The Intel Tiger Lake H35 Core i7-11375H has proven to be hugely unpopular with laptop makers
With the 45 W Tiger Lake H45 series just around the corner, it's easy to forget that Intel had released a 35 W H35 version earlier this year. More specifically, the Core i7-11375H was designed to be a middle-ground solution between the 15 W+ Tiger Lake-U series and the upcoming 45 W Tiger Lake-H series.
The idea sounds great on paper especially for laptops with stronger cooling solutions that can afford the additional thermal overhead to run a 35 W CPU. In reality, however, adoption rates have been almost nonexistent as the number of laptops that utilize the Core i7-11375H processor can be counted in just single digits. Notable models at the time of writing include the Acer Predator Triton 300 SE, Asus TUF Dash F15, MSI Stealth 15M, and the Vaio Z. In contrast, the number of laptop models and NUCs running on 15 W+ Tiger Lake-U are in the dozens.
If we are to hazard a guess, a key reason for the unpopularity of the Tiger Lake H35 may be all down to performance. Our time with the Vaio Z has revealed that the 35 W Core i7-11375H just can't offer enough of a performance boost over the standard Core i7-1165G7 to really justify the higher power consumption or necessity for a new Tiger Lake H35 CPU class. This isn't to say that the CPU is slow as its raw multi-thread performance can be roughly 10 to 30 percent faster than the average Core i7-1165G7 laptop, but certain Core i7-1165G7 laptops like the Razer Book 13 or Lenovo ThinkPad E14 are each already within just 7 percent of the Core i7-11375H. There would therefore be little to no incentive for offering a Core i7-11375H option when the existing Core i7-1165G7 can already perform like a Core i7-11375H if its full TDP range is realized.
When Intel inevitably reveals the 45 W Tiger Lake-H series to succeed the current 10th gen Comet Lake-H series for gaming laptops, we suspect that the Core i7-11375H will be swept under the rug in a similar manner to the ill-fated Kaby Lake-G series.