Intel announced its 10th gen Ice Lake processors back in May. Today, it’s launching the first 10th gen Ice Lake processors, revealing more details about the exact models and variants. It’s launching a total of 11 new 10th gen Ice Lake processors today, so that’s quite a lot of new chips.
We have had most of the details on the Ice Lake processors before. They are based on Intel’s new Sunny Cove core architecture, with up to 4.1 max turbo frequency and up to 1.1GHz graphics frequency. These new chips are 18% faster in terms of processing instructions per cycle than its Skylake chips, which were launched almost about four years ago.
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As usual, Intel is splitting up the different processors into two different series — Y-Series for 2-in-1s that don’t require a lot of power, and U-Series chips for devices that need a bit more power. There’s a total of six new U-Series chips and five new Y-Series chips launching today.
Intel is introducing its 11th gen graphics architectured called Iris Plus graphics with the new CPUs, too. The new GPUs double the performance, with 2x gain in HEVC encoding performance, and up to 2x faster FPS gains, at least according to Intel. The 10th Gen processors with Intel Iris Plus graphics also include support for 10 bit/RGB channel for HDR content. On the connectivity side, they all come with integrated Thunderbolt 3 with up to 4 ports and integrated Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) connectivity.
“These 10th Gen Intel Core processors shift the paradigm for what it means to deliver leadership in mobile PC platforms. With broad-scale AI for the first time on PCs, an all-new graphics architecture, best-in-class Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and Thunderbolt 3 – all integrated onto the SoC, thanks to Intel’s 10nm process technology and architecture design – we’re opening the door to an entirely new range of experiences and innovations for the laptop,” said Chris Walker, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of Mobility Client Platforms in the Client Computing Group
Intel’s new chips will start showing up on actual laptops during the holiday season, with more than 35 different designs expected from PC manufacturers.