Benchmarking Intel Comet Lake-S CPUs with up to 10 cores

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With Comet Lake-S CPUs, Intel brings 10-core chips to the mainstream for the first time. However, those who would like to upgrade will have to get a new motherboard, because the LGA 1151 socket has been replaced with LGA 1200. There are four new chipsets, with the Z490 being the top offering. 

Both the Intel Core i9-10900K and the Intel Core i5-10600K did very well in our review. The Core i9-10900K is Intel’s flagship chip on the new socket. It offers a very high level of performance in video games. Thanks to 10 physical cores, the processor performs very well in multi-threaded applications, which gives it an edge over the Intel Core i9-9900KS. However, Intel’s chip fails to outperform its AMD counterparts in many thread-heavy workloads.

The Intel Core i9-10900K is the fastest gaming CPU. However, this is a pyrrhic victory for Intel, because its 10-core CPU draws 250 watts during its 56-second Turbo Boost.

All in all, Intel brought 32 new processors to the market. We were also able to take a look at the Core i5-10600K, which is Intel’s mid-range offering. It has 6 cores and supports Hyper-threading, which was previously reserved only to high-end models. When compared to the Intel Core i5-9600K, the Core i5-10600K offers a greater level of performance. The mid-range Comet Lake-S chip did very well in our gaming benchmarks as well.

There is a major drawback, though, which has to do with the fact that new CPUs consume a lot of power. Moreover, Intel still uses the 14-nm node to make these chips, which is starting to show its age. We shall see whether Rocket Lake-S chips will be built using the same process or not.

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