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Like Renoir-H, Intel Comet Lake-H will lack an integrated Thunderbolt 3 controller

Like Renoir-H, Intel Comet Lake-H will lack an integrated Thunderbolt 3 controller (Image source: Intel)
Like Renoir-H, Intel Comet Lake-H will lack an integrated Thunderbolt 3 controller (Image source: Intel)
Intel has detailed its next-gen Core H-series for gaming laptops with SKUs ranging from the quad-core Core i5-10300H to the hexa-core Core i7-10750H and the octa-core Core i9-10980HK. At its heart, however, Comet Lake-H will look familiar to Coffee Lake-H in terms of integrated hardware features.
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Intel just made official its direct successor to the 9th gen Coffee Lake-H series with 10th gen Comet Lake-H. The chipmaker is promising single-core Turbo Boost clock rates faster than 5 GHz, faster DDR4-2933 memory support, and octa-core Core i7 options to better compete against the 7 nm octa-core Ryzen 7 4800H. The unlocked Core i9-10980HK will be the crown of the series distinguished by its 5.3 GHz maximum single-core clock rate compared to "only" 5.0 GHz on the last generation Core i9-9980HK.

However, don't expect Comet Lake-H to support any major new hardware features over Coffee Lake-H since both are nearly identical architecturally. An integrated Thunderbolt 3 controller, for example, continues to be absent in contrast to the integrated controller on the 10th gen Ice Lake-U series. This puts the onus on OEMs to continue adding external Thunderbolt 3 controllers onto their Comet Lake-H laptops which will occupy additional motherboard space and increase costs. Otherwise, OEMs can choose to simply forego the dedicated Thunderbolt 3 controller to save on costs.

Intel says the new Comet Lake-H chips will be able to support up to two controllers for a total of four Thunderbolt 3 ports should OEMs decide to go that route. Though a novel feature, we can't imagine many manufacturers wanting to implement so many Thunderbolt 3 ports in the first place.

Gaming laptops sporting the new 10th gen Intel CPUs are expected to begin shipping later this month from Gigabyte, MSI, and Asus with more to follow.

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Allen Ngo, 2020-04- 2 (Update: 2020-04- 1)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.