As you all know, Intel recently launched its 9th generation Core series desktop CPUs some months ago, which includes its new 8-cores, 16-threads Core i9-9900K CPU for the high-end consumer segment. However, rumours now suggest that the the chipmaker is planning on loading its next-generation “Comet Lake-S” CPU with as many as 10-cores.
The rumour stems from a post on a Taiwanese forum. The post is in Chinese, but it goes on to say that while the 10th-generation CPU will feature 10-cores, it will still be built on the 14nm die lithography.
The decision isn’t a surprising one, given Intel’s current struggle with harnessing the 10nm process. Having said that, Intel did comment on the subject. Stating that it was making good progress, and that “yields are improving” and are consistent with its timeline.
Beyond that, there isn’t a whole of information about the 10-cores CPU at this point, but smaller rumours on the side suggest that the CPU will still be based on the LGA 115X consumer desktop chipset. Along with a new dual ring bus interconnect for better thermal management.
One thing that is certain though; if Intel intends to debut this rumoured 10-cores CPU next year, it’s going to be facing some really stiff competition from AMD’s upcoming Zen 2 CPUs, which will be based upon a 7nm die lithography.