New 10th Gen Intel Chips Offer 5.0 GHz Clock Speeds To Gaming Laptops

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Intel is announcing the next wave of its Core processors, and it is finally releasing the big guns, with its first Comet Lake H series 10th generation processors for laptops. These are the most powerful, powerful and demanding Intel chips, designed to be used in high-end gaming laptops and creative machines for the users who need the most power. The new chips have a TDP of 45 W, with clock speeds that can exceed 5.0 GHz, a first for Intel processors.

The star of the show is the new Core i9 model, the Core i9-10980K, with eight cores, 16 threads and a base clock speed of 2.3 GHz which can increase to 5.3 GHz. But Intel will offer several chips that can reach maximum boost speeds of 5.0 GHz or more between its i9 and i7 ranges (the two i5 chips reach a maximum of 4.6 GHz and 4.5 GHz). This is a big leap forward, promised by Intel, which is expected to offer overall performance up to 44% better than that of a three-year-old laptop with a Core i7-7820HK.

The i9 and i7 chips also have a new Intel feature called “Thermal Velocity Boost”, which helps Intel achieve these speeds of 5.0 GHz and above by automatically increasing the clock frequency to 200 MHz when the processor temperature measures 149 degrees Fahrenheit / 65 degrees Celsius or lower (assuming there is energy available).

Intel, 10th generation, H series

Model Cores / sons Watts Base boost / frequency
(GHz)
Model Cores / sons Watts Base boost / frequency
(GHz)
Intel Core i9-10980HK 8C / 16T 45W Up to 5.3 / 2.4 GHz
Intel Core i7-10875H 8C / 16T 45W Up to 5.1 / 2.3 GHz
Intel Core i7-10850H 6C / 12T 45W Up to 5.1 / 2.7 GHz
Intel Core i7-10750H 6C / 12T 45W Up to 5.0 / 2.6 GHz
Intel Core i5-10400H 4C / 8T 45W Up to 4.6 / 2.6 GHz
Intel Core i5-10300H 4C / 8T 45W Up to 4.5 / 2.5 GHz

If you followed, Intel has been releasing its 10th generation chips for months in laptops, with both its 14nm Comet Lake processors and its new 10nm Ice Lake chips (which offer better battery life, performance and battery efficiency through process improvements). But so far, all of its 10th generation chips have been either low-power Y-series chips designed for ultralights like the MacBook Air) or mid-range U series (think of computers like the MacBook Pro 13 inches).

To be clear: these new chips are still Comet Lake chips built on the Intel 14nm process (similar to Comet Lake Y series and U series Intel chips released last summer). They’re not using the 10nm Ice Lake process or its next successor, the 10nm + Tiger Lake process that Intel teased at CES.

This means that most of the benefits provided by the 10nm Ice Lake chips – including Intel’s built-in Gen 11 Iris Plus graphics – do not come with these new laptops. On the other hand, since almost all H-series machines will have a discrete mobile GPU (like, for example, Nvidia’s new RTX Super range for laptops), the slower integrated graphics aren’t that big .

And the old process might actually help take advantage of the new H-series chips, because Intel’s long development time and experience with the incrementally developed 14nm node helped it get better performance than it could currently do at 10nm.

Like other 10th generation Intel chips, the new H-series models will see some of the range-wide benefits, such as built-in Wi-Fi 6 support and Thunderbolt 3. All new H-series chips will also support Intel Optane memory.

The new chips are expected to be Intel’s answer to the much anticipated AMD Ryzen 4000 series – especially AMD’s 45W high-end H series chips, like the Ryzen 9 4900HS, Ryzen 7 4800H and Ryzen 5 4600H. While the first laptops with the new AMD chips are just starting to be rolled out, first impressions have been overwhelmingly positive. The new chips from Intel seek to raise the bar compared to AMD’s superior chips, offering faster clock speeds than AMD’s already impressive numbers. We’ll have to see how the new chips work face to face – as well as comparing prices, battery life, and laptop size – before we see if Intel has defended its crown.

New laptops with H-series chips should be available in the coming weeks, with manufacturers like Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, and more, all new or updated hardware alongside Intel’s announcement .

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