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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
206n11
1733n11
3871n9
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
202n31
1636.13n32
3380n26
242.4
Intel Core i7-10870H2MB + 16MB452200 ‑ 50008/16
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
Intel Core i7-10750H1.5MB + 12MB452600 ‑ 50006/12
195.82n35
1316.5n38
2960n31
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
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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Dell Latitude 5310 2-in-1 convertible in review: 11-hour long-distance runner

87% Dell Latitude 5310 2-in-1 convertible in review: 11-hour long-distance runner

Office in 360 degrees. The manageable office convertible holds a few trump cards: It is quiet, sturdily built, has good input devices, a nice display, an excellent microphone, a fast card reader, and component maintenance is not a foreign concept either. Will you hold all the trump cards with the Latitude 5310?
Intel Core i5-10310U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.30" | 1.3 kg
Sebastian Jentsch, Thu, 31 Dec 2020 09:33:00 +0100
The AMD Ryzen 9 5900H is yet another powerful Zen 3-based mobile APU. (Image source: AMD/Ars Technica)

AMD Ryzen 9 5900H delivers +23% single-core performance gain over Ryzen 9 4900H on Geekbench while cocking a snook at the Intel Core i7-10700K

Another Cezanne Zen 3 chip has been spotted on Geekbench in the form of the AMD Ryzen 9 5900H. The sample managed to hit speeds of 4.64 GHz and recorded strong single-core and multi-core scores that place it up to over 23% ahead o...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 30 Dec 2020 03:59:00 +0100
Intel has struggled to keep up with AMD recently. (Image source: PCGamesN - edited)

Intel Core i7-11700K records blistering single-core performance on Geekbench, 28% over the i9-10900K, but don't toss your AMD Ryzen 9 5950X away just yet

An Intel Core i7-11700K has been blasting its way through Geekbench and recording mighty single-core scores that go beyond the i9-10900K, AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, and even the Ryzen 9 5950X. The 8-core, 16-thread i7-11700K was supported...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 28 Dec 2020 23:44:00 +0100
Rocket Lake-S may help regain Intel's lost single-core performance crown. (Image Source: Intel)

Short-lived happiness for Zen 3? Intel Rocket Lake-S Core i9-11900 QS: up to 7% lead over the Ryzen 7 5800X and up to 33% over the Core i9-10900K; Core i9-11900 ES2 similar to 9900K/10700K

Initial single-core performance numbers from an Intel Rocket Lake-S Core i9-11900K QS indicate up to 33% higher scores than a Core i9-10900K and up to 7% more performance than an AMD Ryzen 7 5800X despite sub-optimal cooling. Also...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Mon, 28 Dec 2020 08:32:00 +0100
The Lenovo Legion 7 is equipped with a breathtaking 240-Hz display

The Lenovo Legion 7 is equipped with a breathtaking 240-Hz display

The Lenovo Legion 7 is an extremely powerful gaming laptop with a 240-Hz display, an Intel Core i9-10980HK, and a GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q.
Intel Core i9-10980HK | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q | 15.60" | 2.4 kg
Marius Schell, Sat, 26 Dec 2020 22:14:00 +0100
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Tongfang GK7MRFR) in review: Mid-range gaming laptop without hot flashes

The Schenker XMG Core 17 (2020) offers three video outputs and space for two SSDs

The hardware of the Schenker XMG Core 17 brings all modern computer games smoothly onto the matte 17.3-inch screen (Full HD, IPS, 144 Hz). The laptop also score...
Intel Core i7-10750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile | 17.30" | 2.5 kg
Sascha Mölck, Fri, 25 Dec 2020 01:21:00 +0100
Lenovo Legion 7 15IMH05 (Legion 7i) Laptop Review: Top performance and display

86% Lenovo Legion 7 15IMH05 (Legion 7i) Laptop Review: Top performance and display

Too much power. With a GeForce RTX 2080 Super, an Intel Core i9-10980HK, and a 240-Hz display, the Legion 7 is clearly targeted toward gamers that don't want to make any compromises in terms of performance even on the road. We find out in our test, whether the compact 15-inch laptop is able to control the heat development.
Intel Core i9-10980HK | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q | 15.60" | 2.4 kg
Marius Schell, Thu, 24 Dec 2020 21:38:00 +0100
The Gigabyte A7 comes with a tempting AMD/Nvidia CPU/GPU combination. (Image source: Gigabyte/VideoCardz - edited)

Updated | Gigabyte A7 laptop with AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, and 144 Hz display joining upcoming Comet Lake-H G5 and G7 laptops

Gigabyte is planning on releasing a Ryzen 5000 laptop in the form of the upcoming Gigabyte A7 that features an AMD Ryzen 5800H and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060. On top of that, the Taiwanese manufacturer will also be offering Comet ...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 24 Dec 2020 19:56:00 +0100
Dell G5 15 5500 review.

Dell G5 15 5500 Laptop Review: Aspirational mid-ranger let down by a sub-par display

Pricey despite compromises. Dell's new G5 15 5500 variant aims to appeal to the mid-range gamer. With a Core i5-10300H, a GTX 1650 Ti, and a 120 Hz display, the G5 15 5500 gets the basics right. However, for the asking price of ₹87,990 (US$1,195), the G5 15 5500 cuts corners, especially with the display. Can the Dell G5 15 5500 make up for these deficits on the performance front? Let's find out.
Intel Core i5-10300H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile | 15.60" | 2.3 kg
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Thu, 24 Dec 2020 11:22:00 +0100
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