Intel's 11th-generation Core processor: Powerful Upgrade

Gary Baker

Gary Baker

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September 3rd 2020

In recent years, the voice of "AMD Yes!" has continued to rise, and the pressure on Intel has also increased.

Fortunately, on the next generation of mobile PC processors, Intel finally showed its big move.

On September 2, Intel officially released the new 11th-generation Intel Core processor (code-named "Tiger Lake") equipped with Iris Xe graphics, and announced that it will further expand its ecosystem partner network.

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Intel stated:

The new 11th-generation Core processor is the world’s leading performance thin and light notebook processor. It can bring an excellent experience in real scenarios to notebooks with Windows and ChromeOS systems, including better daily office, collaborative work, content creation, games and Entertainment experience.

How big is the upgrade of the 11th generation Core processor?

The 11th generation Core processor, based on Intel’s new 10nm SuperFin process, Willow Cove architecture and Xe graphics processing architecture, the CPU frequency is increased to 4.8GHz.

Thanks to the new SuperFin process technology, the official said that the operating frequency of the 11th-generation Core processor has been significantly increased compared to the previous generation. Specifically, the CPU performance has increased by more than 20%, the core display performance has increased by 1 times, and the AI ​​performance has increased by 4 times;

At the same time, compared with similar competing products, its content creation speed in actual work scenarios can be increased by 2.7 times, office efficiency has increased by more than 20%, and the speed of games and live broadcast has increased by more than 2 times.

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On the whole, for thin and light notebooks equipped with integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, the 11th-generation Core processor has made the following major upgrades in collaboration functions, office performance, advanced content creation, immersive entertainment experience, and gaming experience:

Collaboration function:

Through more immersive and personalized AI enhancements, thin and light PCs equipped with 11th-generation Core processors can bring a better collaboration experience, including audio functions enhanced with Intel Gaussian and Neural Accelerator 2.0 (Intel GNA) , To achieve background noise suppression and reduce CPU workload, AI enhanced background blur and video resolution enhancement, the latest video decoding and integrated Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) video conferencing Wi-Fi technology.

Office performance:

Compared with similar competitors, the 11th-generation Core processor improves office efficiency by up to 20%; integrates Thunderbolt 4 functions, supports up to 4 ports, can connect to a wide range of peripherals, and supports fast charging and connection through a single cable External display and extended storage.

Advanced content creation:

Compared with similar competing products, the 11th generation Core processor increases the actual photo editing speed to 2.7 times and the actual video editing speed to 2 times, and supports 12b HDR 8K display, and supports up to 4 at the same time HDR 4K display.

Immersive entertainment experience:

The 11th-generation Core processor is the only processor in the industry with hardware support for Dolby Vision. Compared with the previous generation, it can provide a more shocking immersive entertainment experience and improve system-level power consumption by nearly 20%. Use battery to play video longer than 1 hour.

Game experience:

Thanks to the new Xe graphics processing architecture, the 11th-generation Core processor has up to 2 times the performance when compared to the previous generation product; compared with similar competitors, the game and live broadcast speed has been increased by more than 2 times; and it is also the first time Run Borderlands 3, Far Cry: New Dawn, Hitman 2 and other mainstream 1080P games on Intel integrated graphics.

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In addition, the 11th-generation Core processor has a heat dissipation range of 7 to 28 watts and expandable performance. It offers two package designs and nine processor configurations, as well as greater form factor flexibility.

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Intel emphasizes that the 11th-generation Core processor provides a "great combination" of innovative computing engines that users need for actual workloads, including:

The new Intel Iris Xe graphics card has up to 96 execution units (EU) and up to 16MB L3 cache, and the performance exceeds 90% of the discrete graphics cards in this market segment;

With the help of Intel DL Boost, it provides the first instruction set for neural network inference on integrated graphics: DP4a, and provides native support for the INT8 data type for the first time;

Integrated Intel Control Flow Enforcement Technology (CET) and Intel full memory encryption bring hardware-level security features;

Support high-performance AV1 codec to realize low-power 4K video playback, even in environments with limited bandwidth, it can support 4K;

Supports visual sensing and adaptive dimming functions through image processing solutions for the first time;

First-class Thunderbolt 4 connection function, including support for up to 4 ports, universal cable connection can meet the needs of charging and high-speed data and video transmission;

The first mobile client SoC architecture that integrates PCIe Gen 4 interface and up to 4 channels on the CPU.

In summary

it is not difficult to see that Intel’s 11th-generation Core processor is not a “toothpaste” upgrade, but a “full range” upgrade in recent years, even if it still uses a 10nm process technology.

It is worth mentioning that Intel has also brought a new brand logo to its core processor production line, is it more simple and modern?

Push Evo platform and KEIs certification, Intel intends to lead the future development of thin and light notebook technology

In synchrony with the release of the 11th-generation Core processor, Intel also launched its own Evo platform brand.

The first batch of notebook products of the Evo platform brand use the 11th generation Core processor equipped with Iris Xe graphics cards, and have passed the second edition of the "Athena Project" innovation project specification and key experience indicators (KEIs) certification.

Officials stated that only laptop products that consistently meet or exceed KEI's goals and specifications can be certified to use the Intel Evo logo.

It is reported that the KEI target is the minimum requirement, including:

Consistent response speed when powered by battery;

Wake up the system from sleep mode within 1 second;

In actual scenes, a system equipped with FHD full HD display can achieve 9 hours or longer battery life; Fast charging, the system equipped with FHD full HD display can get up to 4 hours of battery life after 30 minutes.

Based on this, Intel stated that the thin and light laptop products of the Evo platform can bring better performance of wired and wireless connectivity, as well as high-end audio, camera and display features.

Intel expects that more than 20 notebooks based on the Evo platform brand will be certified and listed this year, while companies such as Acer, Asus, Dell, Dyna, HP, Lenovo, LG, MSI, Razer, and Samsung are expected to launch more than 150 models. A notebook based on the 11th generation Core processor.

Whether it is pushing the Evo platform or KEIs certification, Intel's intention to lead the future technology development of thin and light notebooks is already visible.

One hand is the 11th-generation Core processor that brings a larger upgrade, and the other hand is to promote the future development of thin and light notebook technology. Under the stimulation of strong rivals such as AMD, Intel has finally shown greater product and technology leadership.

Next, it is time to accept the test of OEM manufacturers and user groups.

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