Today is the big day of Tiger Lake, Intel ‘s 11thth a generation of Core architecture designed for thin and light laptops (read Tiger Lake’s coverage on Intel Architecture Day 2020 here). The Tiger Lake has been coming for a long time and represents a big leap in performance compared to the previous generation of the Intel Ice Lake family, and it is also built on the more advanced Intel 10nm process node.
Right behind the door during Intel’s virtual launch, Intel came out of the gun that was planned for AMD. AMD gained market share with 7nm Zen 2 based Ryzen 4000 mobile processors, which were highly competitive with Intel’s 10th processor generators. However, Intel wants to slam the door on AMD with Tiger Lake. Or, as Intel said, it wants to take over “All imitators” there.
Intel has shown demonstrations where the 11th generation Tiger Lake core processor is up to 2.7 times faster than the Ryzen 7 4800U in content creation tasks (i.e. photo and video editing), and approximately twice as fast in gaming performance. The company also promises 20 percent faster overall performance in office productivity. When it comes to gaming, Intel relies on its brand new 12th generation of Iris Xe graphic architecture, which he says can surpass 90 percent discreetly GPU solutions offered in the thin and light notebook segment. In its most powerful form, the Iris Xe has a total of 96 executable units and 16 MB of L3 cache.
The list of game titles that Intel showed in relation to the AMD Ryzen 4000 was significant, in a separate press release after the main event. And it looks like a pure search, according to Intel numbers. Tiger Lake also offers hardware acceleration support to support AV1 CODEC, Thunderbolt 4 and PCIe 4.0. It should be noted that both Thunderbolt 4 and PCIe 4.0 are originally supported on Tiger Lake platforms. AMD does not support Thunderbolt at all. Similarly, AMD supports PCIe 4.0 on its desktop chipsets, but has omitted that support for Ryzen 4000 mobile processors for energy efficiency reasons. Intel obviously doesn’t have the same concerns, and will fully support PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs for laptops (although it’s up to OEMs to use PCIe 4.0 SSDs).
Tiger Lake is also delivering the second generation of Intel’s Project Athena initiative, now called Intel Evo. Evo-certified laptops can last at least 9 hours per charge, support fast charging that gives four run times in just 30 minutes, and wake up in less than a second. There are a total of 25 different criteria that must be met to qualify for Evo branding.
Below you can see that Intel has a total of 9 SKUs on deck for OEMs to use in their new thin and light laptops. Interestingly, the Core i3 versions of Tiger Lake use Intel’s existing UHD graphics instead of the Iris Xe. As we have already seen, the leader in the Tiger Lake family (with a configurable TDP between 12W and 28W) is the Core i7-1185G7. This processor supports up to LPDDR4x-4266 memory and has base / maximum turbo clocks of 3GHz and 4.8GHz respectively. The maximum overclocked core is 4.3 GHz, while the Iris Xe graphics card runs at 1.35 GHz.
“11th Intel Core processor generators with Intel Iris Xe graphics are a big step forward in real processor performance and are the best processors for laptops we have built, ” said Gregory Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s client computing group. “From productivity and content creation to entertainment and games, when you choose a system that supports 11th The Intel Intel Intel — especially one of our new Intel Evo co-engineered and proven designs — you know you’re getting the best portable experience possible. ”
Intel makes many bold claims about Tiger Lake and how it will compete with AMD in content creation, productivity and gaming applications. Intel’s chosen benchmarks make the Tiger Lake look impressive — and we have no doubt that will be the case — but we will alleviate the excitement until we introduce first-hand testing machines to our lab. At the very least, AMD should at least look over their shoulder because Intel has come ready to fight in the mobile space.
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