Intel 10th gen CPU leak

Intel is once again refreshing their CPU line up with 14 nm (or 14+++ nm more precisely) processing node that they are using from 2015. But this time the 10th gen Comet Lake lineup is somewhat interesting and different from the past line up. Although this information is not official at all, so take these as a grain of salt. 

The information is first leaked on a Chinese forum. Technically these CPUs are based on the same architecture as Skylake with some tweaking in the processing node. The 10th Gen lineup makes use of the 14nm+++ node which is one more + than the Coffee Lake refresh. The Comet Lake desktop range consists of 13 parts in total with two of those F processors. 

Specification Of All CPUs

Cores /
Boost Clock
(Single Core)
Boost Clock
(All Core)
Intel Core i9-
14nm+++ 10/ MB105W$499
Intel Core i9-
14nm+++ 10/ MB95W$449
Intel Core i9-
14nm+++ 10/ MB65W$409
Intel Core i7-
14nm+++ 8/ 73016 MB95W$389
Intel Core i7-
14nm+++ 8/ 73016 MB65W$339
Intel Core i5-
14nm+++ 6/ 73012 MB95W$269
Intel Core i5-
14nm+++ 6/ 73012 MB65W$229
Intel Core i5-
14nm+++ 6/ 73012 MB65W$199
Intel Core i5-
14nm+++ 6/ 73012 MB65W$179
Intel Core i3-
14nm+++ 4/ 7309 MB91W$179
Intel Core i3-
14nm+++ 4/ 7309 MB91W$159
Intel Core i3-
14nm+++ 4/ 7309 MB62W$149
Intel Core i3-
14nm+++ 4/ 7309 MB65W$129

i9 10 Core Mainstream CPU From Intel?

Core i9-10900KF with ten cores and twenty threads is the flagship mainstream CPU from Intel. It is clear that AMD’s 12 core offering and upcoming 16 core offering in mainstream pushed Intel to increase their core count too. There are two more versions of i9 available which are i9 10800F and i9 10900F. The difference between these three i9 CPUs are TDP and base and boost frequency. One thing to remember these i9 CPU doesn’t have an iGPU. This i9 CPUs cost starts at $409 US and up to $499 US. 

10th Gen Intel Core i7

There are just two i7 parts listed on this document. The Core i7-10700K and its non-K counterpart. Both CPUs have 8 core and 16 threads this time. The K model has a 3.6 GHz base and 4.8 GHz all core and 5.1 GHz single-core boost clock. Whereas the non-K model kept at  3.1 GHz base and 4.6 GHz all core and 4.9GHz single-core boost clock. The TDP of the K model and non-K model are 95W and 65W respectively. The chip should be positioned against the AMD Ryzen 7 3800X which is also an 8 core & 16 thread part.

10th Gen Intel Core i5

There are a total of five Comet lake-based i5s, each has 6 core and 12 threads. The Core i5-10600K has a TDP of 95W while the lower-end models a more reasonable 65W. Other than the K variant, all the i5’s are priced in the sub-$200 range, a measure to counter AMD’s Ryzen 3000 lineup. 

10th Gen Intel Core i3

10th gen Intel Core 13 packs 4 cores and 8 threads each. If you remember till 7th generation high-end core i7 CPUs usually have this much core. Thanks to AMD, Intel have pushed their core count to maintain market share. the Core i3-10350K has the same 91W TDP like its predecessor and is priced at $179. The rest of the quad-core CPUs run slightly above 4GHz and start at a market price $129. Not too shabby, isn’t it?

Intel LGA 1159 Socket And DDR4-3200 Native Support

These upcoming chips will apparently need a new platform, known as LGA 1159 for now. So that would point to no compatibility with existing LGA 1151 motherboards.  This socket will probably come with a new chipset, so since the mobile “Ice Lake” platform has 400-series chipsets ready, it would be logical for the desktop “Comet Lake” to get some Z490 mainboards. There’s also support for DDR4-3200 memory (native) which is an upgrade from DDR4-2666 on the existing Coffee Lake Refresh lineup. 

Hyper-Threading for everyone 

One of the biggest surprises of the 10th gen Comet Lake CPUs is hyperthreading for each CPUs. If you remember correctly, then you might know that Intel used to provide hyperthreading for i3 and i7 CPUs till the 8th gen. But in the 9th gen Coffee Lake series, Intel decided to disable hyperthreading in Core i7 CPUs. But finally, competitive pressure from AMD forced Intel to enable hyperthreading in its all processor.  

There is no date mentioned when it will launch. But we can expect a launch date later this year. But again these are just initial information and we should take this as a grain of salt.