The long battle of Intel vs AMD continues as in a direct answer to AMD’s widely acclaimed Ryzen Gen 3 chipsets, Intel has launched their 10th generation Comet Lake CPUs. Their chipsets will be supported by a series of motherboards launched by their partners and run on Z490 platform.
The company has some strong answers to their competitor and the most powerful of the lot is the i9-10900K processor that costs $488. It runs on the new LGA 1200 socket and is a 10-core processor which can easily be clocked up to 5.30GHz as its maximum clock speed. This might be answer from Intel to it’s followers who are on the brink of making the Intel to AMD switch in recent times.
Intel has further confirmed that the new processor will not support the LGA1151 CPUs which helps solve all the BIOS and other software issues caused due to pairing up older generation motherboards with new processors. A similar issue persisted in AM4 AMD processors where they allowed older processors to be used with newer boards. After multiple BIOS releases, these products worked as intended with proper support for the new chipsets.
The compatibility factor has always been the forte of Intel and for the select few who use Intel for linux, can gain a big advantage in terms of raw single core performance above the 5GHz mark in specific linux distros which gives advantage to team blue in the Intel vs AMD battle. Even though these are decent accomplishments, Intel hasn’t even properly included PCI-E 4.0 supports in their release of Comet Lake Processors. This can be a big drawback for users who expect to use the next gent NVME SSD’s with their shiny new processors.
Despite being different chips in comparison to the previous generation, packaging of the processor isn’t changing from Intel. By the usage of thinner die, Intel has assured it’s users that there will definitely be noticable improvements in terms of temperature output. But we also have to consider that fact that TDP rating on their top end processor, the i9-10900K has increased all the way to 125 which can definitely be considered as a minimum. Our best confirmation would be to await it’s release and perform direct comparisons and benchmarks.
Below you can find the current Intel to AMD Comparison Chart related to the latest AMD Ryzen 4000 Series of mobile processors and it’s quite obvious that AMD is definitely making leaps to catch up with the leader, given time.
The competition is heating up but from a buyer’s perspective, they should be willing to upgrade their entire motherboard to Z490 in order to accommodate the new 10th Gen Intel CPUs. The entire line-up has been revealed and the speeds vary from 4.20GHz and can go all the way up to 5.30GHz in boost clock speeds. Based on the recent Intel vs AMD market share, team blue still has a huge advantage, globally. But unless makes extreme efforts, especially with their Rocket Lake CPU’s which are expected to arrive later this year, their lead might definitely deteriorate rapidly, hands down.