Intel released new 11th generation desktop processors earlier this year, and the company has now officially unveiled the next generation of Core H-series processors for notebook computers. The formal announcement of the chips took place at CES 2021, and now there is more detailed information about these new products. In particular, the processors are based on the Willow Cove architecture, and their production is carried out according to the 10nm SuperFin technology. Moreover, the presence of six and eight cores makes these processors full-fledged competitors to the Ryzen 5000H.
Intel’s new mobile processors received PCIe Gen 4 with 20 lanes, up to 24 MB of L3 cache, and a Xe-LP graphics core. They support Intel Rapid Storage Technology, Wi-Fi 6E, Thunderbolt 4, and offer support for DDR4-3200 RAM up to 128GB. The flagship model is the Core i9-11980HK, which Intel compares to the Ryzen 9 5900HX. The company claims that its new processor delivers a 19% increase in multi-threaded performance over its previous generation and calls it “the world’s best gaming laptop processor.”
On test systems with RTX 3080 graphics accelerators, the Core i9-11980HK delivered up to 5% FPS in Far Cry New Dawn, up to 15% in Grid 2019, and up to 11% in Rainbow Six Siege compared to the Core i9-10980HK. The difference was even more significant when the 11980HK was compared to the Ryzen 9 5900HX. According to the company, the increase in frequency reaches 17%, 26%, and 21%, respectively. When it comes to content creation, photo and video editing, Intel’s new mobile flagship is up to 20% faster in video editing in Adobe After Effects and up to 22% faster in photo processing in PhotoShop Elements to its predecessor. Compared to the Ryzen 9 5900HX, the gain is 18% and 24%, respectively.
Intel also shared some benchmarks for the Core i5-11400H versus the Ryzen 9 5900HS. The difference is so negligible that we can say that these two processors are approximately on the same level. However, keep in mind that real-world results may differ, and then you can tell for sure if Intel has been able to beat AMD in the notebook processor market.
In addition to mobile Core H, Intel also announced new vPro H-series processors and mobile Xeon W-11000 series processors. These are enterprise solutions for professional engineers, content creators, and data scientists who may need more processing power. These new products have built-in Intel Hardware Shield AI protection to block attacks by ransomware and various miner viruses.