Maxsun releases MS-Meterstone (HM570) i7-11800H Plus motherboard with a preinstalled Tiger Lake-H CPU
Intel NUC 11 is no longer the only ‘desktop’ system with Tiger Lake silicon.
If Maxsun were to release their newest motherboard a month earlier, this would actually be the first proper desktop platform featuring Intel 10nm node. However, this is no longer the case since Alder Lake desktop CPUs with Intel 7 (10nm Enhanced SuperFin) are now available in stores.
One could argue that Maxsun’s motherboard with HM570 chipset and Tiger Lake CPU is not technically the first ‘desktop’ platform because a few months ago Intel introduced its NUC 11 Extreme “Beast Canyon” MiniPC/GPU enclosure featuring 11th Gen Core KB-series. Although those CPU series did not carry the H/HK-branding of laptop parts, they were actually using the same silicon, except with higher TDP (65W over 45/55W depending on the part). According to reviewers, those parts were codenamed “Tiger Lake-H81”.
Beast Canyon was not a typical desktop platform though, as the CPU, storage, and memory were all installed on a PCI-Express-based NUC element, severely limiting its purpose.
The Maxun’s motherboard, on the other hand, comes in a standard Micro-ATX form factor for any desktop chassis. It is equipped with a Tiger Lake-H Core i7-11800H CPU featuring a lower base clock than NUC’s KB-series, but after all, this is not the flagship part of the Tiger Lake-H series and it is limited by 45W TDP. The CPU does not require a dedicated GPU, as it comes with 32 Execution Units of Intel Xe-LP integrated graphics.
|Intel Tiger Lake in desktops|
|VideoCardz||NUC 11 Extreme||MS-Milestone i7-11800H Plus|
|CPU||Intel Core i9-11900KB||Intel Core i7-11800H|
|Codename||Tiger Lake-H81||Tiger Lake-H(45)|
|Fabrication Node||10 nm SuperFin||10 nm SuperFin|
|Cores / threads||8/16||8/16|
|CPU Frequency||3.3-5.0 GHz||2.3 – 4.6 GHz|
The CPU is soldered and cannot be replaced. It is covered with a small copper and aluminum heatsink that requires a desktop cooler. Maxsun does not specify which coolers are compatible, but one would guess it’s either LGA115X or LGA1200 mounting.
Maxsun Meterstone motherboard is equipped with three PCI-Express slots: x16, x4, and x1. The Gen4 compatibility is offered for one of the two M.2 slots. The board supports full-sized memory DDR4 DIMM slots up to 2933 MHz, but the retailer also lists memory OC support, which could enable higher frequencies as well.
The motherboard is now listed by Chinese retailer JD with a price of 2899 RMB (454 USD). This is actually more than the MSI X570-A PRO bundle with Ryzen 7 3700X (also 8-core CPU) at 2799 RMB (423 USD) offered through the same store.