The latest chips Intel Core Comet Lake-H of the 10th generation are the fastest of all time, ” says the founder putting in place a direct confrontation with the Ryzen 9 4900HS AMD.

The Intel “Comet Lake-H” 10th generation laptop PC for gamers and creative professionals aspire to something that, until now, Ryzen AMD has not pointed out: the clock frequency. Announced Thursday, the chips H-series exceed the 5 GHz band, a high frequency for processors for PC and mobile. In fact, most of the six Intel chips Comet Lake of the H-series exceed the 5 GHz band, including a chip Core i7 “strengthened”, the Core i7-10875H (base 2.3 GHz, turbo to 5.1 GHz). Intel has designed as an alternative to slightly less expensive at very high-end Core i9-10980HK, although the two chips include 8 cores and 16 threads. It is this Core i9 which establishes a brand for the clock speed, peaking at 5.3 GHz.

All of this potentially opens up a debate burning among the mobile players: join to the statements of Intel that most of the games still depend largely on threads unique, where the clock speed reigns does it? Or follow AMD, which has demonstrated for decades that its Ryzen 9 4900HS is simply the processor PC mobile the most powerful of the market?

It seems that we will have a number of points of comparison, because Intel promises more than 100 different PC, mainly for gamers and content creators, will include the chips of the series H. The pre-orders for these PC will start April 2, and the systems will begin to be delivered on April 15.


Intel exceeds 5 GHz with the Comet Lake-H

The chip-Comet Lake-H is not the first mobile chip for gamers, Intel, but it is the first to appear in such a wide range of laptops, including screens thin and light. Intel has not even made of chip Core to the 9th generation for the PCS to thin and light, so that the old Intel Core i9-9980HK and his cousins were eventually integrated into mobile computers with a weight of 2 kg such as the Asus ZenBook Pro, the Dell Precision 15, or the Apple MacBook Pro 15.

On the other hand, Intel expects that more than 30 systems using Comet Lake-H are designs thin and light thinner than 20 mm thick. Executives from Intel have said that Comet Lake-H would be contained in the PC to consumer markets, enterprise, and more particularly of the work stations, with innovations such as the screens 300 Hz, and the panels HDR1000 (UHD at 3840 x 2160 pixels).

New range Comet Lake-H Intel

Each chip of the range Comet Lake-H from Intel consumes 45 watts, which makes them much more energy-intensive than the Ice Lake, 28 watts presented last year. (The series Ryzen 4000 AMD’s consume 35 watts.) A question is why Intel has developed a “Comet Lake-H”, rather than designing a more powerful version of the Ice Lake is well balanced. The idea, according to Frederik Hamberger, managing director of Intel in charge of laptops and high-end game, was to design a processor-Comet Lake-H specifically for players and content creators, each preferring generally a GPU schedule. As such, the chips Comet Lake-H do not include circuits integrated graphics. “With Comet Lake-H, we believe the answer to the end user by focusing on the frequency and the best performance … with a large pipeline to the circuits discrete graphics,” said Mr. Hamberger.

 Intel has launched six chips in this category, ranging from intel Core i5-10300H (base 2.5 GHz, turbo to 4.5 GHz) entry-level, until the Core i9-10980HK top of the range. As shown in the screenshot of the Intel above, all chipsets support Optane (3DxPoint), a persistent memory faster than the flash.

As always, the matrix processor Intel cache a few quirks. First, only the Core i9-10980HK really is unlocked; the Core i7-10750H is “partially” unlocked, which means that it can be pushed upwards through four levels of speed, probably to a maximum of 5.5 GHz (if it is cooled), although Intel has not specified.

The turbo frequency, single-reflects what Intel called the Thermal Velocity Boost (TVB), which generally provides two “speed bins” of overclocking capability – 200 MHz, in real terms. Intel has improved its Thermal Velocity Boost in this generation to allow overclocking of the chip with a power consumption of 65 watts, well above what is possible at 45 watts. Thermal Velocity Boost works in conjunction with the integrated temperature sensor on the motherboard, pushing the speed higher and higher until they reach levels that are unstable. The TVB Intel works with Speed Optimizer, an overclocking tool provided by Intel and integrated Extreme Tuning Utility Intel. Intel Turbo Boost technology Max 3.0 associated also identifies the two cores the more powerful the chip, and sends the instructions for demanding applications such as games. Another improvement point is the memory. While the microarray Core mobile 9th generation, using the memory DDR4-2666, the series Comet Lake-H goes to the DDR4-2933.

What is the speed of the Comet Lake-H from Intel, exactly ?

Remember the new love Intel for the references of the real world : ideal to indicate the type of performance you expect from the execution of real applications, but impractical to compare the offers of Intel compared to the competition. Our colleague from PCWorld asked Intel the numbers of Cinebench to provide more context and was politely ignored at the press point online Monday, march 30. So we have to use what Intel we provided, in terms of comparison with his own chips.

Intel does not show its chips in terms of performance, but it is one of the best comparisons between Comet Lake-H and its predecessors. The founder says that his Core i9 is 44% faster in terms of overall performance (measured in SysMark 2018) as a PC of three years with a Core i7-7820HK. It is two times faster in video rendering Blender, using the same two systems. Intel says that the overall performance of the Core i7-10750H are 33% faster in SysMark) as a PC of three years with a Core i7-7700HQ, 44% faster in games ( Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey ) and 70% faster in the export of a file of 4K video in Power Director 4K.


The testing game gen-over-gen Intel offer a bit more clarity. Here, the Intel Core i7 is compared to the old Core i7-7700HQ 7th generation, with significant increases in terms of game performance: 31% in World of Tanks to 44% in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Intel has also compared the Core-i9-10980HK the Core i7-7820HK, resulting in performance improvements ranging between 23% and 54% in games, with the largest gains coming from Red Dead Redemption 2 . However, Intel has not manufactured Core i9 mobile 7th generation, distorting the comparison.

Mr Hamberger said he expects to see performance improvements, “double-digit” top-to-bottom chips Comet Lake-H compared to parts of the 9th generation previous. The exception would be the Core i7-10875H, including Mr Hamberger said that Intel expects an improvement of up to 20%. He called it only an estimate, however; because of the limitations imposed by the coronavirus, Intel has not yet tested the Core i7-10875H. “We expect it soon, and we will perform these system tests as soon as we have”, said Mr Hamberger.

None of this brings us as much as we would like to compare the Core i7-10875H or one of the other new chips to the Ryzen 9 4900HS AMD. But you can take our tests from the old Core-i9-9980HK or similar parts and add 10% or more of their scores, just for the fun of it.

An aspect that Intel has not talked much about is the life of the battery, a critical element in laptops, although less than in the models of games, where they are almost always connected. Mr Hamberger said that the most efficient system that Intel has seen in its laboratories has delivered between 20 and 22 hours of battery life, on the basis of a test of video playback.

The improvements of the platform help to complement the performance of the processor

One of the most interesting features of the game components HM470 announced with the chips Comet-Lake H is the addition of two Thunderbolt controllers 3.0, each of which supports two ports. This means that laptops Comet Lake-H could support up to four connectors Thunderbolt, replacing potentially the USB ports-C more generic found on some laptop computers.

While the Thunderbolt ports 3 enable I / O solutions are exotic such as the GPU external, the real difference between a USB port-C normal and a true Thunderbolt connection boils down to the screens. USB-C provides a pair of 4K displays external, operating at 30 Hz, good mainly for static images. Thunderbolt 3 can power two 4K displays running at 60 Hz, much more comfortable for the games, and use graphics or video intensive. In general, the implementation of Thunderbolt technology in the chipsets has been exclusive to Intel.


The chipset HM470 should also support wireless technology Wi-fi 6 (Gig +) of Intel, who first accompanied Ice Lake. The main advantage of Wi-fi 6 is what is called “multiple access orthogonal frequency division”, or OFDM, dividing the bandwidth to allow devices to communicate without the wait. “Wi-fi 6 Gig +” is an optional feature that increases the size of the available channels at 160 MHz, allowing a total bandwidth of 1.68 Gbps. The manufacturers of laptops have the ability to use radios older as an alternative to Wi-fi 6, but the executives from Intel have said they doubted that this will happen.

With the Comet Lake-H, which closely follows the Ryzen 4000, we have to deal with a fierce competition and a renewed enthusiasm in the market of portable computers of game. AMD is now just as powerful on mobile than on desktop, where it rapidly spread. Will it be the same for laptops ? We should not have to wait long to say it.