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Intel launches new processors for better AI and Gaming

Intel launches new processors for better AI and Gaming

2018 marked the chip makers 50th anniversary, but the company has struggled to make a significant mark on the market. It was the year that Intel lost its CEO, struggled with Spectre and Meltdown, and reportedly lost Apple's confidence as far as chips for future Macs are concerned. The processor range will be between Intel Core i3 to i7, with no details for now on whether we'll get to see a Core i9 in this generation. The company is introducing the world to its new 10th gen, 10nm, Ice Lake CPUs.

Codenamed Ice Lake, the 10th-gen Intel Core processors are also the first to be based on 10nm architecture.

Here's what you need to know.

They'll be released in July 2019, and will feature Intel processors and integrated graphics, as well as an Intel Movidius Myriad X VPU that specialises in high-performance, low-power AI workloads. Amid all the 7nm celebrations, AMD's stocks have risen by 10% with analysts forecasting that Intel is set to lose more of its shares, both in consumer as well as the server segments. Anything beefier will apparently have to wait. The firm admits that Ice Lake is the first major update to its processor line since Skylake back in 2015, something that enthusiasts are very well aware of.

The new Ice Lake processors are built around the 10nm process, sporting up to four cores and eight threads.

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Intel's Ice Lake processors will be shipped in June this year, as revealed by the company earlier this month. Admittedly, Intel didn't actually provide any frame rate figures in their press bumpf - only that it was running on Low quality at 1080p - but that's still reasonably impressive for an integrated graphics chip. Navi will utilize AMD's RDNA - where the R stands for Radeon. There's also support for Vesa Adaptive Sync screen technology, meaning less stuttering and tearing, along with support for HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HEVC/VP9 encoding.

That should mean smoother gameplay even if the framerates aren't quite there. Overall, they offer 5x accelerated AI performance, as well as nearly 3x faster wireless speeds.

Please stay tuned for Intel Ice Lake mobile SKU details and partner laptop design announcements. But we're learning today that they, too, come with a couple of caveats.

Honeycomb Glacier laptops will also feature new Wi-Fi 6 technology for improved network speeds. Intel's Gig+ implementation is rather new and it will enable high wireless speeds of more than 1 Gbps. Thunderbolt 3 isn't new and it will be able to deliver data transfer speeds of up to 40 Gbps on laptops. Intel has produced the chart, embedded above, showing a significant improvement over the now common UHD 620 graphics cores built into Coffee Lake chips.


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