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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

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 + 8MB282300 ‑ 41004/8
Intel Core i5-1038NG72MB + 6MB282000 ‑ 38004/8
169
768
1998
Intel Core i7-1065G72MB + 8MB151300 ‑ 39004/8
178.06n32
676n33
1543n28
184.9n2
Intel Core i5-1035G72MB + 6MB151200 ‑ 37004/8
170n3
712n3
1233n3
167.48
Intel Core i5-1035G42MB + 6MB151100 ‑ 37004/8
166.79n5
573n6
1304.5n6
154.1
Intel Core i5-1035G12MB + 6MB151000 ‑ 36004/8
170n7
619.5n10
1260.5n6
Intel Core i7-1060NG72MB + 8MB101200 ‑ 38004/8
Intel Core i7-1060G72MB + 8MB91000 ‑ 38004/8
Intel Core i5-1034G12MB + 6MB15800 ‑ 36004/8
Intel Core i5-1030NG72MB + 6MB101100 ‑ 35004/8
140
448
875.5n2
77.45
Intel Core i5-1030G72MB + 6MB9800 ‑ 35004/8
Intel Core i5-1030G42MB + 6MB9700 ‑ 35004/8
Intel Core i3-1005G11MB + 4MB151200 ‑ 34002/4
157n3
406.42n3
902n3
135.2
Intel Core i3-1000NG41MB + 4MB91100 ‑ 32002/4
141
333
587
Intel Core i3-1000G41MB + 4MB91100 ‑ 32002/4
Intel Core i3-1000G11MB + 4MB91100 ‑ 32002/4
Intel Core i5-L16G71.5MB + 4MB71400 ‑ 30005/5
88.3
255
609
Intel Core i3-L13G41.5MB + 4MB7800 ‑ 28005/5
(-) * Smaller values are better. / n123 Number of benchmarks for this median value / * Approximate position

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The Go is the third version of the Surface Laptop that Microsoft currently sells. (Image source: Microsoft)

New Surface Laptop launched with a 12.4-inch PixelSense display, an Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor and steep memory upgrade prices

The Surface Laptop Go is here, Microsoft's small form factor laptop. The Go features a 12.4-inch display, a 15 W Ice Lake processor and starts at US$549.99. You may want to skip the entry-level model though, as it comes with just ...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 01 Oct 2020 18:13:00 +0200
The next x86 Surface will be the Surface Laptop Go. (Image source: Microsoft)

New Surface Laptop to be called the Surface Laptop Go; 12.45-inch PixelSense Display, up to 13 hours of battery life and Windows 10 in S mode for US$699.99 laptop

The next Surface Laptop will be called the Surface Laptop Go, according to a new report. The device will weigh in at around 1.1 kg and will pack a 12.45-inch PixelSense display, along with a 15 W Ice Lake processor. The Surface La...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 01 Oct 2020 00:50:00 +0200
The GeForce MX450 looks set to offer tremendous gains over the Intel Iris Xe and AMD Radeon RX Vega series after limping through the disappointing GeForce MX250 and MX350 (Image source: Nvidia)

The GeForce MX450 looks set to offer tremendous gains over the Intel Iris Xe and AMD Radeon RX Vega series after limping through the disappointing GeForce MX250 and MX350

The upcoming GeForce MX450 will bring the biggest gen-to-gen leap in performance for the low-power MX series since the launch of the MX150 back in 2017. Both Intel and AMD are now able to offer GeForce MX150-like performance from ...
Allen Ngo, Sun, 27 Sep 2020 20:23:00 +0200
MINISFORUM X35G mini PC with Intel Optane and i3-1005G1 with 20 W TDP (Source: MINISFORUM)

Intel Optane-equipped MINISFORUM X35G hits Indiegogo and everything looks great

Last week, we heard about its arrival. Now, we have some official test results and technical details that make the upcoming MINISFORUM X35G even more tempting, such as a maximum TDP of 25 W that allows the 15 W Intel Core i3-1005G...
Codrut Nistor, Sun, 27 Sep 2020 19:02:00 +0200
The DeskMini X35G is MINISFORUM's latest Mini PC. (Image source: MINISFORUM)

DeskMini X35G: New Mini PC comes with an Intel Ice Lake processor, 16 GB of RAM, Thunderbolt 3 and Dual Gigabit Ethernet

The DeskMini X35G is a Mini PC with an Intel Ice Lake processor, a stylish design and a host of connectivity. MINISFORUM has not scrimped on storage either, as it has included two drive bays and a microSD card slot. The 15 W Mini ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 23 Sep 2020 22:46:00 +0200
HP 250 G7 in review: Scrap recycling done the HP way

No recommendation for the HP 250 G7, wrong display choice

The HP 250 G7 offers a current Ice Lake processor, a GeForce graphics core, 8 GB of RAM, and an NVMe SSD for just under 500 Euros (~$592). The built-in display is a disappointment.
Sascha Mölck, Sat, 05 Sep 2020 03:09:00 +0200
HP 250 G7 in review: Scrap recycling done the HP way

75% HP 250 G7 in review: Scrap recycling done the HP way

Dull view. The HP 250 G7 offers a current Ice Lake processor, a GeForce graphics core, 8 GB of RAM, and an NVMe SSD for just under 500 Euros (~$596). The built-in display is a disappointment.
Intel Core i5-1035G1 | NVIDIA GeForce MX110 | 15.60" | 1.8 kg
Sascha Mölck, Thu, 03 Sep 2020 03:08:00 +0200
Intel Tiger Lake seeks to tackle AMD Ryzen 4000 head-on. (Image Source: Intel)

All-core 4.3 GHz at 28 W — Intel announces the 11th gen Tiger Lake lineup for laptops: Full specs, SKUs, and preliminary performance comparison

After giving us a glimpse into the Willow Cove architecture during Architecture Day 2020, Intel has now revealed the 11th generation Tiger Lake lineup led by the Core i7-1185G7. We find from our preliminary performance benchmarks that Tiger Lake may once again equalize or even exceed the performance gap that Intel had to endure during the AMD Ryzen 4000 launch. Combined with Xe LP graphics, Intel Tiger Lake seeks to offer excellent performance for work and play on the go.
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Wed, 02 Sep 2020 18:45:00 +0200
Asus has refreshed the ZenBook Flip 13 with new Intel CPUs

Asus refreshes the ZenBook Flip 13 with 10th-generation Intel Ice Lake CPUs

The ZenBook Flip 13 is now configurable with the Intel Core i5-1035G1 and Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake CPUs. It can be paired with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of solid-state storage. Prices start at US$899 for the base version. Both note...
Anil Satyanarayana, Mon, 31 Aug 2020 21:05:00 +0200
LG Gram 17 17Z90N Review: A light and mobile 17-incher with a 16:10 display

The LG Gram 17 is able to run almost silently

With the Gram 17 17Z90N, LG delivers a feather-light 17-inch laptop that offers a display in the 16:10 format. The rest of the equipment is also right: Ice Lake processor, NVMe SSD, 16 GB of working memory (dual-channel mode), and...
Sascha Mölck, Sun, 30 Aug 2020 04:33:00 +0200
7 nm AMD Ryzen 7 4800U is as fast as the 14 nm Core i9-9880H and at half the TDP, but there's a huge catch (Image source: AMD)

7 nm AMD Ryzen 7 4800U is as fast as the 14 nm Core i9-9880H and at half the TDP, but there's a huge catch

Can an 8-core 25 W cTDP Ryzen 7 4800U outperform the popular 8-core 45 W Core i9-9880H? They're much closer than what you might think at least until you start stressing the Ryzen processor over very long periods.
Allen Ngo, Fri, 28 Aug 2020 08:29:00 +0200
LG Gram 17 17Z90N Review: A light and mobile 17-inch laptop with a 16:10 display

85% LG Gram 17 17Z90N Review: A light and mobile 17-inch laptop with a 16:10 display

Lightweight. With the Gram 17 17Z90N, LG delivers a feather-light 17-inch laptop that offers a display in the 16:10 format. The rest of the equipment is also fitting: Ice Lake processor, NVMe SSD, 16 GB of working memory (dual-channel mode), and Thunderbolt 3. All this is accompanied by outstanding battery life.
Intel Core i7-1065G7 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU) | 17.00" | 1.4 kg
Sascha Mölck, Fri, 28 Aug 2020 04:29:00 +0200
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325JA in review: 1100-gram subnotebook with excellent battery life

The lightweight, compact Asus Zenbook UX325JA also comes with a bright display

The slim Zenbook 13's wide range of features is convincing: There is an Ice Lake CPU, 16 GB of RAM (in dual-channel mode), an NVMe SSD, and Thunderbolt 3. Furthermore, the battery life is excellent thanks to the integrated 67-Wh b...
Sascha Mölck, Sat, 22 Aug 2020 21:38:00 +0200
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