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The elusive 10 nm Core i7-1068G7 will be Intel's short-term response to the impending 7 nm AMD Ryzen 7 4700U

The elusive 10 nm Core i7-1068G7 will be Intel's short-term response to the impending 7 nm AMD Ryzen 7 4700U/4800U (Image source: Intel)
The elusive 10 nm Core i7-1068G7 will be Intel's short-term response to the impending 7 nm AMD Ryzen 7 4700U/4800U (Image source: Intel)
The Core i7-1068G7 was teased last year as the crown jewel of the Ice Lake series even though it has yet to appear on any laptop or mini PC as of this writing. If Intel doesn't push it out soon, then it will risk being overshadowed by the upcoming 7 nm AMD Renoir series.
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When Intel unveiled its lineup of Ice Lake SKUs back in August of 2019, the family would consist of at least 5 different Y-series CPUs and 6 different U-series CPUs. The highest-end U-series option would be the Core i7-1068G7 operating at 28 W followed by the Core i7-1065G7 at 15 W to 25 W. The latter processor has already made its way to most high-end Ultrabooks including the Razer Blade Stealth, HP Spectre x360, and the Dell XPS 13. The Core i7-1068G7, however, is still nowhere to be found.

Intel is expected to make available the Core i7-1068G7 to OEMs before the end of Q1 2020 for a launch in Q2 or later which also happens to be when the competing third generation mobile AMD Ryzen CPUs will launch. The eight-core eight-thread Ryzen 7 4700U is therefore expected to go head-to-head with the quad-core eight-thread Core i7-1068G7. The comparisons should be interesting as the 7 nm Renoir family is rumored to outperform both the 10 nm Ice Lake and 14 nm Comet Lake-U series in CPU and GPU horsepower.

There is a small chance that Intel will reserve the Core i7-1068G7 to NUCs or mini PC form factors only much like on the 2018 NUC8i7BEH and its Core i7-8559U. That particular 28 W CPU, while powerful, did not go on to appear on any mass-produced laptop. Should Intel decide to do the same with the 28 W Core i7-1068G7, then the chipmaker will have no answer to the upcoming Ryzen 4000U series until the launch of Tiger Lake-U even later in the year.

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Allen Ngo, 2020-03-23 (Update: 2020-03-23)
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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.