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To 5GHz and beyond: Intel's new 10th gen H-series chips for high-end notebooks

By Kenny Yeo - on 10 Apr 2020, 10:52am

To 5GHz and beyond: Intel's new 10th gen H-series chips for high-end notebooks

Note: This article was first published on 2 April 2020.

Intel has just officially announced its new 10th generation mobile H-series Core processors for high-performance notebooks.

These new processors will join Intel's existing Comet Lake lineup of mobile processors. It also means that unlike the Ice Lake processors, these new processors announced today are built using a 14nm process node.

At any rate, these processors were developed expressly with gamers and creative professionals in mind.

For gamers, this means higher clock speeds, because, according to Intel, games today are still mostly lightly threaded and benefit most with higher CPU frequencies.

So with this new generation of processors, over 60% of the SKUs will have maximum single turbo frequencies of above 5GHz.

To cater to creative professionals who benefit from CPUs having more cores, the higher-end CPUs in the lineup with have a maximum of 8 cores and 16 threads.

In terms of performance, Intel says users upgrading from a three-year-old gaming notebook with a 7th generation Core i7 processor to a new 10th generation Core i7 gaming notebook with a similar-class GPU can see improvements of around 30% to 45%.

(Image source: Intel)

According to Intel, the new processors, available in Core i3 to Core i9 variants, will be available soon in over 100 notebook designs, of which over 30 will be of thin and light variants measuring less than 20mm thick.

Speaking of which, Intel has been working more closely with OEMs partners to optimise their designs. This is especially crucial in eking out every ounce of performance from systems. Intel cited an example where they managed to get a 10% increase in performance without adding any additional cost to the system.

The new processors will also feature Intel’s latest technologies such as Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, Thermal Velocity Boost, and Intel Optane memory. And with support for up to 40 PCIe lanes, the new processors will also feature integrated support for Thunderbolt 3 and the new Wi-Fi 6 standard.

As mentioned earlier, the new 10th generation H-series mobile processors will be available from Core i3 all the way up to Core i9. Here are the processors in the lineup.

Intel 10th generation H-series lineup
Model Base clock speed Maximum single core clock speed Cores / Threads TDP Intel Smart Cache Intel Thermal Velocity Boost
Intel Core i9-10980HK 2.4GHz 5.3GHz 8 / 16 45W 16MB Yes
Intel Core i7-10875H 2.3GHz 5.1GHz 8 / 16 45W 16MB Yes
Intel Core i7-10850H 2.7GHz 5.1GHz 6 / 12 45W 12MB Yes
Intel Core i7-10750H 2.6GHz 5.0GHz 6 / 12 45W 12MB Yes
Intel Core i5-10400H 2.6GHz 4.6GHz 4 / 8 45W 8MB Yes
Intel Core i5-10300H 2.5GHz 4.5GHz 4 / 8 45W 8MB Yes

According to Intel, users can expect to see notebooks powered by these new processors starting in mid-April. That said, don’t be alarmed to see delays because of the ongoing pandemic.