The first details of the upcoming Intel Comet Lake lineup leaked out. All CPUs get Hyperthreading, the i9-10900KF gets 10 cores and 5.2 GHz turbo.
Comet Lake: the 14nm response to 7nm Ryzen 3000
In the processor world, there doesn’t seem to be one stone on the other at the moment. With the Zen 2 architecture in the form of Epyc 2 and Ryzen 3000 processors, AMD has not only caught up with Intel, but has also overtaken them. With currently 12 cores and later even up to 16 cores on a mainstream platform, Intel again has no choice but to counter with new processors and even more cores. Since desktop 10nm processors are still a long time in coming, the 14nm process must be used again.
The new generation is to be called Comet Lake, which is already known. It’s also no surprise that Intel is again relying on more cores, considering the Ryzen 3000 CPUs. The top model of the Comet Lake generation is said to have 10 cores. Now there is also first suspected information about the rest of the lineup.
Whole Intel Comet Lake lineup leaked out
At the moment a presentation slide is circulating, which is supposed to represent the entire lineup of the next generation. The slide comes from the Twitter user sohachi resp. 5ch, where it disappeared in the meantime. On the slide you can see a table with all processors including technical details, which Intel typically sends out before a launch. The Comet Lake generation also seems to change to a notation like Ice Lake, making the model names five-digit. The top model is the Intel Core i9-10900KF with 10 cores and 5.2 GHz boost clock. The all-core turbo should be at 4.6 GHz, the base clock at 3.4 GHz. The TDP has risen to 105 watts. With 10 cores there should be an i9-10900F without open multiplier and an i9-10800F below. The models come with 95 or 65 Watt TDP. Intel apparently doesn’t have a graphics unit in all i9 models.
The i9-9900K is replaced by another i7 model, the i7-10700K with eight cores and 16 threads. It should reach 5.1 GHz on one core and 4.8 GHz on all cores. Below it follows the i5 series as usual with six cores, the i3 processors get four cores. For all models from the i5 series upwards, the RAM standard rises to DDR4-3200, the i3 series gets DDR4-2933. The potential price structure is also interesting. The top model i9-10900KF is expected to cost $499. The i7-10700K costs $389, a significant reduction compared to the current generation. The i5-10600K stays at $269.
All models with Hyperthreading?
However, there are also some inconsistencies to the published lineup. The lithography level is also noted as “14+++ nm”. This is extremely unusual for Intel. The cache information also does not quite match the lineup. The specified clock rates are achieved with Turbo Boost 3.0, which does not fit together either, since the technology is only available for the X processors.
The biggest surprise, however, is the information about -hyperthreading. With this, Intel has always been particularly economical in past generations. Even the i7-9700K didn’t get any Hyperthreading, only the i9-9900K sets to twice the number of threads compared to the cores. On the slide, however, every single processor down to the smallest i3 is specified with twice as many threads as cores. It’s not surprising that the big series i9 and i7 come with Hyperthreading due to the competition with AMD, but for the small series this step would be practically a novelty for Intel. Also a new socket named LGA1159 is supposed to be used. This contradicts previous leaks, which mentioned a LGA1200. In the end, it will only become clear in late summer or fall if this leak was true.