Just How Fast Are Intel's New Comet Lake-H Mobile Processors?

April 3, 2020 Topic: Technology Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: IntelAMDGamingTechnologyCPU

Just How Fast Are Intel's New Comet Lake-H Mobile Processors?

A gamers dream? 

For all you hardcore gamers out there, life keeps getting better and better.

Intel has announced the release of six new ultra-fast Comet Lake-H mobile processors, which expand the company’s 10th Gen CPU lineup to direct aim improved gaming and workstation laptops.

These processors provide up to eight cores and 16 threads, as well as a colossal 5.3GHz peak boost frequency. This release has been confirmed to be the fastest of any Intel CPU ever, even eclipsing the desktop Core i9-9900KS.

These particular models reflect the 14nm Comet Lake architecture, and they fit into Intel's Core i9, Core i7 and Core i5 product tiers.

The company obviously had certain consumers in mind when releasing these models, and they include gamers, creators and professional computer users, who often seek the highest possible single-threaded and multi-threaded performance on laptops. Intel highlighted the fact that games are still lightly threaded and can likely benefit more from improved clock speeds than more cores.

More than 100 laptops from all of the world’s top brands that are using these CPUs should be announced over the next several months.

The huge 5.3GHz peak boost frequency comes courtesy of Intel's Thermal Velocity Boost, which is able to gauge the thermal headroom before increasing the single-core boost frequency as high as possible. It remains to be seen whether most of today’s laptops can effectively cool these hot-running CPUs.

Intel has been putting much effort and resources into competing with high-flying AMD, which recently launched its Ryzen Mobile 4000 series that for the most part takes aim at the same market segments.

In recent years, AMD has used the speedy, high-performing Ryzen to snake past Intel in term of sales and revenue. According to one of Germany's largest retailer of consumer electronics, in November 2019, AMD processors accounted for 82 percent of all processors sold.

Intel is also trying to quell AMD’s robust momentum by focusing heavily on both design and overall performance. The Santa Clara-based company has been working with various laptop manufacturers to improve their flagship products in terms of user interface, performance and battery life.

Ethen Kim Lieser is a Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek and Arirang TV.