Intel recently issued a Product Change Notification (PCN) in ordere to inform its partners that it will be discontinuing several of its 11th Gen Tiger Lake CPUs over the following months. Just so that there is no confusion, We’re talking about the discontinuation of some laptop CPUs and and some existing 11th Gen desktop CPUs.
According to the PCN, the 11th Gen Tiger Lake CPUs that are slated for discontinuation are nine in total. On the laptop side, it will stop producing five SKUs: the Core i5-112260H, i5-11400H, i7-11600H, i7-117800H, and i9-11900H. For the desktop, Intel will stop the production of the Core i3-11100B, i5-11500B, i7-11700B, and i9-11900KB.
Again, the blue chipmaker isn’t winding down the entire 11th Gen Tiger Lake series entirely. As you can make out from the list, none of the CPUs are openly or freely available to the general consumer. The B-series CPUs, particularly, are usually relegated to desktop and mobile hybrid systems such as Intel’s own NUC Extreme systems, although the current generation seems to have started openly using its own full-fat 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs into its more recent NUC 13 Extreme. On a related note, the PCN comes weeks after the chipmaker announced the discontinuation of its Rocket Lake processors, heralding the closing of the chapter of the socket LGA1200. Specifically, the PCN on that series included all consumer-level Core i5, i7, i9, and several Xeon W-Series CPUs.
While discontinuation is a standard practice in almost every company that puts out a product to the mass market, this is still a bittersweet situation for the majority of us. Tom’s Hardware puts aptly; both of Intel’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake CPU series only launched between 2020 and 2021, meaning that its existence isn’t quite as long in the tooth. Of course, this wouldn’t be a major issue for consumers, given that the market already has more powerful, more efficient, and faster Intel processors on the market, including 12th Gen Alder Lake and 13th Gen Raptor Lake.
(Source: Tom’s Hardware, Videocardz, Intel)
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