Clock speed is everything in the game. At least that’s Intel’s argument with the announcement of its new family-owned, 10th-generation Intel Core processors. Comet-S Lake and this is in addition to previous models of families U and H. If you want to use them, yes you will need a new motherboard.
Among the new processors stands out the Intel Core i9-10900K, the new crown jewel with 10 cores, 20 performance threads and capable of reaching 5.3 GHz in two of its cores. There are 16 other desktop processors in this family in an arsenal that goes further with the T-series and has a clear purpose: resist these AMD Ryzen 3000 which has made things very difficult for the company lately.
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At Intel, they didn’t want to date little girls and presented no less than 17 different variants of these processors which start from 4 cores but can reach 10 in the powerful Core i9-10900.
Some processors, such as the i9-10900 cited, have up to four variants. Two of them without the integrated GPU (“F” models) and the other two unlocked for overclocking. The same goes for the Core i7-10700, while the Core i5-10600 has three variants.
In all Comet Lake-S processors with integrated GPU it is always the same: the Intel UHD Graphics 630 which we had already seen in the previous generation and which offers decent features. However, it seems that Intel gives an important place here and hopes that precisely these microphones are always accompanied by a dedicated graphics.
While the most striking models are of course the Core i9-10900, it’s also important to take a look at the bottom of the table with the Core i3-10100 and Core i3-10300 which operate as AMD competitors in this entry range this makes more and more sense for players on tighter budgets.
There is more good news across the range: Hyperthreading technology is available on all processors in the family, we will have up to 40 PCIe lanes to connect peripherals (graphics, storage units), and we will also support DDR4 modules up to 2933 MHz and a new chipset, the so-called Intel 400 Series which integrates the Thunderbolt 3 support, 2.5G Ethernet connectivity and Wi-Fi 6.
If you are a gamer, at Intel, it’s clear: the bet is for the clock frequency
Intel officials wanted to influence a section in which its processors have always tried to stand out. The clock frequency is now reaching new heights, and these microprocessors reach 5.3 GHz thanks to the new Intel Thermal Velocity Boost technology, which is in addition to other technologies and which means that in total we have up to five limits for the clock frequency reached by these CPUs.
Intel’s internal tests will have to be corroborated by independent analyzes, but a priori the improvement compared to the previous generation reaches 33% on some titles.
As you can see from the table, this technology not available for all models – only Core i9-10900 has it, and it is with it that it is possible to reach 5.3 GHz in two of the 10 cores of this processor. Which cores? This is precisely what this technology chooses, which evaluates the two that work best over time to put them to work “harder” when that option is enabled.
In the rest of the processors they use Turbo Boost technology and, in the eight-core Core i7-10700, Turbo Boost Max, which allows you to tighten these nuts a little more. In these models, it is possible to reach up to 5.1 GHz in some of their cores. If we want turbo mode in all cores, yes that maximum frequency is at best 4.7 GHz.
These microprocessors also allow new overclocking options, with tools that will enable or disable Hyperthreading on each core separately or have advanced control over voltage and clock frequency curves. To protect these processors, Intel uses a new thermal insulation scheme and a thinner chip that improves this thermal behavior.
Comet Lake T lowers TDP to accommodate small PCs
Accompanying these ambitious processors, Intel had other surprises in store in two different areas. For entry-level PCs we have the new Pentium and Celeron (the latter, dual-core and without Hyperthreading) with a TDP of 58 W and with much more modest advantages for general-purpose equipment and not so much for the gaming domain.
Next to them are the Comet Lake série Twhich, like its predecessors of the previous generation, aim above all to small format equipment (SFF). In this type of chassis, the management of cooling is more complex and there is less room for maneuver, so the performance drops a bit at the clock rates to avoid problems.
We can still see how in this series we have a promising Intel Core i9-10900T It can reach 4.6 GHz despite a low TDP of 35W, making it an attractive option for those who want maximum performance in this type of equipment.
Please note: you will need a new motherboard
These new processors benefit from the aforementioned new Intel 400 chipset and a new socket. From the traditional LGA 1151, we are moving to the new LGA 1200 which is an advanced version of the previous one with two clear objectives.
The first is to improve the energy supply. The second, paving the way for Tiger Lake processors that they’re finally going to jump to 10 nanometers and that they should use this plug.
Intel introduced two different variations of the chipset. first of all, the Intel H470 chipset, and the other the more ambitious Intel H490 chipset. They are virtually identical in everything, but the latter offers more versatility when using PCIe 3.0 lanes, with which we can “play” with more combinations, using configurations such as 1 × 16, 2 × tracks. 8 and (1 × 8). + 2 × 4) depending on the design of the motherboard and the features that the user needs.
In these chipsets we have, for example, the aforementioned items Support for 2.5G Ethernet connections (with transfer speeds 2.5 times faster than Gigabit Ethernet, also supported), support for Optane drives, Wi-Fi 6 or optional Intel Rapid Storage technology with RAID.
The prices will probably cover a wide range, but this could be a problem for users, who they will have to add to the investment of the processor that of the motherboard. However, the advantages brought by these chipsets are interesting and this guarantee of allowing future updates is a good argument for potential buyers.
Price and availability of new Intel processors
The new 10th generation Intel Core of the Comet Lake-S family will be available from May. Prices vary by model and are shown in dollars (for lots of 1000 units) in the tables we have included throughout the article.