Intel recently released its 10th gen vPro desktop and mobile businesses, bringing a bevy of management and security features along with improved performance.
In total, Intel launched 27 SKU across its mobile and desktop Core i5, Core i7, and Xeon ranges. All announced processors are ones based on the Comet Lake architecture instead of Ice Lake. Interestingly, several vPro processors have unlocked multipliers for overclocking, as denoted by their “K” suffix. While overclocking capabilities are interesting for enthusiasts, business owners care little for them. They favour a product’s consistency and reliability over tunable performance.
Intel’s vPro platform is a portfolio of both quality assurance and hardware features. vPro-certified processors have higher quality, carry hardware security features for low-level protection and more robust remote management. They also undergo a rigorous validation process to ensure that they’re compatible with new technologies. The vPro platform also sets criteria outside of the processor by requiring specific chipset and high-end memory I/O components like Optane memory.
Intel’s 10th gen vPro processors also bring implications for Project Athena, Intel’s new standard for mobile laptops. Previously, Athena-certified business laptops like the HP Elite Dragonfly had to rely on Intel’s 8th gen vPro processors. The release of the 10th gen vPro processors will replace them in future Athena business laptop designs.
Intel 10th gen vPro processors will be coming to products from HP, Dell and Lenovo among others.