Skylake-S Hits 10 cores and 5.3 GHz

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Today we get the full range of its 10 Intele Generation processors for desktop computers. These chips, which fall under the banner of “Comet Lake”, will now go up to 10 cores and offer turbo speeds up to 5.3 GHz. Comet Lake is the fifth iteration of Intel’s highly profitable Skylake microarchitecture based on Intel’s 14 ++ nm process at a time when competition is 7 nm with sixteen cores. The bottom line, according to Intel, is that it will offer the best gaming experience in this market.

Users wanting the 5.3 GHz 10-core processor will need to purchase the new higher Core i9-10900K processor, which has a unit price of $ 488, and keep it below 70 ºC to activate Intel’s new Thermal Velocity Boost. Not only that, despite the 125 W TDP listed on the box, Intel states that the turbo power recommendation is 250 W – the motherboard manufacturers we talked to prepared for 320-350 W from their own tests, in order to maintain that. high turbo as long as possible.

The lineup of 32 (!) New Intel processors will range from two Celeron components at 35 W to ten-core Core i9 hardware valued at 125 W, with a unit price of $ 42 to $ 488. The standard nominal TDP is 65 W, with models overclocked to 125 W, low power T models at 35 W and Pentium / Celeron at 58 W. All Core i3, i5, i7 and i9 processors will have HyperThreading, which makes the product stack much easier to understand. Some models will also have F variants without integrated graphics, which will have a slightly lower unit cost.

Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake
Core i9 and Core i7
AnandTech Cores Based
Freq
TB2
1 C
TB2
NT
TB3
1 C
TVB
1 C
TVB
NT
TDP IGP Price
Core i9
i9-10900K 10C / 20T 3.7 5.1 4.8 5.2 5.3 4.9 125 630 $ 488
i9-10900KF 10C / 20T 3.7 5.1 4.8 5.2 5.3 4.9 125 $ 472
i9-10900 10C / 20T 2.8 5.0 4.5 5.1 5.2 4.6 65 630 $ 439
i9-10900F 10C / 20T 2.8 5.0 4.5 5.1 5.2 4.6 65 $ 422
i9-10900T 10C / 20T 1.9 4.5 3.7 4.6 35 630 $ 439
Core i7
i7-10700K 8C / 16T 3.8 5.0 4.7 5.1 125 630 $ 374
i7-10700KF 8C / 16T 3.8 5.0 4.7 5.1 125 $ 349
i7-10700 8C / 16T 2.9 4.7 4.6 4.8 65 630 $ 323
i7-10700F 8C / 16T 2.9 4.7 4.6 4.8 65 $ 298
i7-10700T 8C / 16T 2.0 4.4 3.7 4.5 35 630 $ 325

Users looking for 8 or more cores will be in the $ 300 range. All of these processors support dual-channel DDR4-2933, while others, lower in the stack, only officially support DDR4-2666. Intel has increased the number of features on the chips with respect to turbo performance. As an indication here:

  • Basic frequency: the guaranteed frequency when it is not at the thermal limits
  • Turbo: a frequency noted below the turbo power limits and the turbo power time
  • All-Core Turbo: how often the processor should run when all cores are loaded for the specified turbo time and limits
  • Turbo Boost 2.0: the frequency that each core can reach when run at full load in isolation during turbo time
  • Turbo Boost Max 3.0: The frequency that a preferred core can reach when run at full load in isolation during turbo time
  • Increase in thermal speed: the frequency that a preferred nucleus can reach when it operates at full load in isolation and is lower than the specified temperature (70 ° C for CML-S) during the turbo time
  • Intel TVB All-Core: frequency at which the processor should operate when all cores are loaded for the duration and the specified turbo limits and is lower than the specified temperature (70 ° C for CML-S) during the turbo duration

In this case, the Intel Thermal Velocity Boost (TVB) limits for the i9-10900K are 5.3 GHz single core, 4.9 GHz all core, and after using the turbo budget, the processor will work somewhere above the base clock of 3.7 GHz. If the processor is above 70 ° C, TVB is disabled and users will get 5.2 GHz on two preferred cores (or 5.1 GHz for the other cores), leading to 4.8 GHz all cores, until the turbo budget is used, then back to somewhere above the base 3.7 GHz clock.

With all these qualifiers, it becomes very complicated to understand exactly how often you might get from a processor. In order to get the last MHz of silicon, these additional qualifiers mean that users will have to pay more attention to the thermal requirements of the system, the air flow, but also the motherboard.

As explained in several of our other articles, motherboard manufacturers may be able to ignore Intel’s turbo limit recommendations. With a well-designed motherboard, a manufacturer can apply a 5.3 GHz all-heart scenario, regardless of temperature, for an unlimited period of time – if the user can cool it down enough. This is why we mentioned the turbo power of 320 to 350 W at the start of the article, because some of the motherboard manufacturers we spoke with said they would try to do it. Choosing a motherboard has become more complex if a user wants to get the most out of their new Comet Lake processor.

Beyond that, it is worth highlighting low-power processors, such as the Core i9-10900T. This processor has a TDP of 35 W and a base frequency of 1.9 GHz, but can turbo all cores up to 3.7 GHz. Here is a reminder that the power consumed in turbo mode can go above the TDP, in the turbo power state, which can be from 250 W to 350 W. I asked Intel for a sample of the processor, because this will be a key issue for chips that have surprisingly low TDP.

Note that only Core i9 parts have Intel Thermal Velocity Boost. Core i7 hardware and lower versions have only Turbo Max 3.0 “preferred core” provisions. We told Intel that the preferred base drivers have been part of Windows 10 since 1609 and have been integrated into the Linux kernel since January 2017.

With F processors, those without an integrated graphics card, the cost savings appear to be lower for the Core i9 than for any other segment of Intel. The cost difference per unit between the 10900K and 10900KF is only $ 16, while the 10700 and 10700F are $ 25.

Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake
Core i5 and Core i3
AnandTech Cores Based
Freq
TB2
1 C
TB2
NT
TB3
1 C
TVB
1 C
TVB
NT
TDP IGP Price
Core i5
i5-10600K 6/12 4.1 4.8 4.5 125 630 $ 262
i5-10600KF 6/12 4.1 4.8 4.5 125 $ 237
i5-10600 6/12 3.3 4.8 4.4 65 630 $ 213
i5-10600T 6/12 2.4 4.0 3.7 35 630 $ 213
i5-10500 6/12 3.1 4.5 4.2 65 630 $ 192
i5-10500T 6/12 2.3 3.8 3.5 35 630 $ 192
i5-10400 6/12 2.9 4.3 4.0 65 630 $ 182
i5-10400F 6/12 2.9 4.3 4.0 65 $ 157
i5-10400T 6/12 2.0 3.6 3.2 35 630 $ 182
Core i3
i3-10320 4/8 3.8 4.6 4.4 65 630 US $ 154
i3-10300 4/8 3.7 4.4 4.2 65 630 $ 143
i3-10300T 4/8 3.0 3.9 3.6 35 630 $ 143
i3-10100 4/8 3.6 4.3 4.1 65 630 $ 122
i3-10100T 4/8 3.0 3.8 3.5 35 630 $ 122

None of the Core i5 or Core i3 processors have the preferred base support, with only Turbo Boost 2.0. We are also reduced to DDR4-2666, as Intel applies more segmentation to its product lines. Most of these processors have integrated graphics, which may suggest that the markets for these processors do not always have access to a discrete graphics card.

Intel’s cheapest quad-core i3-10100 will go on sale for $ 122. It’s still far from AMD’s cheapest quadcore, the 3200G, which costs $ 99. With AMD also announcing the Ryzen 3 3100 at $ 99 with Zen 2 cores inside, up to 3.9 GHz, it will be an interesting battle to see if Intel can justify the cost differential of $ 23 + here.

Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake
Pentium Gold and Celeron
AnandTech Cores Based
Freq
TB2
1 C
TB2
NT
TB3
1 C
TVB
1 C
TVB
NT
TDP IGP Price
Pentium Gold
G6600 2/4 4.2 58 630 $ 86
G6500 2/4 4.1 58 630 $ 75
G6500T 2/4 3.5 35 630 $ 75
G6400 2/4 4.0 58 610 $ 64
G6400T 2/4 3.4 35 610 $ 64
Celeron
G5920 2/2 3.5 58 610 US $ 52
G5900 2/2 3.4 58 610 US $ 42
G5900T 2/2 3.2 35 610 US $ 42

Previously, the names of the most powerful Intel hardware, the Pentium and Celeron ranges, rose from the back. The Pentiums and Celerons are all dual core components, the Celerons lacking in hyperthreading. It will be interesting to see the retail price structure of these, as recently Intel’s low-end hardware has been quite expensive, with the company spending more time on manufacturing to meet the demand for a number of hardware. higher hearts. This left the traditional Pentium / Celeron market on a low supply, which increased costs.

Box models

Intel has again changed the box designs for this generation. Previously, the Core i9-9900K / KS came in a hexagonal presentation box – this time we get a window on the processor.

There will be minor variations for the unlocked versions, and the F processors will also have “Discrete Graphics Required” on the front of the box.

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