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Intel may be working on a 10-core Comet Lake-S desktop CPU

Intel's Core i9-9900K is currently the top-tier consumer CPU, but it may be supplanted with a 10-core Comet Lake-S CPU. (Image: Amazon)
Intel's Core i9-9900K is currently the top-tier consumer CPU, but it may be supplanted with a 10-core Comet Lake-S CPU. (Image: Amazon)
According to a Taiwanese forum thread that claims to have information from an inside partner meeting, Intel may be developing a 10-core consumer-grade CPU in the Comet Lake-S family. The CPU would be built on the 14 nm process and may use a dual-ring bus design, implying that the CPU will split cores between two dies.

Intel may have just released an 8-core CPU targeted at consumers, but it looks like the company may have plans to keep increasing core count in its mainstream chips. A rumor from a Taiwanese forum mentioned that a 10-core CPU may be in the works under the upcoming Comet Lake-S family of processors.

The forum thread doesn’t divulge a lot of information, but according to the rumor, the CPU will be built on a 14 nm process, which jives with what we know about Comet Lake-S. Perhaps the most interesting detail offered is that the 10-core CPU will be built with a dual-ring bus interconnect. A dual-ring bus architecture tends to introduce some latency as the separate core rings have to flow through a buffered switch in order to communicate with each other. This is seen in Intel Xeon E5 v4 HCC (high-core count) processors.

The need for a dual-ring bus design is peculiar; a single ring design should be able to handle 10 cores without much trouble. However, a dual-die design would help with thermal dissipation, and a dual-ring bus would be necessary to connect the dies. Intel has been criticized for the poor thermal performance of the Core i9-9900K 8-core CPU. Overheating problems with the 9900K obviously limit overclocking potential and require beefy hardware cooling to prevent. A dual-die design may mitigate some of these issues.

Of course, this is all still a rumor. Despite claims that the information concerning a 10-core Comet Lake-S CPU came from a partner meeting, they are still unverified and should be taken with a large grain of salt. Still, considering that AMD is apparently already producing chips on a 7 nm process and can theoretically pack more cores into a similarly sized processor package (something AMD is known to do), Intel needs something big to stay competitive with Team Red.

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Sam Medley, 2018-11-26 (Update: 2018-11-26)
Sam Medley
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.