Intel is looking to take back its dominance in the desktop processing space with its new 10th Generation Desktop lineup. The new 10th Generation Processor is manufactured on the same 14nm processing node. Yes, this also a refreshed lineup. Intel is stuck on their older 14nm processing node from 2014. Intel must bring their new 10nm lineup or even better processor to compete in the market. We are getting the 7nm Processor that we were promised to from Intel? Is anyone seeing the downfall of Moore’s Law?
Intel 10th Generation based on their old 14nm lithography
Once again, Intel is releasing their new and improved 14nm architecture. it is the old 14nm lithography but with further architecture improvement. The new 10th Generation CPU has tons of lineup ranging from their new flagship processor from the Core i9-10900K to the Celeron G5900. Intel hasn’t completed its 10nm desktop processor, and they have proposed to jump to 7nm lithography. Intel stated that this would be their last processor on the 14nm process node.
The new processor will have support for Wi-Fi 6, support for DDR4 2933MHz memory, 40 PCIe lanes, and UHD graphics. The release of the 10th generation CPU also marks the new debut of the 400 Series Chipset and LGA 1200 socket. The new 10th Gen Processor won’t be compatible with the old Z390 motherboards and below. So there isn’t an upgrade path for the 9th Gen Users.
Intel Core i9-10900K: The Flagship Intel Processor
Intel looks to compete with AMD’s flagship Ryzen 9 3950X. According to the leaks, the new Intel Core i9-10900K packs 10cores/20threads. It has a base clock frequency of 3.7GHz and with a total cache size of 20MB. The new flagship processor boosts to 5.1GHz and extends up to 5.2GHz. Intel new Boost Clock 3.0 raises their boost clock way further. They also have implemented their new Thermal Velocity Boost (TVB) technology, which boosts the CPU when the temperature falls under 50C. The leaks showed that the CPU reached up to 5.3GHz frequency with the TVB enabled. The Core i9-10900K has 125 W TDP and an all-core boost clock speed of 4.9GHz.
10th Generation Core Lineups: Increased Thread-count and more
The new 10th Generation core lineups look promising as Intel has increased the thread counts in the CPUs and enabled Hyper-Threading technology. Yes, Intel is bringing back Hyper-Threading technology for all its 10th gen processors.
The Intel Core i7-10700K has 8 cores and 12 threads with a base clock of 3.8GHz. It boasts a 16MB total cache size. It boosts up to 5.1GHz and has an all-core boost of 4.7GHz. The new Thermal Velocity Boost doesn’t make its debut here, we can’t confirm this, but we hope Intel to introduce the TVB to all its mainstream products.
The Core i5-10600K packs 6 cores and 12 threads with a 12MB total cache size and a base clock of 4.1GHz. It has a boost clock of 4.5GHz and a single-core boost frequency of 4.8GHz. Till now, all this has been the information that has leaked out. The K variant CPUs have 125W TDP, whereas the non-K variant has 65W TDP.
F Variant CPU and expected showcase:
Some engineering samples of the F based chips have surfaced in China. The Chinese forum Baidu Teiba had some leaked information about the leaked 10th Generation F Variant CPUs. The F variant CPU is the same as their non-F counterpart; the difference is that the F variant ships with the GPU disabled in them. The F variant was introduced to the market to counteract the 14nm CPUs shortage. Whether you take an i5-10600KF or i5-10600K, both will perform similarly just the difference being that the CPU with the “F” Suffix doesn’t have graphic output.
According to Intel, there will be 3 Core i9 “F” variant chips. The Core i9-10900KF, Core i9-10900F, and the Core i9 10800F. Intel is set to release these chips during the CES 2020 showcase. They will likely compete with AMD’s 3rd Gen Ryzen with their release of 10th Generation CPU. But we can speculate AMD is coming on top of Intel this time around too. The only thing Intel needs to focus on is their new processing nodes. Intel is losing behind to AMD, and AMD isn’t stopping there. AMD will announce their new Zen 3 or 4th Gen Ryzen this year, and Intel hasn’t finished producing their 10nm or 7nm chips for the consumer.
AMD looks to conquer the mobile computing space, too — the last place where Intel still gains dominance over. Intel seems to release these new 10th generation chips in the CES 2020, but can they beat AMD’sAMD’s new 3rd Gen Ryzen processor and their new HEDT Processor Ryzen ThreadRipper. Only time can tell what Intel will do to regain their throne in the computing space.