Intel Launches 11th Generation Core Chips for High-Performance Notebooks | Computer

During CES 2021, Intel promised to announce the 11th generation high-performance Core processors for notebooks sometime in 2021. The promise was fulfilled on Tuesday (11): the chips Tiger Lake-H have just been revealed. The highlight goes to the octa-core Intel Core i9-11980HK, the most powerful in the class.

11th generation Core processor (image: publicity / Intel)

All new processors are based on the Willow Cove microarchitecture and, as such, have a 10+ nanometer SuperFin manufacturing process. The maximum TDP varies between 35 and 65 W, which makes it clear that the new line prioritizes performance – for those who need a lot of autonomy, the Tiger Lake chips announced in 2020 are the most suitable.

Intel draws attention to several important features in the new line, such as support for the following technologies:

  • Thunderbolt 4;
  • PCI Express 4.0;
  • Wi-Fi 6E (Gig +);
  • HDMI 2.0;
  • DisplayPort 1.4;
  • DDR4 memories up to 3,200 MHz.

As for performance, Intel says that, compared to Core i9-10980HK (previous generation), Core i9-11980HK is faster in many games. In Far Cry: New Dawn and War Thunder, for example, the new processor had 5% and 21% more performance, respectively. The tests with the two processors were done with a GeForce RTX 3080.

In comparison with the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX chip, also with the RTX 3080 as a video card, the Core i9-11980HK was 17% and 22% higher in the same games, still in the tests of Intel.

In general, the company signals that the new 11th generation chips perform up to 19% higher in multithreaded tasks compared to the previous generation. In part, this is possible thanks to technologies like Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0 and Intel Speed ​​Optimizer.

Heavy games will require a dedicated video card, but for those who don’t need a notebook for that purpose, the integrated UHD Graphics GPU that comes with the new chips promises to do the job. With Xe architecture and 32 execution units (EU), it can play videos in 4K and 60 fps, for example.

These are the models:

Cores / Threads Frequency Freq. 1-Core Turbo L3 cache TDP Freq. GPU / Max.
Core i9-11980HK 8/16 2.6 GHz 5 GHz 24 MB 45-65 W 350 / 1,450 MHz
Core i9-11900H 8/16 2.5 GHz 4.9 GHz 24 MB 35-45 W 350 / 1,450 MHz
Core i7-11800H 8/16 2.3 GHz 4.6 GHz 24 MB 35-45 W 350 / 1,450 MHz
Core i5-11400H 6/12 2.7 GHz 4.5 GHz 12 MB 35-45 W 350 / 1,450 MHz
Core i5-11260H 6/12 2.6 GHz 4.4 GHz 12 MB 35-45 W 350 / 1,400 MHz

Did you notice that Core i9-11980HK is the only model that has the letter ‘K’ in its name? It is there to make it clear that this chip is fully unlocked for overclocking.

Also note that these processors complement the three Tiger Lake models with a 35 W TDP unveiled by Intel during CES 2021.

Intel Core vPro and Xeon for workstations

Intel included in the new line of 11th generation chips Core vPro for corporate use, in addition to processors Xeon W-11000 for mobile workstations. These models have practically the same characteristics as the processors in the previous list, but bring specific features for professional environments.

Here are the chips:

Cores / Threads Frequency Freq. 1-Core Turbo L3 cache TDP Freq. GPU / Max.
Xeon W-11955M 8/16 2.6 GHz 5 GHz 24 MB 35-45 W 350 / 1,450 MHz
Core i9-11950H 8/16 2.6 GHz 5 GHz 24 MB 35-45 W 350 / 1,450 MHz
Xeon W-11855M 6/12 3.2 GHz 4.9 GHz 18 MB 35-45 W 350 / 1,450 MHz
Core i7-11850H 8/16 2.5 GHz 4.8 GHz 24 MB 35-45 W 350 / 1,450 MHz
Core i5-11500H 6/12 2.9 GHz 4.6 GHz 12 MB 35-45 W 350 / 1,450 MHz

Among such professional features are technologies such as Intel Total Memory Encryption (TME – encryption of data in memory) and, on Xeon models, support for Error-Correcting Code (ECC – mechanism for correcting errors in memory). The company also highlights two security technologies:

  • Intel Control-Flow Enforcement Technology (CET): protects the computer against attacks based on flow control techniques (present in various malware);
  • Intel Threat Detection Technology (DTT): uses artificial intelligence to, for example, detect ransomware and attacks for cryptocurrency mining in Windows environment.

Intel Tiger Lake-H: Availability

Intel has not given an exact date for the arrival of Tiger Lake-H processors to the market, after all, they will be targeted at laptop manufacturers (OEMs). Anyway, the first notebooks equipped with these chips should not be long in coming.

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