For now, Intel is releasing Ice Lake in configurations up to four core and eight threads, with TDPs from 9W to 28W. Cache size will stay around 8MB, while max Turbo speeds are up to 4.1GHz. They will also offer Iris Plus graphics, but we assume most SKUs will integrated Intel's UHD graphics processor. However, the good news here is that Thunderbolt 3 will be integrated into the SoC and memory speeds get a boost up to 3733MHz.
The re-integration of Iris Plus is a good sign, and we will discuss this later, but these new notebooks will be capable of 1080P gaming even though they are ultra-thin and lightweight.
We should reiterate that Intel's Ice Lake processors will be on 10nm, and they will be the next big step in performance since Skylake.
We covered the basics of the SoC, but with it come some major improvements in the SoC ecosystem. For starters, we get Gen11 graphics with up to 64EUs and a clock speed up to 1.1GHz. The iGPU will also be capable of 4K60FPS, and 8K30FPS playback with three display outputs up to 5K60FPS or 4K120FPS. That leads us to believe that notebooks with 8k displays are on the way.
Intel has also reworked its packaging, something Intel specializes in. Power delivery, Thunderbolt 3, and pretty much everything else is integrated and on-die/package.
While we see some Microsoft Azure AI integrated into newer gaming notebooks from vendors such as GIGABYTE, Intel is taking it to the next level. They want to use AI to better the notebook experience, extend battery life, and improve performance.
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