Intel’s 10th-gen Comet Lake desktop CPUs are hopefully set to reach quickly (although we might still be waiting until June) and it’s potential that the minnow of the next-gen vary might make the most important influence in some methods – as an extremely tempting funds gaming processor.
The Core i3-10100 would possibly sit on the backside of Comet Lake’s CPU hierarchy, however going by a leak from the SiSoft Sandra database (highlighted by the eagle-eyed Tum_Apisak as soon as once more), this chip is definitely specced equally to the Core i7-6700Ok – a much-respected and nonetheless wonderful processor for gaming.
i3-10100 CPU @ 3.60GHz (4C 8T 4.3GHz, 4GHz IMC, 4x 256kB L2, 6MB L3)https://t.co/UnsV8a54rK pic.twitter.com/ZJAUKrHvXmMarch 13, 2020
As PC GamesN, which noticed this tweet, factors out, the respective specs are very comparable – each the i3-10100 and i7-6700Ok are quad-core and eight-thread chips, with the previous having a base clock of three.6GHz and increase to 4.3GHz, assuming this leak is appropriate after all.
That compares to a lift of 4.2GHz for the 6700Ok, so that you’re really getting extra juice doubtlessly with the Comet Lake i3 providing, though the older Skylake chip has the next base clock (4GHz).
As one of many individuals commenting on the tweet put it, they’re crying into their i7-7700Ok, even.
The actual level right here is that Intel’s i7-6700K was released at an asking price of $350 (again in 2015), and whereas we clearly don’t know what value the Core i3-10100 will carry, the prospect is that it is going to be excitingly low in comparison with that determine.
Certainly, it’s prone to be round a 3rd of the fee, and possibly pitched on the $120 mark (on condition that the Core i3-9100 has an official asking value of $122). Possibly – simply perhaps – it might even sneak in barely decrease than that, given the strain Intel is now below from AMD’s incredibly successful Ryzen 3000 processors (with Ryzen 4000 choices now on the horizon in addition).
Price range assault
Intel must do one thing, and alongside the flagship 10-core Comet Lake providing on the high-end, maybe its technique is type of a pincer motion with the Core i3-10100 offering a compelling assault on the different finish – the funds sector of the desktop CPU market.
Thrilling processor instances certainly, though there are some caveats, together with that upgraders will want to remember that they’ll require a brand new motherboard (with an LGA 1200 socket) for compatibility with the Comet Lake processors.
Additionally, whereas quad-core processors stay a high-quality proposition for a lot of video games, there are titles on the market which demand greater than 4 cores ideally, and a great deal of avid gamers are searching for multi-core specs means in extra of 4 due to that. From a future-proofing perspective, quad-core clearly isn’t ultimate both.
Bear in mind, although, this can be a funds gaming CPU, and for simply over 100 bucks, what do you anticipate? At that value degree, if these rumored specs are on the cash, Intel could possibly be pushing out a storming and inexpensive processor for individuals who need to build a cheap gaming PC that doesn’t suck.