45W 11th Gen Intel Core H-series processors with 8 cores arriving late Q2 2021
Intel’s recent Tiger Lake H35 launch at CES 2021 was slightly disappointing for enthusiasts, as it was essentially the quad-core 15W Tiger Lake processors but with a higher TDP to allow for higher boost clocks. Intel did tease that they will be bringing higher-end 11th Gen Intel Core H-series processors with more cores and PCIe 4.0 lanes, and it seems like the lineup is already raring to go.
According to @momomo_us, Intel will be releasing four 45W processors, ranging from six-core to eight-core variants. There will only be one hexa-core processor, while the rest of the 11th Gen Intel Core H-series will sport eight cores. As usual, Intel will probably differentiate the stack by applying different boost clocks to them.
The 11th Gen Intel Core H-series processors will definitely offer a new option for laptop vendors to refresh their product lineup. At the moment, most of the higher end models are either still packing the 10th Gen Intel Core H-series parts or have switched over to the red camp with the AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors.
In addition to offering more cores, these 11th Gen Intel Core H-series processors are slated to offer a whopping 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes on top of support for WiFi 6E and Thunderbolt 4. The former is a huge upgrade over the current Tiger Lake H35 lineup which offer a mere 4 PCIe 4.0 lanes.
The higher PCIe lane count might be helpful when it comes to taking advantage of PCIe 4.0 GPUs and SSDs, but it is quite unlikely that laptop OEMs will use PCIe 4.0 SSDs in their designs, given how hot they run. Still, it will be a nice advantage over the PCIe 3.0 lanes offered by the AMD Ryzen 5000 series mobile processors.
In addition to that, AMD’s current lineup of mobile processors only communicate with the GPUs over a PCIe 3.0 x8 interface. I doubt it will bottleneck the current-gen of mobile graphics by much, but it is definitely worth pondering.
For those who want to check out the 11th Gen Intel Core H-series processors, Intel is expected to unveil them towards the end of Q2 2021, which coincides with the Computex period. However whether Computex will be happening or Intel will have to announce the processors in an online event remains to be seen.
Pokdepinion: I wonder if we will see more unique designs featuring the 11th Gen Intel Core H-series processors as we get closer to launch!