After debuting the 10th-gen family of processors for notebooks, Intel has officially announced the desktop lineup. The new Comet Lake-S series are technically similar to the 14nm Skylake series but of course with well-needed improvements. The series is headed by the i9 10900K which can technically reach peak clock speeds of 5.3GHz.
The new series includes a total of 32 SKUs ranging from the Celeron to the Core i9. The new 10th-gen also complicates things a bit as Intel introduces Turbo Boost Max 3.0 and Thermal Velocity Boost. These are, however, only limited to the Core-i9 and Core-i7 CPU options.
So for instance, the Core-i9 10900K can go up to 5.2GHz under Turbo Boost Max 3.0, 5.3GHz/4.8GHz under Thermal Velocity Boost under single/multi-load and finally, 4.8GHz under all-core turbo. This particular chipset is also the most powerful consumer desktop CPU offering from Intel with 125W TDP and support for DDR4-2933. It comes with 10-cores and 20 threads while the company says it offers 10 percent more FPS than the Core-i9 9900K in PUBG, and 63 percent faster than the i7 7700K from 2017. It is also said to be 18 percent faster at editing 4K video.
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If you don’t need that kind of power, then the Core-i7 range spearheaded by the 10700KF which is technically the same as the 9900K offer an 8-core, 16-thread design capable of hitting 5.1GHz. It is obviously unlocked, so it can be overclocked and it is a bit more affordable when compared to the Core-i9 9900K.
Some other notable options include the Core-i5 10600KF offering a 6-core, 12-thread design with 4.1GHz base and 4.8GHz boost clock speeds. Notably, there is Turbo Boost Max 3.0 and Thermal Velocity Boost here, as mentioned above, but that doesn’t make it a slow chip. In fact, this should be excellent for a mid-range gaming machine, although the price is higher than AMD’s Ryzen 5 3600. Of course, it has better clock speeds than what AMD is offering.