When Intel launched the wraps off the 10th generation of a line-up of desktop cpus. Code-named ” Comet Lake, these new features are, technically, still be based on the 14nm ‘Skylake’ process a couple of years ago, but with several refinements.
First, let’s get one thing out of the way. Intel has today announced 32 new models for the 10th generation of the line-up, starting with the Celeron chip on the bottom, to the i9 10900K. We are not going to discuss all of them, but only to a select few.
Having said that, as you can see in the table below, the majority of the chips are just variations of each other, with more than one model to a standard, K, KF, and T variants. As with previous generations, the K stands for unlocked, that is, F does not have a built-in GPU, KF, is it unlocked, without a service tag graphics enabled, and they are low-powered versions with a 35 watt TDP.
To begin with, the top end of the Core i9-10900K takes over the top spot from Intel’s consumer line-up, replacing the previous i9-9900K. This is a new part of the 10-core/20-thread design with a base clock of 3.7 GHz and boost clock of 5.1 GHz.
Intel has complicated things a little bit further, this time with the addition of the Turbo Boost, the Max is 3.0, which is what a prefer to the core can be reached during loading, and the Thermal Speed Boost, which is what the CPU can accomplish when kept under 70°C.
In the case of the 10900K, it can go up to 5.2 GHz under Turbo Boost, the Max Is 3.0, 5.3/4.9 GHz under a Thermal Boost under multi-tax, and finally, at 4.8 GHz, under the all-core turbo.
The 10900K it is a 125W TDP part, but it’s just as the last of the chips, you should be able to get past the limit with a given interface. There is also support for DDR4-2933, but then again, you can also make use of the faster memory, that will work just fine. The RCP is pricing, which is pricing to the Oem’s for 1K units is $ 488, but it is a little bit higher for the consumer. This is in line with the 9900K, which is the 10900K a much better value, even if it is not offering any ground-breaking new technology.
The Core i7 line-up, the 10700KF seems to be the most interesting. It is, in essence, is the 9900K, with the same 8C/16T, design, and the clocks will go up to 5.0 GHz, but at a much more affordable $349 estimated cost. Again, nothing ground-breaking, but simply a better price than in the past. The lock 10700F may also be an attractive option if you’re not into overclocking.
The regular i5 in the line-up, the 10600KF comes with a 6C/12T design, 4.1/4.8 GHz is the clock speed. There is no Turbo Boost, the Max is 3.0, and the Thermal Speed Boost, but that is limited to the i7 and i9. The official rate of the memory is DDR4-2666, but it’s not so much of a problem. The price is higher than AMD’s, Ryzen is 5 to 3600, but the Intel has a big advantage in the clock speed and the core and thread count to match it, it would be interesting to see how the two match up and whether or not Intel’s price premium would be worth it.
The 10400F also, looks like a cracking option for budget gaming rigs. There is no overclocking support at about the $150 price, which might not be very much.
The i3 series is a bit dull in comparison. All of the components to the support for Hyperthreading technology, but there are no unlocked parts, and with a starting price of around $130, they are more expensive than AMD’s new, $99 Ryzen 3 3100.
The Celeron series is still there for those of you who are on a tight budget or just want something that will boot into the OS, but, unless pricing is a big issue, and you can do much better than the dual-core parts.
Along with the great prices, almost all of the parts of the year, with the exception of the Celeron models that support Hyperthreading technology. In the past, which is Intel reserved for this function, which is the highest good, the end of it (and, strangely enough, to the lower end of the i3 range), while the mainstream i5 and i7 models that did not have multi-threading support. This was one of the biggest advantages of AMD, and Ryzen, which together with the offer to unlock the parts from the board of directors also had to learn more on almost any of the models.
This year, we will of course fix any Intel on two fronts, the prizes and the Hyperthreading technology. In the extended model, a list with the unlocked / locked, the GPU, not service tag graphics enabled the truth to be honest, too much of the company’s marketing department really needs to get his things and get rid of the locked models, as well as the service tag graphics enabled games on the i5, i7 and i9 series, as there is not much sense in there.
Of course, we will have a new chipset and socket to go with it this year. The new 10-series is only compatible with the LGA-1200 ac power outlet, so not an old motherboard, it would work. The new connector has an extra pin that is not used currently, but is likely to enable additional features in future processors, such as PCIe 4.0 support. You’ll need a motherboard with a new chipset, which Z490 (for the overclockers), B460, or H470 drink. Some of these motherboards have PCIe 4.0 will support it, but it’s not going to work with these Cpu’s, and it is reserved for the next-generation Rocket, the More of the parts.
You can read more about the announcement in the link below.