Intel Tiger Lake Core i7-11800H CPU now available for desktops thanks to Maxsun HM570 motherboard

Published: Nov 20th 2021, 11:57 GMT   Comments

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.

MS-Meterstone i7-11800H Plus, Source: EXPreview

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.

Intel NUC 11 Extreme Beast Canyon, Source: ComputerBase, GamersNexus

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
VideoCardzNUC 11 ExtremeMS-Milestone i7-11800H Plus
CPUIntel Core i9-11900KBIntel Core i7-11800H
CodenameTiger Lake-H81Tiger Lake-H(45)
Fabrication Node10 nm SuperFin10 nm SuperFin
Cores / threads8/168/16
CPU Frequency3.3-5.0 GHz2.3 – 4.6 GHz
PL165 watts45W
PL2109 watts109W

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.

MS-Meterstone i7-11800H Plus, Source: JD

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.

MS-Meterstone i7-11800H Plus, Source: EXPreview

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.

MS-Meterstone i7-11800H Plus, Source: JD

Source: EXPreview, JD, Tom’s Hardware via @momomo_us,  ComputerBase, GamersNexus

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