Intel has launched 10th Gen processors for desktops. These range of processors are branded ‘Comet Lake’. Intel has designed them with up to 10 cores and can reach a speed of up to 5.3 GHz. This line of processors is the fifth outing from the company’s Skylake architecture. According to Intel, the 14++nm process would deliver the best gaming experience in the market. In contrast, the competition has already moved on to 7nm architecture and sixteen cores.
If anyone wants to get hands-on the 10-core 5.3Ghz power, they will need to shell out $488 and get Core-i( 10900K processor. If you wish to make use of the new Thermal Velocity Boost, you may very well keep things under 70 degrees Celcius Besides, when intel recommends 250W, the manufacturers of the motherboard prepared the setup for up to 350 W to maintain more extended top turbo performance, according to AnandTech.
You could get these new 32 processor configurations from $42 to $488, and theses vary from two core Celeton at 35 W to ten core Core i9 at 125W. These range from standard TDP 65W to overclocked ones with 125W and the low-power T models at 35W to Pentium/Celeron at 58W. Additionally, specific models with F variants won’t pack integrated graphics with lower cost and others from Core i3 to i9 will have HyperThreading.
Here’s a rough guide from the source:
- Turbo: A frequency noted when below turbo power limits and turbo power time
- Base Frequency: The guaranteed frequency when not at thermal limits
- All-Core Turbo: The frequency the processor should run when all core loaded during the specified turbo time and limits
- Turbo Boost 2.0: The frequency every core can reach when on full load in isolation during turbo time
- Turbo Boost Max 3.0: The frequency a favoured core can reach when on full load in isolation during turbo time
- Thermal Velocity Boost: The frequency a favoured core can reach on load in isolation and is below the specified temperature (70ºC for CML-S) during turbo time
- Intel TVB All-Core: The frequency the processor should run when all cores are loaded during the specified turbo time and limits and is below the specified temperature (70ºC for CML-S) during turbo time
Keep in mind that if you are looking for an eight-core processor, you better have $300 ready. These will support dual-channel DDR4-2933, whereas others can only have DDR4-2666 according to Intel. Here the Thermal Velocity Boost (TVB) takes Core-i9-10900K is 5.3 GHz on a single core, 4.9 GHz on all core. In the turbo budget, these CPUs can operate with a base clock frequency of 3.7 GHz. When the temperature goes above 70 degree celsius, TVB is disabled, and speed drops to 5.3 GHz on only two cores averaging to 4.8 GHz on all-core, till the turbo budget is used and then drops to 3.7 GHz.
All these variants make it a Herculean task to understand what frequency we obtain from a processor. To keep all MHz out of the fabric, one will have to pay attention to thermal demands, airflow and motherboard. According to the source, if you choose the right motherboard, one can achieve 5.3 GHz on all cores by discarding the turbo limit suggestions forever if the thermals are handled manually. The low-power Core i9-10900T has a 35W TDP, 1.9 GHz base frequency with a turbo of up to 3.7 GHz. In turbo mode, the consumed power can reach 350W which is above the TDP. The Thermal Velocity Boost feature is available only in Core i9, and Core i7 and below possess Turbo Max 3.0 ‘favored core arrangements’, since Windows 10 1609. The Core i9 processors in ending with ‘F’ cheaper by $25.
Here both Core i3 and i5 lacks favoured core support but have Turbo boost 2.0. Most of the models have integrated graphics card but lack a dedicated one. The Core i3-10100 starts at $122, making it the cheapest offering. In comparison, the AMDs cheapest quadcore 3200G sells for just $99. Following that trend, AMD offers Ryzen 3 3100 at $99 with Zen 2 cores that can reach up to 3.9 GHz. Note that there’s a $23 difference in cost.
The Vintage Pentium and Celeron lineup with dual cores lack hyperthreading. These aim to represent the lower end of the spectrum. Recently the company’s focus shift to R&D of higher-end processors drove the lower end offering’s cost up to as supply couldn’t meet demand.
This time the new-gen Core-i9 gets a new design as well. In contrast to the past boxy designs, now we have a window into the processor. The minor variations include a ‘Discrete Graphics Required’ text for the F variant processors on the front of the casing.