Intel Ice Lake: Everything you need to know about the new 10nm CPUs

Intel has finally lifted the lid on its next generation 10nm processors, unveiling its new Ice Lake CPU family for all to see at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

The new processor technology was shown off at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, with Intel promising the unspecified new CPUs will offer “never before seen” performance. Here’s everything you need to know about Intel Ice Lake.

Related: Best CPU for gaming

What is Intel Ice Lake?

Ice Lake is the latest CPU platform from Intel. It will be the first mass market CPU family to use a 10nm manufacturing process.

This, on paper, puts Ice Lake ahead of the competing second generation Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 CPUs, which use a 12nm process. Both of these have been currying favour with buyers recently, as have Intel’s previous 9th Gen chips, which use a larger 14nm++ process.

This is because, as a rule of thumb, a smaller process means more transistors can be fit on the die increasing the chip’s performance. Intel’s been trying to bring 10nm CPUs to the market since 2016, but has suffered numerous setbacks.

Intel Ice Lake specs – how powerful will Intel Ice Lake laptops be?

Intel hasn’t unveiled any firm details about what specific specs Ice Lake CPUs will have. All we have are basic details about the platform’s architecture. It’ll be a while until we see a spec lists for new Ice Lake Core i5, i7 and i9s.

What we do know is that the CPUs will feature 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.

Intel Ice Lake release date – when will Intel Ice Lake laptops come out?

Intel Ice Lake will come out this year, the company tells us. President of the Client Solutions Group at Dell, Sam Burd, backed up this claim after revealing a new Dell XPS featuring an Ice Lake CPU will be “on shelves for holiday [Christmas]” in 2019.

This, at the very least, proves that companies are already developing working products with Ice Lake. We reckon you might even see some Ice Lake laptops just in time for back-to-school and holiday buying.

Dell XPS Intel Ice Lake

The very first sneak peek of the new Dell XPS featuring Ice Lake

Can’t wait until then? Well there’s good news, as during an exclusive interview with Dell’s Vice President Consumer Design, Justin Lyles, we were told that we could get our first proper look at an Ice Lake laptop as soon as this summer. When asked when we’ll get to see more of the Dell XPS laptop featuring Intel’s Ice Lake CPU, Lyles said: “I can probably safely say that it will be mid-year.”

By connecting the dots, this likely means we’ll see Ice Lake laptops on display at this year’s Computex technology tradeshow on 28 May. If not, then the IFA 2019 showcase on 6 September would be a reasonable alternative.

New Intel 9th gen CPUs revealed

Intel unveiled six new 9th Gen CPUs alongside Ice Lake. The CPUs are lower end follow ups to the company’s gaming focused Intel Core i9-9900K. The CPUs will be rolled out in Q2 this year. Check back later for more details on them.

Excited about Intel Ice Lake or planning to stick with AMD Ryzen? Let us know on Twitter @TrustedReviews