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Intel Core i7-10700K Comet Lake-S 8 Core/16 Thread CPU Spotted With Up To 5.3 GHz Clocks

Feb 12, 2020
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A surprising entry has just been spotted by TUM_APISAK, showcasing Intel's Core i7-10700K 8 core and 16 thread desktop CPU with a clock speed of up to 5.3 GHz. The Intel 10th Generation Comet Lake-S CPU lineup has got many changes over the last couple of months but it looks like the chips would end up featuring the fastest clocks we have ever seen on mainstream consumer processors.

Intel Core i7-10700K Rocks The Charts With 8 Cores and 16 Threads Clocking Up To 5.3 GHz

The Intel Core i7-10700K would be part of the 10th Generation Comet Lake-S desktop family. The family would reuse the 14nm architecture and process node, but bring faster clock speeds and a more competitive core configuration to tackle AMD's Ryzen 3000 series processors. We have seen the specifications for the entire lineup leak previously but the latest entry shows surprisingly higher clock speeds than what was reported earlier.

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Before we get into details, originally, the Core i7-10700K has been reported to feature 8 cores and 16 threads. The chip comes with a base clock of 3.8 GHz, a boost clock of 5.1 GHz on a single and a 4.7 GHz boost clock across all cores. The chip carries 16 MB of cache, a TDP of 125W, and should be priced close to the existing Core i7-9700K with the chances of Intel cutting the prices even more to stay competitive.

Intel 10th Gen Core Comet Lake Desktop CPU Family:

CPU NameCores / ThreadsBase ClockSingle-Core Boost ClockTurbo Boost Max 3.0 (Single-Core)All Core Boost ClockCacheTDPPrice
Intel Core i9-10900K10/203.7 GHz5.1 GHz
5.3 GHz (Velocity)
5.2 GHz4.8 GHz
4.9 GHz (Velocity)
20 MB125W$488 US
Intel Core i9-10900KF10/203.7 GHz5.1 GHz
5.3 GHz (Velocity)
5.2 GHz4.8 GHz
4.9 GHz (Velocity)
20 MB125W$472 US
Intel Core i9-1090010/202.8 GHz5.0 GHz
5.2 GHz (Velocity)
5.1 GHz4.5 GHz
4.6 GHz (Velocity)
20 MB65W$439 US
Intel Core i9-10900F10/202.8 GHz5.0 GHz
5.2 GHz (Velocity)
5.1 GHz4.5 GHz
4.6 GHz (Velocity)
20 MB65W$422 US
Intel Core i9-10900T10/201.9 GHz4.5 GHz4.6 GHz3.7 GHz20 MB35W$439 US
Intel Core i7-10700K8/163.8 GHz5.0 GHz5.1 GHz4.7 GHz16 MB125W$374 US
Intel Core i7-10700KF8/163.8 GHz5.0 GHz5.1 GHz4.7 GHz16 MB125W$349 US
Intel Core i7-107008/162.9 GHz4.7 GHz4.8 GHz4.6 GHz16 MB65W$323 US
Intel Core i7-10700F8/162.9 GHz4.7 GHz4.8 GHz4.6 GHz16 MB65W$298 US
Intel Core i7-10700T8/162.0 GHz4.4 GHz4.5 GHz3.7 GHz16 MB35W$325 US
Intel Core i5-10600K6/124.1 GHz4.8 GHzN/A4.5 GHz12 MB125W$262 US
Intel Core i5-10600KF6/124.1 GHz4.8 GHzN/A4.5 GHz12 MB125W$237 US
Intel Core i5-106006/123.3 GHz4.8 GHzN/A4.5 GHz12 MB65W$213 US
Intel Core i5-10600T6/122.4 GHz4.0 GHzN/A3.7 GHz12 MB35W$213 US
Intel Core i5-105006/123.1 GHz4.5 GHzN/A4.2 GHz12 MB65W$192 US
Intel Core i5-10500T6/122.3 GHz3.8 GHzN/A3.5 GHz12 MB35W$192 US
Intel Core i5-104006/122.9 GHz4.3 GHzN/A4.0 GHz12 MB65W$182 US
Intel Core i5-10400F6/122.9 GHz4.3 GHzN/A4.0 GHz12 MB65W$157 US
Intel Core i5-10400T6/122.0 GHz3.6 GHzN/A3.2 GHz12 MB35W$182 US
Intel Core i3-103204/83.8 GHz4.6 GHzN/A4.4 GHz8 MB65W$154 US
Intel Core i3-103004/83.7 GHz4.4 GHzN/A4.2 GHz8 MB65W$143 US
Intel Core i3-10300T4/83.0 GHz3.9 GHzN/A3.6 GHz8 MB35W$143 US
Intel Core i3-101004/83.6 GHz4.3 GHzN/A4.1 GHz8 MB65W$122 US
Intel Core i3-10100T4/83.0 GHz3.8 GHzN/A3.5 GHz8 MB35W$122 US
Intel Pentium G66002/44.2 GHzN/AN/AN/A4 MB58W$86 US
Intel Pentium G65002/44.1 GHzN/AN/AN/A4 MB58W$75 US
Intel Pentium G64002/43.8 GHzN/AN/AN/A4 MB58W$64 US
Intel Pentium G6400T2/43.4 GHzN/AN/AN/A4 MB58W$64 US
Intel Celeron G59202/23.5 GHzN/AN/AN/A2 MB58W$52 US
Intel Celeron G59002/23.2 GHzN/AN/AN/A2 MB58W$42 US
Intel Celeron G5900T2/23.2 GHzN/AN/AN/A2 MB58W$42 US

However, while the previously reported information has hinted at a boost clock of up to 5.1 GHz on a single core, the latest entry for the chip reports a boost clock as high as 5.3 GHz which is seriously impressive. It is possible that Intel is using the highest binned dies for the K series parts this time around, similar to what they did with the Core i9-9900KS. Opening up multi-threading support also helps the chip a lot to tackle AMD's Ryzen 7 3000 series processors. This might explain the delay in the launch of the 10th Generation desktop parts and why we have seen different specifications for the chips in the past.

What remains to be seen now is whether this change is just exclusive to the Core i7 parts or the rest of the lineup will also get a similar clock speed bump. Since we are looking at binned dies, it's possible that power consumption would not be entirely out of proportions and we might even get some (even if little) overclocking headroom out of these chips. The main thing that we should be concerned with is whether these higher clock speeds are just short bursts (as Turbo Boost 3.0 is supposed to work) or would be a more sustainable clock speed for the chip (under a suitable AIO / Air cooling setup).

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In addition to the details, some performance benchmarks for various chips have also been spotted with the Core i9-10900K making an appearance in both 3DMark Firestrike and 3DMark Time Spy. It shows decent performance results, showcasing a 5% performance lead over AMD's 12 core and 24 thread Ryzen 9 3900X CPU which costs $500 US. The Intel Core i9-10900K is also expected to end up being priced at the same range.

The Intel Core i7-10700 which is an 8 core and 16 thread CPU with a 65W TDP at its base frequency also posts some good numbers against AMD's 8 core and 16 thread Ryzen 7 3800X CPU, which is just 500 points ahead while being slightly faster than the 65W Ryzen 7 3700X. The Intel Core i3-10100, an entry-level 4 core / 8 thread chip is also reported as fast as the Core i7-7700K which is a sweet deal for a budget chip that is going to be priced under $150 US.

Intel Core i9-10900K & Core i7-10700 CPU Benchmarks in 3DMark FireStrike and Time Spy. (Image Credits: TUM_APISAK)

With that said, the power consumption is still likely to be much higher than AMD Ryzen 3000 parts, which are based on the 7nm process node which has been made apparent in recent details by AIB and board manufacturers. One other main issue with the lineup is that it would be pitted close to AMD's Zen 3 based Ryzen 4000 lineup which is expected to debut in the second half of 2020.

AMD may not even consider offering a price cut as their Ryzen 3000 are competitive enough to compete against Intel's 10th Gen parts unless Intel brings Core i9 down to $350-$400 US which seems unlikely, but then again, they have the financial horsepower to do so to remain competitive in the desktop segment. Intel's 10th Gen lineup may offer multi-threading on all parts along with higher clock speeds, but they would require more power and beefier cooling which is a trade-off for going with a high-end Intel setup these days.

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