10th Generation Intel Core Processors: What’s changed?

On April 30, 2020, after months of teasing their arrival, Intel finally launched its flagship 10th Generation Intel Core processors. Called as Comet Lake-S, the lineup is touted as the world’s fastest gaming processors.

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In this article, we will discuss the new features and improvements that have been introduced with this addition to the super-amazing Intel products.

What’s new in Intel?

The 10th generation core processors are a significant addition to Intel’s product lineup. Reason? The move towards the 10nm process refinement from the 14nm one, which essentially means, increased efficiency, decreased power consumption, and greater battery life.

Apart from this shift, Intel has also worked to improve the feature set for the 10th generation chips.

The built-in Thunderbolt 3 support is a notable feature and makes it easier for the PC manufacturers to incorporate it on the laptops. The chips are compatible with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), the latest Wi-Fi version known to have faster data transfer speeds and support multiple devices seamlessly.

Intel Core processors from the 10th Generation family also deliver high graphics performance. Though integrated graphics still sit a bit low in comparison to the aftermarket graphics cards, improvements in the latest version of the Intel Iris Pro graphics allow for smooth 1080p video gaming and 4K video editing.

Support for VESA adaptive sync standard has also been added to help run frames in a smooth fashion without getting pixelated during display.

Not to forget, the much anticipated AI support has been also been introduced to facilitate Deep Learning Boost, a dedicated instruction set to handle AI workloads effectively.

The Intel Core 10th Generation processors are made specifically for laptops and all-in-one desktops including Intel Core i3, i5, i7, and the latest Core i9 lineup.

What changed from the 9th gen?

The 10th Generation family of Intel Core processors has a lot of improvements in terms of features mentioned:

Cores and Threads

The 10th generation chips have a lot of cores, With the Core i9 as the top chip, having 10 cores and 20 threads, the processor runs instructions from the system and processes the same super-efficiently. For users looking to have a machine that can handle heavy workload requirements easily, the 10th Generation family of processors is here to help.

New Motherboard

Conventionally, CPU makers build new motherboards that are also compatible with the processors of the last generation. However, the 10th Generation Intel Core processors do not run on older motherboards. Reason- this generation processors now use the new LGA1200 socket which is incompatible with the 9th Generation motherboards.

Improved Heat Dissipation

10th Generation Intel Core processors use a thin die and a thin solder thermal interface material (STIM) that helps improve thermal dissipation. The integrated heat spreader has been made thicker as compared to the previous generation processors.

The reason is, the more the area that absorbs the heat from the substrate, the more will be the heat dissipation from the core. CPU components work the best when they run at a cooler temperature resulting in a better performance.

Flexible Hyper-Threading

The use of hyper-threading can be found all the way down from i9 to i7, to i5, and to Core i3 parts. In the 10th Generation Intel Core processor family, Core i3 has 4 Cores and 8 Threads, Core i5 has 6 Cores and 12 Threads, Core i7 has 8 and 16, and Core i9 has 10 Cores and 20 threads.

This much hyper-threading makes for surprising deals on lower-tier desktop CPUs in the budget gaming systems market.

Now, what do we mean by flexible hyper-threading? Hyper-Threading allows for increased CPU performance, and increased CPU performance means more heat generation. With the Comet Lake series of 10th Gen processors, Intel allows us to shut off hyper-threading on a per-core basis. Therefore, instead of a core functioning like two, one core performs like one.

Breaking barriers to 5 GHz speeds

Higher the clock speeds, the better the CPU performance. The 10th Generation Intel Core processors leverage the Thermal Velocity Boost technology to push a single core up to 5.3 GHz at 70 degrees Celsius or lower processor temperatures. The Intel Turbo Boost 3.0 technology, which was previously seen on the X-series processors also helps push the processor speed a little high for gaming and heavy workloads.

PCIe Overclocking

The 10th generation of Intel Core processors makes it possible to overclock PCIe lanes to generate more performance from the graphics cards like components so you can play games seamlessly.

The final word

Above are some of the features of the 10th Gen Intel Core Processors apart from the faster 2.5 Gb Ethernet and DDR4-2933 RAM speeds and Wi-Fi-6 integration to support quicker data transfer speeds.

If you are looking to upgrade to a higher version of CPU processors, the 10th Gen is your best buy.

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