After releasing its first wave of 11th generation Tiger Lake processors last year, Intel is kicking things off a notch at CES 2021 with its first H-Series 11th generation Core chips, which will provide the benefits of Tiger Lake (like 10 nm process and overhauled Xe integrated graphics) to even more powerful machines.
However, there is a catch: the first wave of 11th generation H-series chips will be the lower end of the bracket, with a maximum of 35 W processors – instead of the more powerful 45 W chips that represent the top of Intel’s gaming laptop. selection. (The company is still working on these models, which they promise to have more information about in the near future.)
So while the new H-Series 35W chips will not be processors found in the coolest and best gaming laptops your money can buy, they will offer quite impressive performance – meaning smaller or lighter laptops can start to beat over the weight class, even with smaller core numbers and smaller thermal ceiling height.
In particular, Intel shows that the new i7-11375H – the top model in the H35 series, with four cores, eight wires and an increased clock speed of up to 5 GHz – provides the fastest performance with a wire of any laptop, only matched with Intel’s best 45W H-series chip from last year. This is impressive, especially considering that the new model has less raw power to work with here.
The new chips also support Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 or 6E, have integrated Thunderbolt 4 support, DDR4 memory up to 3200 MHz and LPDDR4 / x up to 4266 MHz, and PCIe Gen 4.0. When it comes to graphics, hardware companies will either be able to rely on the already impressive integrated Xe-LP graphics or add more discrete options from companies like Nvidia.
And while the lack of even more powerful 11th-generation laptop chips may be disappointing to some, Intel began to bother what to expect: an 8-core processor that will begin broadcasting “later this quarter” at speeds up to 5 GHz, even about details about which are still slim.
The first laptops powered by the new 11th-generation H35 chips are expected to be announced at CES 2021, including models from Acer, Asus, MSI and Vaio, with Intel expecting over 40 designs released in the first half.