It Just Got WORSE For Intel 10th Gen - Comet Lake Arrives

Carla Harmon
August 21, 2019

For example, the Core i7-10710U will have a base clock of 1.1 GHz and a turbo of 4.7 GHz for single and dual-core, 4.1 GHz for four cores, and 3.9 GHz for all cores. In a similar vein, the Comet Lake processors have up to 12MB of L3 cache, but that comes as a byproduct of the higher core counts and doesn't equate to faster performance than the Ice Lake models. Ice Lake chips also have radically improved Gen11 graphics that offer almost twice the performance of the older Gen 9.5 graphics found in Comet Lake. However, on paper, Comet Lake reigns. Intel's explanation is its 10nm Ice Lake parts is focused on bringing artificial intelligence capabilities to the PC at scale. That makes sense, as the Comet Lake chips don't come with Gen11 graphics and therefore do not have the "Gx" identifier, but that hardly helps the average consumer.

To be clear, these are not the 10th-generation 10nm Ice Lake Core processors that you'll find in Dell's XPS 13 two-in-one, the world's first Project Athena-verified laptop.

Intel today announced eight new 10th Gen Intel Core processors. Except on Ice Lake, which reserves the last two characters for the level of graphics. The next three numbers (710 in this example) denote the specific model while the U (or Y) is the product line. The new Comet Lake processors provide a healthy performance boost over the preceding Whiskey Lake-powered XPS 13 laptops, with Intel saying that productivity performance can see up to a 45 percent uplift. That said, the benchmark tests we conducted proved that Ice Lake still can't compete with a discrete GPU.

Intel split up the Comet Lake series into U-Series Core i5 models with 15 and 25W TDPs, and Y-Series Core i7 models with 4.5, 7, and 9W TDPs. More than 90 additional designs based on the 10th Gen Intel Core processor family will hit the shelves for the holiday season. None of this extra performance impacts battery life, insists Intel, and the faster modern connectivity options are a boon to users too.

In yet another round of confusion, the Core i7 chips support faster LPDDR4X-2933 and DDR4-2666 memory than the previous-gen models, while the Core i5 models only support LPDDR3-2133.

Intel is claiming up to 16 percent overall performance improvement and up to 41 percent better performance specifically in productivity and multitasking workloads. Integrated Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) brings enhanced WPA3 security for additional peace of mind and is almost 3 times faster to enable quick file downloads and more responsive performance throughout the home.

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