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Intel announces Dcima Generation Ice Lake processors

Yesterday finally Intel announced the first processors of the tenth generation of the company, the chips Ice lake that were expected for months. These chips mark the company's entry into the segment of 10 nanometer processors and, as expected, they are aimed at ultrabooks and convertible laptops.

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

U SeriesCores / ThreadsClock (GHz)CachGraphics (EUs)TDP
Core i7-1068G74/82.3 / mx. 4.18MBIris Plus (64)28 W
Core i7-1065G74/81.3 / mx. 3.98MBIris Plus (64)15-25 W
Core i5-1035G74/81.2 / mx. 3.76MBIris Plus (64)15-25 W
Core i5-1035G44/81.1 / mx. 3.76MBIris Plus (48)15-25 W
Core i5-1035G14/81.0 / mx. 3.66MBUHD (32)15-25 W
Core i3-1005G12/41.2 / mx. 3.44MBUHD (32)15-25 W
Y seriesCores / ThreadsClock (GHz)CacheGraphics (EUs)TDP
Core i7-1060G74/81.0 / mx. 3.88MBIris Plus (64)9-12 W
Core i5-1030G74/80.8 / mx. 3.56MBIris Plus (64)9-12 W
Core i5-1030G44/80.7 / mx. 3.56MBIris Plus (48)9-12 W
Core i3-1000G42/41.1 / mx. 3.24MBIris Plus (48)9-12 W
Core i3-1000G12/41.0 / mx. 3.24MBUHD (32)9-12 W

Differences between these new processors

Each new generation promises better performance. Here is no different, but in Ice Lake chips, Intel highlights characteristics for artificial intelligence, such as compatibility with Deep Learning Boost instruction and Intel GNA (Gaussian & Neural Accelerator), which works in the background on tasks such as processing and noise suppression.

Ice lake

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 chip graphics capacity, more precisely the number of Execution Units (UE) of each model.

He suffix G7 indicates that the integrated GPU has 64 EU. The G4 suffixes Y G1 belong to 48 EU and 32 EU, respectively. The G1 also refers to Intel UHD graphics. These new Iris Plus GPU They are only present in the most advanced models, so the most recommended If you are a video and image editing professional, you should go for one of these.

In a simplified comparison, the execution units are for Intel what the computing units are for the Radeon GPUs, which means that The higher the number, the more graphics capacity the chip has.

The graphic section has also had improvements

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

Ice lake

They can Play games in 1080p without problems or 4K videos with HDR, all without increasing energy consumption. In addition, the tenth generation Core chip supports Vesa Adaptive Sync (standard that synchronizes the refresh rate of the monitor with GPU) and the cdec H.265 (HEVC).

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

Availability

According to Intel, it is expected that the first portable computers based on the tenth generation Core processor are sent at the end of the year. These include line models like Dell XP Y HP Envy.

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