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Intel’s new ‘Comet Lake-H’ processors are best suited for the 16-inch MacBook Pro

Intel’s new ‘Comet Lake-H’ processors are best suited for the 16-inch MacBook Pro

Apple has not announced an upgrade to the 16-inch MacBook Pro released late last year. But when it does sometime down the road, it’s likely to include the new CPU that Intel just announced. The “10th Gen Intel Core-H Series,” as it is officially named (or “Comet Lake-H” as the hardware enthusiasts call it) will offer clock speeds over 5GHz.

Intel calls it the “world’s fastest mobile processor” and it’s the latest salvo in a growing battle between Intel and AMD in the laptop market. Apple has stuck with Intel chips for years and, assuming that continues, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is likely to get an upgrade to these processors later this year. Here’s what you can expect.

Over 5GHz (sometimes)

The best processor you can currently get in the 16-inch MacBook Pro is the 9th-generation Intel Core i9-9980HK. It’s an 8-core, 16-thread CPU with a core clock speed of 2.4GHz and maximum boost clock of 5.0GHz.

The fastest 10th-generation processor still has a base clock of 2.4GHz but tops out at 5.3GHz (a 6 percent increase). There are now three other processors in the lineup that boost up to 5.0GHz or more, though.

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It’s just like the 9th-generation processors, only with slightly faster clock speeds.

Of course, boost clock speeds are only achievable under the proper conditions. Intel lists the boost clock as “maximum single core turbo frequency” and thermal constraints are a big factor here. If you’re heavily utilizing multiple cores for long periods (like exporting a big 4K video project) you’re not going to get that top clock speed.

10th-generation (but not really)

Intel calls these 10th-generation parts, but that term is a little loose. The 2020 MacBook Air also features 10th-generation Intel CPUs; those are the new Ice Lake processors that are made on a 10nm process and incorporate a new microarchitecture named Sunny Cove. They feature a lot of efficiency improvements to allow the CPU to get more work done at a lower clock speed.

These chips, while stilled billed as 10th generation, are made on a 14nm process and are based on the older Skylake microarchitecture that Intel has been refining for years.

It’s far more apt to compare these new CPUs to the 9th-generation chips already in MacBook Pro. These are essentially the same processors with slightly higher boost clocks at the same thermal rating and with support for ever-so-slightly faster RAM.

via Macworld https://www.macworld.com/article/3535874/intel-comet-lake-h-processors-best-for-16-inch-macbook-pro.html#tk.rss_all
link : https://www.macworld.com/article/3535874/intel-comet-lake-h-processors-best-for-16-inch-macbook-pro.html#tk.rss_all
April 4, 2020 at 11:16AM

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