Intel said 11th-gen Tiger Lake is on its way to Chromebooks

Expect to see 11th-gen Tiger Lake CPUs in Chrombooks within months, Intel said

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Intel’s new 11th-gen Tiger Lake CPUs will be the “best processor for Chromebooks,” the company said in a blog posted Monday.

Compared to a Chromebook with a 10th-gen CPU, a Chromebook with an 11th-gen Core chip will load webpages 28 percent faster, offer 2.7X faster graphics in gaming, import and edit Adobe Lighroom photos 23 percent faster, and cut import and export of videos by 54 percent.

The claims were put forth by Intel technology evangelist Marcus Yam, who cited several popular benchmarks including WebXPRT, Speedometer 2.0, and 3Dmark Slingshot.

Yam made the post on Medium.com, coincidentally the day before AMD made public that a Ryzen for Chromebooks would soon be out. Yam’s post seemed to rub in the fact that Intel’s relationship with Google and Chrome OS is a long one.

”Intel’s deep partnership with Google on Chromebooks goes back to the very beginning, and we have continued to drive innovations in leading Chrome OS devices throughout the decade since," Yam wrote. “In the last five years, Intel’s processors have powered more than 57 million Chrome OS devices shipped, accounting for more than 90 percent of all Chrome OS devices.”

If you’re wondering whether Intel’s claims of performance are true, we don’t doubt it. PCWorld recently kicked the tires on an 11th-gen Core i7 “Tiger Lake” and found it to be a big upgrade, putting Intel at the front of the line with its Iris Xe graphics, as well as superior AI and high clock speeds. And yes, Intel is still pushing its storyline that real-world tests matter more than synthetic tests. 

“As Chrome OS enters its second decade, we remain steadfast in delivering real-world performance that is more critical than ever with users demanding more from their machines in the rapidly evolving telework and virtual learning environments today,” Yam wrote.

For Yam’s comparison, a Chromebook using a quad-core 11th-gen Core i7-1165G7 and LPDDR4/4266 was compared with a quad-core 10th-gen Core i7-10610U paired with LPDDR4/2933.

The 10th-gen laptop is not Intel’s Ice Lake chip, but rather an older 14nm Comet Lake process that’s feeling pretty long in the tooth. Chromebooks with Ice Lake are extremely rare--the first one we know of wasn’t announced until June, or almost six months after Ice Lake made its debut.

Even if the 11th-gen CPU had been compared to a 10nm, 10th-gen Ice Lake Chomebook, our money would be on 11th-gen. Its Intel Xe graphics are a major step forward. Its high clockspeed due to Intel’s SuperFIN transistor technology also gives it a big edge over the 10nm 10th-gen Chromebooks.

Intel's announcement probably isn't as much about touting its own improvements as distracting users from AMD’s Ryzen for Chromebooks. Chromebooks are still going strong, and no one wants to give up their piece of the pie. 

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