Intel’s slow trickle of information about its Tiger Lake processors recently turned into a flood when the company exchanged information about its first volley of 10nm SuperFin chips, but one detail was missing: all official information on chips larger than four Cores. That changed decidedly reluctantly when a new blog post by Intel colleague Boyd Phelps on Medium revealed that the company was about to reveal eight-core models, saying:
“”We also added a 3MB non-inclusive last-level cache (LLC) per core slice. A single-core workload has access to 12MB LLC in the 4-core chip or up to 24MB in the 8-core chip configuration (more details on 8-core products at a later date).“”
Intel claims that its four-core Tiger Lake models can already outperform AMD’s eight-core Renoir chips in performance benchmarks thanks to their 10nm SuperFin process, Willow Cove Cores, and Iris XE graphics. If Intel’s performance predictions for its quad-core models are correct, the eight-core Tiger Lake models could prove extremely competitive against AMD’s existing Ryzen Mobile ‘Renoir’ range, and possibly even take the lead in thread applications tear away. We haven’t seen an independent third-party review of the quad-core Tiger Lake chips in reviews, but AMD’s upcoming Zen 3 “Cezanne” APUs are hugely important now as AMD keeps its laptop performance advantage despite the looming market -Market would like to maintain eight-core Tiger Lake models.
The current dual and quad core Tiger Lake chips only address the 7-28W segment, while larger Tiger Lake H processors obviously can handle the upper echelons of the power market and potentially up to 45W Stretch models (~ 65W peak) for H-series Core i9 and i7 models.
We’re not going to go into the full tech details of Tiger Lake, we have all of these resources in one place, but Intel’s plans for Tiger Lake eight-core models aren’t entirely surprising. The current 10th generation Intel product line includes 10 nm Ice Lake processors, which cover the iGPU game market with up to four cores, while the 14 nm Comet Lake processors are suitable for high-performance productivity workloads . However, Intel told us during its Tiger Lake briefings that all future laptop chips will be built with the 10nm SuperFin process (or better), which means the company will not have a split product stack for its 11th line product line. Generation will have.
Much of Intel’s previous limitations on its Ice Lake models was due to the low clock speeds and poor yields, both of which limited performance and the number of cores. Intel’s best 10nm efforts to date have resulted in quad-core chips for laptops. Intel’s new 10nm SuperFin process fixed the clock speed issues. We see an increase in the base and boost frequencies by up to 700 MHz. The emergence of eight core models implies that the error rates are lower and thus the yields are higher, so that Intel can increase the performance from 10nm laptop chips with up to eight cores.
Intel has no plans to add Tiger Lake to its range of desktop chips, but we’ve already seen the first new Tiger Lake NUCs from ASRock. Of course, eight-core Tiger Lake models will also work their way into the NUC line-up. Because of their combination with the Xe graphics engine, they could prove decently powerful for compact desktop PCs.