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Intel has now revealed properly and launched 'Tiger Lake', their 11th Gen Intel Core processors with 'Willow Cove' cores backed up by their new Xe graphics architecture. As posted about previously if you missed it, we went over Intel's dedicated GPU info here.

Plenty of marketing speak to get through, with their claim that it's the "best processor Intel has ever built… and it certainly rises above all the imitators". Tiger Lake will come in Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 varieties and is aimed at mobile form factor, so think notebook / laptops. Quite exciting as it comes with their next-generation Xe graphics, better AI performance, Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6.

This is how Intel hopes to continue fighting against AMD's strong Ryzen line-up, while they're still struggling along trying to get every tiny bit of juice they can out of 10nm with their new "SuperFin" tech. Intel say this allows them to "optimize power efficiency with leading performance and responsiveness while running at significantly higher frequencies versus prior generations". Official specs from Intel:

Processor GPU Cores / Threads Graphics (EUs) Cache Memory Operating Range Base Freq (GHz) Max Single Core Turbo (GHz, up to) Max All Core Turbo (GHz, up to) Graphics Max Freq (GHz, up to)
Intel® Core™ i7-1185G7 Intel Iris Xe 4/8 96 12MB DDR4-3200 LPDDR4x-4266 12-28W 3.0 4.8 4.3 1.35
Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 Intel Iris Xe 4/8 96 12MB DDR4-3200 LPDDR4x-4266 12-28W 2.8 4.7 4.1 1.30
Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 Intel Iris Xe 4/8 80 8MB DDR4-3200 LPDDR4x-4266 12-28W 2.4 4.2 3.8 1.30
Intel® Core™ i3-1125G4 Intel UHD Graphics 4/8 48 8MB DDR4-3200 LPDDR4x-3733 12-28W 2.0 3.7 3.3 1.25
Intel® Core™ i3-1115G4 Intel UHD Graphics 2/4 48 6MB DDR4-3200 LPDDR4x-3733 12-28W 3.0 4.1 4.1 1.25
Intel® Core™ i7-1160G7 Intel Iris Xe 4/8 96 12MB LPDDR4x-4266 7-15W 1.2 4.4 3.6 1.1
Intel® Core™ i5-1130G7 Intel Iris Xe 4/8 80 8MB LPDDR4x-4266 7-15W 1.1 4.0 3.4 1.1
Intel® Core™ i3-1120G4 Intel UHD Graphics 4/8 48 8MB LPDDR4x-4266 7-15W 1.1 3.5 3.0 1.1
Intel® Core™ i3-1110G4 Intel UHD Graphics 2/4 48 6MB LPDDR4x-4266 7-15W 1.8 3.9 3.9 1.1

Looking through all the other details they also mentioned support for the AV1 Codec, which is another exciting step for this modern codec to allow better data compression which is going to be essential for video. This is also supported in the new NVIDIA 30 series GPUs.

During the event they also showed off the starting line-up of systems from Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung (with a 5G modem) and Asus. They mentioned more than 50 designs to be available for the upcoming major holiday season and over 150 designs coming in total. So, expect lots of hardware out there by the end of the year for Tiger Lake.

To go along with all the new hardware coming, Intel also announced their new Intel Evo branding. Intel Evo is supposed to be the best of the best, representing hardware with Intel's new kit that isn't cheapo. So if you see something mentioning Intel Evo, it's met a number of conditions set by Intel like nine or more hours battery life, fast charging for 4 hours use on a 30 minute charge and more.

As expected, all their press info is directed at Windows and also ChromeOS, so we have no idea currently how they perform under Linux.

If you're going to be getting anything with Tiger Lake, you're likely going to need to ensure you have a really fresh Linux Kernel and Mesa version to ensure good support.

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lejimster 2 Sep
I will be interested to see how the iGPU performs, if they can push AMD to go harder in this area it benefits us all. It would be nice to see an APU that is able to comfortably game at 60fps on medium settings.
mrdeathjr 2 Sep
Quoting: lejimsterI will be interested to see how the iGPU performs, if they can push AMD to go harder in this area it benefits us all. It would be nice to see an APU that is able to comfortably game at 60fps on medium settings.

Apparently crush renoir vega igpu and win in some cases compared mx 350

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And technically seems better than vega igpu

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Last edited by mrdeathjr on 2 September 2020 at 8:50 pm UTC
Miles 3 Sep
Finally! I've had to hold onto my Atari 130XE for decades! Great to see the XE graphics are finally here on my PC too! ...what do you mean that's not what this is?
omer666 3 Sep
Quoting: mrdeathjr
Quoting: lejimsterI will be interested to see how the iGPU performs, if they can push AMD to go harder in this area it benefits us all. It would be nice to see an APU that is able to comfortably game at 60fps on medium settings.

Apparently crush renoir vega igpu and win in some cases compared mx 350

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And technically seems better than vega igpu

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Be careful, those are official slides and Intel has a bad habit of having silly benchmarking procedures.
That said, if it proves to be true, good for them. I'll wait for AMD's response to buy a laptop.
mrdeathjr 3 Sep
Quoting: omer666Be careful, those are official slides and Intel has a bad habit of having silly benchmarking procedures.

That said, if it proves to be true, good for them.

I'll wait for AMD's response to buy a laptop.

Wait in somewhere H1 of 2021 for amd replace vega igpu with navi igpu for see improvements

ShabbyX 4 Sep
Just got myself a ryzen 3700X. Intel's core count is absolutely ridiculous in comparison.
Quoting: ShabbyXJust got myself a ryzen 3700X. Intel's core count is absolutely ridiculous in comparison.
What about the single core performance?
ShabbyX 6 Sep
Quoting: Comandante Ñoñardo
Quoting: ShabbyXJust got myself a ryzen 3700X. Intel's core count is absolutely ridiculous in comparison.
What about the single core performance?

It's not like amd's single core performance is horrible in comparison.

Besides, as long as games work fine, doesn't matter to me if on intel they could have run more fine. It does make a huge difference when you make -j though, so win for core count.
omer666 6 Sep
Quoting: Comandante Ñoñardo
Quoting: ShabbyXJust got myself a ryzen 3700X. Intel's core count is absolutely ridiculous in comparison.
What about the single core performance?
In fact Intel's single core performance makes a difference when the CPU is the bottleneck, i.e. when you run a Source game at 720p with an RTX 2080 Ti. Real life scenarios tend to be much less discriminating towards AMD. Also even Intel's Core i7 have weaker single performance than Core i5, but Core i7 is still the better all-around option, because single-core performance is not as relevant as it used to be. Also keep in mind that nowadays gamers do a lot of other stuff while gaming (they have Twich, Discord, and many others running in the background). Get a good multi-tasking CPU, a good GPU, and you're set for gaming. It's not a 5 frames difference at 200+ FPS that matters here.

Source: TechPowerUp, TechPowerUp


Last edited by omer666 on 6 September 2020 at 6:57 pm UTC
mrdeathjr 6 Sep
Quoting: Comandante ÑoñardoWhat about the single core performance?

With zen 3 amd must be improve this issue

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