Intel Boosts 11th Gen Laptop Processors With Better Graphics

by Krish Karthik
Intel Boosts 11th Gen Laptop Processors With Better Graphics

Intel revealed new additions to its 11th generation mobile processor line at this year’s Computex virtual show. The processors are based on the Intel Evo platform and incorporate Iris Xe and WiFi 6 graphics. The company also announced a 5G modem for connectivity on future Windows machines.

The new Core i7-1195G7 and Core i5-1155G7 chips are part of the Intel U series processor family and offer speeds up to 5 GHz. Intel says the processors offer up to 25% better application performance than the competition. Specifically, Intel competes with AMD’s Ryzen processors, which have recently become more prevalent on Windows machines. Intel is also touting the possibility for laptop manufacturers to optimize its new processors to offer “up to 8 times faster transcoding and up to double the speed of video editing.” Here are the details:

  • Core i7-1195G7: 4 cores / 8 threads, 2.9 GHz base clock (5.0 GHz maximum turbo boost on 1-2 cores, 4.6 GHz on all cores), DDR4 memory support up to ‘at 3200 Hz
  • Core i5-1155G7: 4 cores / 8 threads, base clock 2.5 GHz (maximum turbo boost 4.5 GHz on 1-2 cores, 4.3 GHz on all cores), DDR4 memory support up to ‘at 3200 Hz
  • Core i7-1195G7: 4 cores / 8 threads, 2.9 GHz base clock (5.0 GHz maximum turbo boost on 1-2 cores, 4.6 GHz on all cores), DDR4 memory support up to ‘at 3200 Hz
  • Core i5-1155G7: 4 cores / 8 threads, base clock 2.5 GHz (maximum turbo boost 4.5 GHz on 1-2 cores, 4.3 GHz on all cores), DDR4 memory support up to ‘at 3200 Hz

The new Core i5 and i7 processors include compatibility for 6 / 6E Wi-Fi connections, so you can finally use this new mesh router. They’re paired with the Intel Iris Xe graphics chip, capable of letting casual PC gamers blast their way through some of the best the back catalog has to offer. The Iris Xe is basically a laptop GPU designed for the current generation of processors. We previewed an 11th gen processor with integrated graphics, and the Iris Xe managed impressive frame rates compared to the previous lineup of integrated graphics, showing an ability to run some of the latest games at low resolution.

Intel said more than 60 devices based on the new Intel Core i5 and i7 are expected to be available by the holiday season. That includes machines from manufacturers like Acer, ASUS, Lenovo and MSI, with the first new batch going on sale this summer.

The other major announcement from Intel is a 5G modem for laptops, the Intel 5G 5000 solution. The modem already has global 5G operator certification, helped in part by a collaboration between Intel and China Mobile , MediaTek , DoCoMo and HP. The company expects more than 30 machines to ship by 2022 with the 5G modem inside, and that Acer, ASUS and HP will be among the first manufacturers to offer it in their laptops.

With 5G’s promises of wireless speeds similar to what you would get in a wired environment, it will be interesting to see if a built-in modem becomes a selling point for laptops as the specification becomes more available. Imagine a range of flagship laptops capable of quickly rendering and downloading high-resolution video while you’re on the move – it looks like it’s just around the corner.

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