Intel Tiger Lake mobile processors get 5GHz and 5G
Intel announced its first 11th Gen 5GHz Tiger Lake-U Core chip for laptops on Sunday night, complementing it with the company’s first 5G module designed specifically to work with its existing 6E Wi-Fi technology. The announcement was linked to Computex, Taiwan’s hardware showcase, which has been replaced by a virtual event for the second year in a row.
Specifically, Intel announced two new processors, the 2.9 GHz Core i7-1195G7 and the 2.5 GHz Core i5-1155G7. After boosting the i7-1195G7 using Intel’s Turbo Boost Max 3.0 technology, the chip can reach a clock speed of 5 GHz.
The two new chips fall into what Intel calls its “UP3” category, what was previously referred to as the “U” series of chips designed for general-purpose laptops. Intel said more than sixty designs based on the Intel Core i7-1195G7 and Intel Core i5-1155G7 processors are expected by the holiday season, with Acer, Asus, Lenovo and MSI laptops available this summer. . Nearly 250 designs powered by 11th generation Intel Core U-series processors are expected by this holiday season, Intel said in a statement.
Otherwise, not much has changed. The new additions bring the number of Intel Tiger Lake-H UP3 chips to seven, in addition to the five Intel launched last September. In our review of the first Tiger Lake mobile chips, we found that they go hand in hand with AMD’s Ryzen 4000 mobile processors. This is in part because of the chip’s SuperFIN transistor design, which provides significant performance improvements.
Intel has also launched two variants for mobile gaming: the so-called “Tiger Lake H35” chip for ultraportable gaming PCs and the 11th generation Tiger Lake-H cores for traditional gaming laptops. (And yes, Intel’s Tiger Lake-H also holds its place in our review.) Check out our list of 11th Gen Tiger Lake-H laptops for more on upcoming products.
Here is the breakdown of all new Intel Tiger Lake Mobile Chips for General Purpose Laptops, supplied by Intel.
Performance continues to increase
Intel has already made statements about its relative performance, but provided new benchmarks for comparison. Here’s how he sees the new Core i7-1195G7 setting itself up to the competition, the Ryzen 7 5800U. It’s important to note, however, that Intel’s chip runs between 28W and 35W, while the Ryzen runs between 15W and 25W. More power usually equates to higher performance.
Intel has also included a list of how it expects its new chip to perform on content creation tasks as well. In games and content creation, a processor will benefit from driver optimizations as well as the overall design and speed of the processor itself. But there are other “soft” benefits of content creation as well, namely specific functions that processor vendors can accelerate directly in hardware. Intel has provided a long list of specific functions that its Tiger Lake chips perform in hardware and the Ryzen chips do not, most involving the H265 / HEVC codec. This, in turn, has dramatic effects on content creation benchmarks, says Intel.
There is also something new at the platform level. Dating back to the 10th generation Intel Ice Lake chips, Intel evangelized Wi-Fi 6E, the evolution of Wi-Fi 6 that adds a special 6 GHz frequency band that can be used as a wireless link or simply for high communication. frequency. Ayaneyo, a startup handheld maker, recently announced that its handheld will include the AMD RZ608, AMD’s first 6E Wi-Fi module.
Coincidentally, Intel chose to announce its first 5G solution at Computex. The M.2 5G Solution 5000 card includes software designed by Intel, specifically to work with its own silicon Wi-Fi 6E. After fumbling with developing his own 4G radio, former chief executive Bob Swan said at the time that Intel was trying to decide what to do with its 5G investment. The 5G Solution 5000 card is apparently the answer.
However, neither AMD’s RZ608 wireless module nor Intel’s 5G card is actually made by Intel or AMD. Anandtech reported that the RZ608 is actually a renowned Mediatek module. Intel admitted that its module was manufactured by Fibocom, with firmware created by Mediatek.
Is the manufacturer of the wireless module important? Of course not. Interestingly, the real leader in the 5G PC space is still Qualcomm, although the company’s Snapdragon chips still lag behind AMD and Intel in terms of processor performance.
The pandemic bought the PC industry a year or two to cushion 5G demand, when most people were working from home. Many will continue to work remotely even as the country gradually reopens. However, for Americans returning to the office, and for daily commuting, and perhaps even for business travel, mobility will matter once again.