Lenovo Legion laptops listed with Intel Tiger Lake-H
Intel 11th Gen Core mobile series is no longer limited to 4 cores.
So far only the quad-core Tiger Lake-H35 series was announced by Intel. Those are in fact the first next-gen Intel products to be paired with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 mobile graphics cards. At the same time, laptop makers have been refreshing their high-end gaming laptops with the 10th Gen Comet Lake-H series, which still offers more cores than Tiger Lake-H35.
Intel Tiger Lake-H35 processors are competitive in single-threaded applications. However, due to a limited number of cores, they are no match for AMD’s Zen3 8-core chips, already widely available with RTX 30 Laptops GPUs. According to Intel, the H35 series is not expected to compete in the high-end gaming market, but instead, in a new market segment featuring portable gaming machines.
Laptops makers who launched Comet Lake-H laptops with RTX 30 series, may soon be faced with a problem, and that problem is the next-generation 11th Gen Core series called Tiger Lake-H (unofficially called H45). Unlike H35, the H45 will offer 8 cores, just as many as Comet Lake-H. This is indeed the true successor to Comet Lake-H that laptop enthusiasts have been waiting for. The launch of the new series will force laptops manufacturers to decide whether they wish to continue offering 10th Gen Core laptops that they just introduced or rather, switch to 11th Gen series for better performance. However, it seems more realistic to expect them to offer both at the same time.
Meanwhile, the first laptops with 11th Gen Core H-Series have already been listed by some retailers. Legion 5 and Legion 7 laptops from Lenovo, featuring 15.6in, 16in, and 17.3in displays can already be found on some US retailers’ websites. Do note that the prices provided by those retailers are just a placeholder, although products appear to be available for preorder. It is likely that those listings were automatically fetched from a product database provided by distributors, which do not necessarily offer the most up to date information, in this case, pricing:
The listing confirms parts such as Core i9-11900HK, the flagship Tiger Lake-H CPU to be offered with GeForce RTX 3080. The Lenovo Legion 7 laptop would offer a 16-inch QHD (1440p) screen, 1TB of storage, and 32GB of memory. This laptop is certainly not going to be cheap, it will definitely not cost 855 USD as shown above.
Intel Tiger Lake-H in late Q2
What do we know about the launch date of Tiger Lake-H? Well, not much. Laptop makers such as Schenker confirmed earlier that they expect gaming laptops with high-end Tiger Lake to debut in late Q2. At CES 2021, Intel had only mentioned that Tiger Lake-H is coming soon.
PCI Gen 4.0
The company also confirmed that their latest CPU mobile series will offer up to 8 cores and 16-threads with full PCI Gen4.0 support across 20 lanes. This will allow a high-speed and simultaneous PCIe connection to both the GPU and storage. This is a clear advantage over AMD Zen3 (Ryzen 5000H) series which are limited to PCI Gen3.
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