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Intel 'Comet Lake' Core i3-10100 sports a 4-core 8-thread configuration, pegged to replace the Core i7-7700K at much lower prices

The Core i3-10100 could effectively replace the Core i7-7700K. (Source: Gadgets360)
The Core i3-10100 could effectively replace the Core i7-7700K. (Source: Gadgets360)
The Intel Comet Lake Core i3-10100 has surfaced on the Sisoftware database confirming that it is indeed a 4C/8T part as speculated. Not much information is there about the processor itself apart from the fact that it has a base speed of 3.6 GHz and a 6 MB L3 cache. Intel Comet Lake CPUs are part of the 10th generation and will continue to be fabbed on the 14nm process.

We have previously reported about the upcoming Intel Comet Lake processor family detailing the specs and expected pricing. Now, TUM_APISAK has managed to find an entry for the Core i3-10100 processor in the SiSoftware database, and as expected, the processor sports 4 cores and 8 threads unlike the current 4 cores/4 threads parts we see today. 

The benchmark entry reveals that the Core i3-10100 will have a base clock of 3.6 GHz and a 6 MB L3 cache. The boost clock is not indicated, but it is safe to assume values around the 4.2 GHz mark considering the boost achieved by the current Core i3-9100

Architecture-wise, although Comet Lake belongs to the 10th generation, it is still based on the 14nm process, which has now aged like fine wine. The key feature of this generation is that all SKUs from Core i3 to Core i9 will feature Hyperthreading making them interesting propositions for multi-threading workflows. In essence, the Core i3-10100 could be an effective replacement for the last Core i7 flaghsip processor — the Core i7-7700K, at a price that is much more reasonable (~US$129).

From what we so know so far, Comet Lake will require a new socket and presumably, a new chipset with support for DDR4-3200 RAM to go with it. With SKUs up to the Core i9-10900KF that feature 10 cores and 20 threads, it looks like Intel is targeting the AMD Ryzen 3000 desktop processors.

The new Comet Lake lineup is expected to launch in Q1 2020. 

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Intel Comet Lake Core i3-10100 SiSoftware entry. (Source: TUM_APISAK on Twitter)
Intel Comet Lake Core i3-10100 SiSoftware entry. (Source: TUM_APISAK on Twitter)
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-10-13 (Update: 2019-10-13)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.