thunderbolt 4 standards (which also implies support for USB4) and Wi-Fi 6, as well as integrated Intel Iris Xe GPUs, which promise performance that is not due nothing for equivalent competitive options.
Every new generation of processors also promises more processing performance. Well, the new eleventh generation chips have up to 20% more performance in productivity tasks and up to twice the graphics performance compared to competitors, says Intel.
These are the models that are part of this wave:
|UP3||Cores / threads||Clock (GHz)||Cache||Graphics (EUs)||TDP|
|Core i7-1185G7||4/8||3 / max. 4.8||12 MB||Iris Xe (96)||12-28 W|
|Core i7-1165G7||4/8||2.8 / max. 4.7||12 MB||Iris Xe (96)||12-28 W|
|Core i5-1135G7||4/8||2.4 / max. 4.2||8 MB||Iris Xe (80)||12-28 W|
|Core i3-1125G4||4/8||2 / max. 3.7||8 MB||UHD (48)||12-28 W|
|Core i3-1115G4||2/4||3 / max. 4.1||6 MB||UHD (48)||12-28 W|
|UP4||Cores / threads||Clock (GHz)||Cache||Graphics (EUs)||TDP|
|Core i7-1160G7||4/8||1.2 / max. 4.4||12 MB||Iris Xe (96)||7-15 W|
|Core i5-1130G7||4/8||1.1 / max 4||8 MB||Iris Xe (80)||7-15 W|
|Core i3-1120G4||4/8||1.1 / max 3.5||8 MB||UHD (48)||7-15 W|
|Core i3-1110G4||2/4||1.8 / max. 3.9||6 MB||UHD (48)||7-15 W|
Did you notice the UP3 and UP4 ratings? They indicate the TDP range of the new processors. Until the Ice Lake line, Intel categorized UP3 as U series and UP4 as Y series. Note also that chips with more advanced graphics are identified by the suffix ‘G7’.
According to Intel, the new microarchitecture Willow Cove is that it allows the Tiger Lake family to reach frequencies of up to 4.8 GHz in boost (the previous architecture, Sunny Cove, reaches up to 4 GHz) and, at the same time, maintain an operating range between 12 and 28 W. manufacturing is 10+ nanometers.
Not by chance, notebooks based on the new processors can achieve great autonomy, depending on the equipment configurations. Yes, notebooks. All models announced today are aimed at “thin and light laptops”, in the words of Intel itself.
Other noteworthy features include support for PCI Express 4.0, compatibility with the AV1 codec and inclusion of Total Memory Encryption (TME) for enhanced security via hardware.
It is also worth noting that the UP3 chips support DDR4 memories up to 3,200 MHz and LPDDR4X up to 4,266 MHz. UP4 processors work with the latter type of memory.
Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Samsung are among the brands that will launch notebooks with 11th generation Core chips in the coming months.