Intel’s 10th Gen ‘Comet Lake’ Desktop CPU Lineup Allegedly Leaks Out – Core i9-10900KF Flagship With 10 Cores, 20 Threads, 5.2 GHz Boost at $499 US, 8 Cores Start at $339 US, 6 Cores at $179 US

It looks like Intel's entire 10th Generation 'Comet Lake' CPU lineup has allegedly leaked out along with specifications of 13 different SKUs. The Comet Lake family is the continuation of the several refreshes of the 14nm Skylake architecture that we got to since 2015 and looks like the latest one to receive it will be the 10th Gen family.

Intel 10th Generation 'Comet Lake' 14nm+++ CPU Lineup Allegedly Leaks Out, 10 Cores Start at $409 US, 8 Cores at $339 US, 6 Cores at $179 US and 4 Cores at $129 US - New Socket LGA 1159 Rumored

So the lineup was posted by Computerbase who mention that the original source is from a Chinese based tech forum. It looks like you won't be getting any significant changes on the new lineup since it is still technically based on the same architecture as Skylake along with the added improvements from the process node. The 10th Gen lineup makes use of the 14nm+++ node which is one more + than the Coffee Lake refresh.

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Now coming to the lineup, the top tier parts are the Core i9 series which now feature 10 cores and 20 threads. According to this data sheet, the Core i9 series with 10 cores starts at $409 US and up to $499 US. Currently, the Core i9-9900K (8 core / 16 thread) can be found in retail at around $499 US so this is quite surprising. AMD bringing in 12 cores, 24 threads down to $499 US might be the reason Intel is bringing such competitive prices with 10th Gen.

Moving on to the Core i7 SKUs, we have two 8 core and 16 thread parts which retail for $339 US and $389 US. These parts are also priced lower than their 9th Gen predecessors for around $100 US less. The Core i5 SKUs include four 6 cores and 12 thread parts which start at $179 US and go up to $269 US. This price is pretty much in line with what Core i5 6 core parts currently cost, but do note that the Core i5-9400 which retails for $179 US has no hyper-threading whereas these models do.

A photo released May 28, 2019, at Computex 2019 shows a 10th Gen Intel Core processor wafer. 10th Gen Intel desktop processors unveiled at Computex enable fast, immersive experiences with up to 4 cores and 8 threads, up to 4.1 GHz max turbo frequency and up to 1.1 GHz graphics frequency. (Source: Intel Corporation)

Lastly, we have the four Core i3 SKUs which feature 4 cores and 8 threads. These start at $129 US and end up at $179 US. It's worth pointing that some of these models have specifications that do match up to Intel's flagship SKUs from previous generations. Those retailed at over $300 US price points while competition has moved the SKUs down to the sub $150 US tier.

Intel Core i9-10900KF Flagship 10 Core CPU Specifications

The Intel Core i9-10900KF is rumored to be the flagship SKU of the lineup, featuring 10 cores and 20 threads. Based on the price, it will be competing against the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X which offers a total of 12 cores and 24 threads. The chip is clocked at 3.4 GHz base and 5.2 GHz single core boost clock. The chip features 20 MB of cache, a 105W TDP and has a pricing of $499 US. Intel still won't be matching AMD's higher core count on the mainstream platform but looking at the recent AMD Ryzen 3000 reviews, we note that Intel still has a leading position when it comes to single-core and gaming workloads so the 10 core is expected to take the lead further.

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Intel Core i7-10700K Flagship 8 Core, Core i5-10600K 6 Core, and Core i3-10350K Specifications

The other chips to talk about are the top tier SKUs of each Core segment. For Core i7, we have the Core i7-10700K, an 8 core and 16 thread part which features clock speeds of 3.6 GHz base and 5.1 GHz boost. The processor offers 16 MB of cache and has a TDP of 95W. Since the Core i7-10700K doesn't have the "F" suffix with it, it does come with the Intel UHD 730 iGPU and has a pricing of 389 USD. The chip should be positioned against the AMD Ryzen 7 3800X which is also an 8 core & 16 thread part.

The Core i5-10600K is a 6 core and 12 thread part which has a base clock of 3.7 GHz base and 4.9 GHz boost. The chip has 12 MB of cache and has a TDP of 95W. This chip has a pricing of $229 US which positions it against the Ryzen 5 3600X, a $249 US chip. There's also the Core i5-10400 which is a 6 core and 12 thread part with frequencies of 3.0 GHz base and 4.2 GHz boost with a TDP of 65 Watts and a price of $179 US which is positioned well below the $199 US Ryzen 5 3600. Lastly, we have the Core i3-10350K which is a 4 core and 8 thread part that features a base clock of 4.1 GHz and a boost clock of 4.8 GHz. This chip has 9 MB of cache and a TDP of 91W. The pricing is said to be $179 US while offering better specs than the Core i7-7700K which retail over $350 US.

The entry-level Core i3-10100 also has 4 core and 8 threads with a base clock of 3.7 GHz base and 4.4 GHz boost. The chip will offer 7 MB of cache and 65W at $129 US. You can find the entire specs of this rumored lineup in the following table.

Intel 10th Gen 'Comet Lake' CPU Lineup 'Alleged' Specifications:

Processor NameProcess NodeCores / ThreadsBase ClockBoost Clock (Single Core)GraphicsCacheTDPPrice
Intel Core i9-10900KF14nm+++10/203.4 GHz5.2 GHzN/A20 MB105W$499 US
Intel Core i9-10900F14nm+++10/203.2 GHz5.1 GHzN/A20 MB95W$449 US
Intel Core i9-10800F14nm+++10/202.7 GHz5.0 GHzN/A20 MB65W$409 US
Intel Core i7-10700K14nm+++8/163.6 GHz5.1 GHzUHD 73016 MB95W$339 US
Intel Core i7-1070014nm+++8/163,1 GHz4.9 GHzUHD 73016 MB65W$299 US
Intel Core i5-10600K14nm+++6/123.7 GHz4.9 GHzUHD 73012 MB95W$269 US
Intel Core i5-1060014nm+++6/123.2 GHz4.8 GHzUHD 73012 MB65W$229 US
Intel Core i5-1050014nm+++6/123.1 GHz4.6 GHzUHD 73012 MB65W$199 US
Intel Core i5-1040014nm+++6/123.0 GHz4.4 GHzUHD 73012 MB65W$179 US
Intel Core i3-10350K14nm+++4/84.1 GHz4.8 GHzUHD 7309 MB91W$179 US
Intel Core i3-1032014nm+++4/84.0 GHz4.7 GHzUHD 7309 MB91W$159 US
Intel Core i3-1030014nm+++4/83.8 GHz4.5 GHzUHD 7309 MB62W$149 US
Intel Core i3-1010014nm+++4/83.7 GHz4.4 GHzUHD 7307 MB62W$129 US

Intel LGA 1159 Socket, New Platform Required For 10th Gen? - DDR4-3200 Native Support

In addition to all the details, the datasheet also lists down a new socket for the 10th Generation lineup. The new socket is rumored to be LGA 1159 so that would point to no compatibility with existing LGA 1151 motherboards. This also means we will be looking at a new chipset. Internally. Intel already has 400-series chipsets ready for their mobile platform (Ice Lake) so we should be expecting Z490 series on the new motherboards.

A block diagram of the Intel ICL PCH (495 series) for the mobility lineup which is part of the 400 series chipsets.

There's also support for DDR4-3200 memory (native) which is an upgrade from DDR4-2666 on the existing Coffee Lake Refresh lineup. There are no details as to when the lineup launches but we can expect these later this year.

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