It is quite normal that in the desktop OEM market some models of laptop processors end, in some cases it means these PCs inherit the limitations in extending and improving laptops . One of the integration problems being the use of parts soldered to the board, such as the use of CPUs that do not use sockets, as is the case with these Tiger Lake-B.
Tiger Lake-H is coming to desktop PCs
In total, four new chips have appeared in the 11th generation Intel Core desktop family. The difference with those who have released so far? They will not be based on Rocket Lake-S, but on Tiger Lake-H.
Contrary to what AMD did with the transfer of its Cézanne architecture SoCs to its AM4 socket, Intel has not made a version for LGA1200 of Tiger Lake-H, since the new processors will use a BGA package. Which means the processors are soldered to the motherboard and cannot be expanded.
To differentiate these processors from Tiger Lake laptops, they were dubbed Intel Tiger Lake-B. These are also versions of these processors designed to be used under a higher TDP than the already known versions of 15 W, 35 W and 45 W for laptops, since this time the new processor would have a TDP of 65 W taking advantage of the greater margin for consumption and heat than a desktop computer.
These are the four models of the Tiger Lake-B
In total, four CPUs from Intel’s new Tiger Lake-B line were presented, their specifications are as follows:
- the Intel Core i9-11900 KB It is the most powerful of the range with an 8-core processor and 16 threads of execution. Its base clock frequency is 3.3 GHz, but it can go up to 5.3 GHz. 65 W.
- Second, we have the Intel Core i7-11700B, which has nearly identical specs, only with a lower base clock speed of just 100 MHz, at 3.2 GHz.
- If we go to the settings of 6 cores and 12 execution threads
- Finally we have the case of Intel Core i3-11100B, which is a 4-core processor with a 3.6 GHz base speed and 5.3 GHz turbo. It is surprising that Tiger Lake-H does not have a 4-core version.
Otherwise, the new Tiger Lake-B has the same specs as the Tiger Lake-H. It should be added that since the CPU is soldered to the board, we will see these CPUs in some pre-built PC models, although at the moment we do not know which ones.
The fact that Intel went for a BGA version of Tiger Lake-H for the desktop makes us think that Intel is no longer making a CPU under its 14nm node and has already transitioned to its next node. Which makes sense when you consider that these Tiger Lake-Bs and future Alder Lake-Ss are made under Intel’s own 10nm SuperFin node.