In July, Intel announced a notable event happening on September 2, and, after much speculation, we now know that they were talking about an event for the Intel Tiger Lake CPU. Spotted on the company’s calendar, this event will announce the launch and go into more depth on the long-awaited 10nm 11th gen CPUs featuring Xe graphics.
So far, we don’t have all the details about the new chips, but we do know that the Intel Tiger Lake CPU line will have a 50% higher cache capacity, so 12MB instead of 8MB. They’ll also support AVX-512 and will most likely come with Intel Willow Cove cores and Intel Gen12 Xe graphics. Because they were designed for AI workloads, the chips will also support faster DL boost and hardware acceleration for INT8. Since Acer has already announced that they would include the chips on the Swift 5 laptop to be launched in fall, we might be hearing more about OEM support too. This should give the new laptop double the graphics performance.
Apart from this exciting launch, Intel also planned another event earlier this month, specifically an event called “Updates from our Chief Architect, Raja Koduri”, which should give us more details about Intel’s first discrete GPU in 20 years, the DG1.
Although raw CPU power isn’t the biggest reason why people are anticipating the Intel Tiger Lake CPU, the graphics capabilities have built quite a lot of hype. In a recent benchmark test against competitor Ryzen 7, the Tiger Lake CPU got an overall score of 3,273, compared to Ryzen’s 2,631, so almost a 25% advantage. While AMD beat Intel at all the other categories, it remains a tempting option for gamers who are looking for a lighter option. Besides, it also has increased security in addition to performance improvements. With the Tiger Lake CPUs, Intel will address the biggest malware problem: control-flow hijacking. The issue with this kind of malware attack is that it’s almost impossible to stop through software updates alone, which is why they accounted for over 63% of CPU vulnerabilities in 2019. The new Intel Lake Tiger CPUs will counter the problem on two fronts. First, they have indirect branch tracking, which protects the user against JOP/COP attacks, and second, they have shadow stack, which protects against ROP attacks.
Last but not least, the Intel Tiger Lake CPUs could run AAA games without a discrete CPU. Exiting benchmark tests show that, compared to the previous Iris Plus graphics found in Ice Lake chips, Intel Tiger Lake CPUs performed 20-100% better. Of course, this alone may not be enough to compete with CPUs explicitly designed for intensive gaming, but for regular users who are just looking for improvement, this new line of CPUs could be exactly what they needed.