Intel’s 10th Gen lineup like the present generation is largely going to be another refresh. The Comet Lake parts will retain the 14nm node and will power most of the chips. The Ice Lake chips will be limited to low-power notebooks and select server vendors. Considering that the core architecture will be retained, we don’t expect any major gains from Comet Lake, and for Intel, it’ll be a war of attrition. Seeing that AMD has already launched the Ryzen 4000 “Renoir” APUs for laptops and the first wave of Zen 3 chips is set to arrive by the end of the year, things will almost undoubtedly get tougher for Intel.
Intel Core i7-10750H vs Core i7-9750H
Familiar sources have leaked the Geekbench scores of the Intel Core i7-10750H and the i9-10980HK, and the results are satisfactory at the very least.
Let’s have a look at the Core i7-10750H. Intel is planning to increase the boost clock of this chip up to 5GHz. That kind of clock speed on a laptop chip is insane and will need some serious cooling to keep it from burning your house down. Looking at the Geekbench score, Comet Lake may not have gotten a vastly improved single-core score but the multi-core performance is certainly a step up from the 9750H. A meaty 35-40% gain is decent, to say the least. Other than the frequency increase, this can be attributed to the hardware-level security mitigation and an increase in the L3 cache size.
Intel Core i9-10980HK vs Core i9-9980HK
The Core i9-10980HK sees less of a boost, and for good reason. You’d need a water-tank to keep this thing from exploding. A boost clock of 5GHz for an 8-core chip means liquid-cooling. And laptops with liquid cooling cost a fortune and are bulky to boot. The battery life isn’t any better either. Compared to the previous-gen Core i9-9980HK, the 10980HK is barely 10% faster in the multi-core department and even lesser in single-core.
Looks like Intel might be able to extract decent performance gains from the lower-end and budget range 10th Gen CPUs but the top-end parts are bound to disappoint. We’ll keep an ear out for any other rumors or leaks regarding Intel’s next wave of processors.