(Cybertech) – Intel has announced the 11th generation of its Core processors with nine initial versions for thin and light laptops. They’ll start appearing in models as Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 over the coming weeks.
Intel has a new logo, too, and the labels for the platforms do look a little different as you can see above.
The processor line up – codenamed Tiger Lake – uses Intel’s third-gen 10nm process – a further optimisation step rather than a new manufacturing process. It’s achieved this through the use of a new SuperFin transistor and other efforts to reduce leakage.
Intel’s move to 7nm chips has been long-awaited and long-delayed while Intel has been under pressure from AMD’s recent resurgence and Apple’s announcement that it is transitioning to Apple Silicon.
Intel has announced more than 50 new designs will be in the market by the end of the year including models from Asus, Dell, Acer, Lenovo and more. Intel says over 150 designs will use the tech in total.
The new processor includes Intel’s latest Iris Xe graphics. Intel claims it can perform better than 90 percent of the notebooks sold in 2019 with discrete graphics.
Indeed, gaming performance looks sound – using racing game Grid, a three-way competition between AMD 4800U integrated graphics, an Intel 10th Gen with Nvidia MX350 discrete graphics and the 11th Gen Core processor with integrated Iris Xe graphics revealed only one winner in terms of FPS count:
The platform also incorporates Thunderbolt 4, Wi-Fi 6 and PCIe Gen 4 for direct SSD connectivity. It can also support up to four 4K monitors.
Naturally, Intel was keen to demonstrate the hardware up against AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800U, taking old photos and colourising them using Photoshop Elements and upscaling them using Topaz Gigapixel AI to increase the size from 0.3 megapixels to 5 megapixels. Then a demo with Premiere Pro showed around 200 times better performance, which was impressive. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how it performs outside of the lab.
Writing by Dan Grabham.