26 July 2019
Intel has now officially unveiled its 10nm-based 10th-gen Ice Lake processors for its PC clients to use. The chips were first introduced at CES 2019 and later made their stint at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan in May. Intel didn’t share much on details, however, it did launch four laptops running the Ice Lake - Acer Swift 5, Dell XPS 13-inch 2-in-1, HP Envy 13, and Lenovo S940. But the release date of these laptops wasn’t shared.
Now Intel has come up once again and this time it is explaining much and sharing critical details on these chips which weren’t even uttered before.
The new 10th-gen Core processors have been designed with AI in mind. They have been improved in many areas to handle workloads and offer an optimized environment. There are a total of 11 variations of the chips, ranging from low-end dual-core Core i3’s to quad-core Core i7’s. These processors mostly support the 4 cores and 8 threads, also the base frequencies start at 700Mhz and go up to 2.3GHz. But some of the new Ice Lake low-power chips offer base clocks of less than 1GHz. It’s said that Intel’s upcoming chips which are codenamed Comet Lake will target high-frequency applications.
With the new processors, Intel is betting big on graphics and claims that the chips have best graphics experience for any thin and light notebook PCs.
Intel has announced that more than 35 notebooks built around Ice Lake microprocessors will be sold alongside existing Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake notebooks, beginning this holiday season. So, with a mixture of 14nm-based and the new 10nm built chips it could get confusing to read which model offers which type of processor. For this, Intel has added ‘10’ prefix to designate its 10th-generation status of Ice Lake models. For instance, Intel Core i7-1065G7 where the fourth digit of the model number represents power tier “5” for U-series chip, and “0” for Y-series processor.
The suffix G7 or G4 and so on represents the GPU. Note that the company is offering three different graphics options with the new processors and the last two places in the model number represent them.
Labels G7 and G4 fall under the new teraflop Iris Plus graphics; Processors tagged with "G7" will have 64 EUs and the processors tagged with "G4" will have 48 EUs. The lowest end is “G1” which has Intel’s usual integrated “UHD” graphics with 32 EUs.
All the new Ice Lake processors include Wi-Fi6 (Gig+) Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt 3 capabilities.
It’s unknown how much Intel is charging its PC clients for these models but it has shared the individual prices of these processors.
- Core i7-1065G7: $426
- Core i5-1035G7: $320
- Core i5-1035G4: $309
- Core i5-1035G1: $297
- Core i3-1005G1: $281
Apart from the introduction of the Comet Lake processors, Intel will also talk about Project Athena later this month. Project Athena brings along a new set of laptop specifications and performance upgrades that Intel says it will co-engineer with PC makers. The new set of specifications will emphasis on extending the battery life. According to Intel, laptops launching later this year under this program will have to achieve at least nine hours of “real-world” user per full charge.