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10th Gen Intel Comet Lake-H Mobile Gaming CPUs to Feature 5GHz Boost Clock, Leaks Show Mediocre Performance

Intel showcased a range of upcoming products at its Performance Workshop event at CES. What are the key takeaways? We’re set to get our hands on a new line of Comet Lake-H processors with boost clocks as high as 5GHz. Further details about the 11th Gen Tiger Lake lineup have finally arrived, and Intel showed off their Ghost Canyon NUC for the first time. Ghost Canyon’s exciting because the NUC is built on Intel’s “The Element” modular computing concept.

With regards to the new Comet Lake H processors, it appears as if Intel’s seeking to preempt the arrival of the Ryzen 4000 APUs (which AMD will be announcing in just a few days). Comet Lake-H will succeed the Coffee Lake-HR lineup. Aimed at gaming laptops, it will include up to 8 cores and 16 threads. Intel claims that the top-end i7 and i9 models will hit 5GHz. However, considering that we’re getting the same Skylake core on the 14nm node, we’re not sure how the thermals and power draw will fare.

10th Gen Comet Lake-H based Core i5-10300H
9th Gen Coffee Lake-HR based Core i5-9300H
10th Gen Comet Lake-H based Core i7-10750H
9th Gen Coffee Lake-HR based Core i7-9750H

However, going by leaks, the performance seems lackluster as expected. The Core i5-10300 is a mere 5% faster than its predecessor, the 9300H while the i7-10750H is around 10-15% faster than the Core i7-9750H. I guess we’ll see soon enough.

The last tidbit we got was regarding Tiger Lake. Intel talked about improvements to AI performance, claiming that deep a new three-engine AI subsystem will boost deep learning performance. They didn’t share further details about this at the moment.

Tiger Lake will be built on the 10nm++ node, and will feature in processors up to 25W. Efficiency gains will mean even better performance in ultrabooks than Ice Lake currently offers. Meanwhile, Gen 12 Xe graphics should mean better graphics performance.

Intel is set to share more details during their CES 2020 keynote tomorrow. We’ll keep you posted. We’re particularly interested to see whether or not they’ll be sharing more about the Intel Xe project. The rumor mill was abuzz a while back over reports that Xe was faring worse than expected. Intel has a fairly spotty record with discrete graphics programs: Larrabee is a case in point. Will things be any different with Raja Koduri at the helm? We’ll let know as soon as we learn more.

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Penguin-published author, and journalist. Loves PC hardware but has terrible hand-eye coordination. Most likely to be found playing Total War or watching weird Russian sitcoms.
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