Intel announced a new line of game processors at CES 2021 called the Tiger Lake H35. The reason for the name? They are part of the H series of more powerful laptop chips, but only with an output of 35 watts.
These are the first 10nm gaming pieces from Intel. This shows that the company can scale its 10nm process for more powerful computers. To date, the 10 nm architecture has only been used by 15 watt thin and light U-series laptops. Technically, however, these chips can scale up to 28 watts.
Intel said these H35 processors will appear in more than 40 laptop designs in the first half of 2021, some of which will be announced later at CES. Intel has divided these new laptops into a separate product segment called "ultraportable" gaming laptops. To meet this standard, these new laptops must be less than 0.7 inches tall and capable of running 1080p games at 70 frames per second or higher at high settings.
Of course, there are some laptops that use H-series processors at 45 watts that are already up to this standard, like the Razer Blade 15 and the MSI GS66 Stealth. However, Intel envisions these gaming laptops going beyond that and even using 14-inch screen sizes to add portability and create a new, distinctive segment of the market.
These 35-watt chips and 14-inch gaming laptops are not without competition on the AMD side. Last year, the company announced the Ryzen 9 4900HS, a 35-watt processor with eight cores and 16 threads. However, this unique chip found its way into a very limited number of laptops. The flagship was the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, which combined its Ryzen processor with eight cores with up to an Nvidia RTX 2060.
Intel hasn't commented on exactly what graphics cards these new H35 laptops will pair with, but we may have more details on this at Nvidia's CES press conference on Jan. 12.
It is divided into three different models: Core i7-11375H, Core i7-11370H, and Core i5-11300H. They are all quad-core, eight-threaded chips that contain built-in Iris Xe graphics.
This is how the pile collapses:
|Cores / threads||graphic||L3 cache||Base clock||Single core turbo||Two-core turbo||Quad-core turbo||TDP|
|Intel Core i7-11375H "Special Edition"||4/8||Iris Xe||12 MB||3.0 GHz – 3.3 GHz||5.0 GHz||4.8 GHz||4.3 GHz||28-35w|
|Intel Core i7-11370H||4/8||Iris Xe||12 MB||3.0 GHz – 3.3 GHz||4.8 GHz||4.8 GHz||4.3 GHz||28-35w|
|Intel Core i5-11300G7||4/8||Iris Xe||8 MB||2.6 GHz – 3.1 GHz||4.4 GHz||4.4 GHz||4.0 GHz||28-35w|
Intel said the new chips should significantly outperform Intel's 11th generation 15-watt Tiger Lake processors. The 35-watt chips are reportedly 9% faster on single-threaded performance and 40% faster on multi-threaded performance. This is surprising as these H35 chips actually look a lot like the Tiger Lake U processors. They have the same number of cores, cache size and turbo speed for all cores.
On some laptops, the chips can be configured up to 28 watts. In this case, the clock rates are also reduced.
The Core i7-11375H and the Core i7-11370H are almost identical. The only difference is a slightly single core Turbo with 5.0 GHz. As a reference: The 14 nm Comet Lake H chips from Intel currently achieve a single core boost of 5.3 GHz.
These new chips also support faster memory, now up to 3,200 MHz for DDR4 and 4,266 MHz for LPDDR4 (or LPDDR4X). Finally, they also offer Thunderbolt 4, PCIe 4.0, and Wi-Fi 6E.
As for more powerful 11th generation 45-watt chips, Intel said they are "coming soon". Intel has confirmed that these upcoming 45 watt chips will actually be based on the 10 nm SuperFin architecture – a first for these high-performance systems. They include Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9 configurations.
In the meantime, Intel is also expanding its 10th generation H-Series offering. The Core i7-10870H and Core i5-10500H are new to the stack, both of which are still based on the older 14 nm architecture and use older functions such as Thunderbolt 3 and PCIe 3.0. In the meantime, however, 16 PCIe lanes are connected directly to the CPU, which, according to Intel, offers enough performance for the "fastest graphics".
According to Intel, over 40 laptop designs will be using these new 10th generation chips by the end of this month.