Intel Announces First 10th Generation Core Processors (Ice Lake)

Finally: Intel announced on Thursday (1) the first tenth-generation Core processors, the promised Ice Lake chips. They mark the company’s entry into the 10-nanometer processor segment and, as expected, are aimed at ultrabooks and convertible laptops.

Tenth generation Intel Core

This first wave consists of 11 new Core i3, i5 and i7 chips, six belonging to the U series (with TDP from 15 W to 28 W) and five to the Y series (most economical, from 9 W to 12 W). They are (note the number before the ‘G’: 5 and 8 indicate the U series, 0 indicates the Y series):

U Series Cores / threads Clock (GHz) Cache Graphics (EUs) TDP
Core i7-1068G7 4/8 2.3 / max. 4.1 8 MB Iris Plus (64) 28 W
Core i7-1065G7 4/8 1.3 / max. 3.9 8 MB Iris Plus (64) 15-25 W
Core i5-1035G7 4/8 1.2 / max. 3.7 6 MB Iris Plus (64) 15-25 W
Core i5-1035G4 4/8 1.1 / max 3.7 6 MB Iris Plus (48) 15-25 W
Core i5-1035G1 4/8 1.0 / max. 3.6 6 MB UHD (32) 15-25 W
Core i3-1005G1 2/4 1.2 / max. 3.4 4 MB UHD (32) 15-25 W
Y Series Cores / threads Clock (GHz) Cache Graphics (EUs) TDP
Core i7-1060G7 4/8 1.0 / max. 3.8 8 MB Iris Plus (64) 9-12 W
Core i5-1030G7 4/8 0.8 / max. 3.5 6 MB Iris Plus (64) 9-12 W
Core i5-1030G4 4/8 0.7 / max. 3.5 6 MB Iris Plus (48) 9-12 W
Core i3-1000G4 2/4 1.1 / max 3.2 4 MB Iris Plus (48) 9-12 W
Core i3-1000G1 2/4 1.0 / max. 3.2 4 MB UHD (32) 9-12 W

Every new generation promises more performance. It is no different here. But on Ice Lake chips, Intel highlights features for artificial intelligence, such as compatibility with Deep Learning Boost instructions and Intel GNA (Gaussian & Neural Accelerator), a mechanism that works in the background on tasks such as voice processing and suppression of noise.

Note that the nomenclature has changed. There is now a suffix with the letter ‘G’ followed by a number. This information has to do with the graphic capacity of the chip, more precisely, with the number of Execution Units (EU) of each model.

The G7 suffix indicates that the integrated GPU has 64 EUs. The suffixes G4 and G1 correspond to 48 and 32 EUs, respectively. The G1 also references Intel UHD graphics. The new Iris Plus GPUs themselves are present only in the most advanced models.

In a simplified comparison, Execution Units are for Intel as Compute Units are for Radeon GPUs, which means that the higher the number, the more graphics capacity the chip has.

Intel Ice Lake (wafer)

The graphic part is precisely one of the points highlighted by Intel. The company claims that processors with GPU Iris Plus are based on the Intel Gen11 architecture and even double the performance compared to previous generations.

They can run 1080p games smoothly or 4K videos with HDR, all without increasing energy consumption. In addition, the tenth generation of Core chips supports Vesa Adaptive Sync (standard that synchronizes the monitor’s refresh rate with the GPU) and the H.265 (HEVC) codec.

Intel also emphasizes native compatibility with Thunderbolt 3 (up to four ports) – standard that works with data transfer up to 40 Gb / s – and with Wi-Fi 6 (Wi-Fi 802.11ax), successor to Wi- 802.11ac Fi (now called Wi-Fi 5). With a little help from Ice Lake chips, the industry’s adoption of these standards is expected to gain momentum.

According to Intel, the first laptops based on the tenth-generation Core processors should be launched by the end of the year. Among them will be models of lines like Dell XP and HP Envy.

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