With the warps finally off Intel’s brand spanking new 10th Gen desktop CPU, and with the 10th Gen rolled out on all of its laptop lineup. The company announced its latest ‘Comet Lake’ processors across its i9, i7, i5 and i3 lineups, while these new parts are still based on the 14nm ‘Skylake’ process from a few years ago but tweaked within an inch of its life.
Intel announced 32 of its new 10th gen models from i9-10900K at the top all the way to the Celeron chips at the bottom. Having said that most chips are just a slight variation of each other with standard models having K, KF or T variations (K-Unlocked; F-Without a iGPU; KF-Unlocked and Without a iGPU; T-Low power variant).
Although, having a older process from 2015 might not be such a bad thing, as Intel has continued to work to refine earlier process and improve its clock speeds and increase the core and thread count.
With Intel’s razor-sharp focus on unqualified and raw clock speed, we see core clock speed of more than 5GHz on a Single core and up to 4.9GHz on all core clock speeds. To Intel’s credit we do have generation to generation performance deltas, but this is still without solid performance data and Intel is also still very keen on comparisons to a ‘three year old PC’. Presumably, they’re hoping that people who aren’t up-to-date on the whole Intel vs AMD rivalry would just think, “yes, that sounds nice, let’s go ahead and upgrade this year.”
The new chips reach these faster speeds thanks to new technologies offered on the high-end chips like the 10900K, including its Turbo Boost 3.0 technology and the ‘Thermal Velocity Boost’ that will increase clock speed when the processor is at a temperature of 70° Celsius or lower, assuming there’s power available.
The new chips also support up to DDR4-2933MHz RAM, support for 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet, and like the rest of the 10th Gen lineup, they also feature integrated Wi-Fi 6 by default. The downside to those upgrades are that Intel is physically changing its socket configuration for these new chips, something to keep in mind if you’re looking to upgrade. Most of the Core lineup also featured Intel’s integrated UHD Graphics 630.