Intel's 10th Gen 'Ice Lake' now shipping with AI, graphics boosts in tow

Intel 10th Gen CPU
Intel 10th Gen CPU (Image credit: Intel)

What you need to know

  • Intel revealed its 10th Gen "Ice Lake" processors are now shipping to PC manufacturers at Computex 2019.
  • The new processors include fresh Core i3, i5, and i7 CPUs.
  • Based on a 10nm process, the new chips focus on boosting AI and graphics performance.
  • PCs with 10th Gen chips are expected to start shipping by "holiday 2019," Intel says.

Intel finally took the wraps off of its 10th Gen "Ice Lake" processors at Computex 2019 today. During its keynote presentation, Intel announced that its 10th Gen chips are now shipping to PC manufacturers and will start popping up in PCs in time for the holidays later this year.

Based on a 10nm process, the 10th Gen CPUs include new Core i3, i5, and i7 chips. According to Intel, the chips will sport up to four cores and eight threads, with up to 4.1GHz max turbo frequency and up to 1.1GHz graphics frequency.

No matter which chip you go with, Intel has focused in large part of two major areas for this generation: AI and graphics performance. The 10th Gen Ice Lake CPUs represent Intel's first foray into pushing high-end AI performance on laptops. The company promising up to a 2.5-times performance increase with AI tasks compared to its 8th Gen chips. That's in large part thanks to Intel's new "Deep Learning Boost" (DL Boost) tech build into the chips.

On the graphics side of things, Intel's new Gen11 graphics architecture should provide a decent boost if you're relying on integrated graphics. When compared to its 8th Gen chips, Intel claims its Gen11 Iris Plus graphics can achieve nearly double the performance. However, integrated graphics will pale in comparison to a discrete graphics chip, so don't expect to be playing games at max settings and high resolutions.

Finally, the 10th Gen chips bring integrated Thunderbolt 3 and Wi-Fi 6 capabilities, which can deliver speeds in excess of 1Gbps.

In addition to details on its 10th Gen chips, Intel announced a new Core X-series family of processors for content creators set to debut this fall with increased frequencies and faster memory speeds.

The Ice Lake reveal comes after Intel revealed the new i9-9900KS, which is Intel's first 8-core processor to run at 5GHz on all cores.

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