Intel 10th Gen Mobile Gaming Processors, Comet Lake-H Surface

Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake chips are still very limited in volume. The Sunny Cove core will be coming to the server node in early 2020, joining the notebook lineup. However, the rest of us will have to be satiated with another rehash of the Skylake core: Comet Lake-S and Comet Lake-H. This mature version of the 14nm node will allow high clock speeds and in turn decent single-threaded performance, but the multi-threaded scores probably won’t be all that impressive.

As you can see, it’s largely the same as Coffee Lake. You get up to 8 cores and 16 threads running at a frequency of up to 4+GHz.

The chip seems to be an early sample. It’ll most likely be another 6-8 months before Comet Lake-H parts start popping up in gaming laptops. I know Intel’s naming is confusing, so here are a few guidelines:

  • Comet Lake-S refers to the desktop processors. These will be the chips succeeding the Core i9-9900K, the i7-9700K and so on.
  • Comet Lake-H refers to high-performance laptop processors. These will be similar to the Core i5-9300H, the i7-9750H, etc.
  • Comet Lake-U refers to low power laptop processors. These fit in the thinnest form factor notebooks and are extremely power efficient. There are also the Comet Lake Y chips that are even below these in terms of the TDP but there’s no proper way to distinguish between the two.

And then there’s Ice Lake. There are two variants as of now, the U and Y series (both mobility lineups) and power some of the fastest notebook PCs. These end in a G1, G4 or G7 suffix. For example, the Core i5-1035G7.


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