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11th Gen Intel Core “Tiger Lake” processors will bring breakthrough performance to Chromebooks

Author: Marcus Yam, Technology Evangelist at Intel

It’s been just a few weeks since we unleashed 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors with Iris® Xe graphics (code-named “Tiger Lake”) and the Intel® Evo™ platform, and we couldn’t be more proud of the positive response we’re receiving from customers, partners, press and analysts. Today, I have exciting new information on the outstanding performance and experiences the world’s best processor for thin-and-light laptops¹ brings to Chrome OS.

At Intel, we engineer our silicon to excel in performance across the widest variety of use cases, workloads and form factors. Chrome OS devices are no exception, and this is a key segment we focus on. Chromebooks have never been more important with the accelerated shift to working and learning from home.

10th Gen Intel Core-based Chromebooks continue to deliver leadership performance and experiences, and our internal benchmarking shows that we will extend this leadership with 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics.

We are now turning it up to 11. Compared to 10th Gen Intel processors, the current top performing CPUs for Chrome OS, Intel 11th Gen Core processors will enable you to:

Go faster:

  • Load web pages up to 28% faster.
  • Experience a new class of gaming performance with 2.7 times faster graphics.
  • Import, batch edit and export photos up to 23% faster in Adobe Lightroom.
  • Reduce video production time with up to 54% faster importing and exporting videos in Kinemaster.

Do more:

  • Multitask better with more than double the system responsiveness when opening documents and spreadsheets while in a video conference. For example, Microsoft Word documents and Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets will open 2.1 times and 2.5 times faster, respectively, in Google Docs while on a Google Meets conference and running multiple apps in the background.
  • Browse more with 77% faster Chrome tab launches while watching a YouTube video at 4K resolution, with other apps running in the background, while maintaining the quality of the video playing.

Intel’s deep partnership with Google on Chromebooks goes back to the very beginning, and we have continued to drive innovations in leading Chrome OS devices throughout the decade since. In the last five years, Intel’s processors have powered more than 57 million Chrome OS devices shipped, accounting for more than 90% of all Chrome OS devices ².

In 2020, our partners — including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Samsung — launched six Chromebooks as part of the Project Athena innovation program. Each of those laptop designs were co-engineered, tuned and tested with Intel to show they meet or surpass the program’s technical specifications and real-world key experiences spanning battery life, responsiveness and instant wake.

As Chrome OS enters its second decade, we remain steadfast in delivering real-world performance that is more critical than ever with users demanding more from their machines in the rapidly evolving telework and virtual learning environments today.

The performance details shared here provide a glimpse into how and why 11th Generation Intel Core with Iris Xe graphics delivers the world’s best processor for Chromebooks³. Stay tuned for when we have more news to share on Intel Evo platform-based Chromebooks in the coming months.

For a look under the hood of what makes Tiger Lake so great, check out the blog post on 11th Gen’s architecture.


¹ World’s best processor for thin-and-light laptops: as measured by industry benchmarks, Representative Usage Guide testing, and unique features, including in comparison to AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, across 5 key usages: productivity, creation, gaming, collaboration, and entertainment. For details on why the Intel® Core™ i7–1185G7 processor is the world’s best processor for productivity, creation, gaming, collaboration and entertainment on a thin and light laptop, see

² Based on data from International Data Corporation ( query of IDC Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker-PCD Final Historical as of September 21, 2020.

³ World’s best processor for Chromebooks: as measured by 1. Representative benchmarks, including WebXRPT 3 overall score and Speedometer 2 score for web browsing, CrXPRT 2 score for Chromebook performance, and 3DMark Slingshot graphics score. 2. Representative Usage Guide (RUG) testing on: a) Multi-Tasking Productivity Workload measuring the time it takes to load a Microsoft Office Excel spreadsheet into Google Sheets from Google Drive, while generating a PDF preview in Google Slides, attending a meeting in Google Meet, and running background activities; b) Multi-Tasking Productivity Workload measuring the time it takes to load a 1 MB Microsoft Office Word document into Google Docs, while attending a meeting in Google Meet and running background activities; c) Photo Creation Workload measuring the time it takes to perform three operations in Adobe Lightroom: import 140 jpgs into Lightroom, batch edit 140jpgs, and batch export 140jpg images; d) Video Creation Workload measuring the time it takes to perform two operations in Kinemaster: import a 4K video from local storage and export the 4K video at 1080P resolution; and e) Media/Travel Multi-Tasking workload measuring the time it takes to open 6 pre-determined tabs (websites) on Google Chrome Browser with the following background activities: Playing YouTube at 4K resolution at an external monitor, Gmail, Uploading 140 photos to Google photos, and playing music with YouTube music. 3. Unique features, including: Best in class wireless and wired connectivity: 11th Gen Intel Core processors are the only processors with integrated Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and Thunderbolt 4. Results: The 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7–1185G7 processor performed better on the majority of benchmark and RUG testing and has unique features, together delivering the ultimate Chromebook experience.

Configuration Details for Chromebook Claims

Testing by Intel as of August 31, 2020.

Intel® Core™ i7–1165G7 processor (TGL-U), 4C8T, Memory: 2x8GB LPDDR4–4267, EPP 50% (0X80), OS: ChromeOS v86.0.4232.0 measured on Intel pre-production system vs. Intel® Core™ i7–10610U processor (CML-U), 4C8T, Memory: LPDDR4–2933, EPP 33% (0X54), OS: ChromeOS v86 measured on OEM pre-production system.

Notices & Disclaimers

For details on launch claims and performance testing, see

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors.

Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.

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