Early Intel 11th-gen ‘Tiger Lake H’ testing: 3 must-know insights

With Intel’s 11th-gen Core “Tiger Lake H” notebook processors breaking cover this week, we’ve been hot into testing the company’s response to AMD’s Ryzen 5000 laptops.

Rather than make you wait for the full details, we decided to tantalize you with three key things you need to know right friggin’ now about the 8-core, 10nm “Super Fin” chips that hope to push back against Team Red’s Ryzen onslaught.

To get a full look at Tiger Lake H’s capabilities, we’ve been testing two 10th-gen Comet Lake H laptops, two Ryzen 5000 notebooks, one Ryzen 4000 laptop, and Gigabytes new Aorus 17G gaming laptop with an 11th-gen Core i7-11800H and a GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU inside. (For more 11th-gen H-series options, be sure to check out our roundup of every Tiger Lake H laptop announced so far.)

Let’s dig into three things you need to know about Intel’s new processors, culled from our early performance testing.

No. 1: It’s very competitive with Ryzen

AMD’s Ryzen laptop CPUs have been drubbing Intel’s 10th-gen H-class for more than a year now and 11th-gen Tiger Lake H intends to change that story. We can say that  after testing a Core i7-11800H against a Ryzen 9 5900HX and a Ryzen 9 5980HS, it looks like Intel just might do that. Yeah, we know, you want to see proof, so we ran Maxon’s Cinebench R20 benchmark across our six laptops.

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Longer bars indicate better performance

The light blue bar represents Intel’s 10th-gen Comet Lake H CPUs in an older Gigabyte Aorus 17G and Dell’s older XPS 17 9700 (which also has recently been updated with Tiger Lake H). Both laptops with the older 14nm 10th-gen Comet Lake H can’t even outbox a much tinier Asus ROG Zephyrus G14. That is very important because the smaller and lighter the laptop is, the harder it is to cool the CPU.

The Ryzen 9 5900HX in the Asus Strix G17 does not disappoint. It’s frankly a monster in the way it jumps up on down on Intel’s 10th-gen parts.

The 11th-gen Core i7-11800H (in the dark blue bar) doesn’t beat that Ryzen 9 5900HX, but it’s very close. And while a Core i9 didn’t really offer that much meaningful multi-threaded performance over a Core i7 in Intel’s 10th-gen chips, there is a very real possibility that Intel’s top-end Core i9-11980HK could very well be the new President of the Hill in multi-threaded performance in large gaming laptops.

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