Intel is expanding its 11th-gen Core processor lineup with a new line of 45-watt chips designed for gaming laptops and mobile workstations.

The new Intel Tiger Lake-H processors are 10nm chips with 6 to 8 CPU cores, support for turbo boost speeds as high as 5 GHz, and built-in support for technologies including Thunderbolt 4, WiFi 6E, and PCIe Gen 4.

Intel says the new chips will offer about a 19-percent performance boost over previous-gen  Comet Lake-H chips thanks to the move to the new Willow Cove CPU architecture and Intel UHD graphics featuring Intel Xe graphics architecture.

Over 80 laptops featuring Tiger Lake-H chips are expected to hit the streets in the coming months, with pre-orders for some models starting today and the first laptops beginning to ship by May 18th.

Intel says we can expect to see Tiger Lake-H laptops from companies including Acer, Asus, Dell, gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, MSI, and Razer.

Many models are expected to feature thinner designs, slimmer bezels, and newer technologies than you’d have found in a high-performance laptop from a few years ago. Intel highlighted features like 16 inch displays, slim bezels, and screen refresh rates up to 360 Hz.

One thing to keep in mind is that while Intel is promising a big boost in CPU performance over previous-gen chips combined with the company’s latest integrated graphics technology, for the most part Tiger Lake-H processors are designed to be used with third-party discrete GPUs.

That’s because while the new chips feature Intel Xe integrated graphics architecture, they only have 32 execution units and the graphics technology in these chips is branded as Intel UHD. By comparison, Intel’s 15-watt Tiger Lake-U chips like the Core i7-1165G7 and Core i7-1185G7 feature Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics with 96 execution units.

Intel says Tiger Lake-H integrated graphics should still be powerful enough to drive multiple 4K displays at once, but if you want to use these chips for gaming or content creation, you’re probably going to want a discrete GPU, and Intel expects many of the first notebooks powered by these chips to feature NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics.

Here’s an overview of the Intel Tiger Lake-H lineup for consumer PCs:

ModelCores / ThreadsBase FreqFreq @ cTDPMax 2 CoresMax all-coreL3 cache
Core i9-11980HK8/162.6 GHz3.3 GHz @ 65W5 GHz4.5 GHz24MB
Core i9-11900H8/162.5 GHz2.1 GHz @ 35W4.9 GHz4.4 GHz24MB
Core i7-11800H8/162.4 GHz1.9 GHz @ 35W4.6 GHz4.2 GHz24MB
Core i5-11400H6/122.7 GHz2.2 GHz @ 35W4.5 GHz4.1 GHz12MB
Core i5-11260H6/122.6 GHz2.1 GHz @ 35W4.4 GHz4 GHz12MB

All of these chips feature Intel UHD integrated graphics with a base frequency of 350 Hz and a top speed of 1.45 GHz, and they all support DDR4-3200 memory.

While they all have a default TDP of 45 watts, most chips can also be underclocked to run at 35 watts in order to prioritize low power consumption and long battery life, while the Core i9-11980HK can be overclocked to run at 65 watts. It’s the only chip that’s fully unlocked with support for per-core voltage tuning, allowing enthusiasts to try to squeeze more performance out of it.

Intel is also launching five new chips with vPro technology for business and enterprise devices.

ModelCores / ThreadsBase FreqFreq @ cTDPMax 2 CoresMax all-coreL3 cache
W-11955M8/162.6 GHz2.1 GHz @ 35W5 GHz4.5 GHz24MB
i9-11950H8/162.6 GHz2.1 GHz @ 35W4.9 GHz4.5 GHz24MB
W-11855M6/123.2 GHz2.6 GHz @ 35W4.9 GHz4.4 GHz18MB
i7-11850H8/162.5 GHz2.1 GHz @ 35W4.8 GHz4.3 GHz24MB
i5-11500H6/122.9 GHz2.4 GHz @ 35W4.6 GHz4.2 GHz12MB

The new chips come on the heels of the Intel Tiger Lake-H35 processors that launched earlier this year. Those chips, which ran at up to 35 watts, were basically just overclocked Tiger Lake-U chips that still topped out at 4 cores and 8 threads.

Intel’s new chips should put the company in a better position to compete with AMD’s Ryzen 5000H series, and at least in a handful of cherry-picked benchmarks, Intel seems pretty confident that its new chips are competitive against AMD’s latest processors as well as against its own previous-gen chips.

It’ll be interesting to see how things play out in real-world tests once reviewers start to get their hands on systems powered by Intel’s latest processors.

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  1. I recently ordered a Phantom Canyon NUC from Intel. It’s still backordered though, possibly bought out by scalpers but now I wonder if Intel is going to refresh the Phantom Canyon NUC with these Tiger Lake H CPUs. Maybe I should wait a bit on that NUC…