Intel Pulls The Curtain Back On Ice Lake
Intel has finally unveiled their new chip, codenamed Ice Lake. The 10th generation, 10-nanometer processor has been teased for a while now. Small bits of information have come out over the last few months, especially during CES and Computex 2019. Intel is now ready to get the chip into the wild, with 11 new SKUs hitting the market in the near future.
Unfortunately, everything coming out of the Ice Lake news is centred around the mobile market—laptops, tablets, etc. Intel is still pretty hush-hush on when to expect desktops possessing the new chip. However, mobile users, especially in the gaming scene, should be pretty enthused by what Ice Lake will deliver.
Intel has faced a few delays when it came to their latest chips. Now that the new processor chips could be found in the next laptop you purchase, Intel wants to make a splash. For you, what you can expect from Ice Lake simply rests on achieving greater fidelity with less waiting. The 10th gen core processor gives double the graphical performance. This should also allow deeper multi-tasking functionality while on-the-go.
Built on the Sunny Cove microarchitecture, loading times while playing a game in 1080p or rendering 4K video, should be considerably faster. Intel seeks to provide quick solutions to the problems players and content creators face. This also brings support of VESA's Adaptive Sync, granting a smoother experience when playing the latest titles on your laptop. This will by no means make your next laptop a guaranteed gaming beast, but it will give you a smooth and high-functioning experience if you're running a game of Apex Legends while away from your main set up.
Intel is also forward-thinking when it comes to Ice Lake. The new chips will further support Wi-Fi 6 and allow manufacturers to install up to four Thunderbolt 3 ports on new models. AI and Deep Learning Boost are also at the forefront, enabling high-performance upscaling. This will be a first for thin-and-light laptops as well as 2-in-1 mobile units.
Intel has revealed that 11 new SKUs ranging from i3, i5, and i7. All 11 SKUs will fall between the U-Series and Y-Series. For those unaware, Intel's U-series is a more robust, "ultrabook" mobile device, while the Y-Series is the thinner, lighter alternative.
Although an exact release date has not been announced, Intel has stated that Ice Lake will be available in the holiday season.