This nice offer of Intel mobile systems, not so clear. After the presentation of the 10th generation of its mobile processors – Ice Lake – the manufacturer presents … the 10th generation of its processors from the Comet Lake family. What is this about?
Intel has outsmarted us. When we thought we knew and understood his current offer for portable computers – I mean Ice Lake systems – the company complicates it with the Comet Lake line. Unlike previously presented, Comet Lake processors are made in a 14-nanometer technological process, and therefore less modern than Ice Lake.
Ice Lake systems will go to the product families Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7, both in the high-performance (U-line) and economical (Y-line) versions. Interestingly, Intel does not explain why exactly two series of processors within the 10th generation were created and for whom and for whom it is intended. What's more, I have seen in numerous media reports (for example here) that at a meeting with journalists company representatives definitely did not want to answer this question.
However, looking at the technical data, Ice Lake is the more attractive line of Intel 10th generation processors.
U-line systems operate at a TDP of 15 W, although it can be unlocked to 25 W, if computer manufacturers find a way to provide adequate cooling and energía in this mode. So just like in Ice Lake.
The differences appear in the Y line, where for Ice Lake manufacturers can choose between 9 W and 12 W, and in this fresh Comet Lake between 7 W and 9 W, with the possibility of switching to a TDP of 4.5 W or 5.5 W. Core and memory clock rates are also lower, Iris chips are missing. These systems are therefore clearly intended for ultra-light and probably those cheaper PCs.
On the other, this most efficient side of Comet Lake, you can also see some defects in relation to Ice Lake. The most efficient of the systems – Core i7-10710U – contains six double-threaded cores, being clocked at a slightly higher frequency than i7-1068G7 (Ice Lake), but it is devoid of graphics from the Iris family, offering much less advanced Intel UHD Graphics.
None of the Comet Lake systems also contain Deep Learning Boost, i.e. a set of instructions aimed at accelerating the calculations associated with artificial intelligence algorithms. Fortunately, there was Thunderbolt 3 and Wi-Fi 6 support.
If you have money, choose equipment with Ice Lake systems. Intel Comet Lake processors are slightly weaker, so they will probably be cheaper.
The current speculation among commentators is that suggesting that the 14-nanometer Comet Lake line was created mainly due to the fact that Intel is apparently unable to provide adequate supply of 10-nanometer, more difficult to produce Ice Lake line. As announced by Intel, 90 models of computers with Comet Lake systems are expected this year, including a Dell PC.