Intel to ship laptops with 11th Gen Core Tiger Lake CPUs & Iris Xe Max

Intel, a semiconductor company, has reportedly revealed that a few of its laptops with 11th Gen Core ‘Tiger Lake’ CPUs will be shipped with Intel Iris Xe Max, its 1st discrete GPU.

Tiger Lake CPUs are the 1st to feature Intel’s new and integrated Xe graphics architecture, with laptops developed around these CPUs recording immense sales across the globe. In addition, the company disclosed details about how laptops can use the integrated & discrete Xe GPUs to accelerate graphics performance and certain kinds of AI-based or compute-intensive tasks.

Intel Iris Xe Max GPU has been based on the Xe-LP GPU in the 11th Gen Core Tiger Lake processors. The product will gain adoption in thin and light laptops, and can work in conjunction with the integrated GPU, which is enabled via a software framework known as ‘Deep Link’.

Deep Link can dynamically manage power & thermal headroom between the CPU and GPU, boosting the CPU performance by 20% when the GPU is idle. According to Intel, the AI-based content creation is 7x faster on the Iris Xe Max GPU-integrated, 11th Gen Core i7-1165G7 CPU, as compared to the laptops with 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1065G7 CPU & Nvidia GeForce MX350 GPU. In case of media encoding, a 1.78x better result can be observed with this laptop, as compared to GeForce RTX 2080 Super and Core i9-10980HK.

Iris Xe Max GPU, which leverages the 10-nm SuperFin transistor technology of Intel, features over 96 execution units and has a maximum clock speed of 1.65GHz. The product has 4-GB of LPDDR4X memory, bandwidth of 68GBps, and speed of PCIe 4.0 to connect to the CPU.

Regarding the gaming performance, users can expect modern games at 1080p at the medium to low settings, along with above 30 fps frame rates, from the Iris Xe Max.

Intel previously revealed its strong focus on launching a discrete GPU in 2020, with an aim to overhaul the integrated & discrete graphics capabilities.

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