Intel has confirmed its 10th gen processors, code-named Ice Lake, are shipping right now, so you should see the first systems flaunting the new chip before Christmas.
The news was confirmed during Intel’s Computex 2019 event, with Intel revealing the Ice Lake processors will range from Core i3 to Core i7 variants. These CPUs will have up to four cores and eight threads, which should hopefully result in a blitzing performance. If that’s not enough power, Intel also said such chips should turbo up to 4.1GHz.
Here’s everything you need to know about Intel Ice Lake.
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What is Intel Ice Lake?
Ice Lake is the latest CPU platform from Intel, becoming the company’s 10th generation of processors. It will be the first mass market CPU family to use a 10nm manufacturing process.
The 10nm process marks a huge moment for Intel, which has been trying to scale down its 14nm process since 2016, but has suffered numerous setbacks. Having a smaller component means more transistors can fit on the die, and in turn, increases the chip’s performance.
Intel also suggests the smaller 10nm process will allow laptop manufacturers to create thinner and lighter devices without sacrificing performance power. We’ve already had a sneak peak of a potential new Dell XPS with an Intel Lake CPU, but there’s no additional information on that just yet.
However, Intel may still be lagging behind, with AMD already using a 7nm process for its processors following the announcement of the Ryzen 3 chips.
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Intel Ice Lake specs – how powerful will Intel Ice Lake laptops be?
The Ice Lake processors will come in Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 variants with up to 4 cores and 8 threads. The max turbo frequency will see reported clockspeeds up to 4.1GHz. Meanwhile, the integrated Iris Plus graphics will boost up to 1.1GHz.
But what do these figures actually mean for real-time performance? Intel claims Ice Lake’s performance is 18% faster than its Skylake chips, which isn’t exactly a massive boost considering the latter launched all the way back in 2015.
|Processor||Core i3, i5, i7|
|Thermal Design Power||9W, 15W, 28W|
|Cores/Threads||Up to 4 Cores / 8 Threads|
|LL Cache Size||Up to 8 MB|
|Max Turbo Frequency||Up to 4.1 GHz|
|Graphics Configuration||Intel Iris Plus up to 64EU
Intel UHD Graphics
|Graphics Frequency||Up to 1.1GHz|
|Integrated Thunderbolt 3||Up to 4x|
The more impressive specs involves the graphical grunt, with Ice Lake featuring Intel’s shiny new Gen11 integrated graphics architecture. The architecture features support for the gaming focused Intel Adaptive Sync technology, which aims to smooth frame rates, and will offer up to 1 TFLOP of performance.
According to Intel, the platform will also be the first to feature Thunderbolt 3 and Wi-Fi 6 support and Intel’s custom AI-focused DL Boost tech.
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Intel Ice Lake release date – when will Intel Ice Lake laptops come out?
Intel has confirmed Ice Lake is shipping right now, so you should expect to see laptops rocking the Intel Lake processor hitting shelves before Christmas 2019.
A new Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 with an integrated Ice Lake processor has already been spotted at Computex, so there’s a potential we’ll get a sneak preview of more systems before the week is over.
While Intel’s showcase has finished, we’re not ruling out more information being revealed before Computex is over, so be sure to check back at Trusted Reviews throughout the week to keep up to date.
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