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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
178.12n29
683.5n30
1535.5n26
184.9n2
Intel Core i5-1035G72MB + 6MB151200 ‑ 37004/8
170n3
712n3
1233n3
167.48
Intel Core i5-1035G42MB + 6MB151100 ‑ 37004/8
164.58n4
555.5n5
1210n5
154.1
Intel Core i5-1035G12MB + 6MB151000 ‑ 36004/8
170n6
633n9
1311n5
Intel Core i7-1060NG72MB + 8MB101200 ‑ 38004/8
Intel Core i7-1060G72MB + 8MB91000 ‑ 38004/8
Intel Core i5-1034G12MB + 6MB15800 ‑ 36004/8
164.58
873
1210
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
157n2
405n2
925n2
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 RedmiBook 16.

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The Acer Enduro N7. All images via Acer

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The HP Envy 17t. Image via HP

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The Surface Laptop 4 will likely feature the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U APU (Image source: Microsoft)

Leaked 3DMark listing indicates that a Renoir Ryzen 7 4800U-powered Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is in the works

A leaked 3DMark listing spotted by tipster @TUM_APISAK indicates that Microsoft is prepping a device featuring the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U. This is likely to be the upcoming Surface Laptop 4, the successor to the Ryzen 7 3780U-powered S...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 17 Jun 2020 10:28:00 +0200
HP 14s-dq1431ng

79% HP 14s-dq1431ng Laptop in Review: Too noisy too often

What's with all the ruckus? HP's 14s is aimed at users looking for a somewhat portable and affordable laptop. The 14-inch device has some pros but some of its cons are particularly annoying. Find out what those are in our review.
Intel Core i5-1035G1 | Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU) | 14" | 1.5 kg
Mike Wobker, Tue, 16 Jun 2020 22:13:00 +0200
Could have used more fine-tuning: HP 14s-dq1431ng

HP 14s-dq1431ng: Where affordable meets cheap

Good notebooks for less than $1,000 have been around for quite some time. Current processors are more than powerful enough to run Windows and office application...
Intel Core i5-1035G1 | Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU) | 14" | 1.5 kg
Mike Wobker, Tue, 16 Jun 2020 22:13:00 +0200
HP Envy 17t (Core i7-1065G7, Nvidia MX330, 4K) Laptop Review

81% HP Envy 17t (Core i7-1065G7, Nvidia MX330, 4K) Laptop Review

Silver linings. The HP Envy 17t is a well-crafted 17-inch laptop, but its beauty is only skin deep. Some of its components are major standouts, most notably the screen. While it is a competent laptop capable of crunching through office tasks and light graphical or gaming loads, it is held back by a few grating annoyances.
Intel Core i7-1065G7 | NVIDIA GeForce MX330 | 17.3" | 2.7 kg
Sam Medley, Tue, 16 Jun 2020 17:30:00 +0200
2020 Razer Blade Stealth GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q Laptop Review: Like the 2019 Version, But Done Right

85% 2020 Razer Blade Stealth GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q Laptop Review: Like the 2019 Version, But Done Right

Ultrabook powerhouse. After fumbling with the 2019 options, the 2020 Blade Stealth is what the 2019 version should have been especially in regards to the Ice Lake processor. The graphics potential is insane considering the small 13.3-inch chassis.
Intel Core i7-1065G7 | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q | 13.3" | 1.5 kg
Allen Ngo, Mon, 15 Jun 2020 20:45:00 +0200
The ZenBook 13 UX325. (Source: Asus)

The Asus ZenBook 13 UX325 is quietly unleashed on the European market

The ZenBook UXn25 series is a compelling line of Thunderbolt 3-enabled ultrabooks, although you'd hardly know it from Asus' press releases thus far. Accordingly, its 13-inch variant has sneaked its way onto the OEM's Bulgarian web...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 14 Jun 2020 17:33:00 +0200
Latest HP Pavilion x360 14 with 10th gen Core i5 CPU, 1080p touchscreen, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD is only $500 right now (Image source: Best Buy)

Deal | Latest HP Pavilion x360 14 with 10th gen Core i5 CPU, 1080p touchscreen, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD is only $500 right now

Originally $750 when it launched earlier this year, the 2020 HP convertible is now $250 off in the United States. Users must log in to Best Buy with an account and select 'Apply Offer' in order to receive the deal.
Allen Ngo, Sat, 13 Jun 2020 17:22:00 +0200
Entry-level Lenovo IdeaPad 3 with 10th gen Core i3 , 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB SSD down to less than $300 USD right now (Image source: Walmart)

Deal | Budget Lenovo IdeaPad 3 with 10th gen Core i3 , 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB NVMe SSD is down to less than $300 USD right now

It's one of the least expensive 15.6-inch laptops you can find with an Intel Ice Lake CPU. It's no Dell XPS, but it gets the job done if all you need is a 2020 machine for surfing, emailing, and streaming.
Allen Ngo, Thu, 11 Jun 2020 09:33:00 +0200
More battery life with less power: The Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS

Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS: Should buyers rather choose the Core i5?

Laptop manufacturers often offer their devices with different CPU options. With Intel processors, i5 and i7 models are usually available in addition to Core i3....
Intel Core i5-1035G4 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU) | 13.5" | 1.2 kg
Mike Wobker, Tue, 09 Jun 2020 02:10:00 +0200
The ZenBook UXn25 series. (Source: Asus)

The ZenBook 14 UX425 turns up on the pages of Australian retailers

The UX425 is a version of the ZenBook 14 touted to come with either Ryzen 4000 or Intel Core i7-1065G7 processors. The latter variant has just appeared as a listing on Scorptec and Mwave, online stores that operate in the Australi...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 08 Jun 2020 23:26:00 +0200
Two-tier society at HP - no recommendation for the HP 15s-fq1440ng

Two-class society at HP - no recommendation for the HP 15s-fq1440ng

While the manufacturer delivers good devices in the high-end segment with the EliteBook or the ProBook, there are currently hardly any arguments in favor of an ...
Intel Core i7-1065G7 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU) | 15.6" | 1.6 kg
Christian Hintze, Sun, 07 Jun 2020 17:53:00 +0200
Sapphire Rapids Xeon CPUs are expected to take the fight to AMD's EPYC Genoa in 2021 (Image source: Intel)

10nm Intel Sapphire Rapids Xeon details emerge: dual-socket 96 core Xeon on the cards with PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 support but is it enough to take on 5nm AMD EPYC Genoa?

A leaked Intel Russia roadmap presentation offered a glimpse at Intel's enterprise server plans for 2020: 10nm LGA 4677 Sapphire Rapids parts are set to take on AMD's EPYC Genoa with PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 support.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sun, 07 Jun 2020 10:35:00 +0200
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS

86% Acer Swift 3 SF313 laptop review: Also a good subnotebook with i5

Glossy 3:2 display. After the Acer Swift 3 SF313 was able to make a good impression in its full configuration, the Intel Core i5 model now has to show if it can deliver a similarly good performance. However, it also inherits the small weaknesses we already encountered in the first test. In our review we'll clarify to what extent this has an impact on the overall impression.
Intel Core i5-1035G4 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU) | 13.5" | 1.2 kg
Mike Wobker, Sun, 07 Jun 2020 02:09:00 +0200
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