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

Intel has some of the toughest competition its had in years when it comes to processors, courtest of AMD, and this makes the Intel Tiger Lake release is more important than ever. The company gave a glimpse of the 11th Gen chip at CES 2020 but we still don’t know the full story – let’s delve into all the important stuff we do know.

Intel’s 10th Gen Ice Lake chips were marketed as a sea change for integrated graphics on processors. While Ice Lake didn’t completely change the game, it did allow for high-performance ultrabooks that could dabble in some popular, yet less demanding, games.

The new generation looks set to take this even further. Intel hopes integrating its new Xe graphical architecture into its consumer processors will create a jump in graphics capabilities – our fingers remain crossed.

Gaming laptops of old (and some current) range from garish to downright ugly but if Tiger Lake succeeds then we could see more and more good-looking gaming-capable laptops flying onto the market. However, let’s not kid ourselves, Ultra settings on an ultrabook are still quite far away.

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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. 

According to a listing on the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), the company has begun shipping Tiger Lake development kits to the relevant parties. During CES 2020, Intel indicated a launch this year and this recent development seems to correlate with that timeline.

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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