Intel has launched its 10th General Desktop CPU lineup based on the 14nm ‘Comet Lake’ architecture. The lineup consists of no fewer than 32 models, ranging from a new flagship Core i9 for gamers and enthusiasts, to the mainstream i7, Core i5, and Core i3 families, and even some entry-level Pentiums and Celerons There are also options. This refresh comes as a minor update of the 9th General ‘Coffee Lake’ series. Intel continues to refresh and refine its 14nm manufacturing process, but does not introduce a brand new architecture. The company is promoting better clock speeds, which it says are important for lightweight threaded workloads such as gaming, as well as cores and threads during the lineup.
The highlight of the launch is the new top-end Core i9-10900K model which has 10 cores with hyper-threading. It has a base speed of 3.7Ghz and a maximum boost speed of 4.8GHz across all cores or 5.3GHz for one core. The highest speeds are achieved using Intel’s Turbo Boost Max 3.0, previously seen only in core X-series models and thermal velocity boosts, which depend on thermal and power variables. The TDP is rated at 125W and this model is fully overclockable. Intel’s recommended price is $ 488 (about Rs 36,630 before taxes). A non-unlocked model, the 65W Core i9-10900 has a base and boost speeds of 2.8GHz and 5.2GHz respectively.
The company is billing the Core i9-10900K as the world’s fastest gaming processor. Compared to the Core i9-9900K, Intel performs up to 33 percent better framerates and 18 percent faster video encoding in a typical game, up by 81 percent and 35 percent, respectively, compared to the three-year-old Core i7-7700K.
Intel has launched the new Core i7-10700K with eight cores and 16 threads, and they benefit from Turbo Boost Max 3.0, but not Thermal Velocity Boost. The Core i5 family gets six cores and 12 threads without Turbo Boost Max 3.0. Each has unlocked mainstream 65W versions as well as 125W. All Core i3 models have four cores with hyper-threading, and all have 65W TDP.