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Intel’s ‘Tiger Lake’ Gen 11 CPUs: What to Know Before Buying Your Next Laptop

Intel has just announced the first of its 11th Gen Core CPUs, codenamed ‘Tiger Lake’, which are interesting for a number of reasons including the use of Intel’s powerful new Iris Xe integrated graphics capabilities, and also improvements to performance and battery life thanks to a more modern architecture. They will be available later this…

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Intel’s ‘Tiger Lake’ Gen 11 CPUs: What to Know Before Buying Your Next Laptop

Intel has just announced the first of its 11th Gen Core CPUs, codenamed ‘Tiger Lake’, which are interesting for a number of reasons including the use of Intel’s powerful new Iris Xe integrated graphics capabilities, and also improvements to performance and battery life thanks to a more modern architecture. They will be available later this year in ultraportable laptops, which now make up a huge proportion of the market.In-person launch events and demos haven’t been possible this year, and we’ll have to wait some more time to get our hands on the hardware to measure performance for ourselves. However we do have a lot of information to process following Intel’s engineering-level disclosures on Architecture Day as well as the 11th Gen ‘Tiger Lake’ launch and Evo platform announcement. Gadgets 360 was able to catch up online with Chris Walker, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Mobile Client Platforms Group, Intel Corporation, to talk about everything that laptop buyers can expect in the near future.Intel has struggled with its 10nm manufacturing processes for over five years now, and recently announced that its next-gen 7nm process will also be delayed. However, the company has continued to refine its older 14nm product lines to eke out more performance, and Tiger Lake promises “more than a generational increase in CPU performance”. We first asked Chris Walker how things are going with 10nm.“I think what we have achieved with the with the 11th Gen Tiger Lake using the SuperFin transistor sets us up for where we want to be for mobile now, and moving forward with the whole Tiger Lake family. That balance of the kind of frequency gains that we saw, the performance architecturally, the graphics, the whole integration, plus power efficiency for doing all that while maintaining battery life, makes us comfortable,” he said.Tiger Lake is also going to cover the entire spectrum of mobile parts, unlike last year when there was a split between 10nm Ice Lake and 14nm Comet Lake, he confirmed.Intel showed off a Tiger Lake CPU at CES 2020 this January Just to clarify, we then asked whether that goes beyond the CPUs that have already been announced, all of which are in the 7W – 28W range. Intel hasn’t yet spoken about 11th Gen H-series models, which are typically higher-Wattage CPUs used in bulkier gaming and productivity-focused laptops. The Tiger Lake architecture is said to scale up to 65W. “Well, we will announce future products in the future. We focused today on thin and light laptops, and so we did the operating range of 7W to 28W first”, Walker said. “There’s more to come.”With Tiger Lake, there’s an interesting new twist to Intel’s numbering scheme. No longer are the low-wattage Y-series CPUs (formerly Core M) and mainstream U-series CPUs distinguished with those respective letters in the model names. Instead, there are now two groups of CPUs, one rated for 7W-15W and the other from 12W-28W, internally classified as UP4 and UP3 respectively. If you want to know what exactly is in the laptop you’re getting, the former have model numbers ending in 0, such as the Core i7-1160G7, while the latter end in 5, for example the Core i7-1165G7. We asked Walker the reason for this change.“The difference with Tiger Lake is a significant overlap in the power range where you’re at the sweet spot of the market at 12 – 15W,” he told us. “There really wasn’t a difference between the package sizes [of the CPU dies]. The prior Y-series was a different die pool or had a hard ceiling, so to speak. There wasn’t much overlap between U and Y. Now it is more of a package and design thermal choice, and so UP4 really reflects a smaller package; a tighter board. A UP4 system at 12-15 Watts is just as capable as UP3, and so we took out that distinction. We felt it wasn’t needed anymore.”We asked if this might make things more confusing for the customer. There’s still a huge difference between 7W and 28W, and manufacturers are free to configure performance levels to meet the thermal requirements of their own designs. With everything marketed as 11th Gen Core, how will buyers know exactly what they’re getting?Walker had this to say: “I think for the end user, it tends to scale with form factor, which has been consistent with how OEMs have done configurable TDPs in the past. From that standpoint, we’re clear in our processor numbering.”The sustained performance of a CPU is determined by its TDP (Thermal Design Power), which factors in how long it can run at full speed before having to ramp down to deal with heat. In an ultraportable laptop, cooling is often constrained. We asked Chris Walker how the new Tiger Lake family addresses this.“I think users of Tiger Lake 11th Gen systems will continue to get a great experience on creation; on productivity; on all connectivity across form factors,” he replied. “Further, what we’ve done with the Evo platform is make sure that systems are consistently responsive, and provide the battery life, and provide the performance on battery life. When we talk about our performance numbers, we talk about consistent performance, plugged in or on battery.”He also added: “The [configurable TDP] range isn’t new. When we did a spec for operating at the 15W range, people might run it lower or higher, in the 10th Gen or prior generations. Remember, the processor is going to go through that entire range of workloads throughout someone’s day.”A Tiger Lake CPU and compact motherboard for slim laptops, exhibited by Intel at CES 2020 And while manufacturers do have leeway to set configurable TDPs, Walker pointed out that users do as well: “In Windows, and then OEMs have their own solutions, there are sliders that people can set, from battery efficiency to performance. Users have some degree of control through the OS and OEM-enabled tools.”Intel has led its past few Core CPU generations with models aimed at slim laptops. These are of course extremely popular, but we asked Walker if he sees the entire market shifting now. With Tiger Lake, will even slim laptops have enough power for heavy-duty work, or will we still see chunkier gaming and “creator” laptops, which actually came about as a sort-of backlash to super thin and light but weak designs.“I think we still have a growing and rich gaming and creator market, and at that level we’ve done H-series processors, which more people utilise for higher I/O counts and higher scalability on frequency. Many of those have discrete graphics as well. So I think the design/ creator PCs recognise that a lot of gaming laptop purchases were actually going [to creative professionals],” he said.“What we’ve done with 11th Gen Core is bringing many elements of content creation to the modern thin-and-light. The use of AI across the CPU, and the Iris XE [graphics] engine is making creation much more broad-based. Whether it’s personal video production for your YouTube audience, more business content just within PowerPoint, it’s video or it’s richer,” he added.“I think the trend is that people want thin, light laptops that have the performance and the capability for them to collaborate, do creation, and at the end of the day have a great movie streaming or eSports gaming experience. That’s what I think we’ve achieved. The market growth is both at the high end but also in this new class of modern thin-and-light systems. By the way, these are capabilities we bring to Windows and Chrome OS; in the future you’ll see 11th Gen Tiger Lake systems on Chrome OS as well.In Part 2 of this interview, coming up shortly, we discuss the new Intel Evo branding initiative and marketing, plus connectivity and other features of next-gen laptops.

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Lenovo Yoga 13s Series, Lenovo Yoga 14s, Lenovo Yoga 14c Laptops With 11th Gen Intel Processors Launched

Lenovo Yoga 13s series, Lenovo Yoga 14s, and Lenovo Yoga 14c laptops have been launched in China. The Yoga 13s series includes the Lenovo Yoga 13s and the Lenovo Yoga Pro 13s Carbon. The Lenovo Yoga 14s is offered in both Intel and AMD configurations, while the Lenovo Yoga 14c only has Intel. All of…

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Lenovo Yoga 13s Series, Lenovo Yoga 14s, Lenovo Yoga 14c Laptops With 11th Gen Intel Processors Launched

Lenovo Yoga 13s series, Lenovo Yoga 14s, and Lenovo Yoga 14c laptops have been launched in China. The Yoga 13s series includes the Lenovo Yoga 13s and the Lenovo Yoga Pro 13s Carbon. The Lenovo Yoga 14s is offered in both Intel and AMD configurations, while the Lenovo Yoga 14c only has Intel. All of these laptops are running Intel’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake processors and come with impressive specifications. The company is calling these its 2021 lineup of laptops.Lenovo Yoga 13s, Lenovo Yoga Pro 13s Carbon, Lenovo Yoga 14s, Lenovo Yoga 14c: PriceThe Lenovo Yoga 13s price starts at CNY 5,499 (roughly Rs. 60,800) while the Lenovo Yoga Pro 13s Carbon is priced at CNY 6,299 (roughly Rs. 70,000). The Yoga 14s starts at CNY 5,699 (roughly Rs. 63,000) for the Intel configuration and CNY 5,899 (roughly Rs. 65,300) for the AMD Ryzen configuration. Lastly, the Lenovo Yoga 14c starts at CNY 5,999 (roughly Rs. 66,400) for the Core-i5 model and CNY 6,999 (roughly Rs. 77,400) for the Core-i7 model.Pre-orders for all these laptops, except for the Lenovo Yoga 14s Intel version, will start from November 1 and shipping will start from November 11. The Yoga 14s Intel version pre-orders are live and will start shipping from November 1.As of now, there is no information on international availability.Lenovo Yoga 13s series specificationsThe Lenovo Yoga 13s comes with a 13-inch 2.5K display with 16:10 aspect ratio. It is powered by the Intel 11th Gen Core i5-1135G7 processor with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. The Lenovo Yoga Pro 13s Carbon shared the same specifications but features a carbon fibre body. Both the models have slim bezels and while the Lenovo Yoga 13s comes in a grey variant, the Carbon model comes in white.Lenovo Yoga 14sThe Lenovo Yoga 14s can be equipped with either an Intel 11th Gen Core-i5 1135G7 processor or the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processor. It features a 14-inch display with 2,880×1,800 pixels resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio. It comes with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD for storage. The batter is 61Wh and connectivity options include a USB 3.2 Gen 1 port and two Thunderbolt 4.0 ports. The Intel variant weighs about 1.38kg.Lenovo Yoga 14cThe Lenovo Yoga 14c is offered in two configurations, one with the Intel 11th Gen Core i5-1135G7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage, and the other with a 11th Gen Core i7-1165G7 CPU with the same amount of RAM and storage. You also get a webcam above the display, which has slim bezels. It comes in a grey colour option.Mi TV Stick vs Fire TV Stick Lite vs Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Which is the best budget streaming device for TVs in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. 

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC System Requirements Revealed

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC system requirements have been revealed by Ubisoft with less than a month to its release. Valhalla, the next entry in the long-running Assassin’s Creed series, offers an alternate take on the Viking invasion of Britain in late 9th century. While most publishers give us two configurations (minimum and recommended), Ubisoft has…

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC System Requirements Revealed

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC system requirements have been revealed by Ubisoft with less than a month to its release. Valhalla, the next entry in the long-running Assassin’s Creed series, offers an alternate take on the Viking invasion of Britain in late 9th century. While most publishers give us two configurations (minimum and recommended), Ubisoft has gone all out for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, telling you what PC components you’ll need to run the game on different graphics settings (low / high / very high / ultra high), resolutions (1080p / 4K), and frame rates (30fps / 60fps).Common specifications across the board include 64-bit Windows 10, a GPU with support for DirectX 12, and 50GB free storage space (SSD recommended). Without further ado, here are the PC system requirements for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, via Ubisoft —Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC minimum system requirementsCPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1Ghz / Intel i5-4460 3.2Ghz GPU: AMD R9 380 4GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 4GB RAM: 8GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 1080p Targeted frame-rate: 30fps Video preset: LowAssassin’s Creed Valhalla PC recommended system requirementsRecommended for 1080p at 30fpsCPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2Ghz / Intel i7-4790 3.6Ghz GPU: AMD RX 570 8GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB RAM: 8GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 1080p Targeted frame-rate: 30fps Video preset: HighRecommended for 1080p at 60fpsCPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 3.0Ghz / Intel i7-6700 3.4Ghz GPU: AMD Vega 64 8GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 8GB RAM: 8GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 1080p Targeted frame-rate: 60fps Video preset: HighRecommended for 2K at 30fpsCPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7Ghz / Intel i7-7700 3.6Ghz GPU: AMD Vega 56 8GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB RAM: 16GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 1440p Targeted frame-rate: 30fps Video preset: Very HighRecommended for 2K at 60fpsCPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8Ghz / Intel i7-8700K 3.7Ghz GPU: AMD RX 5700XT 8GB / Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080S 8GB RAM: 16 GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 1440p Targeted frame-rate: 60fps Video preset: Very HighRecommended for 4K at 30fpsCPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6Ghz / Intel i7 9700K 3.6Ghz GPU: AMD RX 5700XT 8GB / Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 8GB RAM: 16 GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 2160p Targeted frame-rate: 30fps Video preset: Ultra HighAssassin’s Creed Valhalla is out November 10 on PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S, and November 12 (US/AU) and 19 (EU) on the PS5. For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Akhil Arora
Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil
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Samsung Pro Plus, Evo Plus SD Cards Launched in Four Storage Denominations

Samsung Pro Plus and Evo Plus SD cards have been unveiled. The durable SD cards are aimed at content creators, photo enthusiasts, and general consumers. The Pro Plus cards offer sequential read and write speeds of up to 100MBps and 90MBps respectively, while the Evo Plus offers transfer speeds up to 100MBps. The SD cards…

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Samsung Pro Plus, Evo Plus SD Cards Launched in Four Storage Denominations

Samsung Pro Plus and Evo Plus SD cards have been unveiled. The durable SD cards are aimed at content creators, photo enthusiasts, and general consumers. The Pro Plus cards offer sequential read and write speeds of up to 100MBps and 90MBps respectively, while the Evo Plus offers transfer speeds up to 100MBps. The SD cards are offered in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 264GB storage variants. Both Pro Plus and the Evo Plus will be available from this month.Samsung Pro Plus and Evo Plus SD cards are water-proof, temperature-proof, x-ray-proof, magnet-proof, shock-proof, drop-proof, and wearout-proof. They can withstand drops of up to five metres as well as up to 10,000 swipes, as per Samsung. They come with a 10-year limited warranty.The Pro Plus SD card enables 4K UHD video recording and burst shots. According to Samsung, this makes it an ideal product for professional photographers, cinematographers, and YouTubers. The Evo Plus, meanwhile, promises smooth playback even while editing 4K videos.The SD cards can be used across a wide range of devices including DSLR cameras, mirrorless and compact cameras, camcorders, and PCs. Samsung said that the SD cards have been designed with maximum durability in mind. Both the SD cards have UHS-I interface and a class 10 rating.“For years, consumers around the world have trusted Samsung to deliver high-performance memory cards in a variety of capacities that meet their unique needs,” said Dr. Mike Mang, vice president of Samsung’s memory brand product biz team, in a prepared statement. “Samsung has gone beyond that with the Pro Plus and Evo Plus SD cards, providing additional layers of protective measures to withstand intensive usage and the most rugged conditions.”While Samsung hasn’t announced any pricing details, a report by Engadget says that the 32GB Evo Plus will be priced at $7 (roughly Rs. 513) and the 256GB model at $40 (roughly Rs. 2,931). The Pro Plus, meanwhile, will be available for $10 (roughly Rs. 733) for the 32GB variant and $50 (roughly Rs. 3,665) for the 256GB variant.Flipkart, Amazon have excellent iPhone 11, Galaxy S20+ sale offers, but will they have enough stock? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

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