Tiger Lake Tested: We Benchmark Intel’s Latest With Iris Xe Graphics and 10nm SuperFin

A lot changes in a year. At this time in 2019, Intel had finally released its 10th-Gen Ice Lake processors, moving its laptop CPUs over to the 10nm process node. It was a tick after so many tocks, but the company had difficulties sustaining high clock speeds on its then-under-performing 10nm node. As a result, Intel was forced to use its 14nm Comet Lake processors to satiate the high-performance segment of the laptop market, while leveraging Ice Lake’s improved graphics engine for laptops geared for gaming on integrated graphics.

But in 2020, things look a lot different. Intel’s split product stack hasn’t been able to keep pace with AMD’s 7nm Ryzen 4000 series chips. AMD’s new platform is more efficient, leading to superior battery life, and it’s more powerful in key applications. That success has led to broader adoption of the Ryzen «Renoir» chips, and now we’re seeing them in more laptops than ever.

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