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

Comet Lake-U versions of the Surface Book 3? Really, Microsoft? (Image source: Microsoft)
Comet Lake-U versions of the Surface Book 3? Really, Microsoft? (Image source: Microsoft)
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 another go on its premier mobile hardware?
Alex Alderson,

The Surface Book series is overdue a refresh, with Microsoft still selling hardware that it released in 2017. There have been plenty of sightings of possible Surface Book 3 SKUs on benchmarking websites recently though, implying that Microsoft is on the verge of releasing new 13.5-inch a 15-inch 2-in-1s. Apparently due before the end of spring, Microsoft is expected to release a Surface Book refresh alongside a Surface Go 2.

While repeated sightings of the Surface Go 2 suggest that it will be an iterative upgrade of the Surface Go, the Surface Book 3 looked to be getting Ice Lake-U series processors. Likewise, it seemed that Microsoft would be upgrading the Surface Book to GeForce GTX 16 GPUs. However, then WinFuture published retailer listings stating that the Surface Book 3 will have Comet Lake-U series processors and NVIDIA Quadro GPUs.

Certainly, the retailer listing is the first time that we have seen references to Comet Lake-U versions of the Surface Book 3. Likewise, SKUs with NVIDIA Quadro GPUs would be unusual. Not only would the Surface Book 3 be the first Surface device to feature the professional-grade GPUs, but it would also be one of the few non-workstation laptops with workstation GPUs.

Additionally, @_rogame claims to have only found Ice Lake-U versions of the Surface Book 3 on benchmarking databases. Codenamed OEMGC OEMGC Product Name SFB1, @_rogame asserts that SFB1 means Surface Book. This is not the first time we have seen Core i7-1065G7 versions of the Surface Book 3, either. Other sources report that Microsoft is planning Ice Lake-U upgrades for its Surface Book series too, making the WinFuture retail listing even stranger.

The Core i5-10210U and Core i7-10510U are not bad chips by any means. Releasing a Comet Lake-U Surface Book now makes little sense, though. The Surface Book is Microsoft's premier mobile hardware, and the company has already upgraded the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro to Ice Lake-U processors. If past Surface Book release cycles are anything to go by, then the Surface Book 3 will be around for at least eighteen months. Presumably, Microsoft will move the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro onto Tiger Lake before then, which would leave a huge performance disparity between them and a Comet Lake-U powered Surface Book 3.

Hence, we would be surprised if Microsoft is planning to solely release Comet Lake-U versions of the Surface Book 3. Microsoft sells 7th generation and 8th generation Intel Core versions of the Surface Book 2 though, so we would not rule out it doing something similar with the Surface Book 3.

The "OEMGC OEMGC Product Name SFB1" with a Core i7-1065G7. (Image source: 3DMark via @_rogame)
The "OEMGC OEMGC Product Name SFB1" with a Core i7-1065G7. (Image source: 3DMark via @_rogame)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-04-16 (Update: 2020-04-16)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.