Intel announced yesterday its 10th generation chips from Ice Lake, which will probably see their arrival in the MacBook Pro designs next year.
Seven of the latest chips in the MacBook Pro 13 “category are designed to deliver significantly better video encoding efficiency.
Jason Cross of MacWorld looked at what we might expect, saying that the headline numbers probably aren’t represented in most real-life applications.
The start comprises of the i3, i5, and i7 laptop components, varying from 9W to 28W and is much more distinct than in a decade.
The differences between the U and Y sections are the first thing to know about these components. The U-series are conventional, 15-28W TDP, portable processors, and 9-12W TDP components for ultra-carrying models are Y-series.
The less than 20W TDP range of Ice Lake’s Y-series has previously only been filled with comparatively lenient two-core components. Therefore, seeing 4C/8 T Core i7 components such as the TDP’s i7-1060G7 this high is a pleasant shift that should in practice make a significant increase in storage lives for thin-but-powerful models such as Dell’s XPS 13 or HP’s Spectrex360.
At the highest level, the CPU performance can be expected to be a good laundering relative to Coffee Lake components. The i7 portable CPUs of Coffee Lake had more nuclei and strands than the slimmer sections of Ice Lake. U-Series CPUs of Ice Lake i7 is 4 thread parts, and the mobile i7s of Coffee Lake is 6 C/12T.
Ice Lake provides Thunderbolt embedded assistance, an embedded Wi-Fi 6 chipset (802.11ax) and a supposed improvement of AI efficiency. We still don’t know how many laptops targetted to individuals will have this configuration as not everyone will perform large AI workloads.
The Wi-Fi 6 is lovely to see, but likely not too enthusiastic yet. Wi-Fi 6 routers are still quite unusual and do not necessarily work as well in the real world, and most of the advantages Wi-Fi 6 should offer do not come to mind until you have a Wi-Fi 6 client environment. One or two laptops from Ice Lake probably won’t see a large benefit in an apartment or house filled with 802.11ac appliances (Wi-Fi 5).
Intel also asserts the hardware mitigation of speculative attacks on Meltdown and Specter but we could not discover concrete information on how they operate, how efficient they are, or how much less quality the microcode diminishments which consumers who have to be protected from such assaults still need to achieve.
The only item we know is there with us for a long time to arrive, without a magical hardware repair, rendering microcode safety patching entirely pointless anywhere on the horizon. Only Spectre, Meltdown or Zombieload is there to be found. We are confident of this.