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Intel Ice Lake: 10nm, fast GPU, and a new architecture

After many years of yearly reiterations of what was basically the same design over and over again, Ice Lake finally contains major architectural improvements over its predecessors, particularly in regard to CPU cores and integrated GPU. Developed and designed over the last four years and manufactured in 10nm in Intel’s Israeli Fab28, the first available Ice Lake chip features four CPU cores and up to 64 GPU units and will only be available as mobile U and Y-series for the time being.

The chip and an addition PCH can be found on two different packages. The more powerful U-series requires more space and is typically rated at 15 to 28 W. The more energy-efficient Y-series is made for smaller notebooks and tablets and therefore fitted onto a smaller overall package. However, given that it is based on the same core design, it features four physical cores as well.

Basically, Intel’s Ice Lake architecture is characterized by three features:

  • First mass-produced 10nm chip by Intel. Cannon Lake can be considered a first test run.
  • New CPU and GPU architecture.
  • Thunderbolt and Wi-Fi 6 partly integrated into chip and/or package.
Three main features of Ice Lake
Three main features of Ice Lake
Ice Lake is going to be referred to as 10th generation Core and offers a variety of new features
Ice Lake is going to be referred to as 10th generation Core and offers a variety of new features

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New CPU Architecture: Sunny Cove

In order to improve performance, Intel implemented two separate strategies:

  1. Increase IPC by up to 18%
  2. Implement new instructions functional units for popular and often-used scenarios

In order to increase overall chip performance the pipelines were both widened and deepened, the memory subsystem received an overhaul, and most caches were increased in size. According to Intel the entire architecture was revised. In other words: Ice Lake is more than a minor tweak.

The result is an up to 18% increased IPC (instructions per clock cycle), which Intel determined by running various benchmarks.

This IPC improvement compensates for the fact that Ice Lake runs at lower clock speeds than the optimized-for-high-clock-speeds 14nm++ Whiskey Lake CPUs.

Two strategies for more performance
Two strategies for more performance
New CPU features
New CPU features
Microarchitecture compared to its predecessors
Microarchitecture compared to its predecessors
Sunny Cove microarchitecture diagram
Sunny Cove microarchitecture diagram
IPC according to various benchmarks
IPC according to various benchmarks
SPECint_rate_base2006 single-core performance
SPECint_rate_base2006 single-core performance

In addition, a number of new instructions as well as functional units for AI / machine learning (DL Boost), cryptography, and compression/decompression have been implemented. Furthermore, AVX-512 is now supported on Ice Lake, which was previously only available in server-class processors. However, in order to benefit from these new instructions, applications will need to implement them first. We thus only expect newly released applications to benefit from this particular architectural improvement.

In addition, Ice Lake is the first processor to support Intel Dynamic Tuning 2.0 with Machine Learning, a technique developed by Intel using machine learning algorithms to determine future CPU core utilization in order to optimize Turbo Boost and apply it more intelligently. A best-case scenario estimates performance improvements of up to 5%.

AI and machine learning benefit from DL Boost (short burst workloads) and VNNI AVX-512 instructions
AI and machine learning benefit from DL Boost (short burst workloads) and VNNI AVX-512 instructions
2x and 2.5x higher AI performance in AIXPRT thanks to DL Boost
2x and 2.5x higher AI performance in AIXPRT thanks to DL Boost
AI, cryptography, and compression features
AI, cryptography, and compression features
Cryptography improvements in detail
Cryptography improvements in detail
Compression and Decompression improvements thanks to VBMI and Bit Algebra instructions
Compression and Decompression improvements thanks to VBMI and Bit Algebra instructions
 

More GPU Power: Integrated Gen 11 GPU

The integrated GPU was heavily modified and upgraded. The unified shaders (aka execution units) have been widened, and the pixels per clock cycle have been doubled in order to increase per-core performance even further. Units with dedicated eDRAM, such as the older Iris SKUs (e.g. Iris Plus 650 or Iris Pro 580) were not yet available at the time of writing. However, the most powerful Iris Plus model has access to 3 MB of L3 cache located in direct proximity to the GPU and 0.5 GB of shared memory.

A maximum performance of up to 1.12 TFLOPS in FP32 and 2.25 TFLOPS in FP16 based on the maximum clock speed of 1.1 GHz and 64 execution units compares nicely to the GeForce MX250’s 1.25 TFLOPS in FP32. Intel also offers GPUs with fewer execution units and therefore a lower peak performance. The slowest GPU is referred to as UHD Graphics and can be found in all CPUs suffixed with G1. So far, we were able to identify three separate GPUs within Intel’s U-series:

In addition to more oomph the new GPUs have also been enhanced to incorporate a new feature called variable rate shading, which enables developers to render less eye-catching areas on-screen to be rendered and shaded in a lower resolution in order to improve performance.

A total of three display pipes are available, each with support for [email protected] Hz. Two of these can be combined in order to drive a single 8K display. The GPU supports the VESA Adaptive Sync standard (aka FreeSync) that synchronizes the display's refresh rate to the game’s frame rate for a smoother gaming experience. This technology can help make lower frame rates seem smoother than they normally would. Another new feature is the FP16 HDR display pipeline, which enables support for HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

The media encoders have been upgraded and are now not only supposed to work faster but also offer better quality. Intel integrated two encoders with support for HEVC and VP9 up to 4K60 10b 4:4:4 or 8K30 10b 4:2:0.

Gen. 11 graphics for gaming
Gen. 11 graphics for gaming
Less-demanding games will even run smoothly in 1080p
Less-demanding games will even run smoothly in 1080p
Display engine, media engine, and push are new features as well
Display engine, media engine, and push are new features as well

On-Chip Thunderbolt

In order to lower costs for integrating Thunderbolt 3 and the upcoming USB 4.0 standard, Intel integrated the necessary controller directly into the SoC. The CPU can provide two or four ports, and all manufacturers have to do is to implement a simple retimer per port as well as a Power Delivery (PD) controller. The Thunderbolt controller is supposed to consume no more than 300 mW of energy under full load and will therefore not expose the power supply or cooling solution to any amount of noticeable additional stress. Y-series chips in particular should benefit greatly from this feature due to their heavily restricted thermal and power budgets.

Thunderbolt 3 consisting of DisplayPort, USB 3, and PCI Express
Thunderbolt 3 consisting of DisplayPort, USB 3, and PCI Express
Currently used external Thunderbolt chips are considered complex, expensive, and energy intensive
Currently used external Thunderbolt chips are considered complex, expensive, and energy intensive
Ice Lake CPUs allow for a simpler integration
Ice Lake CPUs allow for a simpler integration
The SoC contains various components required for Thunderbolt 3
The SoC contains various components required for Thunderbolt 3

Fast Wi-Fi on Package

While not directly on-chip, the Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax CNVi 2) modem is integrated into the on-package PCH (platform controller hub, the artist formerly known as Southbridge) and requires an additional AX201 RF chip.

Intel is thus one of the first manufacturers to support 802.11ax and intends to provide one of the fastest wireless experiences with its Wi-Fi 6 Gig+ feature with support for 160 Hz and OFDMA. Wi-Fi 6 is particularly interesting in networks with a large number of clients.

On-package Wi-Fi improves performance
On-package Wi-Fi improves performance
Parallel connections benefit greatly from Wi-Fi 6
Parallel connections benefit greatly from Wi-Fi 6
Intel's Gig+ brand showcases the optional features 160 Hz and OBSS
Intel's Gig+ brand showcases the optional features 160 Hz and OBSS
Wi-Fi 6 promises a higher performance and more capacity
Wi-Fi 6 promises a higher performance and more capacity

Assessment

While the first Ice Lake chips are not necessarily significantly more powerful regarding CPU performance, the faster GPU, support for Wi-Fi 6, and the integrated Thunderbolt controller are major advantages over their predecessors. In addition, the Y-series benefits from two extra cores. That being said, the new chips will still require proper cooling and integration in order to perform adequately despite their lower power consumption thanks to the modern and slowly maturing 10nm manufacturing process. However, we don’t expect any big surprises in energy efficiency and battery life as Intel conveniently skipped over this aspect in its presentation.

PosModelL2 Cache + L3 CacheTDP (Watt)MHz - TurboCores / ThreadsCinebench R15 CPU Single 64BitCinebench R15 CPU Multi 64BitCinebench R20x264 Pass 1
Intel Core i7-1068G72MB + 8MB152300 ‑ 41004/8
Intel Core i7-1065G72MB + 8MB151300 ‑ 39004/8
178.5n10
720n11
1622.5n8
184.9n2
Intel Core i5-1035G72MB + 6MB151200 ‑ 37004/8
Intel Core i5-1035G42MB + 6MB151100 ‑ 37004/8
172
591n2
1410
154.1
Intel Core i5-1035G12MB + 6MB151000 ‑ 36004/8
170
518
Intel Core i7-1060G72MB + 8MB91000 ‑ 38004/8
Intel Core i5-1034G12MB + 6MB15800 ‑ 36004/8
Intel Core i5-1030G72MB + 6MB9800 ‑ 35004/8
Intel Core i5-1030G42MB + 6MB9700 ‑ 35004/8
Intel Core i3-1005G11MB + 4MB151200 ‑ 34002/4
157
406
948
135.2
Intel Core i3-1000G41MB + 4MB91100 ‑ 32002/4
Intel Core i3-1000G11MB + 4MB91100 ‑ 32002/4
(-) * Smaller values are better. / n123 Number of benchmarks for this median value / * Approximate position

Intel Ice Lake Articles


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HP Pavilion 14

79% HP Pavilion 14 Laptop Review: A stylish all-rounder with a bright display

A dominant fan. With the Pavilion 14-ce3040ng, HP is selling a 1,000-Euro (~$1,109) multimedia laptop based on Intel's brand-new Ice Lake architecture. As it turned out in our test, the 14-incher has several unnecessary quirks.
Intel Core i7-1065G7 | NVIDIA GeForce MX250 | 14" | 1.6 kg
Florian Glaser, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 22:13:00 +0100
Dell Inspiron 14 3493 in Review: Dell's 14-inch laptop neglects the GPU department

Better without dedicated GPU - The Dell Inspiron 14 3493 in Review

Dell's 14-inch laptop offers decent or even good battery life, an NVMe SSD and a powerful Ice Lake Core i7 processor. Due to thermal constraints, the dedicated MX230 graphics chip is only able to put its full potential on display ...
Sascha Mölck, Sat, 18 Jan 2020 11:40:00 +0100
The first Ryzen 4000 laptop APUs are expected to hit the market in a few months. (Image Source: TechnoSports)

New graphics tests reveal AMD's Ryzen 4000 iGPUs are significantly faster than Intel's Ice Lake alternatives

Even though the new Ryzen 4000 APUs do not integrate Navi iGPUs, the performance gains are quite substantial, at least when compared to the previous generation. According to the latest UserBenchmark tests, the new 7 nm Vega comput...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 15:45:00 +0100
Dell Inspiron 14 3493 in Review: Dell's 14-Inch Laptop Neglects the GPU Department

75% Dell Inspiron 14 3493 in Review: Dell's 14-Inch Laptop Neglects the GPU Department

Half-baked. Dell's 14-inch laptop shines with decent or even good battery life, an NVMe SSD and a powerful Ice Lake Core i7 processor. The dedicated GeForce MX230 graphics chip is only able to access its performance potential for a short amount of time due to thermal constraints. Thus, it is not really suitable for gaming.
Intel Core i7-1065G7 | NVIDIA GeForce MX230 | 14" | 1.8 kg
Sascha Mölck, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 09:31:00 +0100
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 Intel Core vs. AMD Ryzen: There is No Wrong Option

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15-inch Intel Core vs. AMD Ryzen: There is No Wrong Option

The Intel version will indubitably offer the faster experience, but the AMD version is not really that far behind. Don't beat yourself over for "settling" with AMD if you want to save a few hundred bucks.
Allen Ngo, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0100
Intel Tiger Lake CPUs with Xe DG1 graphics are expected to ship in notebooks this year. (Source: Intel)

CES 2020 | Intel previews 10nm+ Tiger Lake with Xe DG1 graphics and integrated Thunderbolt 4

Shortly after AMD's Ryzen 4000 APU announcement, Intel showed a preview of the upcoming Tiger Lake processor with integrated Xe DG1 graphics. Not much information was revealed about the processor itself apart form highlighting the...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 18:40:00 +0100
Acer is offering Intel and AMD options with the new Swift 3. (Source: Acer)

CES 2020 | Acer Swift 3 is now Project Athena-certified and puts buyers in an Intel vs AMD conundrum

Acer is offering consumers the benefit of doubt with the new Swift 3. The Swift 3 comes in both Intel Ice Lake and AMD Ryzen 4000 variants. While both the variants share many common features and connectivity options, the Intel ver...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 01:43:00 +0100
8-core AMD Ryzen 7 4800U promises huge advantages over the Intel 10th gen Core i7-1065G7, but we'll believe it when we see it (Image source: AMD)

Opinion | 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 4800U promises huge gains over the Intel 10th gen Core i7-1065G7, but we'll believe it when we see it

Comparing one Ryzen 7 4800U laptop to one Core i7-1065G7 laptop isn't enough to accurately represent the CPUs. We're going to need a sample size of retail units from both chipmakers to paint a bigger overall picture of their perfo...
Allen Ngo, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 00:02:00 +0100
AMD's Dr. Lisa Su unveils the Ryzen 4000 APUs for laptops.

CES 2020 | AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 U and H-series APUs bring 7nm 8C/16T goodness to laptops, first benchmarks show AMD clobbering Intel Core i7-1065G7 and Core i7-9750H for big gains

AMD has finally revealed the much anticipated Ryzen 4000 APUs for laptops. The 7nm Ryzen 4000 APUs come in both U (15-28W) and H (35-45W) series, and offer up to 8 cores 16 threads with boosts up to 4.2 GHz. Preliminary benchmarks show that AMD has managed to significantly close the performance gap with Intel's mobile offerings and is, in fact, leading by large margins. A bevy of new laptops designs are expected to launch this year featuring AMD Ryzen 4000 processors bringing a lot of choice to the consumer.
J. Simon Leitner and Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 23:45:00 +0100
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7: New Ultrabooks offer many different configurations, including AMD Ryzen 4000

CES 2020 | Lenovo Yoga Slim 7: New Ultrabooks offer many different configurations, including AMD Ryzen 4000

Lenovo introduces three models of the new Yoga Slim 7 series at CES. The new Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 laptops are supposed to win over consumers with a range of configurations and design options.
Benjamin Herzig, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 20:30:00 +0100
All images via Lenovo

CES 2020 | Lenovo zooms into CES with Ducati 5 notebook

The Lenovo Ducati 5 is a laptop made to match the famous Moto GP bike brand. Internal components are mid-range in nature. The racing stripe along the back lid and honeycomb mesh ventilation are nice details that racing bike fans w...
Sam Medley, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 20:30:00 +0100
Asus VivoBook S13/S15 gets refreshed with Comet Lake-U, Ice Lake-U, and a thinner look

CES 2020 | Asus VivoBook S13/S15 gets refreshed with Comet Lake-U, Ice Lake-U, and a thinner look

Interestingly, Asus has no new ZenBook models to show at this year's CES meaning the OEM is likely saving some announcements for later. Instead, the manufacturer will kick off the new year with refreshed Zephyrus and VivoBook mode...
Allen Ngo, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 15:00:00 +0100
The Acer Spin 5 is now available with a 2K display and Intel Ice Lake CPU options. (Source: Acer)

CES 2020 | Acer Spin 3 and Spin 5 are now slimmer and get a much needed upgrade to Intel Ice Lake

Acer has announced upgrades to the Spin 3 and Spin 5 convertibles at CES 2020. The new Spin series are now slimmer than their predecessors and are powered by 10th gen Intel Ice Lake processor options with Iris Plus Graphics. The S...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 04:59:00 +0100
All image via Lenovo.

CES 2020 | Lenovo unveils ThinkCentre M90a AIO, a more secure all-in-one desktop

Lenovo's new ThinkCentre M90a AIO adds some security features to a sleek all-in-one form factor PC. The M90a uses Lenovo's Blur Screen Software and IR sensors to protect user privacy. The AIO can be configured with a 10th generati...
Sam Medley, Fri, 03 Jan 2020 18:00:00 +0100
Dell XPS 13 9300 in pictures: Don't worry, the SSD is now replaceable

CES 2020 | Dell XPS 13 9300 in pictures: Don't worry, the SSD is now replaceable

It will also be a hair lighter and smaller by 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively, when compared to the last generation design while sporting the same chassis materials for that familiar look and feel.
Allen Ngo, Thu, 02 Jan 2020 15:00:00 +0100
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15-inch Core i7 Review: Better with Ice Lake

84% Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15-inch Core i7 Review: Better with Ice Lake

Microsoft's fastest configuration. We all know that Intel's Core i7 Ice Lake can outperform the cheaper AMD Zen+ Ryzen 5. The real questions are how much of a performance boost can users expect and if the advantages are worth the price premium.
Intel Core i7-1065G7 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU) | 15" | 1.5 kg
Allen Ngo, Sun, 29 Dec 2019 08:47:00 +0100
These are the best and worst Intel Core i7 Ice Lake laptops of 2019

These are the best and worst Intel Core i7 Ice Lake laptops of 2019

Dell and Microsoft have the best implementation of the Core i7-1065G7 thus far with HP being near the bottom. When looking at the extremes, the fastest i7-1065G7 laptop is able to outperform the slowest by 50 percent in multi-thre...
Allen Ngo, Sun, 29 Dec 2019 03:01:00 +0100
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx Convertible Review: Powered by Intel Ice Lake

88% HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx Convertible Review: Powered by Intel Ice Lake

007 Spectre. The latest HP Spectre is definitely smaller, faster, and more portable than ever before, but the unsteady CPU performance and noticeable ghosting will leave some casual gamers disappointed.
Intel Core i7-1065G7 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU) | 13.3" | 1.2 kg
Allen Ngo, Fri, 27 Dec 2019 22:29:00 +0100
Official HP Spectre x360 13 specifications were off by 300 grams, now fixed

Update | Official HP Spectre x360 13 specifications were off by 300 grams, now fixed

No, the latest Ice Lake-powered Spectre x360 13 does not weigh just 930 grams despite what the HP Customer Support Knowledge Base is affirming. Our own measurements show that the convertible is actually 33 percent heavier to be cl...
Allen Ngo, Thu, 26 Dec 2019 07:50:00 +0100
Could AMD be preparing Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 APUs? (Image via AMD)

AMD may soon release Ryzen 9 4900H and Ryzen 7 4800H APUs with 8 cores

Intel may find AMD's mobile offerings problematic in the coming year. Chinese forum users have stated that the Taiwanese chip manufacturer will soon debut the Ryzen 9 4900H and Ryzen 7 4800H, both of which are eight-core, 16-threa...
Sam Medley, Mon, 23 Dec 2019 00:25:00 +0100
Get Lenovo's premier Ice Lake Yoga C940 convertible with 512 GB SSD for only $999 (Image source: Best Buy)

Deal | Get Lenovo's premier Ice Lake Yoga C940 convertible with 512 GB SSD for only $999

This flagship convertible houses an active stylus, 12 GB of RAM, and a 14-inch 1080p touchscreen all wrapped in a rigid aluminum chassis.
Allen Ngo, Sun, 22 Dec 2019 07:00:00 +0100
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL Review: The 14-inch Consumer Convertible to Beat

87% Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL Review: The 14-inch Consumer Convertible to Beat

The 4K Ice Lake difference. Is it worth spending a few extra Benjamims for the 4K display over the cheaper FHD option? Aside from a meaurable cut in battery life, the 4K SKU brings both deeper colors and a brighter display.
Intel Core i7-1065G7 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU) | 14" | 1.4 kg
Allen Ngo, Thu, 19 Dec 2019 03:43:00 +0100
The new Tiger Lake chip has much-improved IPC (Image source: Segmentnext)

New quad-core 1.2 Ghz Tiger Lake CPU appears on Geekbench, races past Comet Lake

Tipster @TUM_APISAK uncovered Geekbench scores for two quad-core Tiger Lake U chips. These 15-25W parts appear to have a significant IPC uplift, outscoring the hexa-core i7-10710U on single and multithreaded tests.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 18 Dec 2019 10:13:00 +0100
The latest 17-inch Gram laptop comes with a thin bezel display that fits in a smaller form-factor. (Source: LG)

LG announces refreshed Gram laptop lineup powered by Intel's Ice Lake CPUs

The refreshed Gram lineup includes a 17-inch model with a 16:10 2560 x 1600 IPS display, Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi 6, Iris Plus iGPUs and dual NVMe SSD options. LG also offers a 15-inch model together with a regular 14-incher and a con...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:29:00 +0100
The Surface Pro 7 (Source: Own)

Feature | Should tablets have fans? - Analyzing tablet PC performance

Should your next "laptop" be a tablet? These small, very portable machines have been only getting better in recent times. Are they fast enough to replace laptops, or are they still behind the curve?
Loki Rautio, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 21:41:00 +0100
3DMark update adds Tier-2 VRS support (Source: 3DMark)

3DMark adds Tier-2 variable rate shading test for Turing cards

The 3DMark benchmark suite was updated with a Variable Rate Shading Tier-2 test. Before-and-after comparisons show almost no loss in image quality, together with a big performance boost. Is this a path to playable framerates at 8K...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Fri, 06 Dec 2019 15:48:00 +0100
AMD confirms 64-core Threadripper coming in 2020, possibly Threadripper 3990X

AMD confirms 64-core Threadripper coming in 2020, possibly Threadripper 3990X

AMD has confirmed a 64-core Threadripper chip is coming in 2020. This chip will likely be the Threadripper 3990X, a beastly HEDT processor that will likely clobber the Intel Core i9-10980XE. AMD may be the premium choice for conte...
Sam Medley, Tue, 26 Nov 2019 18:18:00 +0100
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Core i5 Review: More Like a Surface Pro 6.5

88% Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Core i5 Review: More Like a Surface Pro 6.5

Iterative. The Surface Pro 7 doesn't bring enough to the table to warrant a whole digit upgrade over the Surface Pro 6. Unless if you really value the integrated USB Type-C port or Iris Plus graphics update, last year's model will suffice.
Intel Core i5-1035G4 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU) | 12.3" | 775 g
Allen Ngo, Tue, 19 Nov 2019 18:25:00 +0100
Our first Core i5-1035G4 benchmarks are in and results are almost as good as the Ryzen 7 3700U (Image source: Intel)

Surface Pro 7 Core i5-1035G4 performance can throttle by as much as 27 percent to be slower than the Core i7-8565U

CPU performance can be all over the place on the Surface Pro 7 Core i5. When at its best, multi-thread performance will be most similar to the Ryzen 5 3580U on the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3. But if at its worst, performance can be ...
Allen Ngo, Mon, 18 Nov 2019 05:59:00 +0100
Razer Blade Stealth: 4K UHD LCD is the worse choice for this Razer laptop

Razer Blade Stealth: 4K UHD LCD is the worse choice for this Razer laptop

The Razer Blade Stealth has a premium, compact design and excellent GPU performance. On the other hand, the CPU performance and especially the optional 4K screen disappoint in our review.
Benjamin Herzig, Sun, 17 Nov 2019 16:46:00 +0100
Ice Lake issues: Microsoft is aware that the Surface Pro 7 is currently stuck on broken graphics drivers

Ice Lake issues: Microsoft is aware that the Surface Pro 7 is currently stuck on months-old broken graphics drivers

All those Iris Plus-related bug fixes Intel have been releasing over the past three months have yet to arrive on the Surface Pro 7 despite the fact that this is supposed to be Microsoft's latest flagship Windows tablet. Though we ...
Allen Ngo, Sun, 17 Nov 2019 04:07:00 +0100
NUVIA Inc founders John Bruno, Gerard Williams III, and Manu Gulati. (Image via NUVIA, distributed by Reuters)

Former Apple executives found NUVIA Inc with hopes to take on Intel and AMD

NUVIA, a new company founded by three former executives with experience in designing and manufacturing Apple CPUs and SoCs, has officially been announced. NUVIA will manufacture hardware for use in data centers with a focus on del...
Sam Medley, Sun, 17 Nov 2019 00:32:00 +0100
Razer Blade Stealth (GTX 1650 Max-Q) Review: 4K screen, battery life & CPU performance disappoint

84% Razer Blade Stealth (GTX 1650 Max-Q) Review: 4K screen, battery life & CPU performance disappoint

Cheaper screen, better choice!? Razer has tried to create the ultimate machine for gamers on the go. The result is the new Razer Blade Stealth. It has many good qualities, such as its powerful GPU, but the 4K screen cannot satisfy us. The CPU performance could be better as well.
Intel Core i7-1065G7 | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q | 13.3" | 1.5 kg
Benjamin Herzig, Fri, 15 Nov 2019 16:41:00 +0100
Watch out, OLED: Samsung bringing QLED Galaxy Book Ion and Flex NT930X laptops in 2020 (Source: Samsung)

Watch out, OLED: Samsung bringing QLED Galaxy Book Ion and Galaxy Book Flex NT930X laptops in 2020

Samsung will launch the world's first QLED laptops early next year with the promise of 600-nit displays, Ice Lake, Wi-Fi 6, and GeForce MX graphics. LPDDR4x RAM will come soldered alongside an S Pen recess on the Galaxy Flex model...
Allen Ngo, Tue, 29 Oct 2019 19:18:00 +0100
Intel unveils its new Tremont microarchitecture. (Source: Intel)

Intel's new Tremont low-power architecture is now official

Intel has released its new low-power solution in full today (October 24, 2019). It is an x86 microarchitecture associated with "significant" IPC enhancements compared to its predecessor. Tremont can also support an L2 cache of up ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 23:48:00 +0200
The first Ryzen 3000 processors were launched on July 7, 2019. (Image source: AMD)

AMD's Matisse beasts are far from toothless as Ryzen 3000 helps to gnaw at Intel's Steam survey share

September’s Steam Hardware and Software Survey has seemingly delivered more good news for AMD. The survey has measured data in regard to PC processor usage by manufacturer, which yet again has been thoroughly dominated by Intel. H...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 22 Oct 2019 08:08:00 +0200
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus Laptop Review: The Cheaper GeForce MX150 is Faster

86% Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus Laptop Review: The Cheaper GeForce MX150 is Faster

Ice to meet you. Razer has jumped in on the 10 nm Ice Lake bandwagon to exploit the new power-efficient Intel Iris Plus GPU. While the resulting performance is where we expect it to be, the $1500 starting price makes this a tough buy when the less expensive Blade Stealth GeForce MX150 version is the better gaming machine.
Intel Core i7-1065G7 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU) | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Allen Ngo, Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:57:00 +0200
Most OEMs treat AMD CPUs like second-class citizens when it comes to laptops. Now is the time for change

Opinion | Most OEMs treat AMD CPUs like second-class citizens when it comes to laptops. Now is the time for change

Microsoft had the cojones to put both AMD and Intel on its flagship Surface series. In contrast, other OEMs offer AMD options only for their lower-end to mid-range product families. The Ryzen 5 3500U and Ryzen 7 3700U are comparab...
Allen Ngo, Sun, 20 Oct 2019 10:02:00 +0200
This launch may also affect Lakefield processors. (Source: PCWorld)

Intel is slated to launch its new ULP microarchitecture in October 2019

Tremont is a collective name for Intel's next-gen SoCs developed for mobile, low-end and IoT devices. Currently, they are thought to have a microarchitecture based on a 10 nanometer (nm) process. The Linley Group now asserts that ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:37:00 +0200
The Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL with Ice Lake is a strong competitor for the Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1

The Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL with Ice Lake is a strong opponent for the Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1

Intel's Ice Lake platform performs convincing in the first reviews. With the Lenovo Yoga C940 convertible we recently reviewed another Ice Lake laptop, which directly competes with Dell's XPS 13 7390 2-in-1. In terms of battery li...
Benjamin Herzig, Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:45:00 +0200
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL Laptop Review: Premium Ice Lake convertible is a strong competitor for the Dell XPS 13

88% Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL Laptop Review: Premium Ice Lake convertible is a strong competitor for the Dell XPS 13

Ice Lake Yoga. Lenovo wants to bring its premium Yoga convertible to the next level, with the help of the latest Ice Lake CPUs from Intel. Compared with the predecessor, Lenovo has not changed much and instead has opted to work on a few weak-points. In our review, this strategy certainly pays off!
Intel Core i7-1065G7 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU) | 14" | 1.4 kg
Benjamin Herzig, Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:43:00 +0200
Intel's 10nm plans on the desktop are still some time away from fruition. (Source: ExtremeTech)

Intel refutes rumors of eliminating 10nm from the desktop, but don't expect anything till 2022

Fresh rumors have surfaced indicating that Intel would scrap 10nm on the desktop altogether and instead, directly launch 7nm Meteor Lake chips sometime in 2022 as 10nm has not yet reached the high clocks and yields required for de...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 15 Oct 2019 15:38:00 +0200
The Ultimate Core i7-1065G7 and Ryzen 7 3700U/2700U CineBench comparison: How does Intel Ice Lake hold up against 15 other AMD Ryzen laptops?

The Ultimate Core i7-1065G7 and Ryzen 7 3700U/2700U CineBench comparison: How does Intel Ice Lake hold up against 15 other AMD Ryzen laptops?

It takes more than just one or two laptops or one or two scores to call a verdict like so many articles tend to do. We compare the Ice Lake-powered Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 with at least a dozen other AMD laptops in a CineBench stress test to see which laptop comes out fastest. Interestingly, results are mixed and even closer than what you might expect.
Allen Ngo, Sun, 13 Oct 2019 21:35:00 +0200
Intel Xe graphics card concept provided by Cristiano Siqueira.

Update | New Intel Xe GPU info: Gen 12 mobility iGPUs designed to deliver [email protected] gaming, discrete GPUs to get ray-tracing support

At this year's IDC event in Tokyo, Intel disclosed a few more details about the upcoming Xe GPU architecture. Besides the hardware-level ray tracing support on the discrete GPUs launching in mid-2020, Intel also intends to double ...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 11 Oct 2019 20:13:00 +0200
Image via AMD

AMD reveals details on upcoming Zen 3 "Milan" and Zen 4 "Genoa" EPYC server CPU architectures

AMD recently unveiled a roadmap for its EPYC line of server-grade CPUs. The Zen 3 ("Milan") and Zen 4 ("Genoa") EPYC CPUs look like they will continue to pressure Intel's enterprise business. While Milan looks more like a refineme...
Sam Medley, Tue, 08 Oct 2019 05:00:00 +0200
Intel's Xe GPUs are set to shake up the discrete GPU market. (Source: Intel)

Raja Koduri hints at mid-2020 debut for Intel's discrete Xe GPUs

Intel has hinted that the first of its eagerly anticipated Xe discrete GPUs will launch in June 2020. The launch date has been discerned from a cryptic tweet posted by the head of the project and former AMD GPU chief Raja Koduri.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 07 Oct 2019 12:57:00 +0200
Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake can run Doom at 1080p and Destiny 2 at 720p... sort of (Image source: metro.co.uk)

Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake can run Doom at 1080p and Destiny 2 at 720p... sort of

With some heavy tweaking and field-of-view reductions, Doom and Destiny 2: Shadowkeep can run at a locked 30 FPS in some scenarios. Still, we recommend at least a GeForce MX150 if you intend to play such intensive titles regularly...
Allen Ngo, Fri, 04 Oct 2019 06:58:00 +0200
No HDMI or Thunderbolt yet again: Microsoft Surface Laptop is being stingy on connectivity and now it's really starting to show (Image source: Microsoft)

No HDMI or Thunderbolt yet again: Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is being stingy on connectivity and now it's really starting to show

Be prepared to carry around a bunch of adapters if you plan on buying the latest Surface Laptop. The newest models haven't improved upon one of the weakest aspects of the Surface Laptop 2 series to make alternatives like the Dell ...
Allen Ngo, Thu, 03 Oct 2019 17:05:00 +0200
Latest Asus ZenBook 15 is proof that we could use more laptops with both ULV Core U CPUs and GeForce Max-Q graphics

Latest Asus ZenBook 15 is proof that we could use more laptops with both ULV Core U CPUs and GeForce Max-Q graphics

While we aren't expecting to see any laptops with both the Core i7-8565U CPU and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU, we could argue that the Core i7-8565U or any other ULV Core i7 CPU would pair very well with an entry-level Max-Q GPU lik...
Allen Ngo, Wed, 02 Oct 2019 07:35:00 +0200
Latest HP Spectre x360 13 refresh addresses one of our biggest complaints about last year's model (Source: HP)

Latest HP Spectre x360 13 refresh addresses one of our biggest complaints about last year's model

The new convertible has a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio and a 13 percent smaller footprint than the 2018 model. It's also slightly thicker with a larger cooling solution in order to accommodate the more graphically capable Core ...
Allen Ngo, Mon, 30 Sep 2019 14:59:00 +0200
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Klaus Hinum, 2019-07- 9 (Update: 2019-08- 5)