Intel has been losing ground to AMD in the processor world for quite some time, and even more so with the release of the Ryzen 3000 Series CPUs, which are incredibly competitive on all fronts – but Intel is preparing a Comet Lake response to a beast this fresh threat, if the latest news from the rumor mill is something that passes.
From the outset we must emphasize that this is just speculation as picked up by Hot Hardware, which comes in the form of a leaked route map with a few dubious details and question marks on it.
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Still, if it is real, it shows how serious Intel is about fighting the danger that Ryzen 3000 brings.
The shared slide probably shows Intel's route map for the tenth-generation Comet Lake processors built on a revised 14nm +++ node. This range is led by the Core i9-10900KF, a 10-core (20-thread) CPU with a 3.4 GHz base clock and the ability to bring Turbo to 4.6 GHz across all those cores (and 5.2 GHz on a single core). It has a TDP of 105W, the leak claims.
This chip is said to cost $ 499 (around £ 400, AU $ 715), which is funnily the price tag of the 12-core AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (also active with a 4.6 GHz boost and a TDP of 105 W as well) which has just stormed on stage and offers an incredible price / performance ratio (and no less in our review).
This rumor further suggests that hyper-threading will return to the full range of these 10th generation Intel chips – even the low-end Core i3 quad-core models – and that the top-core Core i9 processors will not have an integrated GPU (it will not be present or disabled because it is probably unnecessary to achieve this to achieve a better return).
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To be honest, the latter points seem rather unlikely, and furthermore, the leak claims that these processors will use a new ' LGA 1159 ' connection – this would also make it necessary for buyers to purchase a new motherboard ? That prospect certainly seems unlikely, with the step to step up the production of 10nm processors in the pipeline for the near future from Intel.
Like these concerns, the slide itself is a bit oddly laid out and comes from an anonymous source (via Twitter) without further clarification. And the alleged Core i9-10900KF seems a little too tight to fit in terms of specifications to compete with the Ryzen 9 3900X, with matching TDP ' s and turbo clocks (not to mention the price – apparently exactly the same ).
So there are enough reasons to be careful with this alleged Intel slide, but having said that, the model names of the chips (and many of their general basic specifications) seem solid enough in terms of their potential validity.
And it is certainly credible that Intel wants to take some of its silicone hat seriously to reclaim a portion of the CPU field that it has recently lost to AMD.
Intel used to be the dominant processor power, and based on the figures of one of the online retailers it was still at the beginning of 2018, but that balance has now been tipped, so that in March 2019 AMD sold twice as many CPU ' s as Intel .
And that photo could get even worse with the new Ryzen 3000 set-up from AMD 3000. As we saw yesterday, chip manufacturer Intel sees not only in price, where it has always been competitive, but also in performance and indeed energy efficiency. A triple blow for Intel, if you want.
One thing is certain: after all these derailments and the known stock shortage problems lately, Intel will have to generate a momentum somewhere to stay competitive with the rapid progress AMD is making.
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