The news we have been waiting for is finally here: Intel has finally released its 10th generation processor Comet LakeS. Today, we will look at everything we know so far, what has been revealed, and what we must expect.
Due to a large number of leaks and announcements in the past few months, we are very clear about what will happen before this announcement. The new generation of processors is expected to close the gap with AMD and shut out some customers who may have been considering joining the Threadripper ship.
We are very pleased to see that Intel has provided a fairly diverse lineup of processors for this generation, including some impressive clock speed data and hyper-threading technology, as well as welcome price cuts.
Now, we have known for a long time that 10th generation processors will be based on the 14nm node. Although its competitors have moved to smaller nodes, Intel has received some criticism for continuing with its existing enhancements rather than evolving.
Intel has been moving to the 14nm compute node for over five years. This series of Comet Lake processors is another revision added to the
list. Intel has not disclosed the number of transistors or the chip size that the Comet Lake processors will use. It seems that these improvements mainly include the addition of two cores to the existing architecture.
With the launch of Comet Lake, Intel also managed to make some changes. Both the Core i7 and Core i9 models have increased memory support, including a jump from DDR42666 to DDR42933. The Core i5 and Core i3 models will primarily maintain the same DDR42666 support.
While we appreciate Intel's commitment to extracting the ultimate potential from nodes, we don't want them to last any longer. I hope we can see what they can achieve on different nodes in the 11th generation.
Although this article is primarily about the processor itself, it is important to remember its impact on the rest of the build. If you plan to buy one of these new processors, you must upgrade your motherboard.
You need to look for the LGA 1200 interface on the Z490 motherboard to support any of these Comet Lake chips. They will be incompatible with older motherboards at launch. Another caveat for
is that Intel decided to continue using PCIe 3.0 and its competitors switched to PCIe 4.0, which provides twice the performance. Although you can buy some Z490 motherboards that support PCIe 4.0 (of course, this is an additional cost), you will not be able to use this feature until Intel decides to switch. Although this is proof of the future in some respects, it is a bit painful not to be able to use it soon.
Before we know exactly what to expect, it is important to look at the processor list and some key facts about each processor.
For those who don't like tables, look away now. Since there are so many things to cover, this section will be very normative. We divide these tables into different top products, and we will look at each product in them.
It’s important to note that Intel lists many different types of turbo and boost clocks on its slides. Intel lists the base frequency, turbo, all-core turbo, turbo boost 2.0, turbo boost max 3.0, thermal speed boost and Intel TVB all-core frequency.
If all this sounds a bit confusing to you, we don't blame you. The following is a brief summary of these meanings.
Now that everything is over, let's see what the Core i9 series offers us in the 10th generation. The
-core i910900 model has a lower TDP than its big brother, with a 3.7 GHz base clock, while retaining 10 cores and 20 threads. This is also an upgrade to the basic 100 MHz and 200 MHz boost clock, rather than the previous generation counterpart.
AMD is still in a leading position in this support, Ryzen 9 3950X maintains the leading position in the number of cores with its 16 cores and 32 threads. The flagship i910900K has a higher number of cores than its predecessors, with a total of 10 cores and 20 threads.
All of these are starting to add a little value, which is a trend we will see in the 10th generation product lineup. The
Fseries models are slightly discounted because they do not have an integrated graphics card, but otherwise they are basically the same CPU.
For those interested in the maximum speed of Turbo Boost 3.0, Core i9 uses it to benefit the two faster cores under lighter workloads and allow higher boost frequencies. This resulted in i910900K being upgraded to 5.2 GHz dual-core
. However, the thermal speed increase is not a guaranteed increase, and only applies to the case where the core runs below 70ºC, and then only applies to single core. The full-core boost of i910900K is 200 MHz higher than the previous generation product. i910900 also got a 100 MHz boost.
Although functions such as TVB and Turbo Boost 3.0 Max are reserved for Core i9 processors, Core i7 models use the standard TB 2.0 clock rate.
At the top of this series is the Core i710700K, which has 8 cores and 16 threads. This is the 10th generation alternative to the 9th generation Core i79700K CPU. Although its price is the same as the previous generation CPU, its price is twice that of the previous generation CPU
The previous generation at 3.8 GHz. This means that the Core i7 has a TDP of 125 W. Intel also increased the L3 cache to 16 MB, an additional 4 MB, which should be useful for latency-sensitive workloads such as gaming. .
serving most of the gaming market is the Core i5 processor option. At the top of the series is the Core i510600K, which has a base clock of 4.1 GHz and can optionally be increased to 4.8 GHz.
Intel has increased the TDP of two of the processors to 125 W, which will increase the requirements of refrigeration. If it ultimately pushes those looking for bargains to look for other CPUs without overclocking capabilities, or even AMD products, it may even be detrimental to Intel.
At the bottom of the series, one of the most highly rated CPUs in the series is the Core i510400F. This replaced the popular Core i59400F chip at the time. It has 6 cores and 12 threads, with 12MB of L3 cache.
Intel has omitted memory support for DDR4 2666 in this range, which means it will match the speed of the 9600 model
. Unfortunately, there is no Core i3 series that can be overclocked this time. This is particularly disappointing because many people are happy with the Core i39350K's overclocking capabilities in its build. However, before launching these overclockable variants, Intel may be looking forward to learning more about AMD's plans for its budget processors.
may become the least popular in the 10th generation lineup this time around. Given that AMD's Ryzen 3 3300X is so much cheaper than the Core i310320, at just $ 120, consumers will have to decide if it's worth the price for the slightly higher 4.6 GHz clock boost. Additionally, it should be noted that Intel Core i3 processors have integrated graphics, while AMD's inexpensive Ryzen 3 chips do not. This may be another feature that attracts some users, but we hope you wait to see the full benchmark before making a decision.
In addition to launching the new Core series, Intel also updated the Pentium Gold and Celeron series. These processors are mainly used in low-end versions, but they are definitely worth mentioning. The
Pentium Gold model now appears to be equipped with faster DDR42666 memory support, and a base clock increase of 300 MHz. It's great to see the updates on these lines, especially because we know they are not Intel's top priority. The
T-series processors sacrifice some clock speeds to accommodate a lower power range than the competition. These are mainly for those looking for efficient, small builds.
Since Intel has been stuck at the 14nm node, these higher frequencies and core counts have led to a significant increase in the power consumption of these processors. Intel
has tried to reduce this increased power consumption by using thicker onboard heat sinks and thinning the matrix, but if you want to run these high-end processors at maximum capacity, you may need a maximum power consumption of 250 W.
Considering the fact that Intel has not yet provided a heat sink with an overclockable chip, you must make additional investment to keep it cool. Unfortunately, Intel didn't learn from AMD's book and began providing coolers on all of its mainstream chips, or at least improving the quality of the included coolers they contain.
On the bright side, if you already have an LGA 115x radiator, it will be compatible with the new LGA 1200 socket motherboard, saving you some money.
With up to 10 cores working together under an integrated heat sink, Intel has decided to improve its process by using thinner chips for the Comet Lake K series. The height or thickness of the
chip is reduced by 300 microns from 500 to 800 to improve performance. heat transfer efficiency. This is basically accomplished by crushing the chip and scraping the thin layer of silicon between the heat generating computing element and the solder TIM.
then combined it with a thicker copper integrated heat sink, because copper has three times the heat transfer efficiency of silicon. Balancing the thinner die with a thicker IHS for the
means that it will still comply with the slot height dimension, allowing backward compatibility of the LGA 11x
cooler and the LGA 1200 interface.
uses Intel's method of reducing die in the K series, which means that it is not very clear for other series.
Intel has changed its PCIe overclocking capabilities with a new system that allows motherboard manufacturers to connect an external clock generator to the PCH. This bypasses the fixed 100 MHz clock and allows speeds to be increased to 104 to 108 MHz.
Intel describes this feature as a feature that can only be used by extreme or professional overclockers. Intel’s
Comet Lake has an unexpected feature. You will be able to enable or disable hyperthreading on some cores.
So much control over the kernel may work in many different ways. One is that it can reduce heat generation and reduce cooling requirements. Another benefit is that it can help overclocking.
During overclocking, you can identify the weakest cores in the system, and then choose to disable hyperthreading on these cores. However, if you do this, you need to remember that disabling hyperthreading and pushing the cores to a higher frequency will not produce the effect you want, that is, if the active threads are not pointing to those faster cores.
If there is a connection between Intel Turbo Boost 3.0 Max and any type