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Intel launches 11th Gen Tiger Lake CPUs with integrated Xe graphics: All you need to know

The new 11th Gen Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 chips promise to bring with themselves major gains in performance and battery life.

Sushant Talwar | September 3, 2020 | Updated 10:59 IST
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Highlights

  • Intel has launched its 11th Gen Tiger Lake CPUs.
  • The new CPUs come with integrated Xe graphics.
  • Intel has launched 9 new CPUs for laptops spread across Core i3, i5 and i7 families.

In a bid to counter the growing footprint of AMD in the laptop market, Intel has now officially announced its 11th Gen Tiger Lake processors for laptops. The new mobile chips will feature the company's new integrated Xe graphics, and bring with themselves support for some state of the art technologies such as Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6.

The new Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 chips promise to bring with themselves major gains in performance and battery life over their predecessors -- Ice Lake CPUs. The new processors spread across the three CPU families are aimed at ultrabooks and gaming laptops, as they promise the "best processor for thin-&-light" laptops.

Intel has announced that the new CPUs will be seen on a number of laptops in the coming months, with the chips planned to be used on devices from all its major OEM partners including Dell, Acer, Lenovo, HP, Samsung, Asus, and others.

Intel's 11th Gen Core processors are powered by the company's new Willow Cove architecture built using a new "SuperFin" transistor. This the company promises will offer a generational increase over existing chips in the market. Though these processors are made using the company's existing 10nm node, instead of a more advanced 7nm node, the new processors still bring significant gains, especially in frequency clocks. Intel also claims that the new 11th Gen chips will also bring about 20 per cent increase in power efficiency resulting in improved battery life on a single charge.

While Intel has launched as many as 9 chips under the new 11th Gen line-up, the biggest gains will be seen with the flagship, Core i7-1185G7 CPU which promises base speeds of 3.0GHz, peak single-core turbo boost of up to 4.8GHz, and a peak all-core boost of up to 4.3GHz. Interestingly, this chip features the top-of-the-line Intel's Iris Xe integrated graphics, which boasts of 96 CUs and a core speed of 1.35GHz.

Intel claims this new integrated Xe graphics will be a game-changer of sorts, as it will offer up to twice the graphics performance over previous generation Intel graphics chips. The Xe graphics are also pegged to bring serious gains over AMD's onboard solutions, or for the matter even take the fight to Nvidia's integrated MX series GPUs -- a claim that remains yet to be verified.

Apart from this, the 11th Gen chips also bring software and hardware-level optimisations for faster performance in certain use case scenarios. For example, Intel's DL Boost working in tandem with AI processing hardware can help upscale photos faster or help during video calls by intelligently removing background noise from conference calls.

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