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Comet Lake (CML) Architecture: Coffee-Lake Refresh Refresh aka two more cores

Comet Lake should be similar to the Whiskey Lake (WHL-U in the picture).
Comet Lake should be similar to the Whiskey Lake (WHL-U in the picture).

Currently we only know that Comet Lake will be another refresh of the Skylake architecture. The new feature of Comet Lake are additional cores in the top models. Three series are currently known:

  • Comet Lake Y: Successor of Amber Lake Y with a 7 Watt TDP and intended for small tablets and fanless laptops. As Ice Lake Y, Comet Lake Y should also offer now up to 4 cores (2 more than Amber Lake Y).
  • Comet Lake U: 15 Watt and with up to 6 cores intended for thin and light laptops.
  • Comet Lake H: 45 Watt mobile 4, 6, and 8-core CPUs for big gaming and workstation laptops. Higher Boost clocks up to 5.3 GHz (with Thermal Velocity Boost up to 65°C CPU temperature in the top model), Turbo Boost 3.0 and faster memory support of up to DDR4-2933 characterize the differences to Coffee Lake H.
  • Comet Lake S: Mainstream Desktop CPUs with up to 10 cores and a TDP of up to 125 Watt. Rumored to use a new socket.

Old CPU-Architecture

Die microarchitecture of the processor cores is still based on the old Skylake CPUs that was already refreshed with Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake. The differences to Coffee Lake should be minimal. Thanks to the 14nm++ process, the Comet Lake CPUs should hit high Turbo frequencies and therefore good performance results.

Integrated graphics card - still Gen 9.5

The integrated graphics card is still the old Gen 9 / 9.5 and should even bear the same name as in Whiskey Lake. See e.g. our GPU page of the Intel UHD graphics 620.

Additional Features in the SoC

Similar to the Whiskey Lake processors, Comet Lake-U also includes some additional features. The integrated dual channel memory controller now supports DDR4-2666 (up from DDR4-2400 in Whiskey Lake but lower than the DDR4-3200 in Ice Lake) and still the slower but more power efficient LP4x-2933 / LPDDR3-2133 RAM. LPDDR4(X) RAM is only supported with the new K1 stepping that should arrive in Q1 2020. Comet Lake-H CPUs now support up to DDR4-2933.

The video engine should be untouched and still support VP.9, H.265 and H.264 video en- and decode. Intel also advertises support for Thunderbolt 3 and Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), but both still have to be added on the motherboard and are not partly integrated in the CPU (as with Ice Lake).

PosModelL2 Cache + L3 CacheTDP (Watt)MHz - TurboCores / ThreadsCinebench R15 CPU Single 64BitCinebench R15 CPU Multi 64BitCinebench R20x264 Pass 1
Intel Core i9-10900K2.5MB + 20MB1253700 ‑ 530010/20
217n3
2533n3
6181n3
289.5
Intel Core i9-109102.5MB + 20MB1253600 ‑ 500010/20
215
2276
5196
Intel Core i7-10700K2MB + 16MB1253800 ‑ 51008/16
208
2027
4882
269
Intel Core i9-10980HK2MB + 16MB452400 ‑ 53008/16
207n12
1735n12
3857n10
238.5
Intel Xeon W-10885M2MB + 16MB452400 ‑ 53008/16
210n4
1640n4
3882.5n4
236.9
Intel Core i9-10885H2MB + 16MB452400 ‑ 53008/16
197
1264
2798
217.8
Intel Core i9-10880H2MB + 16MB452300 ‑ 51008/16
Intel Core i7-10875H2MB + 16MB452300 ‑ 51008/16
202.5n32
1592.57n33
3404.5n27
242.4
Intel Core i7-10870H2MB + 16MB452200 ‑ 50008/16
200n3
1646n3
3721n3
Intel Core i5-10600K1.5MB + 12MB1254100 ‑ 48006/12
205
1452
3443
251.5
Intel Core i5-10400F1.5MB + 12MB652900 ‑ 43006/12
180
1332
3201
228.5
Intel Xeon W-10855M1.5MB + 12MB452800 ‑ 51006/12
Intel Core i7-10850H1.5MB + 12MB452700 ‑ 51006/12
203
1232
2636
Intel Core i7-10750H1.5MB + 12MB452600 ‑ 50006/12
196n37
1316n40
2957.5n33
221.2n2
Intel Core i7-10810U1MB + 12MB151100 ‑ 49006/12
182n3
733n3
1713n3
153.7
Intel Core i7-10710U1MB + 12MB151100 ‑ 47006/12
176n7
1067n7
2356.5n4
204n3
Intel Core i5-10400H1MB + 8MB452600 ‑ 46004/8
192
796
1924
191.37
Intel Core i5-10300H1MB + 8MB452500 ‑ 45004/8
186.5n16
890.5n16
2117n13
190.2
Intel Core i5-10200H1MB + 8MB452400 ‑ 41004/8
PosModelL2 Cache + L3 CacheTDP (Watt)MHz - TurboCores / ThreadsCinebench R15 CPU Single 64BitCinebench R15 CPU Multi 64BitCinebench R20x264 Pass 1
Intel Core i3-101001MB + 6MB653600 ‑ 43004/8
181
895
2181
212.5
Intel Core i3-10100F1MB + 6MB653600 ‑ 43004/8
Intel Core i7-10610U1MB + 8MB151800 ‑ 49004/8
179n5
630n5
1444n5
183.1
Intel Core i7-10510U1MB + 8MB151800 ‑ 48004/8
180n40
663n43
1393n36
Intel Core i5-10310U1MB + 6MB151700 ‑ 44004/8
171.18n4
620.09n4
1419n4
Intel Core i5-10210U1MB + 6MB151600 ‑ 42004/8
166n32
617.5n32
1242n27
169.5n3
Intel Core i3-10110U1MB + 4MB152100 ‑ 41002/4
166n4
362n4
840.5n2
113.6
Intel Core i7-10510Y512KB71200 ‑ 45004/8
Intel Core i5-10310Y512KB + 6MB71100 ‑ 41004/8
Intel Core i5-10210Y512KB + 6MB71000 ‑ 40004/8
Intel Core i3-10110Y512KB + 4MB71000 ‑ 40002/4
Intel Pentium Gold 6405U1MB + 2MB1524002/4
Intel Celeron 5205U1MB + 2MB1519002/2
(-) * Smaller values are better. / n123 Number of benchmarks for this median value / * Approximate position

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CES 2021 | MSI launches the MSI GP76 Leopard and GP66 Leopard gaming laptops with Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 series graphics cards

The MSI GP76 Leopard and GP66 Leopard gaming laptops have been unveiled at CES 2021. Both notebooks come with a 144Hh screen, 10th-generation Intel CPUs, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 series graphics cards, up to 64GB of RAM and 2TB of ...
Anil Satyanarayana, Wed, 13 Jan 2021 17:00:00 +0100
MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat is the company's 2021 flagship. (Image Source: MSI)

CES 2021 | GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat displaces the GT Titan series as MSI's flagship gaming laptop for 2021

At its MSIology event, MSI has taken wraps off the GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat. Embodying ancient Babylonian folklore, the new GE76 Raider will replace the GT Titan as MSI's 2021 flagship gaming laptop. The GE76 Raider is al...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Wed, 13 Jan 2021 17:00:00 +0100
Gigabyte Gaming A5 and A7. (Image Source: Gigabyte)

CES 2021 | Gigabyte says "Yes" to AMD with Gaming A5 and A7 laptops powered by Ryzen 5000H and RTX 3070 Mobile, also offers G5 and G7 featuring Core i7-10870H for "slashies"

Gigabyte has introduced new mid-range gaming laptops powered by both Intel Comet Lake-H and AMD Ryzen 5000H Zen 3 options. These laptops are aimed at the multi-tasking crowd that also likes to game. The Intel-based Gaming G5 and G...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Wed, 13 Jan 2021 12:55:00 +0100
Gigabyte Aorus 15G. (Image Source: Gigabyte)

CES 2021 | Gigabyte Aorus 15P and Aorus 15G bring RTX 30 Mobile goodness combined with Azure AI performance optimizations

Gigabyte has refreshed its Aorus gaming laptop lineup to feature NVIDIA RTX 30 Mobile GPUs. The Aorus 15P and Aorus 15G offer largely identical specifications including the Core i7-10870H. The new Aorus laptops take advantage of M...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Wed, 13 Jan 2021 09:45:00 +0100
Alienware m17 R4 continues to offer a 360 Hz display option. (Image Source: Dell)

CES 2021 | Alienware m17 R4 refreshed with Comet Lake and NVIDIA RTX 30 Ampere mobile, continues to offer a 360 Hz display option

Dell has refreshed the Alienware m17 with NVIDIA Ampere mobile graphics. The Alienware m17 R4 features a largely similar configuration as last year and offers a slew of customization options including a 360 Hz FHD panel. The lapto...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 12 Jan 2021 20:00:00 +0100
As if the Razer Blade 15 wasn't thin enough, the new 2021 model will be even thinner with new GeForce 3080 GPUs, Advanced Optimus, and 360 Hz FHD displays (Image source: Razer)

CES 2021 | As if the Razer Blade 15 wasn't thin enough, the new 2021 model will be even thinner with new GeForce 3080 GPUs, Advanced Optimus, and 360 Hz FHD displays

The 2021 Blade 15 and Blade Pro series will carry on the same chassis designs as previous generations. Instead, the biggest gen-to-gen changes will be the new high refresh rate display options and mobile Ampere GPUs.
Allen Ngo, Tue, 12 Jan 2021 18:45:00 +0100
Gigabyte updates the Aero 15 /17 creator laptop lineup with improved displays, RTX 3000 GPUs and redesigned thermal management

CES 2021 | Gigabyte updates the Aero 15 /17 creator laptop lineup with improved displays, RTX 3000 GPUs and redesigned thermal management

The refreshed models still feature the Comet Lake-H CPUs, as they are limited to Thunderbolt 3 connectors. However, Gigabyte is now offering upgraded professionally calibrated displays, as well as the newly released RTX 3000 mobil...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 12 Jan 2021 18:45:00 +0100
Alienware m15 R4 is now available with NVIDIA Ampere GPUs. (Image Source: Dell)

CES 2021 | Alienware m15 R4 announced with OLED display option, Comet Lake-H, and NVIDIA Ampere offerings

Dell has refreshed the Alienware m15 to feature Intel Comet Lake-H and NVIDIA Ampere mobile offerings. The Alienware m15 R4 continues to offer vapor chamber cooling, up to 4 TB of PCIe storage, and also comes with an OLED panel th...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 12 Jan 2021 18:45:00 +0100
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