Intel’s 10th Gen desktop lineup will be here soon enough, although it will feature another rehash of the 14nm Skylake core. Still, an upgrade to the core counts and boost clocks will provide a decent performance boost regardless. We’re looking at gains single-threaded gains of up to 10% and a multi-threaded advantage of as much as 20-30% over the existing 9th Gen Coffee Lake refresh.
For the Comet Lake-S i9-10900K, we’re looking at ten cores and twenty thread, running at a base clock of around 3.5GHz and a boost clock north of 5GHz. This should allow Intel to capitalize on the gaming leads since 3rd Gen Ryzen mostly just erased them or reduced them to negligible degrees.
The Geekbench result confirms the specs (more or less). Intel has beefed up the L3 cache to keep up with the increased core count but the iGPU has been retained. The core clocks being low indicate that this is still an early engineering sample. We can be sure of boost clocks over 5GHz otherwise it won’t make much sense.
The SiSoft benchmark of the 10900K looks promising with the chip being faster than 92% of the other parts in the Sandra database. We can tell it’s the same processor by looking at the cache sizes and the core counts. These two applications are known to report incorrect frequencies, so that’s not what you should be comparing.
The Comet Lake-based i5 will be getting hyperthreading unlike its predecessor and amped up clocks to make any actual impact in gaming workloads. Intel has also increased the L3 cache which should also result in a healthy performance boost in latency-sensitive workloads (including games). As for the operating clocks, you can expect a boost clock as high as 5GHz. Overall, these three factors should make Intel’s lineup much more competitive especially for enthusiasts and gamers. We’ll keep you posted.