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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 WattMHz - 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 i9-10850K2.5MB + 20MB1253600 ‑ 520010/20
215
2457
5961
285.5
Intel Core i9-109102.5MB + 20MB1253600 ‑ 500010/20
215
2302
5196
Intel Core i7-10700K2MB + 16MB1253800 ‑ 51008/16
208
2027
4882
269
Intel Core i7-107002MB + 16MB652900 ‑ 48008/16
196
1455
236
Intel Core i9-10980HK2MB + 16MB452400 ‑ 53008/16
206n15
1737n15
3883n13
238.5
Intel Xeon W-10885M2MB + 16MB452400 ‑ 53008/16
210n4
1640n4
3882.5n4
236.9
Intel Core i9-10885H2MB + 16MB452400 ‑ 53008/16
211n3
1517n3
3639n3
217.8
Intel Core i9-10880H2MB + 16MB452300 ‑ 51008/16
Intel Core i7-10875H2MB + 16MB452300 ‑ 51008/16
202n37
1594.5n38
3391.5n32
242.4
Intel Core i7-10870H2MB + 16MB452200 ‑ 50008/16
200n11
1659n14
3632n12
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 Core i7-10850H1.5MB + 12MB452700 ‑ 51006/12
203
1232
2636
Intel Xeon W-10855M1.5MB + 12MB452800 ‑ 51006/12
Intel Core i7-10750H1.5MB + 12MB452600 ‑ 50006/12
197n45
1303.5n50
2941n43
221.2n2
Intel Core i5-10500H + 12MB452500 ‑ 45006/12
186.25n2
1249n2
2919n2
227.5
Intel Core i7-10810U1MB + 12MB151100 ‑ 49006/12
182n5
754n4
1713n5
147.65n2
Intel Core i7-10710U1MB + 12MB151100 ‑ 47006/12
176n8
1059n8
2303n5
204n3
PosModelL2 Cache + L3 CacheTDP WattMHz - TurboCores / ThreadsCinebench R15 CPU Single 64BitCinebench R15 CPU Multi 64BitCinebench R20x264 Pass 1
Intel Core i5-10400H1MB + 8MB452600 ‑ 46004/8
192
796
1924
191.4
Intel Core i3-103201MB + 7.9MB653800 ‑ 46004/8
188
949
2320
218
Intel Core i5-10300H1MB + 8MB452500 ‑ 45004/8
186n17
892n17
2117n15
190.2
Intel Core i5-10200H1MB + 8MB452400 ‑ 41004/8
171.6
842
2082
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
178n6
604.5n6
1477n6
183.1
Intel Core i7-10510U1MB + 8MB151800 ‑ 49004/8
182n42
678n45
1422n38
Intel Core i5-10310U1MB + 6MB151700 ‑ 44004/8
170n5
546n5
1327n5
Intel Core i5-10210U1MB + 6MB151600 ‑ 42004/8
166n35
616n35
1242n30
169.5n3
Intel Core i3-10110U1MB + 4MB152100 ‑ 41002/4
162n5
321n5
753n3
110.05n2
Intel Core i7-10510Y512KB + 8MB71200 ‑ 45004/8
845
Intel Pentium Gold 6405U1MB + 2MB1524002/4
Intel Celeron 5205U1519002/2
(-) * Smaller values are better. / n123 Number of benchmarks for this median value / * Approximate position

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The Alienware m17 R4 is a high-end gaming laptop in a class of its own. The 17-incher achieves top rates in terms of graphics performance in the test, but it also has to struggle with extremely high temperatures.
Marius Schell, 22 Apr 2021 00:24
Sigao Model B is not as compact as Intel's NUC mini PCs, but it is still small enough. (Image Source: Atlast!)

Atlast! Solutions presents silent mini PC powered by Intel's 10-core i9-10900T CPUs

Unlike the usual fanless mini PCs that are restricted to ULV processors, the Atlast! Sigao Model B includes a desktop-grade Intel Core i9-10900T CPU coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM and NVMe storage solutions like Samsung...
Bogdan Solca, 20 Apr 2021 15:55
MSI is running a Comet Lake sale that includes the GF75, GE66, Prestige 14, Modern 14, and GE75 all with GeForce RTX or GTX graphics (Source: MSI)

Deal | MSI is running a 10th gen Comet Lake sale that includes the GF75, GE66, Prestige 14, Modern 14, and GE75 all with GeForce RTX or GTX graphics

With Intel 11th gen right around the corner, these 10th gen models will need to go. MSI is cutting 12 percent to 27 percent off MSRP depending on the model all equipped with Comet Lake Core U-series or H-series CPUs.
Allen Ngo, 20 Apr 2021 04:01
Alienware m17 R4 laptop review: Burning up into the atmosphere

85% Alienware m17 R4 laptop review: Burning up into the atmosphere

Hot contender. The Alienware m17 R4 is the latest addition to Alienware's m17 lineup. Compared to the m17 R3, there's a brand new RTX 3000 graphics card, but the CPU is identical to the predecessor's top configuration. The new 360 Hz display is also currently one of the fastest on the market.
Intel Core i9-10980HK | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU | 17.30" | 3 kg
Marius Schell, 20 Apr 2021 00:24
MSI GP66 Leopard 10UG Laptop Review: A Complete Series Overhaul

84% MSI GP66 Leopard 10UG Laptop Review: A Complete Series Overhaul

Making the GP65 look outdated. MSI kicked off 2021 with a whole lineup of refreshed laptops sporting GeForce RTX 30 GPUs. Instead of just a simple internal update, however, many of these new models have brand new chassis designs and the GP66 is looking like the best one yet.
Intel Core i7-10870H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU | 15.60" | 2.3 kg
Allen Ngo, 19 Apr 2021 06:59
Review of the Lenovo Legion C7 15IMH05: All-rounder for gamers and creators with three years of warranty

The Lenovo Legion C7 15IMH05 stays quiet and cool

The Legion C7 can run all current titles smoothly at 1080p. It comes with the Core i7-10875H, RTX 2070 Max-Q, 32 GB of dual-channel RAM, 1 TB NVMe SSD, and a Thunderbolt 3 port. What is so special about it is that it never becomes...
Sascha Mölck, 18 Apr 2021 06:50
Lenovo Legion C7 15IMH05 Review: All-rounder for gamers and creators with three years of warranty

86% Lenovo Legion C7 15IMH05 Review: All-rounder for gamers and creators with three years of warranty

Never gets too loud or too hot. The Legion C7 can run all current titles smoothly at 1080p. It comes with the Core i7-10875H, RTX 2070 Max-Q, 32 GB of dual-channel RAM, 1 TB NVMe SSD, and a Thunderbolt 3 port. It gets neither too loud nor too hot.
Intel Core i7-10875H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q | 15.60" | 2.3 kg
Sascha Mölck, 16 Apr 2021 10:13
Chuwi CoreBook Xe officially launches on April 20, marries 10th gen Comet Lake-U with discrete Iris Xe Max graphics (Source: Chuwi)

Chuwi CoreBook Xe officially launches on April 20, marries 10th gen Comet Lake-U with discrete Iris Xe Max graphics

The manufacturer still hasn't revealed how much it will cost, but it promises coupon codes and a free carrying bag for early bird buyers.
Allen Ngo, 15 Apr 2021 03:04
Testing the HP ZBook Fury 17 G7 Mobile Workstation (image by HP)

90% HP ZBook Fury 17 G7 review: A lot of power and a great 4K display in a more compact package

29% smaller. In its HP ZBook Fury 17 G7 mobile workstation, HP crammed more performance into a more compact case. The 119W5EA configuration delivers a lot of power in the test, and also convinces with a great 4K DreamColor display and numerous connections.
Intel Core i9-10885H | NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 Max-Q | 17.30" | 2.9 kg
Marcus Schwarten, 15 Apr 2021 01:13
Despite the budget-oriented build, Colorful added a high-quality 15.6-inch display. (Image Source: JD.com)

GPU maker Colorful enters budget laptop market with 15-inch gaming models featuring Comet Lake-H processors and GTX 1650 Ti graphics

The new JiangXing X15 budget gaming laptop from Colorful comes with i5-10300H and i7-10870H processor options, which can be coupled with 8 or 16 GB of RAM (upgradable to 32 GB) and 512 GB SSD storage, plus an Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti dG...
Bogdan Solca, 14 Apr 2021 18:50
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