Intel Tiger Lake: Everything we know about the 11th Gen processor

Intel’s Tiger Lake chips are set to come out sometime this year (or potentially 2021) and, while we got a closer look at CES 2020, we still don’t know everything about the 11th gen chipset. Let’s dive into what we do know and some juicy rumours.

The recent history of Intel processors has focused a lot on improving the onboard integrated graphics. The company touted a big leap forward with the 10th Gen Ice Lake chips and, despite providing a decent boost in graphical performance, it wasn’t quite what we hoped for. For example, Ice Lake really only allows for the playing of some basic games on fairly average settings.

With Tiger Lake, Intel is once again promising a generational leap in iGPU performance. Will we finally be able to play Fortnite on Ultra settings without a graphics card? Or manage a graphically demanding relaxing stroll in the park like Doom (2016)?

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Intel Tiger Lake

Intel Tiger Lake release date – When will Tiger Lake launch?

Intel is yet to announce the release date for its 11th Gen processors. 

During its CES 2020 press conference, Intel did mention the chips would be sent to manufacturers in the summer – meaning a consumer release will likely be very late in the year, if not even early 2021.

Intel Tiger Lake price – How much will Tiger Lake cost?

Without a release date announced, we seem a decent way away from pricing for the new Intel line being revealed.

For now, we can only speculate. The new generation will span a range of chips and we would expect the processors to be priced similarly to its Ice Lake predecessors.

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Intel Horseshoe Bend

Intel Horseshoe Bend sporting the new Tiger Lake chip

Intel Tiger Lake specs – How powerful will Tiger Lake be?

With the new line, we are expecting to see quad-core and dual-core processors. The chips will remain 10nm, however Intel is describing them as 10nm+ – as they are now the 3rd generation of Intel’s processors in that size.

As with most processor generations, we’d expect a performance boost across much of the board for the 11th gen. However, little in the way of exact specs has yet been revealed by Intel.

The new generation is also expected to support new Thunderbolt 4 and WiFi 6 standards alongside some speculation that the next-gen chips could even support the new LPDDR5 RAM and PCIe 4.0 connections.

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Intel Tiger Lake features

A key feature will be the introduction of its new Xe graphics architecture. Xe is expected to push integrated graphics on Intel processors even further – allowing for enhanced gaming, video and photo performance on slim and portable systems.

The 11th Gen processor will also include an even greater emphasis on Intel’s AI tech. The new chips will feature DL Boost – Intel’s feature for managing complex AI workloads under low power.

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