Monday, December 30th 2019

Intel 10th Gen Core "Comet Lake" Lineup and Specs Revealed

Ahead of a possible reveal in the sidelines of CES, followed by an early-Q2 2020 product-launch, company slides detailing Intel's 10th generation Core desktop processors in the LGA1200 package, codenamed "Comet Lake-S," leaked to the web courtesy Informatica Cero. They confirm that HyperThreading will play a key role, with Intel enabling it across the lineup. The range-topping Core i9 series will be 10-core/20-thread along with 20 MB of L3 cache. The Core i7 series will be 8-core/16-thread, along with 16 MB L3 cache. The all-important Core i5 series will be 6-core/12-thread, equipped with 12 MB of L3 cache. The Core i3 series will have two sub-tiers: i3-103xx series with 4-core/8-thread and 8 MB L3 cache; and i3-101xx series 4-core/8-thread with 6 MB L3 cache.

The Core i7 and Core i9 "Comet Lake" chips will feature native support for dual-channel DDR4-2933, while the Core i5 and Core i3 will make do with native DDR4-2667 support (memory overclocking possible). Besides core/thread counts, and cache size increases, Intel will dial up clock speeds across the board by as much as 300 MHz per SKU (vs. their 9th gen predecessor), and introduce Turbo Boost Max 3.0, which has been exclusive to its HEDT processors. The introduction of Turbo Boost Max 3.0 could also bring about modern favored-core capability (benefiting Windows 10 1909 and later). The classic Turbo Boost is also available. There's also a mysterious new feature called "Thermal Velocity Boost," with its own set of clock-speeds depending on core/thread load. The chips could also feature Modern Standby C10 power-state support (first to the desktop platform). Intel is said to have also added several new core and memory overclocking features on the K-SKUs.
Built on a 14 nm-class silicon fabrication node, and featuring the same IPC as "Skylake," the 10th generation Core "Comet Lake" series will rely on aggressive power-management to sustain 65 W TDP rating for most SKUs, but Intel's virtual barrier for 95 W as the TDP number for unlocked K SKUs ends with the 10 generation (the i9-9900KS already breaks that). The 10th generation Core K SKUs have a scorching 125 W TDP rating not just for the 10-core i9-10900K and 8-core i7-10700K, but also the 6-core i5-10600K. The table above details the various SKUs we could make out from the low image-quality slide screenshots.
Sources: Informatica Cero, VideoCardz
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82 Comments on Intel 10th Gen Core "Comet Lake" Lineup and Specs Revealed

#76
londiste
Not doing multi-chip modules is a good thing.
Integrated GPU is arguable but I would still consider it a good thing.
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#77
ppn
quadibloc
That they're gunning for AMD, but they're not dropping the integrated GPU, they're still using a 14nm process..
7nm EUV is on track for 2021, can't get any faster than that. Expect 8 core 50% ipc uplift in under 100mm2 mainstream 96 EU Gfx included. 30 mm2 per every additional 8 core increment. At 7nm intel could make 80 core just like that.
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#78
HwGeek
I see only 2 SKU's that can sell vs AMD's offering, those are the cheap i3 4c/8t for gamers on budget and the 6c/12K Unlocked model for those who want the max FPS with 5Ghz+ all core OC.
If prices right (CPU+MB options) then those parts can sell nice in DIY market for gamers.
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#80
chstamos
Well one good thing with intel is that I can carry over whatever cheapo ddr4 I had from my previous system and it won't bottleneck the beejesus out of it.
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#81
TheUn4seen
To all the "intel should give up the iGPU":
Well, I wouldn't buy a CPU with no iGPU. No corporation would buy CPUs which need an additional GPU. You guys should understand that the retail pseudo-enthusiast market is a niche.
There is a market for such SKUs, but it's a tiny one. Enough to dump some waste silicon on, certainly not big enough to warrant building separate process lines for.
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#82
HugsNotDrugs
Skylinestar
2nd hand market is still full of expensive 6700, 7700 and 7700k.
Which are still very capable CPUs for tasks that don't benefit from more than 4c8t - which is a vast majority of common tasks and apps.
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