Aug 3, 2019

Intel's Latest Ice Lake CPU Will Bring Much Faster Video Processing To The Future Mac

Intel announced the 10th-generation Core processor yesterday, which is code-named Ice Lake. Apple will ship the latest CPU in next year's MacBook Pro models. Intel claims that IPC is increased by 18% across many different tasks, IPC, which stands for Instructor Per Clock, is the number of instructions executed by the CPU in each clock cycle.

MacWorld's Jason Cross experimented the chip and concluded that although the IPC is improved, Ice Lake's base frequency and core frequency are lower than both Amber Lake and Coffee Lake chips, suggests that in daily use, the overall performance enhancements will limit to 10% for single-core and 20% for multicore.


However, it will considerably boost video processing, likewise encryption, video compression, and machine learning tasks. Ice Lake also delivers 30% faster performance in Quick Sync video compression. If Apple plans to use the Ice Lake processor in the future MacBook Pro, despite won’t be seeing any noble change in the daily task usage, dramatic performance improvement is doomed to be seen in large file compression and decompression, plus video formatting.

Besides, Ice Lake has a far superior graphics performance, it's within reach to the low-power version of the GeForce MX510 graphics card. The MacBook Pro with this CPU will be compatible with the new Pro Display XDR display, which supports the graphics 1.4 HBR3 and HDMI 2.08, as well as HDR10 and Dolby Vision. This means that three 60Hz 4K displays, or two 60Hz 5K displays, and one 30Hz 8K display can be connected simultaneously.

Finally, Ice Lake will also carry WiFi 6, aka 802.11ax. The only unfortunate news is that Ice Lake will not arrive in consumer products until the end of the year, so the rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro may not adopt Ice Lake.

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