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CES 2021: 11th Gen Intel Core H-Series bring 5GHz boost, PCIe 4 and Thunderbolt 4 to mobile gamers

CES 2021: 11th Gen Intel Core H-Series bring 5GHz boost, PCIe 4 and Thunderbolt 4 to mobile gamers

by Vyncent ChanJanuary 12, 2021
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The recent 11th Gen Intel Core processors were a pretty stunning leap forward for Intel, bringing greater CPU and GPU capabilities in ultraportable form factors thanks to new architectures on both fronts. Now they are offering the Tiger Lake processors with a higher 35W TDP, aptly dubbed the new Intel H35 series.

These new 11th Gen Intel Core processors are pretty similar to the Tiger Lake processors we already have in the market right now, with a similar four-core, eight-thread configuration across the board. The benefit of the higher TDP comes in the form of higher clocks, with the Intel Core i7-11375H promising up to 5GHz boost frequencies.

Only the Intel Core i7-11375H Special Edition is capable of such lofty boost though, with the Intel Core i7-11370H rated for up to 4.8GHz. Of course, the maximum boost clocks achievable will still depend on the thermal headroom afforded by the cooling system of your specific laptop, so you wouldn’t be missing out that much after all.

11th Gen Intel Core Tiger Lake H35 performance

Intel claims that the Intel Core i7-11375H matches the current flagship Comet Lake-H Core i9-10980HK at single-threaded performance, despite it sporting a 10W TDP and 300MHz disadvantage versus the last-gen processor. Against the Renoir 35W mobile processors, the Intel Core i7-11375H reportedly has around 30% better single-threaded performance.

On top of all that CPU horsepower, the new Tiger Lake H35 series processors will also bring four PCIe 4 lanes to the table, and Intel has been working with NVIDIA to add Resizable BAR support as well to allow better communication between CPU and GPU. There support for up to 64GB DDR4-3200 and 32GB LPDDR4X-4266 too for memory.

11th Gen Intel Core Tiger Lake H35 features

As expected from Intel’s latest mobile processor, the Tiger Lake H35 also comes with integrated support for WiFi 6, Thunderbolt 4 and of course, that sweet Intel Iris Xe Graphics. Both the Intel Core i7 options come with the full 96 EU integrated GPU, while the Intel Core i5 has to settle for the cut-down 80 EU version.

11th Gen Intel Core H Series (Tiger Lake H35) Specs

Processor Cores/Threads Base Clocks (GHz) Boost Clocks (GHz) Cache Graphics Graphics Max Frequency (GHz) TDP Range Memory
Intel Core i7-11375H Special Edition 4C/8T 28W: 3.0GHz, 35W: 3.3GHz 5.0GHz (with Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0) 12MB Iris Xe Graphics, 96 EU 1.35GHz 28~35W Up to 64GB DDR4-3200 /
32GB LPDDR4x-4266
Intel Core i7-11370H 28W: 3.0GHz, 35W: 3.3GHz 4.8GHz 12MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 96 EU 1.35GHz
Intel Core i5-11300H 28W: 2.6GHz, 35W: 3.1GHz 4.4GHz 8MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 80 EU 1.30GHz

11th Gen Intel Core Tiger Lake 8C coming soon

For those who demand even greater performance, Intel has announced that the 11th Gen Intel Core H-series with higher core counts ranging up to 8C/16T configurations is “coming soon”. The upcoming CPUs will also tout 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes for even better performance with all the latest GPUs and SSDs. Those will presumably fit into the higher 45W TDP category, so if you want an ultraportable gaming laptop, the Intel Tiger Lake H35 is going to be your best bet.

Pokdepinion: I wonder if the 4 PCIe 4.0 lanes is enough to feed the latest Ampere-based GPUs? 🤔

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Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.

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