Intel has been losing ground to AMD for a while now within the processor world, and extra so with the discharge of the Ryzen 3000 collection of CPUs, that are extremely aggressive on all fronts – however Intel is prepping a beast of a Comet Lake response to this contemporary risk, if the most recent from the rumor mill is something to go by.
From the off, we must always underline that that is mere hypothesis as picked up by Hot Hardware, which comes within the type of a leaked roadmap with some doubtful particulars and query marks hanging over it.
Still, if actual, it exhibits how severe Intel is about combating the hazard that Ryzen 3000 poses.
The slide shared supposedly exhibits Intel’s roadmap for 10th-gen Comet Lake processors that are constructed on a revised 14nm+++ node. This vary shall be headed up by the Core i9-10900KF, a 10-core (20-thread) CPU with a base clock of three.4GHz and the flexibility to hit Turbo to 4.6GHz throughout all these cores (and 5.2GHz on a single core). It can have a TDP of 105W, the leak claims.
This chip will allegedly be priced at $499 (round £400, AU$715), which funnily sufficient, is the price ticket of the 12-core AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (additionally operating with a 4.6GHz increase, and a TDP of 105W too) which simply stormed onto the scene providing an unbelievable worth/efficiency ratio (and achieved full marks in our review, no much less).
This rumor additional suggests that hyper-threading will return to the whole vary of those 10th-gen Intel chips – even the low-end Core i3 quad-core fashions – and that the top-end Core i9 processors won’t have an built-in GPU (it can both not be current, or disabled, as presumably shelling out with it’s essential by way of attaining a greater yield).
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In all honesty, these last factors appear quite unlikely, and furthermore, the leak claims that these processors will use a brand new ‘LGA 1159’ socket – so would that necessitate patrons additionally buying a brand new motherboard? That prospect definitely appears unlikely, with the step to ramping up manufacturing of 10nm processors within the pipeline for Intel’s close to future.
As effectively as these issues, the slide itself is a little bit surprisingly laid out and comes from an nameless supply (by way of Twitter) with no additional clarification. And the alleged Core i9-10900KF appears to suit just a bit too snugly by way of its specs for going up in opposition to the Ryzen 9 3900X, with matching TDPs and turbo clocks (to not point out the worth – which is seemingly precisely the identical).
So there are many causes to be cautious about this purported Intel slide, however that stated, the mannequin names of the chips (and far of their general base specs) appear strong sufficient by way of their potential validity.
And it’s definitely plausible that Intel shall be wanting to tug one thing critically compelling out of its silicon hat to achieve again among the CPU turf it has been dropping to AMD of late.
Intel was once the dominant processor energy, and going by one on-line retailer’s figures it nonetheless was initially of 2018, however that steadiness has since tipped in order that AMD offered twice as many CPUs as Intel in March 2019.
And that image could worsen with AMD’s new Ryzen 3000 line-up, which as we observed yesterday, sees the chip producer beating Intel not simply on worth, the place it has all the time been aggressive, but in addition on efficiency and certainly energy effectivity. A triple blow to Intel, in the event you like.
One factor’s for positive: following all this slippage, and its well-known inventory scarcity problems with latest instances, Intel might want to generate momentum from someplace so as to keep aggressive with the fast progress AMD is making.