Intel is reportedly working on a 10-core chip for its Comet Lake-S family of processors scheduled to be released in 2019.
The 10th-gen Intel Core processors will still based on the 14nm process node according to posts on a Taiwanese forum that referenced the Comet Lake-S family.
Currently, the US chipmaker builds an 8-core i9 CPU, but the report says Intel may be ready to move to a dual ring bus to assist with cooling. Considering the current high-end Core i9-9900K CPU has been criticised for its thermal performance, it wouldn’t be such a surprise for Intel to go down this route.
Related: Intel Core i9 -9900K review
Unfortunately, there’s little else to go on here, but WCCFTech (via Inquirer) suggests that the chip could cost PC-makers around $500 when it eventually goes on sale. That’s only if Intel’s 14nm supply chain is back under control by then. If not the 10-core chip could be as much as $600.
The rumour is interesting given Intel was thought to be moving to 10nm chips in 2019, with its Cannon Lake chips.
In our 4/5 review of the Intel Core 9900K review, announced back in October, Ryan Jones praised the ultra-speedy video rendering and editing and the best clock speeds of all consumer CPUs.
However, he said it offered underwhelming performance for video games compared with the competition and require a powerful cooler in order top prevent overheating. Ryan also lamented the lack of room for overclocking.
He wrote: “The Intel Core i9-9900K is an absolute powerhouse for video rendering and Photoshop at this price. If you’re a power-crazy media professional this is the processor to plump for. But for gamers? You can find much better value alternatives.”
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