AMD’s triumphant keynote couldn’t take away from Intel’s blockbuster news: After years of delays, frustrations, and endless 14nm process tweaks, Intel’s 10nm processors are finally here in the form of 10th-gen “Ice Lake” Core processors for laptops. Somewhat surprisingly, Intel played coy about detailed speeds and feeds of individual chips, but several PC makers already showed systems with Ice Lake inside.
10th-gen Core chips don’t quite hit the same maximum turbo speeds as their predecessors—again, Intel’s been fine-tuning 14nm for years and years now—but they feature Dynamic Tuning 2.0 with Machine Learning that help manage turbo boosts more intelligently, with the aim of holding clocks as high as possible for as long as possible.
The 10th-gen Core chips also bake in other AI enhancements, along with platform upgrades like Wi-Fi 6 Gig+, Thunderbolt 3, and improved onboard graphics. In fact, Intel says that Ice Lake’s integrated graphics top the Radeon cores in AMD’s mobile Ryzen chips. Bold claim, that.
Intel also revealed what’s inside Project Athena laptops, its vision for the ultra-light, long-lasting, always-connected notebooks of tomorrow. The first batch should consist of around 30 premium laptops.