Intel Touts Tiger Lake Power, Efficiency

Posted on August 13, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Mobile with 24 Comments

As part of its Architecture Day 2020 virtual event, Intel today announced its Tiger Lake architecture, which should leapfrog AMD’s modern Ryzen offerings and be marketed as 11th-generation Core processors.

“When we integrate our next-generation Willow Cove CPU architecture with our 10-nm SuperFin technology, the result is the incredible new Tiger Lake platform,” Intel senior vice president Raja Koduri explains. “The upcoming Tiger Lake system-on-chip architecture provides a generational leap in CPU performance, leadership graphics, leadership artificial intelligence (AI), more memory bandwidth, additional security features, better display, better video and more.”

In keeping with its recent delay of 7-nm chipsets, Tiger Lake is still a 10-nm design, as noted in the quote above. But it will also be the first Intel chipset to utilize its new-generation Xe integrated graphics, which will provide what Intel says is “more than a generational improvement” in graphics performance and should be an adequate replacement for a dedicated graphics card for most users.

Tiger Lake chipsets will also be much more energy-efficient than their predecessors, Intel says, and it will support Thunderbolt 4.

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24 responses to “Intel Touts Tiger Lake Power, Efficiency”

  1. Elindalyne

    Something something 2021, Zen 3 something something

  2. glenn8878

    This makes Microsoft’s entry into ARM a sideshow. They have plenty of time to offer Windows on ARM while we get the new energy efficient Intel 11th Generation. It sort of also changes the game with Apple although it won’t be much. I’m concerned about AMD’s Ryzen. Just when it looked good for AMD, Intel is taking away their advantage. We will see how it plays out.

    • Greg Green

      In reply to glenn8878:

      I wouldn’t worry for AMD yet, intel has plenty of problems making their goals in terms of quality and quantity.

      • dftf

        In reply to Greg Green:

        Not to mention that for Meltdown and Spectre, AMD CPUs aren't affected by Meltdown, and Spectre is more-severe on older Intel chips (assuming no firmware update available, or if one is, the user has installed it) and more attack-methods can be used compared to AMD.

  3. truerock2

    To me, the most important news is that Intel is taking their Atom processor much more seriously.

    The Intel Atom Processor P5962B has 24 cores and runs at 2.4GHz.

    As ARM "RISC" chisps become more and more bloated with CISC type architecture, Intel has an opportunity to change the CPU game.

    In my opinion, there are 2 challenges that Intel faces:

    1. X86 is unbelievably bloated
    2. Intel's misguided attempt to think it can gain entry into the graphics processor market by putting GPUs on its CPU chips is a horrible idea and cripples their CPUs.

    I am grateful that TSMC was able to gain access to Intel's patents via AMD. This has created competition between AMD and Intel that Intel really needs to have. Intel had become fat and slow. Hopefully China will not use that situation as an opportunity to obliterate Intel.

  4. ikjadoon

    The clock speeds have already been leaked by HP. Not even a single day after the official announcement.

    Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 (2.8 GHz base frequency, up to 4.7 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 12 MB L3 cache, 4 cores) [20,21]

  5. codymesh

    even though it's "still 10nm", Intel says the performance gains they have made in this new "10nm SuperFin" node is larger than all of the revisions they made to 14nm+ combined.

    So this should be interesting.

  6. blue77star

    This is 4/8 and has a killer performance over Ryzen in single threaded apps/games and those not using more than 4/8. Alder lake will be based on Tiger Lake with additional IPC gain, so my book Ryzen was always waste of money and time.

    • Greg Green

      In reply to blue77star:

      Nonsense. Current AMD vs current intel has AMD tieing or beating intel in single core performance, AMD beating intel on multi core performance and price. If intel continues its current pattern of not offering hyperthreading on i3s, 5s and 7s, Tiger Lake will be a 4 core chip in most laptops.

      If intel is willing to cut prices for Tiger Lake chips to make up for the lack of hyperthreading they can blunt AMD’s move into laptops, but low prices don’t seem to be in intel’s DNA.

  7. Stokkolm

    Is this mobile specific then? Because AMD is just getting started in that arena. Love the competition, but that type of proud language really doesn't come off well with me.

  8. evox81

    “more than a generational improvement” in graphics performance

    I would hope so, considering they've been milking the same 500/600-series graphics for 5 years.

  9. RobertJasiek

    Tiger Lake is promised to be interesting for several reasons: its 4.5W Y CPUs shall allow M.2 motherboards (as small as an M.2 SSD!) and should easily allow iPad-like hardware (longer battery life, silent) with Windows 10 (Pro) 64b; integrated Thunderbolt 4 / USB 4; attractive CPUs for office desktops, barebones or mobile devices; better integrated graphics than before.

    Instead of white-washing talk about security, I want to know whether Spectre, Meltdown & Co are overcome.

    For multi-threaded gaming, AMD 4xxx will remain better.

  10. ronh

    It is not that bad if you look at the processor name..

  11. hellcatm

    I'll believe the leap frog in speed over AMD when I see it. I wonder when the 4000 series of CPU's come out for AMD, will they be faster than Tiger Lake? Its good to see Intel trying, but its all words until we see its faster...but if it is it'll still be more expensive and probably for gaming be more cost effective to get AMD.

  12. will

    I would guess this would be in the next SL4, and possibly the next MBP 16 as both would move to TB4 later this year. I think the Pro systems for Apple chips are next years update, and this year would be Mac mini and MacBook or MacBook Air.

  13. lvthunder

    Did they say when a computer with them in it will ship?

  14. kevin_costa

    So many family names... So many lakes... No normal human being can understand fully this Intel mess. Congrats AMD!

    • dftf

      In reply to Kevin_Costa:

      Yeah, most people don't go by the family-names, and it's pretty-easy to generally describe Intel's processors.

      From least-powerful:

      Intel Atom / Celeron

      Intel Pentium

      Intel Core i3

      Intel Core i5

      Intel Core i7

      Intel Core i9

      Intel Xeon

      As for AMD, I guess things like "Ryzen 3" is essentially a Core i3 equivalent, but I've no idea where older ones compare, like the A4, A6, A8, A10 and A12...

    • lvthunder

      In reply to Kevin_Costa:

      No normal human is going to read those names. They will see Intel 11th generation i5.

  15. jim_vernon

    I'll believe it when independent benchmarks come out.