Published: Thu, August 22, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Dell Adds 'Comet Lake' Chips to XPS, Inspiron, Vostro Laptops

Dell Adds 'Comet Lake' Chips to XPS, Inspiron, Vostro Laptops

The "Ice Lake" family of chips announced on August 1 are based on Intel's next-gen "Ice Lake" architecture and are the company's first mass-market chips to be manufactured on a 10nm process, whereas the newly announced "Comet Lake" family still uses a mature 14nm manufacturing process and is an incremental update to the current "Coffee Lake" design.

"From multitasking to everyday content creation, the newest additions to the family scale performance for even higher levels of productivity - in addition to offering best-in-class platform connectivity", said Chris Walker, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of Mobility Client Platforms in the Client Computing Group, in a statement.

It will be interesting to see how performance compares between Ice Lake and Comet Lake, as well as Whiskey Lake. Dell is adding Comet Lake chips to suit everyone's needs, be that a 13-, 14-, and 15-inch laptop and across the 3000, 5000, and 7000 model ranges. That makes sense, as the Comet Lake chips don't come with Gen11 graphics and therefore do not have the "Gx" identifier, but that hardly helps the average consumer.

According to intel, these processors are performance powerhouses that bring double digit performance gains compared with the previous generation.

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Most models will be available starting in October. This top-end CPU has a 1.1GHz base frequency and 4.7GHz maximum single-core boost frequency, along with 12MB of cache. The next three numbers (710 in this example) denote the specific model while the U (or Y) is the product line.

Intel says that more than 90 new laptop designs with the Comet Lake processors will hit shelves at retailers by the holidays. In addition, Intel is planning to launch more Comet Lake CPUs in the first half of next year. That, again, is going to lead to confusion, as the improved Ice Lake architecture is faster in lightly-threaded work despite its lower clock frequencies. Integrated Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) brings enhanced WPA3 security for additional peace of mind and is almost 3 times faster to enable quick file downloads and more responsive performance throughout the home.

Until then, Intel claims that Comet Lake is the better choice than Ice Lake for users who care about raw performance. Instead, these are 14nm Comet Lake CPUs that include the aforementioned six-core i7 and a speed bump in supported memory up to LP4x-2933, LPDDR3-2133 and DDR4-2666 (the XPS 13 uses up to 16GB DDR3 2,133MHz).

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