For the first time in a long time, Intel finds itself in a real battle with AMD in all sectors of the consumer sector, from economical processors to enthusiastic processors. Not to be outdone with the recent launch of Ryzen, Intel could prepare a new batch of Comet Lake chips, as it continues to pull out of its 14-nanometer node.
Admittedly, the world is waiting for Intel to make the blitz on the market with 10-nm processors, which should be in effect by the end of the year, but probably focused on mobile, with desktop chips 10nm coming in 2020. We will have to wait and see. Meanwhile, AMD has just crossed the grid with its range of 7nm Ryzen 3000 series.
In summary, the Intel 10nm node is roughly at par with the AMD 7nm node. In this respect, Intel may not be as late on the architecture as it appears. Nevertheless, AMD is running at full speed while Intel is pushing mainly silicon at 14 nm. The same goes for future Comet Lake processors, which are built on a revised 14nm +++ node. Here is an overview of the range supposed to have fled …
Assuming that the slide is legitimate (and that there are many clues, like ranking chips from slower to faster rather than reverse), Intel is preparing 13 new Core processors of the 10th generation. The range ends with a trio of 10-core / 20-thread processors, the fastest of which is the Core i9-10900KF at 105W (TDP). GHz single-core boost clock. It also contains 20 MB of L3 cache, as do the other two 10-core / 20-threaded components.
According to the slide disclosed, the Core i9-10900KF will land at $ 499. This clearly places it in competition with the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, a 12-core / 24-thread processor running between 3.8 and 4.6 GHz. It will be interesting to see if the faster clocks and other changes that may be present could put the Core i9 part above. In the current state of things, the Ryzen 9 3900X is a concentrate of multithreaded performance, and interchanges with Intel's latest silicon with single-threaded workloads (the Core i9-9900K is usually ahead of time by a small number of tasks).
The pricing from top to bottom is also interesting, since the entire range supports Hyper Threading. This includes the Core i3-10100, a 4-core / 8-threaded game with a 3.7 GHz base clock and a 4.4 GHz boost clock, priced at $ 129.
Although the specifications and prices look promising, the slide also indicates a new LGA1159 jack. This could indicate that the updated Comet Lake range requires a new motherboard. If this is the case, the timing is a bit odd, with 10nm parts a little further. Maybe the average user will probably mock it, but enthusiasts could scoff at investing in a new foundation for a new 14 nm version at the end of the match.
The performance per dollar is what really matters, and for that, we will have to wait to see how things move. That said, this slide seems suspicious to us, given its composition and dubious origin (the Twitter user who spotted it said it was from an "anonymous guy" of 5ch , without any tracking information). This does not mean that some model names and even specifications may prove true in the long run. But take this with a pile of giant salt.