Rumour | Evidence of at least six Comet Lake-H processors appear online with Intel throwing its naming scheme out the window
Earlier this week, Wccftech exclusively announced that Intel would be releasing the Comet Lake-H (CML-H) series in mid-March. upon which it has now expanded by confirming that at least three SKUs will debut at the start of Q2. Specifically, the website has revealed that Intel will debut the Core i5-10300H, Core i7-10750H and Core i7-10875H on March 31.
If Laptopmedia's early look at the Core i5-10300H is any indication of where the rest of the series is at, then CML-H will likely offer about 10% better multicore performance than their Coffee Lake Refresh (CFL-HR) predecessors. CFL-HR was, as its name suggests, a refresh of the Coffee Lake architecture that Intel announced in 2018.
Other leaked benchmarks have detailed that the Core i9-10880H and Core i9-10980HK are also on their way, which will succeed the Core i9-9880H and Core i9-9980HK respectively. The Core i9-10880H and Core i9-10980HK are both expected to be eight-core processors, for reference.
So far, so regular for an Intel H-series refresh, then. However, Wccftech has also confirmed that the Core i7-10875H will be a new eight-core SKU, too. This processor will also support Hyper-Threading, as its Core i9 counterparts do. While we have had no confirmation of clock speeds or cache sizes, we expect that Intel will at least clock the Core i7-10875H lower than the Core i9-10880H.
There would appear to be little separating these two chips though, going by Intel's naming scheme anyway. On the other hand, Intel has designated one a Core i7 and the other a Core i9, so there must be a noticeable difference between the two.
Confusing things further is the Core i5-10500H, spotted by leakers like the @TUM_APISAK. According to a 3DMark listing that is currently doing the rounds, the Core i5-10500H is a six-core processor that can execute up to eight threads simultaneously. This could well prove an erroneous listing, but its appearance has caused consternation among people who follow the leaker.
Presumably, Intel will flesh out CML-H with successors to the likes of the Core i5-9400H and Core i7-9850H, although we are yet to see evidence of these. Essentially, the only new SKUs here are the Core i5-10500H and Core i7-10875H. By contrast, the Core i5-10300H, Core i7-10750H, Core i9-10880H and Core i9-10980HK will probably offer minor performance bumps over their predecessors.
Overall, CML-H feels like a minor refinement of CFL-HR, which was a minor refinement of CFL-H in itself for the most part.