Tiger Lake Architecture: New CPU and GPU in 2020
Tiger Lake was first announced during the Architecture Day 2020 in August and is the successor to Ice Lake. It integrates a new CPU core architecture (Willow Cove microarchitecture), new Xe graphics card (Gen12) and the latest display and I/O technology.
Tiger Lake was introduced in the two U-series (UP3 and UP4) for thin and light laptops. UP3 is designed for 12-28 W TDP range for laptops (former U-series) and UP4 for smaller devices (like tablets and fanless designs) with a TDP range of 9-15W (former Y-series). The UP4 chips also comes in a smaller package. Both feature four cores and Xe graphics with up to 96 EUs. The LLC (last level cache or L3-cache) can be up to 12 MB.
Later (early 2021?) Intel will introduce the Tiger Lake-H series for gaming laptops and mobile workstations. It features up to 8 cores, 24 MB LLC and 32 EU Xe graphics. The PCH is discrete and not on the package as in the U-series.
Tiger Lake is produced in an improved 10nm process at Intel and called 10nm SuperFin. It combines enhanced FinFET transistors with Super metal insulator metal (MIM) capacitor. According to Intel this leads to the largest single, intranode enhancement in its history, comparable to a full-node transition.
Media and Display Features
Tiger Lake SoCs (partly) integrate Thunderbolt 4 and USB4 with up to 40GB/s bandwidth per port. Furthermore, PCIe Gen4 is now integrated with 8GB/s bandwidth to memory. In the U-series the chip only offers 4 Gen4 lanes for fast SSDs, in the H-series more lanes are expected (thanks to the discrete PCH 16 additional Gen4 lanes).
Tiger Lake UP3 and UP4 adds support for 8K60 HEVC/VP9/SCC and 8K30 AV1 compared to Ice Lake.
The iGPU now supports one more display pipe (now 4) with a maximum of 4 x 4K60 HDR and HDCP2.3. HDMI 2.1 support can be achieved vie DisplayPort 1.4 bridge (8K60).
For benchmarks of the Tiger Lake chips, see the CPU and GPU pages linked below or look at our benchmark test of the Intel development laptop featuring a Core i7-1185G7.
Articles about Tiger Lake
Here you can find the newest Tiger Lake articles.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable is more sensible than the X1 Tablet
Acer launches semi-rugged Enduro Urban T1 tablet and Urban N3 laptop that actually look pretty sleek
Intel NUC11TNK with Core i5 now shipping for $579 USD with no RAM, OS, or storage
Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1 Review: Laptop tablet hybrid with LTE & Tiger Lake UP4
Intel Core i7-1160G7 | Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs | 12.30" | 1.1 kg
Deal | Dell clearing stock on Inspiron 14 5402 Core i7 for $700 USD to make room for the upcoming Tiger Lake-H SKUs
The ASUS TUF Gaming F17 FX706 leaks with an Intel Core i7-11800H Tiger Lake H45 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU for €1,799
Intel NUC11TNKi5 Pro Mini Tiger Canyon Review: Smallest Tiger Lake NUC
Intel Core i5-1135G7 | Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs | | 504 g
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 Convertible revealed in first hands-on photos
Acer Nitro 5 now available in India in Intel Core i5-11300H and AMD Ryzen 5 5600H options, but no higher config options in sight
New Samsung Unpacked event teases "the most powerful Galaxy is coming"
Buying an Asus VivoBook S13? Make sure to get the S333EA and not the "wrong" S333JA if you want Thunderbolt and faster Iris Xe graphics
Microsoft unveils Surface Laptop 4 with AMD Ryzen and Intel Tiger Lake processors, but there are compromises
Dell refreshes the Inspiron 13/14/15 models with Tiger Lake-H CPUs and Nvidia MX450 dGPUs
Dell introduces Inspiron 16 Plus content creator laptop with 16:10 3K display, Tiger Lake-H CPUs and up to an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU
Deal | New Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 already discounted to $1409 USD with 11th gen Core i5, 16 GB RAM, and 16:10 IPS display
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is too thin
The Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 is interesting because of its SD card reader
Schenker VIA 14 laptop in review: Lightweight magnesium ultrabook with extremely long battery life
Intel Core i5-1135G7 | Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs | 14.00" | 1.1 kg
Deal | 2021 MSI Modern 14 laptop down to just $599 USD with 11th gen Intel Core i5, 1080p IPS display, and 512 GB NVMe SSD
Surface Laptop 4 to launch on April 27; leaked configurations affirm that Microsoft continues to make compromises to drive sales volumes of more expensive configurations
Fresh Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 retailer leaks reveal prices and specs for more variants of the 16-inch 16:10 laptop
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 Tiger Lake review: Office laptop with poor endurance
Intel Core i5-1135G7 | Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs | 14.00" | 1.5 kg
GPD WIN 3 1.0.3 software update adds mouse support for easier web browsing when on-the-go
Durabook S14I Rugged Laptop Review: Durable 11th Gen Tiger Lake
Intel Core i7-1165G7 | Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs | 14.00" | 3 kg
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8: How much better can an entry-level workstation get?
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 hits official support pages in Intel and AMD variants ahead of possible April release
LG Gram 16 2-in-1 is bigger and lighter than the HP Spectre x360 15, but there's a catch
Intel may add new SKUs to Tiger Lake-H35 and UP3 lineups alongside Tiger Lake-H45 to further bolster fortunes against AMD Ryzen 5000 Cezanne and Lucienne
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 laptop in review: Small workstation with faster ports
Intel Core i7-1165G7 | NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU | 14.00" | 1.4 kg
LG Gram 16 16T90P Convertible Review: Lighter Than Most 15.6-inch Laptops
Intel Core i7-1165G7 | Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs | 16.00" | 1.5 kg
Acer Swift 5 SF514: Intel's Evo label ensures good laptops
Upcoming 16-inch Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 laptop specs leak unveiling Intel Core i9-11900H and GeForce RTX 3050 Ti among other delights
Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T Laptop review: Slim allrounder on EVO basis
Intel Core i5-1135G7 | Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs | 14.00" | 1 kg
The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is the lightest Yoga laptop to date
MSI announces Summit E13 & E16 Flip slim and light business convertibles
Deal | Clearance discount brings the featherweight Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano below the $1,000 mark
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon 13ITL5 laptop review: Tiger Lake combined with ultralight materials
Intel Core i7-1165G7 | Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs | 13.30" | 975 g
It's time for Huawei to drop that problematic keyboard webcam from its MateBook and MagicBook laptops
Deal | Dell Inspiron 15 3501 on sale with the same 11th gen Core i7 CPU as the XPS 13 9310 for just half the price at $650 USD
Xiaomi unveils new Mi Notebook Pro 14 and Mi Notebook Pro 15 laptops with Intel Tiger Lake-H processors and up to a 3.5K OLED display
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 Review: A Great Laptop You Probably Can't Buy
Intel Core i7-1165G7 | Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs | 13.90" | 1.3 kg
Deal | Latest Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano with 13-inch 2K IPS display, Thunderbolt 4, 11th gen Core i5, 16 GB RAM, and 1 TB NVMe SSD is on sale for just $1199 USD
One XPlayer is the latest Windows PC with a Nintendo Switch form factor, but with Intel Tiger Lake processors and a 1,200p display
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus in review: Tiger Lake provides a performance boost
Intel Core i5-1135G7 | Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs | 12.30" | 796 g
HP Envy 17 is now lighter and gets upgraded to Intel Tiger Lake and NVIDIA MX450 graphics
2021 HP Envy x360 15 sports a larger trackpad and offers both AMD Ryzen 5000-U Cezanne and Intel 11th gen Tiger Lake options
Acer Spin 3 SP314 in review: Stylish looks paired with solid performance at an affordable price
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro and Pro 360 renders reveal stylish AMOLED-sporting laptops with Thunderbolt 4, optional LTE, 11th Gen Intel CPU, and up to GeForce MX450 dGPU
Key Intel Core i9-11980HK, Core i7-11800H, and Core i5-11400H specifications surface online via leaked press deck
Intel NUC 11 Extreme listing spotted with 11th-generation Tiger Lake-H CPUs, 3,200MHz DDR4 RAM support, and more
Mac vs PC wars rekindled: Intel dedicates a website to put down Apple M1 MacBooks, but that's got little to do with Tiger Lake itself
Dell Inspiron 14 7400: Tiger Lake processor plus a good screen equals a great laptop
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU stars with i7-11800H in likely upcoming Samsung Notebook 7 series refresh: Geekbench OpenCL run reveals GTX 1660 Ti-level performance
MSI unveils its latest, Intel 11th-gen- and RTX 3000-based gaming desktops
OLED is finally as affordable as IPS, Asus ZenBook 13 with OLED and 11th gen Core i7 now shipping for just $899 USD
Intel Core i7-11800H in possible Samsung Notebook 7 Force refresh produces passable Geekbench 5 scores that offer small gains over the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
Dell Inspiron 14 7400 Laptop Review: Portable office laptop with a Tiger Lake CPU
Intel Core i7-1165G7 | NVIDIA GeForce MX350 | 14.50" | 1.3 kg