Intel Launches 10th Generation 10nm ‘Ice Lake’ Mobility Processors – Led By Core i7 1068G7 Flagship With 3.6 GHZ All Core Boost

Aug 1
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Intel today launched its 10nm Ice Lake processors consisting of 9W, 15W, and 28W parts. The launch, in traditional fashion, consists entirely of mobility parts right now and denotes the companies ability to (finally) ship 10nm in volume.

10th Generation Ice Lake processors support Wifi 6 and Thunderbolt 3 with memory support up to 3200 MHz on DDR4. The iGPU is nothing to sneeze at either with Iris Plus boasting up to 64 EUs. All core boosts are pretty strong at up to 3.6 GHz and single-core boosts go up to 4.1 GHz. This is one launch you will want to watch out reviews for since IPC is going to play big part here.

Some pretty exciting things are under the hood of the new Ice Lake architecture, something we have covered in detail before and also includes the first 1 teraflop iGPU from Intel that can actually handle a decent amount of workload. Here is what Intel had to say about the launch:

“These 10th Gen Intel Core processors shift the paradaigm for what it means to deliver leadership in mobile PC platforms. With broad-scale AI for the first time on PCs, an all-new graphics architecture, best-in-class Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and Thunderbolt 3 – all integrated onto the SoC, thanks to Intel’s 10nm process technology and architecture design – we’re opening the door to an entirely new range of experiences and innovations for the laptop.” — Chris Walker, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of Mobility Client Platforms in the Client Computing Group.

Marketing jargon aside, the company has achieved some pretty impressive IPC gains with this architecture, notice that instead of the usual “compared to 5-year-old pc” they are actually using “compared to prior gen” here.

Some new features in Intel’s Ice Lake processors include:

  • Intel Deep Learning Boost, a new, dedicated instruction set that accelerates neural networks on the CPU for maximum responsiveness in scenarios such as automatic image enhancements, photo indexing and photorealistic effects.
  • Up to 1 teraflop of GPU engine compute for sustained, high-throughput inference applications like video stylization, analytics and real-time video resolution upscaling.
  • Intel Gaussian & Neural Accelerator (GNA) delivers a dedicated engine for background workloads such as voice processing and noise suppression at ultralow power, for maximum battery life.
  • These are the first GPUs from Intel to support VESA’s Adaptive Sync* display standard, which enables a smoother gaming experience across games like Dirt Rally 2.0* and Fortnite*.
  • Based on Intel’s Gen11 graphics architecture, they are also the industry’s first integrated GPU to incorporate variable rate shading for improved rendering performance.
  • With support for the BT.2020* specification, watch 4K HDR video in a billion

Intel 10th Generation ‘Ice Lake’ CPU Lineup

Intel’s 10th generation ‘Ice lake’ processors consist of 11 CPUs broken into U and Y series designations. The Y series designation is reserved for the ultra low voltage ultra book environment whileas the U series is the standard mobile processors for laptops. This marks the first time Intel has shipped 10nm processors in volume and the point in time where you can safely say that the company has ironed out its 10nm woes.

Intel 10th Generation 'Ice Lake' U-Series Processors

 Core i7-1068G7Core i7-1065G7Core i5-1035G7Core i5-1035G4Core i5-1035G1Core i3-1005G1
SeriesU-SeriesU-SeriesU-SeriesU-SeriesU-SeriesU-Series
GraphicsIntel Iris PlusIntel Iris PlusIntel Iris PlusIntel Iris PlusIntel UHDIntel UHD
Cores
Threads
4
8
4
8
4
8
4
8
4
8
2
4
Clock speed2.3GHz
3.6GHz (All core)
4.1GHz (Single core)
1.3GHz
3.5GHz (All core)
3.9GHz (Single core)
1.2GHz
3.3GHz (All core)
3.7GHz (Single core)
1.1GHz
3.3GHz (All core)
3.7GHz (Single core)
1.0GHz
3.3GHz (All core)
3.7GHz (Single core)
1.2GHz
3.4GHz (All core)
3.4GHz (Single core)
Cache8MB8MB6MB6MB6MB4MB
TDP28W15W/25W15W/25W15W/25W15W/25W15W/25W

The U Series processors consist almost entirely of quad cores with 8 threads. It is led by the flagship Core i7-1068G7 CPU with a 3.6GHz all core turbo (4.1 GHz single core), 8MB Cache and 28W TDP. This is the only processor which does not appear to have a configurable TDP.

All other processors on this list have a configurable TDP of either 15W or 25W. The Core i7 1065G7 has an all core turbo of 3.5 GHz and a single core turbo of 3.9 GHz. Interestingly, however, its base clock speed is almost an entire GHz lower than the 1068G7.

The Core i5-1035G7 has an all-core turbo of 3.3GHz  and a single-core turbo of 3.7 GHz. Unlike its two bigger siblings it has only 6MB of cache. The Core 1035G4 and 1035G1 are pretty similar to the 1035G7 apart from the base clock which is 1.1 GHz and 1.0 GHz, 100 MHz and 200 MHz less than the 1035G7 respectively.

Finally, you have the Core i3-1005G1, which is the only dual-core in the lineup and has an all-core clock of 3.4 GHz with only 4MB of cache.

Intel 10th Generation 'Ice Lake' Y-Series Processors

 Core i7-1060G7Core i5-1030G7Core i5-1030G4Core i3-1000G4Core i3-1000G1
SeriesY-SeriesY-SeriesY-SeriesY-SeriesY-Series
GraphicsIntel Iris PlusIntel Iris PlusIntel Iris PlusIntel Iris PlusIntel UHD
Cores
Threads
4
8
4
8
4
8
2
4
2
4
Clock speed1.0GHz
3.4GHz (All core)
3.8GHz (Single core)
0.8GHz
3.2GHz (All core)
3.5GHz (Single core)
0.7GHz
3.2GHz (All core)
3.5GHz (Single core)
1.1GHz
3.2GHz (All core)
3.2GHz (Single core)
1.1GHz
3.2GHz (All core)
3.2GHz (Single core)
Cache8MB6MB6MB4MB4MB
TDP9W/12W9W/12W9W/12W9W/12W9W/12W

For the Y series lineup you have three quad cores and two dual cores. All processors on this list have a configurable TDP of 9W/12W.

Let’s start with the Core i7-1060G7, which has an all-core turbo of 3.4 (3.8GHz single-core) and 8MB of cache. This is followed by the Core i5 1030G7 and Core i5 1030G4 which have a 3.2 GHz all-core turbo (3.5 GHz single-core) and a 100Mhz difference in base clock.

The Core i3-1000G4 and Core i3-1000G1 both have the same specifications for the CPU side but the G4 has access to the superior Intel Iris Plus iGPU while the G1 only has the standard Intel UHD iGPU.

Here is the complete Intel 10th Generation Ice Lake launch slide deck:

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