- Intel has announced the 11th Gen Intel Core H-series processor lineup for gaming laptops.
- It brings five new processors, Core i5-11260H, Core i5-11400H, Core i7-11800H, Core i9-11900H, and Core i9-11980HK.
- Key specs include a 10nm fabrication process, Intel UHD graphics, PCIe Gen4 interface, and Thunderbolt 4 and Killer Wi-Fi 6E connectivity.
Earlier this year, Intel had unveiled the 11th Gen Intel Core H35 series mobile processors (codenamed Tiger Lake) for ultraportable gaming laptops. The lineup had brought with it three products, the Core i5-11300H, Core i7-11370H, and the Core i7-11375H. These processors had 4 cores, 8 threads, and 35W TDP. Today, the company is expanding the Tiger Lake CPU lineup with the launch of five new 11th Gen Intel Core H-series processors, the Core i5-11260H, Core i5-11400H, Core i7-11800H, Core i9-11900H, and the range-topping Core i9-11980HK. These processors feature up to 8 cores, 16 threads, and 65W TDP. Let us take a deeper dive at their features.
11th Gen Intel Core H-series processors announced
The 11th Gen Intel Core H-series is basically a successor to the 10th Gen Intel Core H-series that was launched Q2 2020. The main highlight of the new lineup is that it is made on a 10nm SuperFin fabrication process, which is a huge step up from the 14nm nodes used by the previous generation. The new fabrication process alone should offer huge performance gains.
According to the brand, the 11th Gen Intel Core H-series processors can reach a clock speed of up to 5GHz, which could be great for gaming. The new processors also support DDR4 memory at 3200MHz, which is a significant improvement from previous generation chipsets which supported DDR4 memory at 2933MHz. The faster memory will not only benefit in day-to-day tasks but also in gaming and rendering.
Another highlight of the 11th Gen Intel Core H-series is that it brings support for PCIe Gen4 technology, which provides twice the data transfer speed compared to the PCIe Gen3 standard used in the 10th Gen Intel Core H-series processors. According to Intel, these processors have up to 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes. The laptops with 11th Gen Core H-series processors can take the advantage of PCIe 4.0 SSDs for faster data transfer speeds.
As for the GPU, the 11th Gen Intel Core H-series chipsets feature Intel UHD graphics with 32 EUs. It is based on the company’s recently-developed Xe graphics architecture. According to Intel, it supports a 4K display output at 120Hz. In terms of connectivity, the new processors support Thunderbolt 4 (with a transfer speed of up to 40Gbps) and Killer Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+).
Intel Core i9-11980HK is up to 26% faster than AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
According to a slide shared by Intel, its top-of-the-line Core i9-11980HK processor can offer from 11% to 26% faster gaming performance compared to the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX. However, Intel seems to have selected games that favor its platform rather than AMD’s. So nothing can be said for sure until reviews are out.
Another slide from the company compares the Core i9-11980HK with its predecessor, the Core i9-10980HK. According to it, the 11980HK is 5% to 21% faster than the 10980HK in terms of gaming. That is a significant performance improvement in the mobile processor world.
Laptop manufacturers including Acer, Alienware, ASUS, Dell, HP, MSI, and Razer have launched laptops with the new 11th Gen Intel Core H-series processors.