Technology is improving, and with every improvement, it endeavors to break and redefine performance boundaries.

The 11th generation Intel Core CPUs are here to offer the highest levels of computing. It was not long ago that people gloated over the 10th generation of Intel CPUs and their advantages.

The 11th generation CPUs take it one step further as they bring together industry-leading CPU performance, incredible AI acceleration, impressive graphics, and high-quality wired and wireless connectivity to help you create, focus, and engage at new levels.

The Striking Features of the 11th generation Intel Core CPUs

When it comes to creating, collaborating, and delivering an immersive performance, the 11th generation Intel Core CPUs are streets ahead of their previous generations. The 10th gen Intel CPUs, themselves, are excellent computing machines, with features like Wi-Fi 6, Thunderbolt 3, Intel Iris graphics, Intel Optane memory, and other AI-enabled features.

The advancement in technology allows the 11th generation CPUs to venture further and introduce superior features.

Higher Processing Levels

If the 10th generation CPUs were known as Ice Lake models, the 11th generation chips have a  new name, Tiger Lake Processors. Compared to the 10th gen CPUs, these chips support Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and Thunderbolt 4.

Besides, you can expect improvements in battery life and performance.

The new integrated Iris Xe graphics is the standout feature of these latest-generation chips.

Similar to the 10th gen chips, the 11th gen processors share the 10nm process. However, the architecture has been upgraded from Ice Lake’s Sunny Cove to Tiger Lake’s Willow Cove. Intel refers to it as the new “10nm SuperFin design.”

These latest generation chips pave the way for thin and light laptops capable of delivering mind-blogging performances. Intel has introduced nine CPUs for the U and Y-series processors in its initial release. It has named them the UP3 and UP4, respectively.

Of these nine CPUs, the Ci7-1185G7 has the best specifications of all. It boasts of base clock speeds of 3.0GHz with maximum single-core boosts maximizing at 4.8GHz. The highest speed on all cores is 4.3GHz.

This processor features the best graphics in Intel Iris Xe graphics with a maximum of 1.35GHz and 96EUs (Execution Units).

Here is the comprehensive list of the nine CPUs with their basic features in a tabular form.

CPU Model Cores/Threads Graphics Graphics EUs Base Frequency GHz Single Core Turbo GHz All Core Turbo GHz Cache MB Watts
Ci7-1185G7 4C/8T Intel Iris Xe 96 3.0 4.8 4.3 12 12-28
Ci7 – 1165G7 4C/8T Intel Iris Xe 96 2.8 4.7 4.1 12 12-28
Ci5-1135G7 4C/8T Intel Iris Xe 80 2.4 4.2 3.8 8 12-28
Ci3-1125G4 4C/8T Intel UHD 48 2.0 3.7 3.3 8 12-28
Ci3-1115G4 2C/4T Intel UHD 48 3.0 4.1 4.1 8 12-28
Ci7-1160G7 4C/8T Intel Iris Xe 96 1.2 4.4 3.6 12 7-15
Ci5-1130G7 4C/8T Intel Iris Xe 80 1.1 4.0 3.4 8 7-15
Ci3-1120G4 4C/8T Intel UHD 48 1.1 3.5 3.0 8 7-15
Ci3-1110G4 2C/4T Intel UHD 48 1.8 3.9 3.9 6 7-15

One expects the new design will offer better speeds while reducing power consumption. Intel promises around 20% improvement for office productivity-related tasks.

Intel is hopeful of providing 20% better system-level power, thereby expecting to increase battery life by approximately one hour for uses, like online streaming.

Revolutionizing AI

The 11th generation CPUs offer a game-changing performance by revolutionizing AI on the PC. The 10nm SuperFin design is designed for accelerating the latest AI-enhanced applications and modern workflows. With AI, you get more immersive collaboration with neural noise suppression.

It also provides video super-resolution for making professional video calls in environments using the latest low-bandwidth encode. It uses the best Wi-Fi technology, Wi-Fi 6, to enable high-quality video conferencing.

The latest AI-enabled features revolutionize creative workflows and enable incredible photo and video editing capabilities at record speed. The improved AI engine allows special features in video calls like blurring backgrounds.

Intel Iris Xe Graphics

Compared to the Intel UHD Integrated graphics, the Intel Iris Xe is a powerful one as Intel claims an enhanced performance level up to two times. Besides the raw core count enhancements, these graphics offer additional benefits.

However, one should note that the Intel Iris Xe graphics is available only on the Core i7 and Core i5 CPUs. The Ci3 chips will continue to have the Intel UHD Integrated graphics.

Demonstrations have shown that the 11th generation chip with the Intel Iris Xe graphics performing better than its corresponding 10th gen chip with NVidia MX350 graphics.

The exciting part of these 11th gen CPUs is that they support 8K HDR graphics. It also provides an option to output a signal to four 4K HDR displays simultaneously.

The Intel Iris Xe graphics enable you to play the latest games of playable frame rates in full HD. It also guarantees brilliant visuals with support for billions of color combinations. You can also expect it to support HDR10, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision-enabled content with hardware acceleration (an industry first).

Intel Evo

Intel CPUs subscribe to high certification standards. This 11th generation prescribes to Intel Evo the latest Intel’s Project Athena Certification Standard.

This standard has stringent requirements like Thunderbolt 4 support, Wi-Fi 6, and fast charging facilities (up to 4 hours charging in 30 minutes).

Some of the other Intel Evo certification requirements are guaranteed nine hours of battery life on real-time usage for 1080p systems and system wake-up in less than a second. When purchasing laptops with the 11th generation chips, you should look out for the Evo branding on them.

Thunderbolt 4

The 11th generation Intel Core CPUs support Thunderbolt 4. It ensures the fastest speeds, advanced protocols, and dependable standardization. As it offers a top-tier user experience with its unrivaled simplicity, it is often termed as a complete version of USB-C.

If you look at the port, it is not much different from what a Thunderbolt 3 port looked like. It uses the same USB-C connector and the Lightning Bolt icon. It also offers the fastest transfer speeds, up to 40Gbps.

However, it also instills greater confidence as it prescribes to the minimum required performance standards, displays more productivity possibilities for accessories, and is compatible with USB4.

The prime features of Thunderbolt 4 are as under.

  • Enhanced video and data requirements provided by host appliances thru Thunderbolt 4
  • Like Thunderbolt 3, it offers access to 40GBps speed, 100W power delivery, and protocols, like DisplayPort, USB, and PCIe.
  • Compatible with USB4
  • Offers Intel VT-d based DMA protection to protect your connected devices from unauthorized access
  • Backward compatibility with Thunderbolt 3
  • Supports connectivity accessories with up to a maximum of four fully-functional downstream Thunderbolt ports

Thunderbolt 4 connectivity can benefit the following users.

  1. Content creators, videographers, and photographers needing 32Gbps PCIe for higher transfer speeds and storage capacity that is available on 8K video cameras, SLR cameras exceeding 100 megapixels, and 360-degree drone cameras
  2. Developers requiring multiple 4K DisplayPort displays to create 3D CAD models
  3. Productivity users needing access to high-performance docking stations and legacy USB peripherals

Thunderbolt 4 allows IT professionals to streamline infrastructure and standardize their entire office on the same laptop.

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