Intel Processors are always developing. Newer times, Newer technologies, Faster frequencies, More cores, Better heat transference and more improvements on top of many more improvements. So that brings us to 10th Gen Intel CPUs.
What improvements were brought upon us this time? What more could Intel provide us with? Well… the Comet Lake – S CPUs (or 10th Gen CPUs) from Intel brings about quite a few improvements that might impress you. So, let’s get to them.
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With some gamers… wait,
scratch that, most gamers out there pushing their gaming rigs to the limit. It is obvious that the CPU would need to work extra hard right?
In my opinion, Gamers give their PCs quite a sweat with all the new games and better graphics that are constantly pushed out. It is obvious that your CPU would be heating up dramatically when trying to keep up with the load we all push onto it. Hard work brings the heat, I guess?
Anyway, Intel has brought upon changes to their IHS (Internal Heat Spreader) with their line of 10th gen of CPUs. The IHS which is now bigger, provides more oomph when it comes to spreading the heat out. In other terms, it moves the heat further away from the more delicate bits of the CPU.
The bigger IHS does make the CPU stress a little bit less because it makes things just a tiny bit cooler which in turn brings about better performance.
Cores, Cores, Cores in 10th Gen CPUs
Firstly, I’d like to talk about the core of well, the core. Plenty of core improvements are made… okay I’ll stop with the core jokes. *Ahem*
The cores have the ability to handle the instructions given to them within your PC. They are responsible for the “big brain” work of a computer. The “big brain” phrase is quite accurate since the CPU itself is seen as the brains behind a computer.
If you’re involving more cores into the mix it means that the CPU as a whole would be able to handle given instructions with more efficiency and speed. More cores mean better speeds, right? Not necessarily. When it comes to this, you’re kind of left with a ‘yes/no’ answer.
In order for you to see a difference, the software that is used needs to be designed to run with the number of cores you have.
For this one, it’s the developers choice. Therefore, it is a little pointless to have an eight core CPU for an application that only requires four. Anyhow, more cores do provide a boost to your system and could greatly increase performance in heavy/intense applications such as gaming or video editing apps.
With 10th Gen CPUs such as the i3, i5 and i7 having the same core counts as the previous generation you’d think they are more or less the same if you are not very tech savvy, but there are actual improvements such as hyper threading.
F.Y.I, the core count of the i9 has increased to 10 cores too, Hyper Threading also included.
Hyper Threading and The Feature to Disable Them
Hyper Threading means that one core is seen as two and the second core will be virtual. Although it is not an actual core, it will increase performance when it comes to processing instructions. The 10th Gen line would have 10 hyper-threaded cores in the i9, which previously had 8, while the rest of the CPUs (i3, i5, i7) will have the same number of cores as their previous generation, but has all cores hyper-threaded as a bonus.
An added benefit that the 10th Gen CPUs would bring is the ability to turn off hyperthreading as well. You might be thinking, ‘Why turn off hyper-threading if it makes my system faster?’ Well… the reason for that is that it generates more heat when it performs or “works” harder.
This means that with the feature of turning hyper-threading off it essentially keeps your CPU cooler. Causing the CPU to then operate as normal without hyper-threading. Therefore, the cores seen as two becomes one again, generating less heat and allows your CPU to “work” for a longer period of time.
New Sockets… and New Motherboards with New Features All for 10th Gen Intel CPUs
With newer CPUs being released there will also be newer motherboards and sockets to accompany those newer generations of CPU. ‘Comet Lake-S’ uses the new LGA1200 socket. The newer motherboards will be using the Intel-400 Chipsets such as the Z490, B460, H470 and H410 too. Which supports DDR4-2933MHz memory.
Other features would be a 2.5-gigabit I225 Ethernet controller and integrated Wi-Fi 6 Gig+. A few of the Motherboards also supports PCIe Overclocking, but will not support PCIe 4.0, unfortunately. Overclocking allows you to squeeze out a bit more juice if you want, but is mostly used by gaming enthusiasts.
More than Just 5.0GHz
The saying, “The higher the clock speed/gigahertz, the faster the CPU” is in Limbo at this stage since so many factors wage in when it comes to performance. If you are still in belief that a higher clock speed equals a faster CPU, you would be happy to know that Intel has found a way to reach up to 5.0Ghz and more.
Their new tech called ‘Thermal Velocity Boost’ (TVB) allows the clock speed of a single core to be pushed to 5.3 GHz, if the CPUs temperature remains below 70°C. One thing worth the mention is the i9 of this Gen and that it will have a feature called ‘Turbo Boost 3.0 Max‘ which pushes the two fastest cores even further for certain operations.
These are just a few features that will be brought to you, as Intel CPUs are always packed with so much more. Well, I certainly won’t say no to better features. How about you?