Intel Tiger Lake release date

Intel initially unveiled Tiger Lake back at CES in January 2020, but it wasn't until 2 September that the first 11th-gen chips were officially launched. In the months since, they've made their way into devices from the likes of Acer, Dell and Microsoft and Samsung. 

At Intel's CES 2021 computing event on 11 January, the company revealed new H-Series chips, specifically designed for lightweight gaming laptops.

All Tiger Lake chips are designed to be integrated into future laptop designs, so they won't be on sale as standalone components. Going straight to OEMs means there isn't a fixed release date. 

Intel Tiger Lake price

As mentioned above, the chips won't be available to buy unless you purchase a laptop which has one built-in. The price you'll pay is therefore dependent on which device you choose and how powerful you want it to be, although the tier of processor (i3, i5, i7, i9) gives a rough indicator of how much they'll cost. 

Intel Tiger Lake devices

The first wave of Tiger Lake-powered devices were announced at IFA 2020, including the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 5G (Flex 2 in the UK) and Acer's Swift 5 and Swift 3. A wide range of laptops running 11th-gen CPUs have since been launched, with the likes of Dell and Microsoft joining the party. As a rule of thumb, any devices currently running Intel 10th-gen processors will likely move to Tiger Lake for the next generation. 

The H-Series gaming chips were announced relatively recently, so models powered by these processors will likely become available in the coming weeks and months. 

Intel Tiger Lake specs

Despite being based on the same 10nm+ manufacturing process as the last two generations of Intel Core chips, Tiger Lake is set to provide significant enhancements. 

The layout of the chip has been redesigned, which Intel says will provide enhancements in both power efficiency and raw performance. The company claims that Tiger Lake 20% faster speeds for "office productivity" tasks and 20% more "system power". 

The latter expected to help deliver improvements to battery life, one of the key criteria in the Intel Evo Platform. In addition to including a Tiger Lake chipset, eligible devices must also hit a specified performance threshold, instantly wake and deliver at least 9-hours of "real-world" battery life. 

Intel has stuck with the 4 cores and 8 threads we've seen in the past few years, prioritising a boost to clock speeds. The increases become more noticeable as you move through the tiers, with the new Core i7-1185G7 offering up to 4.8GHz compared to 3.9GHz on last year's i7-1065G7.

Most new Tiger Lake chips will also come with one of Intel's new Xe graphics cards built-in. The company claims this will double performance compared with last year's Gen11 graphics. 

Tiger Lake also supports Thunderbolt 4. It's the first platform of its type to support the new technology, which enables rapid file transfer and the ability to output up to 8K, or four 4K displays at once.

The new H-series chips are targeted towards more powerful gaming devices, so the specs are bumped up a bit:

  • Intel Core i5-11300H - 4 cores, 8 threads, 4.4GHz max clock speed
  • Intel Core i7-11370H - 4 cores, 8 threads, 4.8GHz max clock speed
  • Intel Core i7-11375H (Special Edition) - 4 cores, 8 threads, 5.0 GHz max clock speed

Full H-series specs now appear to have been revealed, courtesy of Twitter leaker HXL. Wccftech has now uncovered the full lineup:

Intel Tiger Lake H-Series

There aren't many surprises here - Tiger Lake-H was widely expected to include two six-core CPUs and three 8-core CPUs - but it provides a useful overview of how individual chips compare. 

A big caveat to be aware of is that these processors max out at 35W, while Intel's high-end gaming silicon can reach 45W. That means performance will be noticeably reduced here, although Intel is said to still be working on 11th-gen versions of its flagship chips.

Intel 11th-gen H-series
Intel's new 11th-gen H-series chips. Image: Intel

Nonetheless, the i7-11375H processor now offers the highest single-thread performance of any laptop. It's matched only by the top-of-the-line 45W H-series chip from 2020. 

Elsewhere, the H-series processors also offer killer Wi-Fi 6, allowing for an improved gaming experience with reduced latency. All the key features from the consumer-focused chips are also here, including DDR4 memory and PCIe Gen 4.0.

The high-end i7-11800H could be more than a match for AMD's equivalent Ryzen 7 5800H, if recent benchmark scores are anything to go by. A Samsung laptop powered by the chip has appeared on the Geekbench 5 website with a single-core score of 1537 and multi-core score of 8393. According to Wccftech, further tests put it around 13% up on single-core performance and 17% up on multi-core performance when compared to the Ryzen 7 5800H.

There could be yet more Tiger Lake CPUs, if a recent rumour is anything to go by. Prolific Twitter leaker @momomo_us tweeted a picture suggesting new high-end chips could be on their way:

All four are new processors we haven't seen before, although it's not clear what they could bring to the table. The 'K' in the name of the high-end chip also suggests it can be overclocked. This news is significant, especially considering Tiger Lake launched with a maximum of four cores.

At the same CES 2021 event, Intel revealed more details about its upcoming Rocket Lake processors. Check out our guide to the AMD Ryzen 5000 series to see what they'll be up against.

Intel has also demonstrated Tiger Lake-powered PCs perceived superiority over MacBooks across five new tongue-in-cheek adverts. Read more about them here