Intel’s 10th-gen Comet Lake desktop CPUs are hopefully set to reach quickly (though we’d nonetheless be ready till June) and it’s doable that the minnow of the next-gen vary might make the most important impression 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 i7-6700Okay – a much-respected and nonetheless wonderful processor for gaming.
i3-10100 CPU @ three.60GHz (4C 8T four.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 i7-6700Okay are quad-core and eight-thread chips, with the previous having a base clock of three.6GHz and enhance to four.3GHz, assuming this leak is appropriate after all.
That compares to a lift of four.2GHz for the 6700Okay, so that you’re really getting extra juice probably with the Comet Lake i3 providing, though the older Skylake chip has a better base clock (4GHz).
As one of many folks commenting on the tweet put it, they’re crying into their i7-7700Okay, even.
The true level right here is that Intel’s i7-6700Okay was launched at an asking value 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 will likely be excitingly low in comparison with that determine.
Certainly, it’s more likely to be round a 3rd of the fee, and possibly pitched on the $120 mark (provided that the Core i3-9100 has an official asking value of $122). Perhaps – simply perhaps – it might even sneak in barely decrease than that, given the strain Intel is now underneath from AMD’s extremely profitable Ryzen 3000 processors (with Ryzen 4000 choices now on the horizon besides).
Intel must do one thing, and alongside the flagship 10-core Comet Lake providing on the high-end, maybe its technique is form 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 occasions certainly, though there are some caveats, together with that upgraders will want to keep in mind 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 positive 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 in search of multi-core specs method in extra of 4 due to that. From a future-proofing perspective, quad-core clearly isn’t supreme both.
Keep in mind, although, this can be a funds gaming CPU, and for simply over 100 bucks, what do you anticipate? At that value stage, if these rumored specs are on the cash, Intel could possibly be pushing out a storming and inexpensive processor for many who need to construct an affordable gaming PC that does not suck.