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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 i7-1165G71528004/8
Intel Core i7-1065G72MB + 8MB151300 ‑ 39004/8
178.5n18
668n19
1566.5n17
184.9n2
Intel Core i5-1035G72MB + 6MB151200 ‑ 37004/8
171n2
695n2
1431.5n2
167.48
Intel Core i5-1035G42MB + 6MB151100 ‑ 37004/8
157.68n3
538n4
1151n4
154.1
Intel Core i5-1035G12MB + 6MB151000 ‑ 36004/8
170n4
659n5
1210n3
Intel Core i7-1060NG72MB + 8MB101200 ‑ 38004/8
Intel Core i7-1060G72MB + 8MB91000 ‑ 38004/8
Intel Core i5-1034G12MB + 6MB15800 ‑ 36004/8
Intel Core i5-L16G7 + 4MB1400 ‑ 30005/5
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
157
406
948
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
(-) * Smaller values are better. / n123 Number of benchmarks for this median value / * Approximate position

Intel Ice Lake Articles


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MacBook Pro 13 2020 in Review: Apple's subnotebook only gets the mandatory update

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Intel Elkhart Lake with Gen11 graphics is expected to cater to IoT applications. (Image Source: TechPowerUp)

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Phantom Canyon NUC 11 Extreme will feature a GTX 1660 Ti. (Image Source: FanlessTech)

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MagicBook 14 vs. MacBook Air

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AMD Ryzen 5 3500U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 | 14" | 1.4 kg
Andreas Osthoff, Mon, 25 May 2020 16:34:00 +0200
Apple MacBook Pro 13

Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 has arrived: Ice Lake only improves GPU performance, would AMD's Ryzen be the better choice?

The new MacBook Pro 13 has arrived in our office. The new Ice Lake processor is pretty much identical to the predecessor in term of performance, only the integrated GPU is a bit faster. Is the switch to AMD long overdue?
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU) | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Andreas Osthoff, Fri, 22 May 2020 17:12:00 +0200
LG Gram 14 costs $1600 USD, somehow manages to run slower than every other Core i7 Ice Lake laptop (Image source: LG)

LG Gram 14 costs $1600 USD, somehow manages to be one of the slowest Core i7 Ice Lake laptops you can buy

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The GPD Win Max handheld console can utilize Iris Plus 940 Graphics from Intel. (Image source: @softwincn)

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The Honor MagicBook Pro 2020 retains the 16.1-inch display of its predecessor. (Image source: JD.com)

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Alex Alderson, Sun, 17 May 2020 17:58:00 +0200
The black Microsoft Surface Pro 7 deal comes with a Pro Type Cover. (Image source: Microsoft)

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Allen Ngo, Sat, 16 May 2020 03:19:00 +0200
Renoir APUs beckon for the ThinkBook 14s. (Image source: Lenovo)

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Alex Alderson, Fri, 15 May 2020 20:52:00 +0200
The MacBook Pro is the first example of Intel's 28 W Ice Lake processors. (Image source: Apple)

Apple MacBook Pro 13 and Intel Core i5-1038NG7 shown to offer comparable performance with 15 W Ice Lake processors despite 28 W TDP; significant improvements expected for Tiger Lake-U too

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Alex Alderson, Fri, 15 May 2020 14:06:00 +0200
Ice Lake brought a number of changes, the most notable being the shrink to a 10-nanometer process. (Source: Intel)

Ice Lake performance: Does it live up to expectations?

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Loki Rautio, Fri, 15 May 2020 13:16:00 +0200
Apple MacBook Air 2020 Review: Is the Core i3 the better choice?

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Andreas Osthoff, Thu, 14 May 2020 22:51:00 +0200
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Allen Ngo, Tue, 12 May 2020 18:44:00 +0200
The Core i7-1068G7 is no more. (Image source: Intel)

Intel confirms Apple MacBook Pro exclusivity for its 28 W Ice Lake processors; kills off the Core i7-1068G7 in the process

The faint glimmer of Core i7-1068G7 laptops arriving this quarter is seemingly no more. Removed from Intel's ARK database, the Core i7-1068G7 has been replaced by the Core i7-1068NG7, the 28 W processor found in the new MacBook Pr...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 11 May 2020 23:23:00 +0200
MacBook Air 2020

The Apple MacBook Air 2020 is 30% brighter when you use Windows

During our tests with the new 2020 Apple MacBook Air, we noticed that the display is around 30% brighter when you use Windows. But how is that possible?
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Andreas Osthoff, Sat, 09 May 2020 22:56:00 +0200
The MacBookPro16,2 starts at US$1,799. (Image source: Apple)

Geekbench confirms new MacBook Pro model identifiers and Core i5-1038NG7 processor

Geekbench has confirmed the new MacBook Pro is running "N" Ice Lake-U processors, just like the MacBook Air. At least one identifier for the new generation has been detailed, too.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 06 May 2020 22:15:00 +0200
The Surface spring hardware refresh, plus the Surface Earbuds. (Image source: Microsoft)

Microsoft announces a trio of devices with the Surface Headphones 2, Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3

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Alex Alderson, Wed, 06 May 2020 17:10:00 +0200
Microsoft may unveil the Surface Book 3 later today. (Image source: Microsoft)

GTX 1650 and GTX 1650 Ti confirmed for the Surface Book 3 following SIRIM and MIIT certifications; launching today

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Alex Alderson, Wed, 06 May 2020 11:29:00 +0200
The 10nm Ice Lake parts found in the new 13-inch MacBook Pro appear to be exclusive to Apple. (Source: Intel)

The 10nm Intel Ice Lake CPUs found in the new 13-inch MacBook Pro are currently exclusive to Apple

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Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 06 May 2020 04:27:00 +0200
The new MacBook Pro starts at US$1,299, but not if you want Ice Lake processors. (Image source: Apple)

Apple brings two new 28 W processors to MacBook Pro with up to 32 GB of RAM and a 4 TB SSD; no 14.1-inch display upgrade though, while two Thunderbolt 3 models remain on Coffee Lake architecture

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Alex Alderson, Mon, 04 May 2020 18:37:00 +0200
The AMD-based Lenovo Yoga Slim with Ryzen 7 4800U APU should be available soon. (Image source: Lenovo)

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Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 03 May 2020 14:21:00 +0200
32 GB of RAM would be a first for the Surface Book series. (Image source: Microsoft)

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Alex Alderson, Sun, 03 May 2020 02:30:00 +0200
A 28 W Ice Lake-U CPU may not be the only upgrade on the agenda for the next baby MacBook Pro. (Image source: Apple)

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Alex Alderson, Sat, 02 May 2020 02:47:00 +0200
The GPD Win Max crowdfunding campaign starts on May 18. (Image source: @softwincn)

Updated | GPD Win Max price set at US$779 for its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that starts on May 18

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Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 30 Apr 2020 08:54:00 +0200
The GPD Win Max comes with a 512 GB SSD and offers Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. (Image source: @softwincn)

GPD Win Max pre-sale price for Chinese market leaked: 4,999 yuan (US$706) for a handheld gaming computer with Thunderbolt 3 and quad-core Ice Lake processor

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Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 26 Apr 2020 13:10:00 +0200
Does the MacBook Air 2020 have an overheating problem? (Image source: Apple)

Does the MacBook Air 2020 have an overheating problem?

The MacBook Air 2020 runs hot, hotter than its predecessor. Its can run loud too, both because of Apple's questionable cooling system. As has been asked by some sections of the media, does that mean the MacBook Air 2020 has an ove...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 21 Apr 2020 19:09:00 +0200
Razer doubling down on Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake even though the Core i7-10710U would have made more sense

Razer doubling down on Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake even though the Core i7-10710U would have made more sense

The 2020 Blade Stealth will be coming with Ice Lake yet again which shouldn't offer much of a CPU performance boost year-over-year. Its new 120 Hz display option will definitely be the more exciting upgrade.
Allen Ngo, Tue, 21 Apr 2020 18:00:00 +0200
Razer Blade Stealth 2020: First 13.3 inch laptop with 120 HZ screen

Razer Blade Stealth 2020: First 13.3 inch laptop with 120 Hz screen

Razer further upgrades its gaming Ultrabook. The 2020 version of the Razer Blade Stealth is based on the same design as the 2019 model, but it gets a stronger GPU as well as a faster FHD screen panel.
Benjamin Herzig, Tue, 21 Apr 2020 17:00:00 +0200
The Surface Book 3 will seemingly start at US$1,699.99. (Image source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Surface Book 3 prices and configurations revealed; Up to 32 GB of RAM, a 2 TB SSD and NVIDIA GTX or Quadro GPUs to be offered

Revealed to be starting at US$1,699.99, the Surface Book 3 will come with up to 32 GB of RAM, a 2 TB SSD and an NVIDIA Quadro GPU. 13.5-inch and 15-inch variants are on the way, as are NVIDIA GTX GPUs, apparently. Possibly the GTX...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 21 Apr 2020 16:42:00 +0200
The GPD Win Max is a powerful little niche gaming beast. (Source: GPD)

GPD Win Max mini officially launched with a built-in Xbox 360 controller

First teased last month, the GPD Win Max handheld gaming PC is now official. The device is a remarkable hybrid of laptop and hand-held gaming console rolled into one with some pretty decent specs to back it up.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 21 Apr 2020 12:34:00 +0200
4G LTE on a budget: 2020 HP Pavilion x360 14 will have WAN options for the first time in the series (Source: HP)

4G LTE on a budget: 2020 HP Pavilion x360 14 will have WAN options for the first time in the series

The convertible is now shipping through Best Buy for a starting price of just $500 USD. Options for 4G LTE, however, will have to wait until May. The new chassis is nearly identical to last year's model with a few noteworthy chang...
Allen Ngo, Mon, 20 Apr 2020 14:00:00 +0200
Comet Lake-U versions of the Surface Book 3? Really, Microsoft? (Image source: Microsoft)

Leaker refutes Intel Comet Lake-U and NVIDIA Quadro Surface Book 3 listings

Rumour has it that the Surface Book 3 will be released with Comet Lake-U processors. One prominent leaker refutes this though, and all other signs point towards Ice Lake-U upgrades instead. Is Microsoft really going to give 14 nm ...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 16 Apr 2020 15:47:00 +0200
2020 HP Envy 13 and Envy x360 13 get completely new looks with Intel Ice Lake and AMD Ryzen 4700U options (Source: HP)

2020 HP Envy 13 and Envy x360 13 get completely new looks with Intel Ice Lake and AMD Ryzen 4700U options

Now may be a good time to replace that old HP Pavilion of yours. These new Envy models offer Spectre-like looks and physical features for hundred less. If you don't need Thunderbolt 3 or 4K UHD touchscreens, then the refreshed Env...
Allen Ngo, Thu, 16 Apr 2020 14:00:00 +0200
New HP Envy x360 15 with AMD Ryzen 7 will undercut the Intel Core i7 SKU by about $150 USD (Source: HP)

New HP Envy x360 15 with AMD Ryzen 7 will undercut the Intel Core i7 SKU by about $150 USD

The Renoir-powered Envy x360 15 will start at $700 USD compared to $850 USD for the 10th gen Intel Ice Lake option. If the trend continues, then it will become easier to recommend the AMD option especially since the 7 nm Ryzen 400...
Allen Ngo, Thu, 16 Apr 2020 14:00:00 +0200
Dell XPS 13 9300 now available with 32 GB of RAM, but it'll cost you quite a bit (Image source: Dell)

Dell XPS 13 9300 now available with 32 GB of RAM, but it'll cost you quite a bit

If you've been twiddling your thumbs waiting for Dell to offer a 32 GB version of its latest XPS 13, then now's the time to jump in. Expect to put down $1800 or more if you're one of the few Ultrabook users who need more than the ...
Allen Ngo, Wed, 15 Apr 2020 18:20:00 +0200
The Microsoft Surface Book 3 will have 13.5-inch and 15-inch display options. (Image source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Surface Book 3 launch imminent as core specs revealed: Intel Core i5-10210U or i7-10510U, up to 32 GB RAM, up to 1 TB SSD, Nvidia Quadro GPU

New details about the Microsoft Surface Book 3 have been published that indicate the device will soon be released. The latest retailer listings describe the core configurations for the 13.5-inch and 15-inch Surface Book 3 converti...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 15 Apr 2020 11:31:00 +0200
GPD is preparing the Win Max handheld console for its crowdfunding campaign. (Image source: @softwincn)

GPD starts Win Max handheld console assembly: Price coming later this month; campaign begins in May

GPD has been slowly drip-feeding general information and technical details about the upcoming Win Max handheld console lately. Images of the device’s motherboard have just been posted online and somewhat scant updates in regard to...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 15 Apr 2020 10:05:00 +0200
MacBook Air 2020: Why does Apple sabotage the Air?

MacBook Air 2020: Why does Apple sabotage the Air?

The new Apple MacBook Air 2020 was supposed to deal with two major issues of the popular subnotebook by implementing a new keyboard and the choice of more power...
Intel Core i5-1030NG7 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU) | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
Andreas Osthoff, Sun, 12 Apr 2020 19:25:00 +0200
All signs point towards the Ice Lake-U series powering the next MacBook Pro 13. (Image source: Apple)

Apple adds support for 15 W Ice Lake processors in latest macOS Catalina beta ahead of expected MacBook Pro 13 refresh

Apple has added support for 15 W Ice Lake processors in macOS Catalina, fuelling speculation about an upcoming MacBook Pro refresh. Supposedly arriving next month, Apple is said to be upgrading the baby MacBook Pro to a 14-inch di...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 09 Apr 2020 13:33:00 +0200
Apple MacBook Air 2020 Core i5 Review – The best MacBook you can get? – No

88% Apple MacBook Air 2020 Core i5 Review – The best MacBook you can get? – No

Missed opportunity - or on purpose? The new 2020 MacBook Air is better thanks to an improved keyboard as well as more powerful CPUs. Many reviews even say it is the best MacBook you can get right now. If you have a closer look, however, you will still see the big problem with the performance and the cooling solution. Apple definitely missed an opportunity here.
Intel Core i5-1030NG7 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU) | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
Klaus Hinum, Andreas Osthoff, Thu, 09 Apr 2020 11:22:00 +0200
The AMD Ryzen 7 4800U has a base clock of 1.8 GHz. (Image source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen 7 4800U APU's Fire Strike Physics Score challenges Intel Core i9-9880H results despite having much lower TDP

An AMD Ryzen 7 4800U has been found on 3DMark’s Fire Strike benchmark racking up a terrific Physics Score. The Ryzen 4000 APU managed 18,588 points, which is higher than the median score that we have achieved with devices sporting...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 06 Apr 2020 10:14:00 +0200
HP Envy 17m launching today with Core i7 Ice Lake, 12 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, and GeForce MX330 graphics for $1250 USD (Source: HP)

2020 HP Envy 17m finally drops the DVD drive, includes Core i7 Ice Lake, 12 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, and GeForce MX330 graphics for $1250 USD

The system integrates more multimedia and auxiliary functions on the keyboard including mic, camera shutter, HP Command Center and both Alexa and Cortana voice services.
Allen Ngo, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 19:52:00 +0200
The new 2020 MacBook Air Core i5 has arrived: Faster CPU, but still way too loud

The new 2020 MacBook Air Core i5 has arrived: Faster CPU, but still way too loud

After the upgrade to the much improved Retina screen, Apple now takes care of two more problems of the MacBook Air with the latest 2020 model. The heavily criticized Butterfly keyboard is replaced with a conventional input and custom Intel processors are supposed to improve the performance. But does it work?
Intel Core i5-1030NG7 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU) | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
Andreas Osthoff, Klaus Hinum, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 00:34:00 +0200
Apple MacBook Air 2020 with PWM

Apple MacBook Air 2020: Retina Display still uses PWM

Similar to the previous model, Apple once again uses PWM to control the background illumination of the new 2020 MacBook Air. The frequency is very high, but sensitive users should test the laptop if possible.
Intel Core i5-1030NG7 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU) | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
Andreas Osthoff, Tue, 31 Mar 2020 16:54:00 +0200
What new Surface device is hiding behind this UserBenchmark listing? (Image source: Microsoft)

Ice Lake Microsoft Surface device powered by an Intel Core i5-1035G1, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD spotted on UserBenchmark

A new Surface device has appeared on UserBenchmark, which could well be a new product altogether. The Ice Lake-powered device has a 3:2 display, 16 GB of dual-channel LPDDR4 RAM and the same SSD found in the Surface Laptop 3 and S...
Alex Alderson, Sun, 29 Mar 2020 23:55:00 +0200
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with laughable 4 GB RAM on sale for $599 (Image source: Best Buy)

Deal | Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with laughable 4 GB RAM on sale for $599

It's 2020 and high-end Windows PCs are still shipping with 4 GB of RAM for some reason. Do yourself a favor and avoid this one if you intend to do more than just web browsing with a few open tabs.
Allen Ngo, Sat, 28 Mar 2020 21:05:00 +0100
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i5 vs. Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7: What's the Difference? (Image source: Dell)

Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i5 vs. Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7: What's the Difference?

Everyone likes to compare the XPS 13 to the Razer Blade Stealth, MacBook Pro 13, HP Spectre 13, or the Asus ZenBook S13, but how does the latest Dell Ultrabook compare to itself?
Allen Ngo, Fri, 27 Mar 2020 19:49:00 +0100
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