Intel Comet Lake-S CPU specs, prices leak ahead of reveal

Intel is set to formally announce its 10th-gen Comet Lake-S desktop CPUs tomorrow, April 30th. But a bunch of information about the CPU lineup has leaked ahead, including images of Intel’s presentation deck (via HD Technologia) and, yes, prices.

Intel is calling its Core i9-10900K the world’s fastest gaming processor according to the presentation slides, which come via HDTechnologia. Intel says that the 10-core, 20-thread CPU can clock up to 5.3 GHz with Intel Thermal Velocity Boost. The company also notes that many applications and 60% of modern games are still optimized to run on a single CPU core.

The generation offers features like HyperThreading enabled on all processors from Core i9 down to Core i3 with the ability to toggle HyperThreading on a per-core basis and support for DDR4-2933 RAM. The CPUs themselves will feature a thinner die but a thicker integrated heat spreader, both of which should make for better thermal performance.

Here are some of the prices Intel advertises on the slides:

  • Core i9-10900K (up to 5.3 GHz, 10 cores/20 threads) – $488
  • Core i7-10700K (up to 4.7 GHz, 8 cores/16 threads) – $324
  • Core i5-10600K (up to 4.5 GHz, 6 cores/12 threads) – $262
  • Core i3-10320 (up to 4.4 GHz, 4 cores/8 threads) – $154

It’s worth noting that these prices could be the price-per-unit for bulk purchase rather than retail pricing, but based on this information they seem more competitive with AMD’s pricing than in the past.

New box, fewer sides

Less important but also noteworthy is the absence of the iconic dodecahedron packaging for the Core i9 chip. Much simpler packaging sits in its place, but I’d bet we’re not going to see as many 10900K boxes on shelves behind tech YouTubers as we did those splashy polygonal acrylic packages.

There are 22 chips listed across the images above, and we’re not sure which will launch first, but there’s a lot to look forward to in there when Intel officially launches its new generation tomorrow.

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rgdr
rgdr
3 months ago

where is the review?

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward
4 months ago

I might have considered leaving out the GPU entirely on all the 10-core parts, save a bit of die space.

Krogoth
Krogoth
4 months ago

OEM prefer ubiquitous iGPU support on normal desktop and laptop SKUs. It is one strategic advantage that Intel has over AMD, but AMD has been making strides to address it.

Star Brood
Star Brood
4 months ago

I see no reason for why these prices can’t be real. The price/performance across the board on CPUs has gone way way up since AMD became competitive again.

Sweatshopking
Sweatshopking
4 months ago

Skylake version 10000

chuckula
chuckula
4 months ago
Reply to  Sweatshopking

It’s over 9000!

Krogoth
Krogoth
4 months ago
Reply to  chuckula

AMD: Over 9000? There’s no way that can be right!

JustAnEngineer
JustAnEngineer
4 months ago
Reply to  Krogoth

Intel Tick-Tock Roadmap
Cycle Process Introduction Micro­archi­tecture
Tick 65 nm 2005 Pentium D
Tock 65 nm 2006 Core
Tick 45 nm 2007 Penryn
Tock 45 nm 2008 Nehalem
Tick 32 nm 2009 Westmere
Tock 32 nm 2010 Sandy Bridge
Tick 22 nm 2011 Ivy Bridge
Tock 22 nm 2013 Haswell
Tick 14 nm 2014 Broadwell
Tock 14 nm 2015 Skylake
O… 14 nm 2016 Kaby Lake (Skylake+)
O… 14 nm 2017 Coffee Lake (Skylake++)
O… 14 nm 2018 Coffee Lake Refresh (Skylake+++)
O… 14 nm 2020 Comet Lake (Skylake++++)
Tock 14 nm 2020? Rocket Lake

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward
4 months ago
Reply to  JustAnEngineer

Rocket Lake will be very interesting to see.

Krogoth
Krogoth
4 months ago

I wonder if there will be shortages again at launch that persist for a fiscal quarter…..

chuckula
chuckula
4 months ago

Riddle me this Batman, how can I charge $488 for a chip that doesn’t exist?

Answer: BECAUSE I’M INTEL.

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