The Intel 10nm process has been delayed time and time again but Intel has been claiming that everything is on track and that we will be getting the Intel 10nm process based chip next year. The company event went on to say that there will be chips coming out this year, but in limited quantities. So what is going on? To cut the bullshit let’s put it shit way, the Intel 10nm process was broken then and is broken now.
The Lenovo Ideapad 330 was discovered recently and it was powered by the Intel 10nm process based Core i3-8121U CPU. While you might think that Intel was right in telling us that everything was on track, but that is not the case. As it turns out the graphics on the chip have been disabled. While the die is 2+1 part which means that there are two CPU cores and a single graphics part, it seems that Intel has been unable to get the graphics part working or has shut it off altogether due to some reason.
This reason could be high TDP. This is a U series processor, which means that while the CPU does not have might blowing speed, the CPU does not consume too much power either. Why is that important? It is important because the graphics part of the chip uses a lot of power. While we are not getting into the specifics of how much the graphics part consumes power, let’s assume that it is a 50-50 case, as in the graphics part and the compute part consume the same amount of power.
It is interesting to note that the Core i3-8121U CPU, which is based on the Intel 10nm process has a base clock of 2.2 GHz and can boost to 3.2GHz but is slower than the 8130U. The 8130U has a base clock of 2.2 GHz and can boost to 3.4Ghz. Also, keep in mind that the 8130U is based on the older 14nm process and the fact that both CPUs have the same TDP. While the Core i3-8121U CPU does not have the graphics part active, the 8130U does.
What does this tell us? This tells us that the Intel 10nm process is not power efficient and that even with the graphics turned off the chip has the same TDP has the older 14nm chip with the graphics turned on. Adding insult to injury, even with the graphics turned off the Intel 10nm process based chip is lower than the 14nm one, at the same TDP.
To sum things up, it is safe to say that Intel 10nm process was broken then and is broken now. While this is a single chip that we have talked about, there is hope that things could be different moving on into the future. I for one am not convinced and do not think that things are going to get any better, at least for the Intel 10nm process.
Let us know what you think about the Intel 10nm process and whether or not you think, things are going to get any better with time.