Prices have emerged for Intel Comet Lake CPUs, although they may be little more than retail placeholders. In fact, we’re hoping they are just that, if only so that we have some competition in the desktop CPU market. If these really represent Intel’s 10th Gen intentions, Comet Lake really doesn’t stand a chance versus AMD’s Ryzen processors, the chips currently dominating our best CPU for gaming lists.
It’s not often that a third-party manufacturer ships a cooler compatible with an unannounced socket, yet Arctic’s Freezer 7 X is equipped and ready to support LGA 1200, the upcoming (and officially unconfirmed) socket for Intel Comet Lake. Is Arctic way ahead of the pack, or is this a sign of a delayed 10th Gen desktop processor launch?
Intel Tiger Lake ‘upgrade kits’ are already rolling out to system builders, a listing on the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) suggests. Marking the 11th generation of mobile processors for Intel, Tiger Lake chips will be built on the 10nm+ process node and come fitted with Intel Xe integrated graphics – and they’re already out in the wild.
Slides said to outline the Intel Xe GPU architecture have been gawked at by Digital Trends. Within these aged docs, likely from early 2019, it’s suggested that Intel planned a 512 EU card with a 400/500W TDP. Great if you run a data centre, perhaps. But forget all that server nonsense, it would appear that a 75/150W, and maybe even a 300W, graphics card will be safe for client consumption.
New, freshly leaked benchmarks for the 10-core Intel Comet Lake CPU, the Core i9 10900K, show it topping AMD’s 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X in a pair of different 3DMark processor benchmarks. The results are for the Physics and CPU Scores of the the Fire Strike Extreme and Time Spy benchmarks, both of which are able to take advantage of the extra couple of cores Intel is jamming into its top Comet Lake processor.
Will Intel Comet Lake support PCIe 4.0? No. But there’s a debate raging on as to whether it could have. Tom’s Hardware spoke to sources claiming a few LGA 1200 socket motherboards feature some of the necessary parts for PCIe 4.0, but Intel’s chipset blunders were to blame for a lack of eventual support. However, SemiAccurate’s Charlie Demerjian rebuts their claims.
In a move that will surprise no-one, Intel is set to drop the price of its consumer processors this year, according to reports from PC manufacturers. Following on from the huge price cuts the company wrought on its high-performance computing segment towards the end of last year, and the reported server-side reductions from early this year, Taiwanese press is reporting that Intel will be making similar cuts to its standard CPUs too.
Leaked specifications for the next generation of Intel Tiger Lake NUC machines have appeared online, suggesting there will be a pair of new mini PCs based on the upcoming Intel processor design later in the year. One will house a third-party discrete GPU, and the other will feature an Intel Xe GPU.
The noises spilling out of CES 2020 this week suggest that motherboard manufacturers are getting frustrated over the Comet Lake CPU release. According to one report the new Z490 motherboards are all done and dusted and the manufacturers are just waiting on Intel to pull the trigger on its next generation of desktop processors… unfortunately the flagship chips are just not ready.
We’re smitten with Intel’s new NUC 9 Extreme. Unlike the traditional tiny NUC form factor, the new modular kit allows users to upgrade to one of the best graphics cards capable of triple-A gaming performance. But the best bit? The Compute Element at its core is a detachable 10th Gen mini PC you can plug right into your gaming PC’s motherboard.