Intel’s 10th Gen desktop lineup will be released within the next two months. Or at least that’s the word on the street. We are however more or less sure about the specifications of the Comet Lake-S desktop lineup at this point. Essentially, it’ll be another 14nm based product stack featuring as many as 10 cores and 20 threads. Let’s have a look at the details:
The mainstream and enthusiast series form the Comet Lake-S lineup while the 35W, low-power parts will form the Comet Lake-H stack for gaming laptops. Both the product stacks will pack up to 10 cores (& 20 threads) or the i9 and 8 and 6 for the i7 and i5, respectively. All the chips get hyperthreading across the board and the higher-end offerings also get a cache increment. This should have a notable impact on gaming performance as seen with the Ryzen 3000 chips.
Then there’s the TDP. The TDP rating of the K series overclockable CPUs has also been bumped up to 125W from 95W. This will account for the higher core counts and clocks: A staggering 5.1GHz for the Core i9-10900K. Keep in mind that this is the single-core boost and not the all-core boost. The latter will be lower.
The worrying bit is the TDP. Where the octa-core Ryzen 7 3700X draws just about 50-60W, the Core i7-9770K is pegged at 140W+. Despite that in everything except gaming, the former is much faster. Then there’s the Core i9-9900K. It draws as much as 240W in some tests, while the much faster Ryzen 9 3900X (even after boasting a higher core count) is limited to 120-130W tops.
I wonder how much will these chips actually consume during “real-world” applications. In the end, it’ll be the price of these products that will determine if they’ll be able to keep up with AMD’s Ryzen chips. The gaming performance is one area where they can still maintain a lead. However, AMD isn’t exactly sitting idle. We expect the 4th Gen Ryzen 4000 lineup to come out in late 2020 or early 2021.