After long delays, and facing tough competitions with AMD, Intel launches the 10nm based 10th-Gen Core Processors codenamed Ice Lake CPUs at the Computex 2019
The Silicon giant has finally woke up from its sleep, the much needed and promised 10nm processors come finally alive at 2019’s Computex. Intel has finally shown off its new 10nm 10th-Generation Core processors, codenamed as Ice Lake CPUs.
What really made the headlines was due to the fact of 18% increase in average instruction per cycle (IPC) throughput compared to the aging Skylake architecture. Some applications receive 30 to 40% performance improvements for specific of workloads due to the new 10nm architecture.
Intel already demoed their Ice Lake CPUs at the CES 2019, wherein they showed about the new Sunny Cove microarchitecture that helps to drive the new Ice Lake CPUs. This resurrection was much needed for the chip making giant in front of the might Red team.
While AMD has just achieved a 15% more performance improvement in IPC due to the new 7nm process, and finally levelled Intel in its single core performance. Now, with the new microarchitecture and 10nm process Intel can again retrieve its performance leadership.
10nm based 10th generation Core processors coming first to laptops
As promised earlier, the new 10nm Ice Lake CPUs will be coming first for the laptops and thin & light devices. These new chips will come in U- and Y-series variants that draws power in 9W, 15W and 25W TDP ranges.
These 10th-generation processors for laptops surprisingly will be available in up to four cores and eight threads only, with 8MB of L3 cache, and have a maximum turbo frequencies of 4.1 GHz only.
Also here’s the dual-channel memory support up to 4X32 LPDDR4X-3733 and DDR4-3200, which seems to be a big improvement to ~60 GB/s of throughput. This will greatly help boost graphics performance and the new integrated Gen11 graphics will reach up to 1.1 GHz as well.
Intel has not yet discussed about any specific model yet, but there will be over 30 designs with multiple variations when they arrive in the market in the form of laptops. Intel also has introduced a new thin magnetic inductor array that helps the company to provide greater efficiency at low power.
Also the newly introduced Dynamic Tuning 2.0, a new machine learning-based power delivery technique, uses software running inside the OS to adjust power dynamically totally based upon the users’ needs.
New Ice lake Design & the Sunny Cove Microarchitecture
The new Ice Lake design finds room for lot of improvements due to the 10nm process and the use of Sunny Cove microarchitecture helps further to increase the throughput.
Here we see a huge improvement in the memory bandwidth with support up to 4X32 LPDDR4X-3733 and DDR4-3200. The new Gen 11 graphics along with the implementation of Thunderbolt 3 has charged up the CPUs.
There are 3X display pipes that supports 5K at 60fps and 4K at 120fps, also the new image processing unit 4 supports up to 16MP and video recording at 1080p at 120fps and 4K at 30fps.
With the Sunny cove microarchitecture, Intel can now process four or six micro-ops (uops) per clock with 50% larger micro-op cache. They have also expanded the L1 data cache from 32KB to 48KB and doubled the L2 cache to 512KB.
Ice Lake performance improvements
These new Ice Lake CPUs have an average IPC improvement of about 15 to 18% than the four years ago introduced Sky Lake CPUs. On the other hand, the single threaded performance has also increased a lot with the new Sunnycove cores but only when comparing against the old Broadwell architecture.
Intel Gen11 Graphics
Intel’s much promised Gen 11 graphics is being heavily boasted by the company and is even claimed to be even better than that of AMD’s fantastic APUs. When it is compared to its 8th Gen chips, Intel claims its new Gen11 Iris Plus graphics can achieve nearly double the performance.
It has bumped the number of execution units (EUs) from 24 up to 64 within the same power envelope. Due to the architectural improvements, Intel says the Gen 11 graphics delivers up to one teraflop of 32-bit and two teraflops of 16-bit floating point performance without consuming much power.
The Gen11 graphics unit features a significantly larger 3D engine to boost 1080P gaming performance above 30FPS into the 60 FPS range. This suggests Intel is trying to challenge AMD’s APUs which give tremendous CPU and integrated GPU performance.
Also there’s the inclusion of QuickSync video technology with dual HEVC encoders that can help you to create and playback 4K HDR content. The Gen11 graphics is also the company’s first integrated graphics unit to have Adaptive Sync and HDR capable display pipes. It also has support for HDR 3 and DPI 1.2.
Thunderbolt ports have always been limited to very few laptops and if they bear it, it has got only one Thunderbolt port only.
With Intel’s new dual-sided Thunderbolt 3 controller architecture seen in the new Ice Lake CPUs, it can provide up to 4 ports! Two on each side of the laptop.
Well, due to space constraints most of the OEMs will still ship the notebooks with two ports only, but in mere future, we can expect their models with expanded capabilities.
Laptops with the latest 10nm Ice Lake CPUs are to hit the shelves from June and nothing as such has been promised for the desktop end Ice Lake CPUs, but keeping in mind of Intel’s progress, they could nearly launch it at the end of 2019 or at 2020.
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