It's hard to hide everything related to construction for so long, so much of what is shown will not be a surprise because we've seen it in recent months. However, we will focus on the highest points of it.
Intel raises the number of cores again with its i9-10900K in the front range
The entire 10-generation Comet Lake-S processors are based on the manufacturing process 14 nm ++, which will be the last used by the company until it jumps to 10 nm. This generation will have to change from the boards to the new models that will feature the new one. LGA 1200 socks and that would also support Rocket Lake by the end of the following year or early next year.
So, Intel is launching new ones Z490 chipset which, as we shall see later, brings certain issues. Focusing on CPUs, even though they are based on Skylake and do not change the cache system or size, new algorithms have been given a boost that will fit the new microcode to support them.
The new product line is the i9-10900K, which will have 10 characters and 20 strings at a 3.7 GHz operating time and will carry several frequency bands of its own: 5.1 GHz for TB2.0, 5, 2 GHz for TBM 3.0 and -5.3 GHz for ITVB.
The maximum frequency for all cores will be 4.8 GHz, will have a TDP of 125 watts, will come in overulsing, will carry two serial RAM channels at 2933 MHz and will integrate iGPU UHD 630 with memory support of Optane.
Looking at the whole range there are several overlaps, but also limitations. The Intel Thermal Velocity Boost is only available in the i9 range, unproven processors as in the past will be the ones that take the K or KF processor, while the latter will not even include the GPU (it comes disabled as usual).
Some good news from Comet Lake-S and which will be well received by the use of Hyperthreading in all 10-generation processes without end-to-end (Celeron G5920 and Celeron G5900).
Finally and as these rumors have revealed, all PCIe platform lines will be 3.0 and not 4.0 as envisioned, even though the motherboards seem to support them, but since they are from the CPU they are not allowed as the version says.
As for the prices, they will be from $ 42 from the Celeron G5900 on $ 488 i9-10900K, all MSRP values.
New features for this desktop 10 generation
Let's learn more about the special features of this new series:
- HyperThreading in almost every series: something we've already noted so but that highlights Intel, since years ago it hasn't been that way. The benefit is clear in obtaining zero cost performance.
- The three algorithms are different: something we touched on more and that we will explain more in depth
– Turbo Boost 2.0: Basic technology that up until now has been a standardized version of the main range and that inspires regular increase in frequency. Available throughout the CPU range.
– Turbo Boost Max 3.0: Introduced in the HEDT series, it will only be available for i9 and i7. It allows for higher speeds than version 2.0 based on what Intel calls cores like, especially focusing on the two of them, driving higher speeds.
-Thermal Velocity Boost: Although we've explained it very well in its related article, it should be noted that only the i9 is available in this series. It allows to increase the speed, on the crack and when the temperature is below 70 ºC.
- New Aspects of Contempt:
– HT is enabled or disabled individual nuclei. This helps in optimizing the performance of the games without wasting too much energy and allowing for more enjoyment.
– Voltage control and frequency with curve: In true NVIDIA style, Intel allows XTU the function of the curve voltages and frequency to maximize the use and temperature of its processors. We will no longer have to choose between sync, fake or hand-made when over-performing.
– Excessive penetration to the graphic and DMI bus: it's something Intel was not specifically specified on, we understand that it will be done from UEFI in the corresponding segment and that by increasing its frequency it is possible to increase the performance of the whole system, but it is not really clear. The only thing the company had mentioned was that they would be linked.
- Improvement in IHS and die– Intel now offers a Die thinner (800 µm to 500 µm), a wider IHS, and a more advanced STIM, which should improve the processor's temperature without changing the overall package height.
- Support for DDR4-2933 MHz serial: there is not much to comment here other than the specifications provided by Intel depending on the module we are installing.
– Up to 4000 MHz on two Dual-Rank modules.
– Up to 4800 MHz for two modules for one short demo.
– Up to 5000 MHz for single module status in single-Rank.
LGA 1200 chipsets with Comet Lake-S
Although only the Z490 has been introduced as a star chipset, Intel is expected to launch the B460 and H410 later, which will complete the distances until the launch of Rocket Lake-S later this year.
As a star chipset, the Z490 comes manufactured at 14 nm under the SGA 1200 socket on its motherboards and will have DMI 3.0 with 32 Gbps available for each address bus. It will contain 24 lines of PCI-Express 3.0, which together with 16 processors will provide a total of 40 lines for connecting to different devices, including NVMe 2.0, USB 3.2, Thunderbolt 3 or 10 GbE networks.
As for disk connectivity, it carries 6 Gbps SATA AHCI / RAID controller with 6 ports, USB 3.2 Gen 2 controller with 4 ports, 1 USB 1 USB ports, HD ports , HD audio, i225-V 2.5 network card GbE (or 2119-V failed as before) and finally Intel AX201 WLAN network card with Bluetooth 5.
Discovery of Comet Lake-S
All previously used processes will arrive sometime between May and June 2020, just like the original Z490 boards. The first to hit the shelves is expected to be K-version operators with their extra grip capabilities.
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