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Intel says its 28W and 9W Ice Lake processors are coming soon this year

By Kenny Yeo - on 13 Jan 2020, 10:11am

Intel says its 28W and 9W Ice Lake processors are coming soon this year

(Image source: Anandtech)

When Intel announced its Ice Lake processors, sitting at the top of the heap was a 28W part called the Core i7-1068G7.

It has a substantially higher base frequency than the rest of the U-Series chips (2.3GHz vs. the typical 1.3GHz) and a slightly higher max single-core clock speed.

However, the more tech-savvy amongst you will have no doubt noticed by now that most flagship ultraportables are powered by slightly less powerful Core i7-1065G7.

The Ice Lake line-up. (Image source: Intel)

Bearing in mind Intel's difficulties in transitioning to 10nm, it begs the question, "Where is the Core i7-1068G7?"

According to Anandtech, who reached out to Intel, it will be coming soon in Q1 this year.

Intel's response was this:

The 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1068G7 is on track for production and will be available for OEM customers in Q1 2020.

Intel also said that the more power-efficient 9W parts will also be coming soon.

We expect mobile designs using Ice Lake-Y SKUs to start becoming available in the first half of 2020.

So what does this mean for notebook buyers? The flagship Ice Lake part is no doubt nice to have but it's doubtful it's going to offer a lot more performance over the existing Core i7-1065G7 flagship.

Clock speeds are higher but that's likely to go unnoticed for most everyday tasks. Furthermore, these processors are likely to find their way into ultraportable notebooks so throttling will likely be a limiting factor to how much performance you can squeeze out of these processors.

The Y-Series processors, on the other hand, should be interesting as it's low 9W TDP means it can be fit into even thinner chassis which could mean even sleeker notebooks. Apple fans should take heed because the MacBook Air, since its relaunch in 2018, uses a Y-Series processor.

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