10th Gen Intel Core i3-10110U “Comet Lake-U” iGPU Beats NVIDIA MX250

Intel’s 10th Gen Comet Lake-U CPUs are almost here. They should start popping up in stores by October along with the 10nm Ice Lake-U parts in premium ultrabooks and laptops. It is important to keep in mind that the two architectures are completely different. While Comet Lake is a more mature form of Coffee lake with the same Gen 9.5 iGPU on the 14nm node, Ice Lake features the 10nm process with the Sunny Cove cores along with the much more potent Gen 11 iGPU. However, early benchmarks indicate that thanks to the maturity of the 14nm node, even Comet Lake will run at pretty high frequencies and offer comparable performance if not on par. Have a look at these GFXBench scores:

In the first 2-3 tests, the NVIDIA GeForce MX250 is notably faster than the Comet Lake-U’s UHD graphics processor, but in the last few tests, the Intel part performs a bit too well in the on-screen tests. And I mean unrealistically well. For example, in the T-Rex run, the iGPU yields a whopping 159 FPS while the MX250 gets 60 FPS. That’s a gap of more than 2x, something that can only be the result of an anomaly. I mean have a look at these:

The Comet Lake-U is almost 3 times faster than the NVIDIA MX GPU and this is tessellation we’re talking about. GeForce cards are the best when it comes to DX11 based Tessellation. The same result is reproduced in the onscreen ALU test. The only thing that makes sense here is that there’s an error in the benchmarking algorithm that’s rating the unreleased Intel processors too high, and for all practical purposes, I’d suggest referring to the first 2-3 results. Regardless, even going by those, these are quite impressive. I mean an i3 chip (that too 14nm) has a GPU that competes with NVIDIA’s latest MX based 230 and 250 discrete offerings, pretty much making them obsolete.

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  1. Lol you are wrong the Intel GPU now where beats the Nvidia see the offscreen tests which is a test done on same resolution for both and Nvidia just kills Intel’s gpus

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