Intel Unveils 10th Generation Comet Lake Desktop Processors


Intel has taken the wraps off its 10th generation lineup based on the 14nm ‘Comet Lake’ architecture. Although the lineup is still based on the old 14nm ‘Skylake’ process, the chipmaker has made some notable refinements in this 10th Generation processor lineup. This latest lineup consists of no fewer than 32 models, starting from the new Core i9 flagship for gamers to the mainstream Core i7, Core i5, and Core i3 families, and even some entry-level Pentium, and Celeron options.

With the 10th Gen Comet Lake desktop processor, the company brings improved clock speeds, which it says are important for lightly threaded workloads such as gaming, as well as more cores and threads across in other processors of the lineup. Out of all of the processors launched in this lineup, the highlight of the launch is the new top-end Core i9-10900K model which features 10 cores with Hyper-Threading.

Intel 10th Gen Core i9 - Core i7 Desktop Processor

The Intel Core i9-10900K comes with a base speed of 3.7Ghz and a maximum boost speed of 4.8GHz across all cores or 5.3GHz for one core. The top-most speed on this processor is achieved using Intel’s Turbo Boost Max 3.0. This model is fully overclockable with TDP (Thermal Design Power) rated at 125W. Intel’s recommended price for Core i9-10900K is $488. In addition to this, there is also a non-unlocked model, the 65W Core i9-10900, which has base and boost speeds of 2.8GHz and 5.2GHz respectively.


Intel claims that the Core i9-10900K is the world’s fastest gaming processor. In comparison to the Core i9-9900K, the company claims that the new chipset will deliver up to 33 percent better framerates in specific games, and 18 percent faster video encoding.

Intel 10th Gen Core i5 - Core i3 Desktop Processor

Apart from this, Intel has also launched the new Core i7-10700K with eight cores and 16 threads. They also come with Turbo Boost Max 3.0 but they don’t have Thermal Velocity Boost. Besides, the Core i5 family gets six cores and 12 threads without Turbo Boost Max 3.0. Intel is offering both unlocked 125W as well as mainstream 65W versions of each model. Also, the Core i3 models feature four cores with Hyper-Threading with 65W TDPs. 

In addition to this, Intel has also launched the new dual-core, four-thread Pentium Gold G6600, G6500 and G6400, and the dual-core Celeron G5920 and G5900 without Hyper-Threading. The company has also introduced a series of 35W TDP variants across the models. 

Intel 10th Gen Pentium & Celeron Desktop Processors

As for the compatibility, up to dual-channel DDR4-2933 RAM is supported for the Core i9 and Core i7 models, while the lower models are maxes out at DDR4-2666. The company has also carried forward its existing UHD Graphics 630 and 610 integrated GPUs with no new features highlighted. However, CPU models with suffix F do not have integrated graphics capabilities.

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