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Intel announces its first H-series 11th gen Tiger Lake processors for gaming notebooks

By Kenny Yeo - on 12 Jan 2021, 3:34pm

Intel announces its first H-series 11th gen Tiger Lake processors for gaming notebooks

(Image source: Intel)

Intel first announced its 11th generation Tiger Lake processors last year, but those were low-power processors designed for ultraportable notebooks.

Now, Intel is expanding its Tiger Lake lineup with its first H-series processors for gaming-class notebooks. These processors will be built on Intel's new 10nm SuperFin process and will feature Xe integrated graphics.

But before you get too excited, Intel isn't announcing the entire lineup of H-series processors today. Instead, it's only announcing the lower-end 35W parts with more powerful 45W parts coming later in Q1 this year.

(Image source: Intel)

Essentially, these new chips are U-series chips pushed beyond their typical 15W or 25W power levels to 35W. As such, these are quad-core processors with turbo clock speeds that almost reach 5GHz. Curiously, however, Intel is calling these chips H35 chips even though U35 would have probably made more sense.

No matter, Intel is launching three new CPUs today and all three will support DDR4-3200 memory up to 64GB or LPDDR4X-4266 memory up to 32GB. Native Thunderbolt 4 support is standard and all three will also feature four lanes of PCIe 4.0 to connect to discrete graphics. 

Here's what the line-up of new H35 chips look like:

The lineup of Tiger Lake H35 processors. (Image source: Intel)

According to Intel, when paired with a suitable discrete GPU, these new H35 chips will enable manufacturers to build 14 to 15-inch gaming notebooks that are only around 16mm thick. Intel also shared that they expect over 40 designs to be released in the first half of this year based on these new CPUs.

As for the powerful 8-core 45W H-series CPUs, Intel says that it is working on them and they should be ready in Q1 this year.