Thin and lightweight computers will finally cross the 5GHz barrier with Intel’s latest flagship 11th-gen U-series chip. Announced at Intel’s Computex keynote tonight, the Core i7-1195G7 will be able to reach 5GHz on a standard basis thanks to Intel’s Turbo Boost Max 3.0. And, as part of this little refresh, the company also announced the i5-1155G7, which offers some speed improvements over the previous top-end i5. We usually expect more news from Intel at Computex, but this year’s virtual event is no shortage of the usual Taipei tech fests. (At least there is something, I really miss the nights that happened at Computex in 2020.)
Ahead of hitting 5GHz, the new processors don’t pack many surprises. The 1195G7 still sports four cores and eight threads, and it has 96 Intel Xe graphics cores like the 1185G7. In fact, they’re a way to deliver a small upgrade to PCs coming this fall. The 11th-gen U-series is formally introduced last September, so having more new hardware will help Intel be more competitive AMD’s ultraportable 5000 series chips.
Intel also announced the first 5G M.2 module, that is developed in conjunction with MediaTek completion Intel sold its 5G assets to Apple. Creatively named “Intel 5G Solution 5000,” it will make it easiest for PC makers to plug that wireless tech into their future laptop. The module supports the slower spectrum at sub-6GHz, and will be available on laptops from Acer, ASUS, HP and others later this year.
Intel says there are also more than 30 plans being prepared for 2022. Given the slow launch of 5G across the United States and much of the world, however, it’s unclear if the average consumer will actually demand 5G to be introduced in PCs next year. (The situation may be different for pro customers, but I want them to be better served. strong millimeter wave 5G.)
In the shortest sense, Intel previewed the new 11th-gen NUC (Next Computing Unit) small desktop at another Computex briefing. PCMag reports that it was the first NUC to support a full -size video card, made much larger than NUC 9 Grabe we reviewed last year. That model can only hold much smaller 8-inch GPUs, but that seems like a decent bargain for its size. As the NUC has grown, it is clear that it is not very different from other small forms of PC design.
The NUC 11 Extreme will be powered by an 11th-gen H-series CPU, so we expect platform upgrades that come with the chip, such as the speed of PCI Express 4.0 and Wi-Fi 6E. Since this is just a joke, there are no pricing or arrival details yet.
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