Intel’s 10th Gen lineup is still shrouded by blue wrappers, but certain insiders are tearing it off bit by bit. Today, what seems like the specs sheet of the Comet Lake desktop SKUs was reportedly shared by a bunch of outlets. Initially, I was a bit hesitant to report it but I suppose there’s no harm in discussing it.
The Comet Lake desktop range consists of 13 parts in total with two of those F processors (lacking iGPU) as well:
10th Gen Intel Core i9
There seem to be three i9 chips, the fastest being the flagship: Core i9-10900KF with ten cores and twenty threads, an increment of two over the existing 9900K. It has a TDP of 105W and 20MB of cache (still quite lower than AMD) and leverages the “14+++nm” node. It will run at a base clock of 3.2GHz and a single-core boost of 5.2GHz, quite impressive considering that this is the same 14nm node.
There’s also an all-core boost of 4.6GHz. Finally, looking at the price-tag you’ll have to pay $499 for Intel’s first deca-core (consumer) processor. The other two i9s come with slightly slower clocks while the core counts remain unchanged. The Core i9-10800F has a much lower TDP of 65W. If this leak is genuine, it means that Intel has pushed the power envelope by quite a bit for that extra 200MHz bump. Not surprising that it has a direct impact on gaming performance.
10th Gen Intel Core i7
There are just two i7 parts listed on this document. The Core i7-10700K and its non-K variant. Both come with eight cores each, with the latter having a boost clock of 5.1GHz and the former restricted to 4.9GHz. It seems like I was right about the extra power requirement for 5GHz+ clocks, as the K model has a power draw of 95W, 30W higher than the lowest end i9. These two CPUs should essentially replace the i9-9900K at a cheaper price of $400 (approx) and will probably be faster due to the clocks.
10th Gen Intel Core i5
There are a total of five Comet lake-based i5s, each packing six cores, and twelve threads. The Core i5-10600K has a TDP of 95W while the lower-end models a more reasonable 65W. Other than the K variant, all the i5’s are priced in the sub-$200 range, a measure to counter AMD’s Ryzen 3000 lineup.
10th Gen Intel Core i3
Lastly, you’ve got the i3s with four cores and eight threads. Crazy if you think about it. Just a few generations back, the i7 used to be the top-end consumer flagship with the same number of cores. That has changed now, courtesy of Dr. Lisa Su and Co. Just like the other Comet Lake parts, the Core i3-10350K has the same 91W TDP like its predecessor, and is priced at $179. The rest of the quad-core CPUs run slightly above 4GHz and start at a market price $129. Not bad to be honest.
The top-end i9s will lack an iGPU while the rest will be based on the Gen9.5 architecture and ship with the Intel UHD 730 label.
Once again, take this with a grain of salt as I haven’t been able to verify it. Cheers!