In the world of CPUs or central processing units, a revolution has been taking place. Following more than a decade of more-or-less relatively incremental updates with Intel’s Core-series processors, AMD came along and started eating Intel’s lunch, dramatically upping the ante and forcing Intel to get off its backside and start responding with vigour.
In the meantime, Apple has been working on its RISC processor architecture since 2008 when it purchased PA-Semi, and since the A4 processor in the iPhone 4, Apple has been crafting its own processors that get more advanced every single year, culminating thus far in the M1 - which has incredible performance, using the most advanced 5nm technology, even in a fanless configuration.
The M1 processor has so threatened Intel that it created a series of YouTube videos featuring actor Justin Long to promote Intel PCs - the same Justin Long from the Mac vs PC ads from the 2000s.
Intel’s new 11th-gen Intel Core H-series mobile processors, code-name Tiger Lake-H, are its latest and greatest, with the top end i9-11980HK billed as being 19% faster than the 10th-generation equivalent in multithreaded operations, along with the fastest single-threaded performance of any laptop processor.
The thing is, this is Intel’s top-end processor - it doesn’t sound like it will come cheap, which means you won’t find it in computers under $1000 AUD.
You won’t find the M1 in a computer under $1000 AUD either - the cheapest Mac is the Mac mini, which starts at $1099 in Australia, but how much will an i9-11980HK computer cost? Likely well over $1000 AUD, if not double or triple.
However, no matter what Apple does in the short term, PCs are still very popular, and won’t be going away any time soon.
PCs are very strong in gaming, and Windows 10 is still the world’s most used operating system for traditional computers, and so Intel’s belated improvements are great for home, business and other customers who depend on PCs, and especially those who want the best performance.
It also helps AMD to work even harder to continue outdoing Intel, and makes Apple work harder too, along with Samsung, Qualcomm, and everyone else in the CPU business.
So, what does Intel have to say?
Well, Chris Walker, Intel’s corporate VP and GM of the Mobile Client Platforms Group said: “11th Gen Intel Core H-series processors take mobile gaming, content creation and commercial workstation systems to new heights.
“These new H-series processors are an exciting extension of our 11th Gen mobile family with double-digit single core and multi-core performance improvements, leading gameplay, direct attached storage and 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes for true enthusiast-level platform bandwidth.
“11th Gen H-series is the industry’s most performant mobile processor that empowers users to game, create and connect with leadership performance at any enthusiast form factor.”
Intel further says: “Extending the performance momentum established by the 11th Gen Intel Core H35 series, the 11th Gen Intel H-series processors, based on 10 nanometer SuperFin process technology, feature up to 8 cores and 16 threads, with single and dual-core turbo performance up to 5.0GHz.
“Additionally, the central processing unit (CPU) can directly access high-speed GDDR6 memory attached to the graphics card, enabling gamers to experience higher framerates with lower latency, and load large textures faster. The mobile processor offers 2.5 times the total PCIe bandwidth to the CPU compared with the 10th Gen H-series processors, and three times the total PCIe bandwidth compared with other industry processors.
“11th Gen Intel Core H-series mobile processors empower creators and business professionals to execute tasks faster, from anywhere, thanks to best-in-class components and connectivity 3. With 20 lanes of PCIe Gen 4 — a first for any laptop — the processor offers 4k HDR/Dolby Vision video streaming, rich configurations with fast storage, hybrid Intel Optane storage for high performance and capacity, 6GHz Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) support, and Thunderbolt 4 with up to 40 gigabytes (GBs) per second for faster connections.”
New platform features also include:
- 20 PCIe Gen 4.0 lanes with Intel Rapid Storage Technology bootable in Raid 0 — and up to 44 total PCIe lanes that include 24 PCIe Gen 3.0 lanes from a dedicated platform controller hub.
- Memory support up to DDR4-3200.
- Thunderbolt 4 with transfer speeds up to 40Gbps.
- Discrete Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+).
- Dual Embedded Display Port integrated for power optimized companion display.
The launch “also introduces new Intel vPro H-series processors — led by the eight-core and 16-thread Intel Core i9-11950H — and Intel Xeon W-11000 series mobile processors.
“Built on the 11th Gen Intel vPro platform, the unriva;led business-class PC platform delivers comprehensive hardware-based security4 and breakthrough performance, as well as powerful computing experiences for professional users such as engineers, data scientists, content creators and financial analysts who need to tackle multi-threaded, performance intensive applications at their desk, or on the go.
“The new 11th Gen Intel Core vPro H-series processors and Xeon W-11000 series mobile processors unveiled today and, when combined with the new Intel Core vPro platform,” offer:
- Xeon + Error Correcting Code (ECC) memory.
- Intel Hardware Shield — available exclusively on the Intel vPro platform, as delivered by 11th Gen Intel Core vPro mobile processors, provides the world’s most comprehensive hardware-based security for business, and the industry’s first and only silicon-enabled artificial intelligence threat detection to help stop ransomware and cryptomining attacks for Windows-based systems.
- It is also equipped with Intel Control-flow Enforcement Technology, a ground-breaking technology to help shut down an entire class of attacks that long evaded software-only solutions.
“11th Gen Intel Core Mobile H-series and Intel Xeon W-11000 series processors will power more than 80 enthusiast laptop designs across consumer, commercial and workstation segments this year.
“With more than one million 11th Gen H-series processors shipped to Intel partners worldwide by launch, whether it’s for high-refresh gaming, robust content creation or mobile workstations, no one offers people more choices and availability when it comes to mobile computing.”
You can find much more on Intel’s 11th-gen processors here.