Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake processors have already hit the market in a wide variety of laptops. The Comet Lake processors are the next iteration of Intel’s 14nm process. While it is not a major upgrade over the previous generation processors, WiFi 6 support and faster memory are included. The Comet Lake processors consist of 15W U-Series, high clock speeds, and up to six cores. The Core i7-10710U was recently benchmarked by Techspot. The i7-10710U is a 6C/12T processor, which is extremely impressive given that it’s rated at only 15W. Moreover, it can also do 3.9GHz across all 6-Cores and includes a 12MB cache,
Techspot used the MSI Prestige 14 A10SC for benchmarks, which also features a 1650 MAX-Q. For memory, it includes dual-channel 16GB DDR4 memory. The GTX 1650 MAX-Q was disabled to keep the benchmarks unbiased.
Cinebench R15 benchmark results show just how far Intel has come on the 14nm process. Despite no change in the microarchitecture, Intel’s biggest achievement is a decent multi-threaded performance at a much more efficient CPU along with more cores. As expected, single-core performance isn’t much of an upgrade over last-gen. However, i7-10710U has a huge performance gain overall.
In Adobe Premiere, the i7-10710 has a modest gain over the i7-8565U. Since no discrete GPU was utilized, the results aren’t that impressive. However, the iGPU performs admirably in this case.
In Photoshop Iris Blur, that’s primarily CPU intensive, the performance gains are quite disappointing. With a gain of less than 10%, the advantage is quite narrow. Moreover, the higher-rated 6-Core processors don’t offer sizeable gains either.
Overall, the Corei7-10710U offers decent performance gains in multi-threaded workloads over the previous generation processors. In single-threaded tasks, it pulls ahead of the Ryzen Zen+ mobile processors. However, there’s little to no difference compared to the last-gen Intel CPUs. Compared to the Ryzen 7 3750H, it falls behind in multi-threaded workloads. Keep in mind that the 3750H is based on the Zen+ design. Compared to the upcoming Zen2 based mobile CPUs, one can only imagine the performance disparity.
The i7-10710U is a 6-Core processor rated at 15W. While that in itself is quite an achievement, the performance gains aren’t substantial. Up to 30% more performance in multi-threaded tasks is decent. However, compared to the competition it’s not good enough. With the Zen 2 mobile processors on the horizon, Intel needs to seriously step up their game.
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