Aug 7, 2019

10th-Generation Intel Ice Lake Mobile Processors Debut

When it comes to innovation, most tech influencers say that Intel has slowly started falling behind AMD, especially with the newest Ryzen chips boasting strong performance that seem on track to give Intel a run for its money. Unveiling its new Ice Lake line of Core mobile processors, the company looks to continue to dominate the computing space, but for how much longer?

Ever since COMPUTEX 2019, AMD has been banging very loudly on Intel's door as most tech influencers have predicted that the former is all set to overtake the latter, especially with the release of the third-generation Ryzen processors that are not only packed with more cores but feature stronger single and multi-core performance compared to Intel's current choices. Despite the threat, not much was heard from Intel, until now.

Intel has recently unveiled its 10th-generation Core line of mobile processors which they have dubbed as Ice Lake. The company claims that the new line of processors is going to offer not only improved but the best graphical experience for its users, particularly in the highly popular thin-and-light notebook PC category. If Intel delivers on this promise, then it means better battery life for users as discrete graphics often consume more electricity compared to built-in graphics.

10th-generation Intel Core Processors

ProcessorCore i3Core i5Core i7
Thermal Design Power9W15W28W
Cores/ThreadsUp to 4C/8TUp to 4C/8TUp to 4C/8T
LL Cache SizeUp to 8MBUp to 8MBUp to 8MB
Max Turbo FrequencyUp to 4.1GHzUp to 4.1GHzUp to 4.1GHz
GraphicsIntel Iris Plus up to 64EU
Intel UH graphics
Intel Iris Plus up to 64EU
Intel UH graphics
Intel Iris Plus up to 64EU
Intel UH graphics
Graphics FrequencyUp to 1.1GHzUp to 1.1GHzUp to 1.1GHz
Integrated Wi-FiIntel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+)Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+)Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+)
Integrated USB Type-CUp to 4 Thunderbolt 3 portsUp to 4 Thunderbolt 3 portsUp to 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports
MemoryLP4/x-3733
DDR4-3200
LP4/x-3733
DDR4-3200
LP4/x-3733
DDR4-3200

Some members of the media were able to preview Ice Lake's performance and noted that it indeed produced better graphical performance compared to previous generations and was backed up by tests done on the 3DMark Sky Diver and Night Raid tests. The new Ice Lake chip that was tested had 1GB of VRAM and managed to achieve a score of 9,028 on Full HD resolution on the Sky Diver test, which was two times better compared to the previous generation. On the Night Raid test, it showed the same results, that the new Ice Lake's built-in graphics were twice as powerful compared to the previous processors.

The new Ice Lake features strong computing muscles too, with the base clock starting from 700MHz with the high-end options running at a base clock of 2.3GHz and can run on turbo clock speeds of up to 4.1GHz. The upgraded built-in graphics have a clock speed of 1GHz, which will translate to better graphics with the built-in graphics card, something which was barely possible on previous generation mobile Core processors.

Based on reports, the Ice Lake desktop processors won't be coming anytime soon, so it looks like Ryzen will be disrupting the desktop class with its improved processors, but when it comes to laptop computing, it looks like Intel is still very much in the game.

With Intel announcing that more Ice Lake-powered devices are scheduled to be released later this year, it looks like AMD and Intel are going to be in a heated battle during this year's holiday season.