Eleventh-generation Core is coming out, Intel finally gets rid of the 14nm curse

In September of this year, Intel finally released a new 11-generation Core processor for mobile terminals. In the face of AMD's strong offensive in recent years, the 11th-generation Core finally allowed us to see the rise of Intel, and there was a big explosion in technical strength. The eleventh generation uses a new codename: Tiger Lake, and finally no longer uses the new 14nm process. Today we will take stock of the refreshing highlights of the 11th generation Core.

1. Detailed upgrade and division of parameters

The eleventh-generation Core launched by Intel this time is mainly aimed at the thin and light field. There are mainly nine products, including three i7, two i5, and four i3. Among them, the four processors i7-1060G7, i5-1130G7, i3-1120G4, and i3-1110G4 have a TDP of 7-15W, which are mainly used for thin and light notebooks with no fan design to ensure portability and long battery life. The power consumption of the other five models is 12-28W, and users can adjust them according to the specific conditions of performance, abrasive tools, and requirements. These processors basically cover the needs of each product line of thin and light notebooks.

In addition, the eleventh generation Core Duo has also been greatly upgraded in performance. Let’s take the recently evaluated Intel Core i7-1165G7, which has a working frequency of 2.8GHz, a single-core maximum turbo frequency that can be accelerated to 4.7GHz, 4 cores and 8 threads, a three-level cache of 12MB, and a TDP range of 12W- 28W. From the point of view of the parameters alone, it has been much better than the tenth generation Core.

2. Get rid of the 14nm curse and switch to the 10nm process

The reason why the eleventh-generation Core is so popular is that the biggest highlight is the use of the brand-new Tiger Lake architecture and 10nm production process, and finally it is no longer rigid with 14nm. As we all know, the more advanced the processor is, the more transistors it can accommodate and the stronger its performance.

Since the advent of AMD Ryzen processors, AMD's structural upgrades have really made Intel feel pressured. From the original 14nm of the Zen architecture to the 12nm of the Zen+ architecture, especially the popular Zen2 architecture and the soon-to-popular Zen3 architecture, the 7nm architecture has been fully used. The performance improvement of the Ryzen processor is very obvious.

On the other hand, Intel has been using 14nm since the fifth generation of Core Duo, and it has been more than five years. In the past five years, Intel has also made minor upgrades in its manufacturing process. For example, the Whiskey Lake platform adopted by the eighth-generation Core adopts a 14nm+ process, and the Ice Lake architecture adopted by the tenth-generation Core adopts a 14nm+ process, but after all, it is still based on 14nm. The architecture has not improved significantly, so Intel's performance improvement is relatively limited. No wonder the more people think "AMD, Yes!" and say that Intel is a toothpaste factory.

The eleventh-generation Core is finally no longer squeezing toothpaste. It adopts a 10nm SuperFin production process and has made a lot of optimizations on the underlying transistor design. The SuperFin process has improved the gate process and gate spacing, which can be used as a chip Provides a higher drive current. In addition, the extension of the source and drain two-stage crystal structure is enhanced to reduce resistance. In general, the 10nm SuperFin transistor technology has laid a solid foundation for the enhancement of the performance of the 11th generation Core.

3. The blessing of Ruiju Xe finally competes with Ruilong nuclear

Another selling point of the eleventh-generation Core is that it is equipped with the Iris Xe core graphics card, which greatly improves its graphics processing capabilities. The Iris Xe core graphics card has up to 96 EU unit units and is highly scalable. It can be divided into three grades for different usage scenarios, from entry to enthusiasts, from personal computers to supercomputers, Iris Xe core Graphics cards can play its role.

In addition, the eleventh generation Core also has a new display engine, which allows it to support 4 4K displays or 1 8K display output. There is also a brand new encoding engine that supports 4K60fps 10-bit and 8K30fps 10-bit video encoding.

In general, the Iris Xe core graphics card has strong display capabilities and expansion capabilities. The AMD Ryzen processor's nuclear display capability was very commendable before, but now, the performance of the Rui torch Xe core graphics card has also been greatly upgraded, and the two can finally compete in strength.

Fourth, Willow Cove micro-architecture makes the 11th generation Core more versatile

The eleventh-generation Core, which uses the Tiger Lake architecture, has completely innovated the architecture and adopted the Willow Cove micro-architecture, allowing low-power processors to have a higher single-core turbo frequency. The ability of Willow Cove is more than that. It increases the total bandwidth and can effectively reduce the delay. Effectively support LP4/x-4266 and DDR4-3200 memory specifications, the maximum capacity can support 32GB and 64GB respectively, which can improve the multitasking processing capabilities of the notebook.

The Willow Cove micro-architecture also supports PCIe 4 protocol and Thunderbolt 4 expansion, allowing notebooks to connect to external SSDs and graphics card expansion docks, which can help notebooks have greater performance improvements and break performance bottlenecks.

Five, write at the end

Overall, the upgrade range of the 11th generation Core Duo is very obvious. First of all, the new Tiger Lake architecture finally got rid of the 14nm curse and officially launched the 10nm SuperFin manufacturing process, laying the foundation for performance improvement. The graphics and graphics processing capabilities of the Iris Xe core graphics card are also very powerful, and the Willow Cove micro-architecture makes the 11th-generation Core more versatile. In the future, the 10nm process will be popularized with the eleventh generation of Core, and hope to get rid of the title of toothpaste factory from now on.