Not so long ago we wrote about the fact that 10-nanometer Intel Cannon Lake will be delayed until next year. More precisely, the bulk of the company promised to begin in 2019, but limited parties allegedly began shipping in April.
Then the details are not provided and it was unclear what it’s for limited supplies. As it turned out, it’s still a CPU for serial devices. First you will be able to buy tomorrow. However, this is unlikely to make as sale only in China.
So, the first laptop with processor Cannon Lake became Lenovo Ideapad 330. The device starting tomorrow, will sell on JD.com $ 450. Although, even if he started to sell us, is unlikely to be many of you wanted to buy it. The problem is that it is a very strange device. Here and 15-inch TN panel with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, and for some reason the installed optical drive. On the whole, the settings are not particularly impressive. Listed for 450 bucks you get 4 GB of RAM and HDD 500 GB. Although there are versions with 8 GB of RAM, the screw on 1 TB and SSD to 256 GB, but for this I will ask $ 680.
The most interesting processor. It is called Core i3-8121U. It has two cores with support for Hyper-Threading, which operate at frequencies of 2.2-3.1 GHz and no GPU. Yes, it appears to be the first in many years, the consumer processor Intel without the integrated graphics core. Given a TDP of 15 watts, I would not say that this was done to reduce power consumption. Perhaps the lack of a GPU due to just problems Intel with the development of 10-nanometer process technology. That is, to have something to release in 2018, the company decided to create a CPU without graphics, which is much easier in production, as its crystal is much smaller. Simply put, the yield in this case is much higher. The laptop also is equipped with a Radeon RX 540.
By the way, Lenovo itself, referring to Intel, claims that the Core i3-8121U faster Core i3-6006U by 26%. While the second lower frequency (2 GHz) and there is no support for Turbo Boost. So I can assume that the performance gain due to just the frequencies, and then the question arises, why do we need Core i3-8121U? And that I’m still talking about a TDP of 15 watts, because the same processor Kaby Lake Refresh rate exactly the same, but they are, first, 14-nanometer, second, Quad core and with integrated graphics! I have the feeling that Intel has released a completely raw and compromise the product, but would formally bring to market Cannon Lake in 2018. Of course, the tests will put everything in place. That’s probably where the performance still higher, and consumption lower, but this is still very weird.