The Intel Core i7-11800H is a mainstream System on Chip (SoC) processor for mid-range to high-end laptops, including gaming laptops and mobile workstations. This chip belongs to the Tiger Lake H45 processor lineup with 8 CPU cores which process 16 threads; with 24MB L3 cache, a bus speed of 8 GT/s, and a base clock frequency of 2.3GHz at 45W. The TDP can also be configured as low as 35W at the cTDP-down frequency of 1.9GHz.
The processor has a maximum turbo boost clock speed of up to 4.6GHz for both the single-core and double cores and 4.2GHz for all its cores. The chip incorporates Intel’s 11th Gen UHD Graphics which is quite similar to the Iris Xe iGPUs. The graphics has a total of 32 execution units operating at a frequency range of 350MHz – 1.45GHz; all running within a maximum temperature of 100oC.
This chip has common identical features or specifications like most Tiger Lake H45 series of processors. It’s designed using the 10nm SuperFin processing node and supports a DDR4-3200 dual-channel memory controller with a maximum memory bandwidth of 51.2 GB/s with no ECC memory supported. The processor also features PCIe version 4.0 with a maximum of 20 lanes connected to the CPU as well as Intel Thunderbolt 4 support. This CPU, unlike Core i9-11980HK, has a locked multiplier (offers no support for overclocking) although Intel allows the user to configure any power limit they want above the standard 45W even on locked parts.
It is important to note that the Core i7-11800H is a substantial upgrade over its predecessors not only in terms of its architectural design but also the number of cores. For example, the chip has two more physical cores when compared to Core i7-11600H with 6MB larger L3 cache and 12MB larger L3 cache when compared to Core i7-10750H. This chip is valuable in terms of its performance and power efficiency. Performance-wise, there’s a small margin of difference between Core i9-11980HK and Core i7-11800H. The latter is capable of providing up to 95% of what the former offers in productivity workloads. Besides, it is less costly than the i9-11980HK.
Generally, the chip offers great performance for gaming laptops in particular as well as other applications that will significantly utilize its advanced features. It is a great mid-range chip that offers the best of both worlds – not only is it more affordable but also provides better value over top-tier parts. This processor is a great choice for those looking to upgrade from an older generation laptop as well as those looking to use this as the main system.