If your brain broke this morning when Intel announced its 10th-gen Comet Lake laptop CPUs, which will sell alongside its 10th-gen Ice Lake chips, we understand.

Among the two different manufacturing processes (one advanced and one very refined) as well as very different graphics cores, core counts and power levels, it’s confusing enough to make you want to switch to a Windows on ARM laptop (just kidding, we’re not that frustrated). Even Intel itself admits there “might be some confusion” between its different 10th-gen  CPUs.

Fortunately for you, we’ve combed through all of Intel’s newest 10th-gen laptop CPUs to try to find the strengths and weaknesses of the 19 different parts. Although we haven’t personally touched each different model integrated into a laptop, we’re comfortable with our performance forecast based on the fact that we’ve actually already run 10th-gen Ice Lake though its paces. As 10th-gen Comet Lake shares much in common with the 8th-gen Whiskey Lake U, we know what to expect there too.

But first, here are the details of Intel’s entire 10th-gen laptop CPU lineup to date: 

intel 10thgen cpus new IDG

Don’t feel bad if you can’t keep Intel’s new 10th-gen lineup straight—there are no fewer than 19 new CPUs to keep track of.

Yup, that’s a lot of information as well as a lot of different options. If you’re the kind of consumer who doesn’t care about code names, manufacturing process, clock speed, core count or graphics execution units but you don’t want to make a buying mistake, we’ve translated the hellish Excel spreadsheet above into concrete use cases.

Every 10th-gen Intel laptop CPU Rated IDG

Here’s are the strength and weakness of every single new Intel 10th-gen laptop CPU.

How to use our chart

On the far left are the individual model numbers of each new 10th-gen CPU. As you look across the table, you’ll see important performance criteria and how we’re rating each CPU model. As you move from left to right, ask yourself how important each criterion is for what you do or might do, and note how it balances against the other CPUs.

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For example, if you want a CPU with good multi-core performance and with good gaming performance, plus you want the promise of new instructions that bring new performance down the road, the 10th-gen Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7 should be on your short list.

Remember that each of the ratings are against other 10th-gen CPUs, and not against desktop nor older CPUs or AMD CPUs. Our chart assumes you want to buy a 10th-gen Intel-based laptop, but you just don’t know which one to buy.



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