Tiger Lake-H under Testing
Back in September, Intel confirmed officially the launch of high-performance Tiger Lake-H processors with up to eight cores. You might be having a lot of questions in mind like when will the processor be available and the specifications for these CPUs. A recent benchmark ran by an anonymous tester from Taiwan of an engineering sample of the chip indicated that these processors are being tested by various companies from the supply chain and are already in the wild.
Someone from Taiwan, technology enthusiast Tum_Apisak, ran User Benchmark on a system called Insyde TigerLake based on an eight-core CPU. A 3.10 GHz base clock and a 2.75 GHz turbo clock are set to be featured in the ‘U3E1’ processor which cannot be correct. Actual benchmark results are barely important as giving the wrong frequencies and generally mixed reputation that UserBenchmark has among enthusiasts. But the main fact to administer is that someone from Taiwan is already testing an eight-core Tiger Lake-H processor-based laptop.
24 MB LLC in Tiger Lake-H
To maximize effective memory bandwidth as well as single-thread performance in Intel’s Tiger Lake-H processors with up to eight Willow Cove cores features a massive 24 MB LLC (upper limit). The basic version of Xe-powered UHD Graphics is featured by the Tiger Lake-H, similar to all modern ‘H’-series CPUs, with all advantages this architecture offers when it comes to media encoding/decoding and display outputs. You can expect them to feature a 45 W TDP as TGL-H CPUs are designed for high-end laptops and low-power compact desktops which will peak at 65W (as per the claims of Intel). The peak TDP will be particularly useful for desktop replacement notebooks or compact desktops.
Intel has confirmed that their codenamed Tiger Lake-H processors have started to sample to partners. However, it too soon to predict any dates for the launch of its eight-core Tiger Lake-H CPUs but it would be fair enough to expect these chips to arrive sometime in 2021.
AMD: Strong Competition for Intel
Traditionally, the laptop market is an easy piece of cake for Intel, but it has been not so easy in the past for Intel as it faced competition from its rival AMD when it launched Zen 2-based Ryzen Mobile 4000H-series processors offering better performance than Intel’s Comet Lake-H CPUs. AMD has gained huge success from the Ryzen Mobile 4000 (both H and U-series) for sure. But the company’s sales were barely hit by AMD’s H-series Ryzen Mobile 4000 processors as Intel spends a great deal of time and money helping PC makers design their laptops and because of certain affluence of decision making.
But with time, the trust for AMD’s high-end mobile platform will increase significantly in the upcoming cycle as now PC makers have experience with the number of design wins with the Ryzen Mobile 4000H CPUs. Tiger Lake-H is considered an important product for the company as to maintain sales of its mobile CPUs for higher-end notebooks, Intel will have to offer something better than the Comet Lake-H.