Intel Launches the First 10th Gen Ice Lake Processors

Posted on August 1, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware with 8 Comments

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.

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.

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8 responses to “Intel Launches the First 10th Gen Ice Lake Processors”

  1. wunderbar

    those base clocks are way lower than the 8th and 9th gen parts, especially in the u series. I know they don't run at their base clock all that often, but the drop there is.... concerning.

    • StagyarZilDoggo

      In reply to wunderbar:

      Right. Haven't seen sub-GHz clock speeds since the Pentium III era. Let's party like it's 1999... ;-)

    • ecumenical

      In reply to wunderbar:

      Eh, the way CPU frequencies jump around these days I'm not sure it's a big deal. My Ivy Bridge (i5 3317-U or something) would routinely sit at 800 MHz if I was just listening to music or reading a document. Intel has invested a lot into letting CPUs make those frequency changes quickly and the "base" frequency is just a lower bound, as far as I can tell.

      Not saying you're wrong - it's pretty clear these CPUs don't clock as high overall as the last gen. I just wouldn't look at the base frequency as something to worry about, I'd expect to see more impact under load when you want that top-end speed.

      • IanYates82

        In reply to ecumenical:

        Agree. It's about letting the chip power down further whilst still keeping your pc running. If you're not doing much with the CPU then it can run even more efficiently now than it could before.

        Of course, once you hit that first chrome tab say goodbye to that lower power state ?

  2. Matthew Santacroce (InnoTechLLC)

    Sounds like a great class of chips for the upcoming Surface Pro 7...and throw that little i3 into the Surface Go.

  3. will

    The good news is they have TB3 integrated, so hopefully Surface will move to Thunderbolt with the next release.

  4. harrylen

    I'm holding out for a Surface Book 3, currently doing dev work on a Surface Pro 4, so hopefully the new Surface Book will be sporting one of these processors.

  5. jpr75

    No Ice Lake Desktop processors until next year and no PCIe 4. Intel needs to step up its game or AMD is going to leave it in the dust.

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