Intel Tiger Lake-H is close: first 8-core CPU at 10nm leaked

Today a benchmark of an Intel Tiger Lake-H CPU was seen for the first time , that is, the high-power version of its 11th generation CPUs. It is very important because it marks the arrival of the 8 cores to Intel’s 10nm process, after the company’s difficulties in getting CPUs of this level in said manufacturing node. Let’s see what is known about these future CPUs.

Intel Tiger Lake-H spotted for the first time: 8 cores and 16 threads at 10nm are closer

The CPU has been seen in Userbenchmark, running under a platform called “Insyde Tigerlake”, and was discovered by the well-known TUM_APISAK leaker. By its name and its number of cores we know that it is one of the future Tiger Lake-H and not the Tiger Lake-U already announced, which does not go beyond 4 cores and 8 threads.

Looking at the Benchmark information, it is quite clear that these are simply very preliminary engineering samples, considering their base frequency of 3.1GHz and “ 2.75GHz turbo”, which does not represent at all what the final product will have.

Also, Userbenchmark is not a reliable tool when it comes to its total CPU scores as they are fairly heavily skewed, but objective single and multi-core results do matter. In any case, being before a very preliminary sample with reduced frequencies, we cannot draw any conclusions about its performance. For that we will have to wait.

In any case, seeing the first glimpse that these CPUs will be a reality is important. One of the biggest problems with Intel’s 10nm process is that they have a hard time achieving any scalability. That is, they have trouble producing chips with more cores or more frequency, this is what still keeps 10nm away from desktop CPUs, and they are only in laptops where energy efficiency is very important. We can expect a launch in the next few months, most likely early 2021.

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For now, high-performance 10nm CPUs will be relegated to notebooks, and for desktop CPUs what we will have will basically be a 10nm design (from Ice Lake, the generation before Tiger Lake) redesigned to be manufactured at 14nm. This will be on the Rocket Lake-S CPUs , while the 10nm will be on the desktop next year as well, with Alder Lake.

Do you think Intel will manage to tame its 10nm SuperFin process to offer good performance with this number of cores? Will they do it without further delay? Leave your opinion in the comments.