Every year Intel launches a new processor and we take a good long look at what’s gotten better. It’s not every year that Intel rolls out a new architecture this year they’ve finally made the move to from 14nm (which was launched on their 6th generation back in 2015) to 10nm. For the past 4 generations, its been incremental advancements. It’s exciting because it’s actually new!
What will be better using a 10th gen CPU?
Programs will run faster
According to Intel, the sunny cove cores are faster and wider and increase the IPC (instruction per clock) by about 18% over 8th gen cores.
Dynamic Tuning 2.0 will manage Turbo Boost capabilities and will outpace chips running at lower clock speeds. All of this means that your PC will be able to handle large programs with greater ease.
If you need to be sold on why Thunderbolt 3 is a must-have, no problem. Thunderbolt 3 ports can send or receive up to 100 watts of power, and offers USB speeds of up to 10Gbps. It can connect up to two 4K displays, outputting video and audio signal at the same time. This cuts down on the number and types of ports you’ll need since it also supports DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, and 10GbE fast networking. Plus, Thunderbolt 3 is backwards compatible to Thunderbolt 2.
Previously Thunderbolt 3 was only available as an option to laptop makers through a discrete Thunderbolt 3 controller from Intel. Now that it’s a standard all users will get the feature and it saves PC makers money and space.
Wi-Fi 6 is the wireless networking standard formerly known as 802.11ax. the new standard should give you much faster speeds at 2.4GHz, with better juggling of multiple devices. It supports the 5GHz operating frequency as well. If you’re going to build out your home with a new Wi-Fi 6 router system, you’ll feel pretty burned with your pathetic Wi-Fi 5 laptop that can’t use it.
Faster Memory is now possible
Intel’s 10th-gen chips is support for LPDDR4X RAM. The obvious improvement is about 50 percent more memory bandwidth, which will aid everything from application performance (a little) to games (a lot).
Another bonus is you’ll also start seeing more memory. Laptops currently max out at 16GB of RAM now you’ll be able to add more!
Gamers take notice of Intel’s 10th Gen
Intel says the new Gen11 graphics in the 10th-gen CPUs can hit 1 teraflop of performance and is capable of 1080p gaming. With its support for VESA Adaptive Sync, gaming on 10th-gen parts should be far smoother, too.
Here is a bit more on what Intel claims:
If you’re a serious gamer and don’t just want the game you occasionally play on your notebook to run smoother, you’ll probably still want to consider something with beefier graphics. It will be very game depends on what game and how serious you are about playing it. Adaptive Sync support also helps by smoothing out less-than-ideal frame rates, so it might come down to preference if you need discrete graphics.
Why you don’t need to upgrade to Intel’s 10th gen core?
Like always not everyone needs to have the latest and greatest processor, a lot of people keep their devices 4-5 years before they upgrade. 10th gen laptops are going to be much more expensive, Lenovo just sent me the S940 for review (it’s what I’m typing this on and it’s got a Core i7 8th gen processor), this is a great laptop that’s going to be way more affordable than anything featuring a 10th gen CPU.
Having said that we can’t wait to check out devices like Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1 and the 30 other devices that Intel says will be available soon!