The newest line of processors from Intel bears the Comet Lake-S codename. As usual it comes in its traditional flavors: Core i3, i5, i7, and i9.
On top of the list is the Core i9-10900K. It features 10 cores, 20, threads, a 125W TDP, and boost clock of up to 5.3GHz. This is the processor that Intel claims is the fastest.
Although the new lineup of processors are considered 10th generation, they still rely on the 14nm Skylake architecture. That is a far cry compared to AMD’s latest processors which are produced using the 7nm FinFET process. Intel does support the 10nm process on its Ice Lake processors, but the company decided to go on a different route.
Looking at the specs, the i9-10900K is an upgraded version of the 9th generation i9-9900K which hit the stores in 2018. It makes sense that Intel use the 14nm process, and tweak its previous generation chips to support more cores and higher clock speed.
The ‘K’ label means that the new processor is capable of overclocking. While Intel markets the CPU to have a boost clock of 5.3GHz, custom cooling solutions and overclocking can still push that to a higher number.
The new i9 processor will fetch a price tag of around $488. The i9-9900K has the same price point upon its release.
While the company hails the i9-10900K as its fastest desktop processor, the chipmaker’s recent release also targets other price points. Based on its announcement, Intel is releasing two more unlocked processors.
First is the Core-i7 10700K which costs $374. It has eight cores, 16 threads. Its base clock speed is 3.8GHz, and a boost clock speed of up to 5.1GHz.
Its cheapest unlocked processor is the i5-10600K which costs $262. It has six cores and 12 threads. Its base clock is 4.1GHz, and boost clock speed of up to 4.8GHz.
It is important to note here that these new generation of processors will have a new socket configuration. This means that they are not compatible with current Coffee Lake motherboards. The new processor lineup also supports Intel UHD Graphics 630.
All the new Intel chipsets support DDR4-2933 memory and 2.5 gigabit Ethernet. Another nifty addition to the new 10th generation Intel processors is their integrated support for Wi-Fi 6.
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