Intel’s 8-core Tiger Lake-H processors come to us with Lenovo Legion laptops

Intel’s octa-core Tiger Lake-H 45W processors for 11th-generation mobile devices are expected to appear as early as the first quarter of this year.

Intel has launched several Tiger Lake series chips that adhere to power limits below 35 W, however, the chip maker will also have to introduce enhanced versions of 45 W if it really wants to compete with AMD’s Ryzen 5000 (Cezanne) processors. Like the entire Tiger Lake processor series, the 45W processors are based on Intel’s 10nm SuperFin (10SF) process technology and feature Willow Cove cores alongside Xe LP graphics.

In addition to increasing the power limit, 45 W chips also increase the maximum number of cores to eight pieces, while the current Tiger Lake processors on the market have a maximum of four cores. However, the Tiger Lake-H 45W processors will allow Intel to compete with AMD in mobile gaming devices and workstations.

The four Tiger Lake-H processors from the Lenovo Legion list cover only a few expected SKUs. Intel is likely to improve the line with other configurations with slightly lower clocks to meet different market needs.

Intel 11th Generation Tiger Lake-H 45W specifications

ProcessorCores / ThreadsBase / Boost Clocks (GHz)
Ryzen 9 5900HX8/163.3 / 4.6
Core i9-11980HK *8/16?
Ryzen 7 5800H8/163.2 / 4.4
Core i7-11800H *8/16?
Ryzen 5 5600H6/123.3 / 4.2
Core i5-11400H *6/12?

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Other than last-minute surprises, we expect the Core i9-11980HK to be the leading Tiger Lake-H chip. In the same vein as its predecessors, the Core i9-11980HK should arrive with eight cores and 16 threads of processing power. The suffix “K” confirms that it will also have an unlocked overclocking capability.

The Core i9-11980HK will rival AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900HX, which has the same core configuration and allows overclocking. AMD claims that the Ryzen 9 5900X delivers up to 14% more single threaded performance than the Core i9-10900HK in the Cinebench R20m, as well as 37% and 21% more results in the Passmark PT10 and Fire Strike Physics, respectively. Assuming AMD’s results are accurate, the Core i9-11980HK has a lot to achieve in terms of performance.

Meanwhile, the Core i7-11800H and Core i5-11400H should be equipped with eight and six cores, respectively. In the case of the Core i7-11800H, the operating clocks will be what separates it from the Core i9-11980HK or Core i9-11900H.

If we look at the Ryzen 5000 line, it is clear that Intel has prepared the Core i7-11800H and Core i5-11400H to oppose the Ryzen 7 5800H and Ryzen 5 5600H. AMD, however, did not share any performance data for the said SKUs.

The fight of the Tiger Lake processor against the Ryzen 5000 series will surely be interesting with uncertain results. Intel’s Willow Cove microarchitecture confronts AMD’s Zen 3 microarchitecture, which has shown strong IPC improvements over the previous microarchitecture. It is not just a battle of microarchitectures but also a struggle between production technologies. Although AMD has used TSMC’s already proven 7nm process technology, Intel is introducing its new 10nm SuperFin as its racehorse.

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