Intel yesterday announced its 10th Gen Comet Lake-S processors, offering up to 10 cores with a single-boost clock of 5.3GHz. The latest 14nm family consists of a whopping 32 chips, including the low-power T series, the F series lacking iGPUs, plus the dual-core Pentium and Celeron parts. At the top of the stack, you’ve got the Core i9-10900K with 10 cores and 20 threads and a maximum thermal velocity boost of 5.3GHz (single-core). The all-core boost is an impressive 4.9GHz, accompanied by a PL2 of 250W and 56s Tau.
As already reported multiple times before, the 10th Gen desktop lineup is mostly a rebrand of the 9th Gen chips, with hyperthreading enabled across the board. The reduced pricing is the key attraction of the new processors. You’re essentially getting twice as many threads at the same price or lower, while the ten-core flagship, the Core i9-10900K is a brand new chip with an all-core boost of nearly 5GHz, and a single core max of 5.3GHz.
The 10900K is priced at $488 while the 10900KF is $16 cheaper at $472. The non-K i9-10900 is placed in the sub-$450 market, with an MSRP of $439, nearly the same as AMD’s Ryzen 9 3900X.
Climbing down the ladder, we have the Core i7-10700K and the 10700, with MSRPs of $374 and $323, respectively. This is marginally higher than the Ryzen 7 3700X which is priced @ $299 with most retailers.
Further below, you have the Core i5s and i3s, with 6C/12T and 4C/8T, respectively. The cheapest hex-core part, the Core i5-10400F goes for $157, a notch below the $186 Ryzen 5 3600. The 10500 and 10600 are priced at $192 and $213, respectively, with the boost clock being the only difference between the two. Among the unlocked variants, the 10600KF costs $237 while the 10600K has an MSRP of $262. In comparison, the Ryzen 5 3600X has come down to just $205.
Lastly, the Core i3s with four cores and eight threads cost around $20-30 more than the recently announced Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X parts. The 10320 with a boost frequency of 4.6GHz costs $154 while the 10300 goes for $143. Scraping the barrel bottom, the Core i3-10100 is priced at $122 with a boost clock of 4.3GHz.
|SKU||Cores / Threads||Base Clock||All Core Turbo||Th. Velocity Boost||TDP||MSRP|
|Core i9-10900K||10C/20T||3.7 GHz||4.9 GHz||5.3GHz||125W||$488|
|Core i9-10900KF||10C/20T||3.7 GHz||4.9 GHz||5.3GHz||125W||$472|
|Core i9-10900||10C/20T||2.8 GHz||4.6 GHz||5.2GHz||65W||$439|
|Core i9-10900F||10C/20T||2.8 GHz||4.6 GHz||5.2GHz||65W||$422|
|Core i9-10900T||10C/20T||1.9 GHz||3.7 GHz||NA||35W||$439|
|Core i7-10700K||8C/16T||3.8 GHz||4.7 GHz||NA||125W||$374|
|Core i7-10700KF||8C/16T||3.8 GHz||4.7 GHz||NA||125W||$349|
|Core i7-10700||8C/16T||2.9 GHz||4.6 GHz||NA||65W||$323|
|Core i7-10700F||8C/16T||2.9 GHz||4.6 GHz||NA||65W||$298|
|Core i7-10700T||8C/16T||2.0 GHz||3.7 GHz||NA||35W||$325|
|Core i5-10600K||6C/12T||4.1 GHz||4.5 GHz||NA||125W||$262|
|Core i5-10600KF||6C/12T||4.1 GHz||4.5 GHz||NA||125W||$237|
|Core i5-10600||6C/12T||3.3 GHz||4.4 GHz||NA||65W||$213|
|Core i5-10600T||6C/12T||2.4 GHz||3.7 GHz||NA||35W||$213|
|Core i5-10500||6C/12T||3.1 GHz||4.2 GHz||NA||65W||$192|
|Core i5-10500T||6C/12T||2.3 GHz||3.5 GHz||NA||35W||$192|
|Core i5-10400||6C/12T||2.9 GHz||4.0 GHz||NA||65W||$182|
|Core i5-10400F||6C/12T||2.9 GHz||4.0 GHz||NA||65W||$157|
|Core i5-10400T||6C/12T||2.0 GHz||3.2 GHz||NA||35W||$182|
|Core i3-10320||4C/8T||3.8 GHz||4.4 GHz||NA||65W||$154|
|Core i3-10300||4C/8T||3.7 GHz||4.2 GHz||NA||65W||$143|
|Core i3-10300T||4C/8T||3.0 GHz||3.7 GHz||NA||35W||$143|
|Core i3-10100||4C/8T||3.6 GHz||4.1 GHz||NA||65W||$122|
|Core i3-10100T||4C/8T||3.0 GHz||3.5 GHz||NA||35W||$122|
|Pentium G-6600||2C/4T||4.2 GHz||NA||NA||58W||$86|
|Pentium G-6500||2C/4T||4.1 GHz||NA||NA||58W||$75|
|Pentium G-6500T||2C/4T||3.5 GHz||NA||NA||35W||$75|
|Pentium G-6400||2C/4T||4.0 GHz||NA||NA||58W||$64|
|Pentium G-6400T||2C/4T||3.4 GHz||NA||NA||35W||$64|
|Celeron G-5920||2C/2T||3.5 GHz||NA||NA||58W||$52|
|Celeron G-5900||2C/2T||3.4 GHz||NA||NA||58W||$42|
|Celeron G-5900T||2C/2T||3.2 GHz||NA||NA||35W||$42|
The review embargo for the newly announced 10th Gen chips is expected to lift by the end of May, so we’ll have to wait a bit more to see how the Comet Lake parts stack up against the existing Ryzen 3000 offerings.