Intel has quietly confirmed that it will do an 8-core version of its 11th-gen Tiger Lake chip.
In a September 3 blog post on Medium by Tom’s Hardware, Intel’s Boyd Phelps confirmed that in addition to the quad-core 11-gene CPU in October, the company will also be pushing out 8-core variants.
Phelps wrote, “Willow Cove core increases mid-level cache from 1.25 MB to 512KB.” “We also added a 3 MB non-inclusive last-level-cache (LLC) per core slice. A 4MB die of a single core workload has access to 12MB LLC or up to 24MB 8-core die configuration (More details on 8-core products at a later date)
Intel has so far only confirmed the quad-core versions, which now use the “UP3” and “UP4” designations. How the 8-core version shakes out is not known. Based on the Tiger Lake laptop pushed two weeks ago, we think the approach may be similar to AMD.
We guess based on the MSI Stealth 15M gaming laptop. While most 11th-gen Tiger Lake laptops have beautiful 3-pound, slim and lightweight laptops with traditional graphics or Intel’s GeForce MX450, the Stealth 15M adds the GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q with the 11-gen Tiger Lake CPU Huh. .
Tiger Lake is supposedly capable of pushing 4.8GHz on single-threaded tasks and 4.3GHz with all cores, the Stealth 15M could very well be competitive with Intel’s older 10th-gen, 14nm chips in many games. is. This also hints at better improved thermal and processing performance of the CPU.
Intel divides its chips into 15-watt U-class CPUs up to 4 cores for the series, and up to 8 cores with a 45-watt H-class CPU. Both series of chips differ in capacities and thermal needs.
AMD also has low and high power designations for its chips, but they are actually the same CPU, just down to the lower thermal dissipation of a small laptop or tuned to a larger, larger laptop. This gives AMD an advantage in multi-core performance, with thin and light laptops such as Lenovo’s Slim 7 featuring an 8-core chip.
With Tiger Lake’s improved thermals and performance, we think Intel may be tracking the same approach, extending it from thin-and-light to gaming laptops.
Despite Intel’s emphasis on clock speed and new instruction sets, its X graphics, Intel still needs to be competitive in core calculations. At least we think so, because we suspect that multi-threaded workloads will have the muscle to beat AMD’s 8-core chips. An 8-core Tiger Lake chip would likely serve Punch Intel’s needs in that one area.