Tiger Lake H45 i7-11800H 8C/16T Thunderbolt 4 PCIe 4.0
Intel 11th gen Tiger Lake H45 systems with integrated Thunderbolt 4 and PCIe 4.0 are the host laptops I've been waiting for. The Tiger Lake H35 4C/8T CPU laptops perform very well with Thunderbolt 3 eGPU [build link] so I'm expecting the more powerful 8C/16T CPU to reduce eGPU performance loss even further.
The laptop I got today is a Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED KD, currently on sale at Best Buy for $1,750. Besides the i7-11800H, it comes with premium components such as 4K AMOLED display, 1TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 drive, 2.5GbE port and SD slot with PCIe connection.
First thing I noticed is the wide array of I/O. We don't often get ultrabooks with this many ports these days. On the left side there are HDMI 2.1, Mini DP 1.4, USB-A 3.2 gen1, audio jack, and 2.5Gb Ethernet port. There are 2x USB-A 3.2 gen1, Thunderbolt 4, UHS-II SD slot, and DC power port on the right side. The power brick provides 230W to DC jack, but Thunderbolt 4/USB-C port does not take a charge through enclosure.
The OLED screen is very striking in person, hard to capture in photos. I also appreciate a matte finish. The bezels are thin except for the bottom section. Right below the display is a webcam that might as well didn't exist. It's terrible positioning. Fortunately a toggle switch keeps it shut majority of the time. Air vents are everywhere so I'm hopeful the cooling system is effective.
I connected this AERO OLED KD to the Mantiz Saturn Pro + RX 6800 XT eGPU for a quick test. Due to many components being connected to PCIe Root Port, an AMD eGPU may encounter error 12. I ran DDU to remove existing graphics drivers for RTX 3060 dGPU. I proceeded to disable the dGPU, Ethernet, and SD reader in Device Manager so that the RX 6800 XT eGPU could get enough resources. These components can be re-enabled once the eGPU is working.
I will put together a build guide with more details and performance tests in the coming days.
@itsage, got any performance figures? Looking at doing a i5 11400H + RTX 3050 laptop and then when GPU prices settle get an eGPU + 3060 Ti, wondering how well H45 can handle desktop GPUs over a 40gbps interface
Nice news !
Here, I got my hand on Asus TUF F15 with i7 11800h / 3050 ti.
1st bench with my 3080 egpu :
timespy : https://www.3dmark.com/spy/21077414
timespy extreme : https://www.3dmark.com/spy/21076661
Port royal : https://www.3dmark.com/pr/1093036
firestrike : https://www.3dmark.com/fs/25791297
firestrike extreme : https://www.3dmark.com/fs/25791574
firestrike ultra : https://www.3dmark.com/fs/25791585
I will post the build in the next few days 😉
@cob_150, I've been testing it with RX 6800 XT eGPU. Since Windows 11 Insider Build will be available next week, I'm going to wait until then to get some performance numbers. So far it's working very well.
@itsage, Looking forward to your results. Curious to know if there is still screen wobble when typing, and if undervolting has been allowed with these new chips. I saw online that although not specified, someone has been able to get the 17" model to allow charging via the thunderbolt/usb c using a 100w charger.
@pjsum, I have not observed screen wobble while typing. The main utility to control power/fan mode and lighting is buggy so far. I'm trying to install Windows 11 Insider build 22000.51 before doing eGPU testing. I will look more into undervolting and try PD with a dedicated USB-C charger and volt meter.
I also got an Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED KD (Intel Core i7-11800H, RTX 3060) yesterday and did some test with dGPU i like to share. I also have an Razer Core X but only with an older GTX 670 and the results are of couse not very interesting.
Time Spy 8649 via miniDP - https://www.3dmark.com/spy/21225497
Time Spy 8020 via TH4=>DP - https://www.3dmark.com/spy/21129578
FIRE STRIKE 18766 - https://www.3dmark.com/fs/25815026
Port Royale 4879 via miniDP - https://www.3dmark.com/pr/1099997
PCI EXPRESS 18.42 GB/s - https://www.3dmark.com/pcie/189762
For comparison, i also got hands on an Asus TUF Dash F15 (FX516PR) with Intel Core i7-11370H and RTX 3070 (85w?). The CPU seems underpowered and the PCIe speed is only 1/3 of the Aero. The benchmarks also show, that there is no need to build an 3070 into this case (which has btw. the same sizes as the Aero 15)
TIME SPY 7536 - https://www.3dmark.com/spy/21089961
FIRE STRIKE 17158 - https://www.3dmark.com/fs/25795325
Port Royale 4951 - https://www.3dmark.com/pr/1094034
PCI EXPRESS 5.38 GB/s - https://www.3dmark.com/pcie/188567
So, as Asus TUF F15 will be returned after testing the build (link here), I continue to search for another H45 to became my new daily.
And I found out that Dell Inspiron 16 plus (7610) got a variant with i7 11800h and no discrete GPU (!)
Pre-ordered this variant for 1150€ : 11800h / 16Go RAM / 512Go SSD / 86W / 16:10 3k 16" screen.
Port Royal - https://www.3dmark.com/pr/1120331 - 6613
I've been using this Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED KD in the past few weeks without issues. Also noticed this morning that it's currently on sale at Best Buy for $1,600. Excellent price with these specs imo.
The price dropped yet again to $1399.99 on Best Buy website. This is the best deal for a Thunderbolt 4 host laptop imo. I already did two pricematches in the past week. 😀