TAIPEI—In an inversion of the same old Computex order of issues—during which Intel sometimes units the tone with its main keynote on Tuesday, the commerce present’s opening day—AMD is as a substitute within the perceived 2019 Computex driver’s seat. AMD’s CEO and president, Dr. Lisa Su, is slated to go off the Computex commerce present with presumptive huge information from the world of shopper CPUs because the keynote speaker on Monday morning.
To sluggish a few of that momentum, Intel teased a few of its wares the night time earlier than AMD’s huge second: Its “Ice Lake” 10-nanometer, 10th Era cellular processors are certainly coming, and the corporate shared some data about these long-awaited chips’ built-in graphics efficiency. The corporate additionally famous that a particular model of the desktop Core i9-9900Ok, its prime mainstream-line CPU, will go on sale this 12 months. Its key distinction shall be some tweakage to its core clocks.
Ice Is on the Horizon
For starters, 10-nanometer (nm) “Ice Lake” CPUs will ship in quantity as cellular CPUs first, not desktop chips. Intel confirmed that the Ice Lake chips shall be based mostly on Intel’s “Sunny Cove” structure and incorporate what the corporate is asking its Gen11 built-in graphics answer. The platform can even work assist each Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt three.
The primary Ice Lake chips will ship “this 12 months,” based on a teaser transient shared by the corporate.
Extra Ice Lake particulars will doubtless comply with on the Tuesday keynote, however for now, Intel is pushing the capabilities of the CPUs’ onboard graphics, a conventional sore level on mainstream Intel chips versus AMD. The important thing slide shared right here is that this one:
This compares built-in graphics processor (IGP) efficiency from a generally deployed “Whiskey Lake” U-series cellular chip and one of many upcoming Ice Lake cellular CPUs. Thoughts you: That is Intel’s personal inside testing. However the uptick throughout a spread of key recreation titles is dramatic, amongst them workforce shooters with immense on-line followings (CS:GO, Rainbow Six: Siege).
The corporate additionally cited AI enhancements, with inferencing upticks that can “usher in a brand new period of clever efficiency for PCs.” The AI measure is based on Principled Applied sciences’ AIXPRT benchmark.
As well as, the Gen 11 IGP would be the first IGP to include a characteristic referred to as “variable price shading.” On this rendering strategy, parts of the video picture which can be much less more likely to be targeted on by the consumer at a given second are allotted much less shader assets, releasing up muscle for different rendering work.
In a single Intel slide, a 25-watt Ryzen 7 U and an Ice Lake U-series chip (the latter upticked to 25 watts for a good comparability, based on reporting by Anandtech) get in contrast, exhibiting a nontrivial efficiency uptick in a particular UL 3DMark characteristic take a look at with the characteristic turned on versus off:
A Particular Desktop Chip
The opposite tease from Intel: a tweaked model of the Core i9-9900Ok, its eight-core/16-thread desktop-CPU energy monster. Dubbed the Core i9-9900KS, Intel claims that this new chip will run all eight of its cores at 5GHz. (The non-S Core i9-9900Ok hits this peak with only one core.)
That is alongside the strains of the Restricted Version of the Core i7 Intel rolled out in 2018, the Core i7-8086Ok. That chip was an upticked model of the then-flagship Core i7-8700Ok, with a single core out of its six cores working at 5GHz. It offered for a modest premium over the vanilla Core i7-8700Ok.
No pricing or availability information on the i9-9900KS was shared forward of the Tuesday Intel keynote. At that occasion on Tuesday, Might 28, we count on to listen to extra in regards to the Ice Lake brigade and the Core i9-9900KS, amongst different Intel information. Keep tuned.