Could a 11th-gen Tiger Lake Core with a much more highly clocked GPU be in the offing?
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Intel appears to have hiddenÂ Iris Xe Max, an unannounced version of its Xe GPU branding, inside of the â€śsizzle reelâ€ť for its new logo.Fast-forward thirty-six seconds into Intelâ€™s â€ťWonderful New Lookâ€ť video, and youâ€™ll see that Intel has published an array of its new logosâ€”everything from the Celeron to the Pentium to the Xeon. To the upper left, however, is something new: a logo touting the Iris Xe Max, a brand that hasnâ€™t been announced yet.Â Unfortunately, most of the comments attached to the promo reel hiding the new Intel Xe Max brand focused on the new Intel jingle 57 seconds inâ€”which, well, sounds pretty unflattering.Â
An Intel representative confirmed that youâ€™ll hear more about the Iris Xe Max in the future. â€śWeâ€™ll have more details to share about that at a later date,â€ť she said in an email.When Intel launched its 11th-gen Tiger Lake mobile Core processors earlier this month, Intel revealed a trio of Core i5 and Core i7 processors, including the Core i5-1135G7 and the Core i7-1165G7, which carried the same â€śG7â€ť suffix. The number of EU graphics cores varied significantly: 80 on the Core i5-1135G7, and 96 on the Core i7-1165G7. Intel, however, used the Iris Xe branding for both.Itâ€™s possible that weâ€™ll see a more robust Iris Xe Max integrated GPU. A day before Intel launched its Tiger Lake chips, a Twitter user called APISAK noticed an Iris Xe integrated GPU clocked at 1,650MHz, significantly higher than the 1.35GHz of the highest-performing mobile part in Intelâ€™s current Tiger Lake lineup, the Core i7-1185G7. If thatâ€™s a legitimate leak, such a GPU might be an ideal candidate for an Intel Xe Max branding.This wouldnâ€™t be the only detail that somehow missed Intelâ€™s official Tiger Lake launch. In a Medium post from the same Tiger Lake launch day, Intel executive Boyd Phelps said the company plans to launch an 8-core â€śTiger Lakeâ€ť chip alongside its already-announced 4-core offerings. Intel also revealed later that the first Tiger Lake laptops would ship in October.Â What other Easter eggs have we not discovered yet?
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As PCWorld’s senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats.