Over the past couple of years, Intel’s lineup and the naming convention have become pretty confusing. Earlier, a new architecture coincided with a new generation. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. The first 10nm Cannonlake CPUs are still a part of 8th generation; the generation bump to 9th Gen will take place with Ice Lake CPUs.
Whatever might be the naming conventions, we’ve started getting some hints regarding the expected feature set of Intel Ice Lake CPUs. As per a listing on SiSoftware ranking website, spotted by TechPowerUp, Ice Lake will arrive with a significantly faster integrated graphics.
This news comes in the wake of the recent release of new graphics drivers by Intel, which promise automatic performance management of games. If SiSoftware’s database entry turns out to be true, it means that Intel’s looking to boost their the power of their GPUs in a big way. While it might not be good enough to compete with the likes of Nvidia and AMD, it’s still something.
If you’re interested in numbers, let me tell you that Ice Lake might come with UHD Graphics Gen11 LP integrated processors. This iGPU has 48 execution units that result in 384 SPs, 6GB of shared system memory, and 768kB of L2 cache.
Compared to 300 MHz clock speed of current iGPU graphics, Gen11 will have 600 MHz clock speed. It’s being speculated that Intel has managed to achieve this massive boost due to smaller, 10nm manufacturing process.
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