Intel still had “an ace up its sleeve” after the introduction a few weeks ago of its new “Ice Lake” microprocessors . The Sunny Cove microarchitecture, which is the one used by the new Intel Core 10th generation chips, is, according to the engineers who designed it, the cornerstone on which the processors that the Santa Clara company will launch over the next few years will rest . No doubt this is a declaration of intent.
Earlier this August, Intel unveiled the detailed specifications of the new microprocessors of the Y and U series with 10 nm lithography, chips intended for laptops that promise us a significant increase in the performance ratio per watt . What we did not expect is that today, a few days after that presentation, Intel was also going to unveil a new range of microprocessors that is part of the 10th generation Intel Core family, but that uses a different microarchitecture than we knew. These are the keys to the new Intel Core «Comet Lake».
Like the “Ice Lake” microarchitecture processors, the new “Comet Lake” chips are intended for laptops, but their approach is different. The former have been designed to offer attractive performance in equipment where portability prevails , so presumably we will see them in compact and ultralight consumer machines with a professional vocation.
The “Comet Lake” microprocessors, although according to Intel do not sacrifice lightness and remarkable autonomy, are intended for those portable machines that must withstand a significant workload
However, “Comet Lake” microprocessors, although according to Intel do not sacrifice lightness and remarkable autonomy, are intended for those portable machines that must withstand a significant workload . For this reason it seems that they will fit well in some laptops with a professional vocation in which the performance prevails, and also in domestic machines in which we need to run leisure applications and creation of demanding content.
In the image you have below these lines you can see what is the nomenclature used by Intel to identify both the “Ice Lake” microprocessors and the new “Comet Lake”. The fact that both families are part of the 10th generation Core range a priori makes it a bit more difficult for users to identify them correctly, so we will have to resort to the SKU ( Stock-Keeping Unit ) code , which is a number of reference linked to each CPU model, and to the graphic logic .
In fact, the simplest is to look at the characters that are right after the SKU. The graphics of the “Ice Lake” chips are identified by a ‘G’ followed by a number (‘4’ or ‘7’ if the logic is Iris Plus and ‘1’ if it is not), while the graphics of the “Comet Lake” chips are identified by a ‘U’ or a ‘Y’ , depending on the series to which the microprocessor belongs.