Intel 10th-generation desktop chips can pack better multitasking. You may not need a high-end CPU to achieve hyperthreading.
|Intel 10 gen|
Leaked slides extending the upcoming Intel 10th generation Comet Lake-S SKU suggest it is a new change to Intel’s mainstream desktop lineup. These SKUs are led by the flagship Core i9-10900K, a 10C / 20T chunk with 20 MB cache and can extend up to 5.3 GHz for thermal velocity boost technology and 125 W TDP. All SKUs provide support for hyperthreading, new platform features of UHD 730 graphics and Intel 400-series chipsets.
Intel nearly ran from mainstream desktop and AMD’s response to AMD’s Ryzen 3rd gen lineup in HEDT in 2019, but Team Blue may have a chance to recover some lost ground in 2020. We’ve already known for some time that Intel is working on the 10th gen mainstream processor for the 2020 launch. Now, Informatica Cero has accessed slides that present even more detail throughout the Comet Lake-S lineup.
The 10th gen Intel Comet Lake-S lineup starts with the Core i3-10100 and tops with the Core i9-10900K. While all Core i3 and lower-end Core i5 SKUs are all non-K variants, the Core i5-10600, Core i7-10700, and Core i9-10900 all come in both K and Non-K variants. The Core i9s now have 10 cores and 20 threads while the Core i7-10700 is an 8-core part and essentially a Core i9-9900K. Unlike the previous gen’s Core i7-9700K, the Core i7 series now supports hyperthreading.
The Core i9-10900K is a 125 W TDP processor with 20 MB cache and offers a 3.7 GHz base, 5.2 GHz single-core boost and 4.8 GHz all-core boost. At core i9-10900 and 10900 K with a feature called Thermal Velocity Boost Intel indicates the boost speed. The thermal speed concept boosts first with the 2018 launch of Coffee Lake-H and reflects the opportunistic growth of clocks under appropriate conditions for both temperature and power budget. Thanks to a more generous 125 W TDP possible with thermal velocity boost, it is possible to squeeze an additional 100 MHz on both the single-core and all-core boosts on the Core i9-10900K.
There are two pure core i9 parts, both 10 cores and 20 threads as well as two core i7 models with 8 cores and 16 threads. Four Core i5 models follow, each with 6 cores and 12 threads, with three quad-core, 8-thread Core i3 models that are off the list.
The top end 125W 10 core Core i9-110900 K has an 3.7 GHz basic clock and 5.1GHz turbo boost, but it could be up to 5.3GHz for the new slides, supposedly by the Informática Cero and Videocardz.com. Thanks to the Thermal Velocity Boost feature. There is also a non-K Core i9-10900 SKU with the same features but a 65W TDP and 2.8GHz base clock. The Core i9 as well as the Core i7 models also support Intel’s Turbo Boost Max 3.0 feature, previously seen on high-end Core X-Series models.
|Intel 10 gen specs|
Some other notable platform features include the following:
- 40 PCIe Gen3 lanes – 16 from CPU and 24 from 400-series PCH (24 PCIe Gen4 support).
- Increased core and memory overclocking.
- Wi-Fi 6 gig + support.
- Intel Rapid Storage Technology 17.x for the new Optane H10 drive.
- Hyperthreading across all SKUs.
- Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0
- DDR4-2933 Memory Support.
- 2.5G Intel i225 LAN Support.
- C10 and S01X support for modern standby.
- Wccftech reports that the new Comet Lake-S lineup will feature the Intel UHD Graphics 730. We don’t know much about the new iGPU, but if we speculate, it is likely to offer a slight improvement over the UHD Graphics 630.
The availability of the Comet Lake-S SKU is not yet known, but if previous launches are any indication, expect to see these processors on the shelves around Q3 2020. Of course, all this is still leaked information, so it’s important to take them with a pinch of salt until the official unveiling. However, it appears as if the 10th gene cannot upgrade immediately if you are already shaking the part with the 9th gene.
It remains to be seen how Intel will resolve its 14nm supply issues, resulting in stock shortages, price increases and OEM product delays over the past year. Intel needs to compete with AMD’s Ryzen lineup which is also due to be refreshed in 2020 with the new base architecture.