Mystery Intel Tiger Lake CPU With Powerful Onboard iGPU Leaked Benchmarks Indicate Company Going After Budget Gaming Laptops?

A powerful, unannounced Intel Tiger Lake CPU with integrated or onboard GPU, appears to be under active development. The mystery Intel TGL-U processor appears to be packing an onboard graphics processor that reportedly rivals the GPU embedded within the Sony PlayStation 4. If the performance reports and benchmarks of the unreleased Intel Mobility APU are accurate, the processor could not only compete against the most popular CPUs with onboard GPUs for laptops but could become a threat to the popular NVIDIA MX Series.

An upcoming Intel Tiger Lake CPU seems to pack a lot of graphical processing power. According to the leaked benchmarks, the Intel APU’s iGPU is capable of outputting similar graphical horsepower as the one found in Sony PS4. Needless to add, with such an attractive proposition, budget gaming laptop buyers and those looking to play casual games at respectable settings, could easily drop NVIDIA’s MX 150 offering in favor of Intel Tiger Lake U-powered devices.

Mystery Intel Tiger Lake Mobility APU Sisoft Sandra Benchmark Leaked:

An Intel Tiger Lake Mobility CPU with an iGPU is set to capture the market for entry-level graphics, indicates a leak from Sisoft Sandra online benchmarking repository. According to the leaked results, the Intel TGL-U processors will have a massive iGPU with 96 EUs each. If the ratio of EUs to SPs remains the same, potential buyers are looking at roughly 768 cores.

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The onboard GPU of the unreleased Intel Mobility chip is clocked at 1.2 GHz. A simple match will indicate that these cores will be able to output 1.84 TFLOPs of computing power. Those following the dedicated gaming consoles will recognize that the graphics power is exactly the same as that of the original Sony PlayStation 4.

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The leak allegedly comes directly from Intel’s in-house R&D lab as the driver in use is tagged as “ReleaseInternal”.  The Intel Tiger Lake iGPU is paired with a CPU that has a base clock of 3.1 GHz. The iGPU and the CPU should be powerful enough to run many games at decent, if not high or ultra settings. Additionally, Intel has reportedly worked extensively to finetune its drivers and improve the GUI experience and with TGL. This is amply evident from Intel’s Xe DG1 discreet graphics.

Mystery Intel Tiger Lake Mobility APU Has Xe DG1 In Mobility Form-Factor?

Intel’s Tiger Lake mobility processor appears to pack the DG1 in a mobility form factor. This is because the specifications and architecture are exactly the same. The only noticeable and mandatory difference is the significantly reduced power draw. While the Intel Xe DG1 dedicated graphics card obviously draws a lot of power, the mobility version of the same should sit anywhere between 15W and 25W. In other words, the Intel’s Tiger Lake mobility processor with the powerful iGPU could easily outpace NVIDIA’s MX 150, and probably even the NVIDIA MX 250.

With AMD giving tough competition to nearly all of Intel’s CPUs in every industry and price segment, Intel could be diversifying into other areas of computing. The Intel Xe DG1 Graphics Processor is just the beginning.

In fact, the company had once cornered the laptop market, but AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs offer a lot of power at attractive price points. To counter the AMD APUs which have the Radeon Vega iGPU, Intel appears to be readying the Tiger Lake APUs with powerful, possibly Xe iGPU that could offer a much better value proposition, at least for entry-level or budget gaming laptops and notebook buyers.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.

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