Comet Lake-S European pricing list leaked up to the i5-10600, reveals entry-level Celeron base clocks
A few European retailers including Bohemia Computers from the Czech Republic and ITSK-HS from Slovakia are already displaying prices for more than half of the upcoming Comet Lake-S desktop CPU lineup form Intel, and it looks like these are not just placeholder database entries. Unfortunately, we do not get prices for the i7-10700 and i9-10900 models, but the retailers list prices for some Celeron models that we haven’t seen leaked before, and there is also a price point for the i5-10400F model from the F-series leaked the other day.
As we are talking about European retailers, all the prices are listed in Euro and include VAT. Prices for the U.S. market will most likely be close to the non-taxed E.U. prices, maybe a bit lower at best. In any case, the good folks over at Tom’s Hardware compiled a handy table that even includes base clocks for the never-before-seen Celeron models, and from what we can tell, the situation is not looking good for Intel if these prices are indeed accurate.
Intel’s Celeron lineup does not have an immediate AMD counterpart, so there is not much competition in that price range. However, when we get to the Core models, things start to get a bit hectic. The Core i3 models that cover the US$130-170 sector will get hyperthreading for their 4 cores, which is nice, yet they will clearly see serious competition from AMD’s Ryzen 5 3600 chips that come with two extra cores. The i5-10400F, on the other hand, would cost ~US$160 (no iGPU) and comes with 6 cores, so it will be interesting to see if it can beat the Ryzen 5 3600. We do not have prices for the unlocked versions of the i5-10600, still, we can assume that these may cost upwards of US$230, which is the estimated price for the locked version. AMD might have the edge here, as its Ryzen 5 3600X costs only US$214.
Intel’s Comet Lake-S family will start hitting the market around late March / early April, and they will also require a new socket called LGA1200, but they are still produced on the 14 nm node, so performance gains over the gen 9 models will not be noteworthy. Knowing that AMD’s Ryzen 4 desktop CPUs should also launch in the second half of this year, maybe upgrading to the new Comet Lake-S CPUs is not such a great idea.