There’s a lot of excitement flourishing through the CPU market right now. With its latest Ryzen 3000-series launch, AMD has built up a super-strong defense against the competition. As we found in our in-depth look at the 8-core 3700X and 12-core 3900X, the company is packing a lot of value into the new chips, with the 3900X in particular putting out a great numbers against Intel’s 9900K, which carries the same price tag.
Intel’s had some well-documented missteps with its 10nm development, which shows us now how critical it is that the company had worked its way to become a performance leader for so long. The company has a bit of lenience to prepare some fresh competition and try to steer those gazing eyeballs away from AMD.
According to a new listing (via PCGamesN) in a Eurasian Economic Commission database, an Intel response might be coming in quicker than we expected. This listing shows “Comet Lake 10+2” which would represent another 14nm release, using GT2 graphics, and ten cores on offer. If a 10-core came out clocked similarly to the 9900K, that would be some neat competition.
It was originally anticipated that a 10-core chip might come next year, but things sometimes have a funny way of accelerating schedules. The timing would mean that this would be a 10th-gen Core chip, which seems really appropriate given the target number of cores. That said, how great would it have been to see that and also 10nm? We can’t always have it all, unfortunately.
The listing popping up on the EEC is more than just a rumor; it’s a legal entry. It means that something is definitely en route, or is at least currently planned to be in the near-future. If this all plays out as it appears, where we could get a 10-core “mainstream” Intel chip this fall, it’d put the 9900KS announced at Computex in a strange spot, although with that CPU promising 5GHz all-core Turbo, it could be safe. We’d presume that if it’s taking this long for Intel to release that chip, then we’re not likely to see 5GHz all-core for an upcoming 10-core.
Whatever happens, we’re glad the CPU market is on fire right now. We’re in the process of testing the Ryzen 5 3600X and 3400G, and plan on bolstering our CPU testing suite in the very near-future with even more benchmarks. We just need to “Resolve” the issue of a lack of time and get to creating some new tests!