What is the 10th generation Intel Core worth? Review of tests

Always engraved in 14 nm and based on the Skylake architecture, the new Intel desktop processors (32 in number) are gradually arriving from testers and specialized sites. The occasion for an overview of their first impressions, with particular attention to the three main references of this new line: the Core i5-10600K, i7-10700K and i9-10900K. Three CPUs designed to catch the eye of players and creatives.

Still based on 14nm engraving, Intel’s new desktop processors are doing well with honors … // Source: Intel

Intel formalized its 10th generation of desktop processors in early May. Called Comet Lake-S, the latter remains based (once not customary) on the indestructible Skylake architecture, available in all sauces since 2015, but also on a 14nm engraving, technologically exceeded compared to the 7nm used for more than a year by AMD.

A risky approach that Intel implements for want of being able to rely massively on its new engraving in 10 nm, and which forces the engineers of the group to redouble of trick and INTELligence to extract the least drop of computing power of a Skylake / 14 nm duo at the end of the race. The result is mixed, but remains positive if we stick to the first tests published this week across the Atlantic.

Intel maintains its lead in gaming, AMD its mastery of applications

As the YouTube channel points out Hardware Canucks, but also the specialized site AnandTech in its conclusions, Intel finds itself more or less in the same situation as AMD a few years ago. Forced to have to combine with an old architecture, the firm is forced to increase the frequencies (up to 5.3 GHz on the Core i9-10900K!) and to multiply the hearts to maintain a higher level of performance compared to the previous generation of desktop processors. The pass pass works, but not everywhere and not in all situations.

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The verdict in terms of performance is thus rather unanimous from one test to another: Intel unsurprisingly maintains its lead in the game, while AMD remains ahead in most cases in computing and productivity. Logically, the reds can count on more hearts and threads than at Intel at equivalent price. Intel capitalizes on its performance in single core, which gives it a valuable advantage for gaming … the majority of games are not optimized to take advantage of many hearts, unlike software like Adobe Premiere Pro, DaVinci or Blender.

In some cases, Intel nevertheless pulls out of the game thanks to the hardware acceleration enabled by its iGPU. A trick that allows the Core i9-10900K (10 cores / 20 threads), in particular, to prevail against the Ryzen 9 3900X from AMD (12 cores / 24 threads) under Premiere Pro.

At stake, and as we have already said, Mass is said. Intel maintains its lead over AMD with superior performance across all or most of the titles tested. Better, according to the chain Linus Tech Tips, even a Core i5-10600K (6 cores / 12 threads) manages to beat a Ryzen 9 3900X in 1080p under Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Doom Eternal or even Red Dead Redemption 2. The mid-range chip from Intel also succeeds to be a little ahead of its big brother the 10900K on the last two titles, which makes it a very attractive processor… we will come back to this a little further.

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Increasing energy consumption, declining overcklocking potential

If Intel increases the number of cores on these new desktop processors and the group takes the opportunity to activate hyperthreading on its Core i5-10600K and i7-10700K, these additions have important consequences in terms of consumption… especially on the Core i9-10900K whose frequencies are particularly high by default.

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Intel’s high-end chip, capable of supporting 4.9 GHz on all 10 cores and up to 5.3 GHz in boost, gobble not less than 254 W in activity… Which places it in the same sphere as certain HEDT chips, certainly more expensive, but equipped with more cores. As recalled AnandTech, we are also very far from the 270 W consumed by fire the AMD FX-9590 and its 8 cores. Proof that in just a few years, Intel and AMD have partially changed their respective situations … and their perspectives.

Intel really pushed its Skylake architecture to its limits

As a result, the overclocking potential takes a serious hit, which the American YouTuber regrets JayzTwoCents (video above). Intel really pushed its Skylake architecture to its limits, without leaving a significant margin of maneuver to the end user. Or at least for ordinary people, since a group of overclockers has recently managed to pass the 7.7 GHz milestone to a Core i9-10900K. A new record and a performance of course impossible to reproduce at home.

The Core i9-10900K has a new box … Are you kidding? U.S. too. // Source: Intel

Despite this increasing consumption, Intel has nevertheless managed to keep the temperatures of its new Core i9 at a reasonable level, as indicated Linus Tech Tips. To do this, the group’s engineers have cleverly reduced the thickness of the processor die while increasing that of its IHS (Integrated Heat Spreader, this metal shell welded above the chip). A smart and effective solution according to the videographer, even if a solid cooling system remains of course inevitable.

The Core i7-10700K? a make-up Core i9-9900K…

If we’ve talked a lot about the Core i9-10900K, this is because the Core i7-10700K is best illustrated as a dusted version of the previous generation Core i9-9900K. The processor has the same number of cores and threads (8c / 16t) for frequencies between 3.8 and 5.1 GHz. It’s a little more than the old Core i9.

According to AnandTech, who got their hands on the chip unlike many other sites, ” il offers performance and consumption similar to 9900K, except that Turbo Boost Max 3.0 gives it a little more frequency ” The main attraction of this Core i7-10700K relates to the question of its price, proportionally lower than that of the former flagship of Intel since kept well below the 400 dollar mark. Intel is still more expensive than AMD with the majority of its new processors. The group is clearly trying to keep a “Premium” orientation in front of its rival, even if this approach probably won’t deceive more people in 2020.

Core i5-10600K: THE best gaming processor on the market?

In terms of game performance, the Core i5-10600K succeeds in the first tests to impose itself against AMD competition and even against the Core i9-10900K in some cases. The chip also benefits from reasonable consumption and could be the preferred option for many players with a budget limited to less than 300 euros for a new CPU.

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A good horse that costs anyway more expensive than a Ryzen 5 3600 (6 cores / 12 threads too), which in turn supports the PCIe 4.0 standard. Intel for its part is limited to supporting PCIe 3.0 on its 10th generation of processors, which must also be used on a new socket: LGA 1200 and to the chagrin of HotHardware. A change which involves the purchase of a new motherboard and which could dissuade certain consumers from opting for this new generation, powerful, but imperfect. In fact, only the arrival of 10nm on desktop PC will allow Intel to take a complete and convincing lead on AMD, which arms its fourth generation Ryzen processors, expected this winter and based on Zen architecture 3.

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