New support pages published by Microsoft for upcoming Surface Laptops suggest the company will refresh both its AMD and Intel laptops as soon as next week. Under the hood, both machines will receive a generational update, which may still put them on a rather different footing.
Note: Intel has decided to stop publishing base clocks for its mobile CPUs. It now publishes only the “TDP Up” and “TDP Down” base clocks available when the manufacturer configures the CPU to use more or less power than is typical. This is a decision the OEM makes at the factory and it’s almost never communicated to end customers. Smartphone manufacturers get away with only quoting boost clocks, but it’s not a trend we want to see in the PC space. Intel continues to publish base clocks for desktop chips.
Going forward, we will refer to Intel’s TDP Down clock as ...
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