Intel's flagship Core i7-10700K Comet Lake-S specs spotted, 5.3 GHz boost clock

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Feb 13, 2020 10:01 AM

What appears to be a rare sighting of Intel’s upcoming Core i7-10700K flagship processor. The 10th Generation Comet Lake-S CPU has been spotted in a benchmark database by the ever-enterprising TUM_APISAK, a Thai Twitter user who successfully manages to pull out scoop after scoop.

The leaked benchmark shows the Intel Core i7-10700K processor clocked at 3.8GHz, with a maximum turbo clock speed of 5,291 MHz, or 5.3GHz.

Intel’s flagship is set to pack 8 Cores, the same as the Intel Core i7-9700K 8-Core 3.6GHz, but this time multithreading is back. The 14nm chip sports the full 16 Threads which, when combined with seemingly faster clock speeds, equates to what could well be a monstrously fast gaming processor.

As it currently stands, it’s expected Intel Core i7-10700K will also have 16MB of share L3 cache and expected maximum TDP of 125W. What we’re really look at here is effectively an Intel Core i9-9900K 8-Core 4.0 GHz squeezed down into a Core i7. 

Pricing is going to be all-important here. The Core i7-10700K will be pitched as the standout Comet Lake-S chip in terms of gaming performance without well and truly breaking the bank. Intel will hopefully be targeting the $350-400 range, which could really get AMD sweating. The 8C16T Ryzen 7 3700X has an MSRP of $399, although can be had for as little as $339 right now. If Intel can at least get it down around near there it could be onto a big winner.

The Intel Core i9-10900K 10-Core 3.7GHz is also inbound, for those with even deeper pockets. Pricing is expected to be in the region of $500. This wedge of cash gets you a 10C/20T CPU which is up to 30% faster than the i9-9900K. The i9-10900K is packing a 4.8GHz all-core boost, 5.3 GHz single core boost, and a base frequency of 3.7 GHz.

Intel's 10th Gen desktop processors are expected to launch at some point in March 2020.

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19:10 Feb-15-2020

In the photo, how can the manufacturing process be 0nm?

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21:00 Feb-15-2020

That means that it's unknown, though if we go by their standards, even if they called it 0nm the transistor will still have a surface are of around 1500-2500nm

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05:16 Feb-16-2020

Ah ok

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09:40 Feb-15-2020

Think ill need a new CPU eventually but not getting sold on anything. Planning to get a 3080 Ti so just want to complement it with a decent CPU. Feel like 7700k and 3080 ti is a big gap.

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10:15 Feb-15-2020

I'd say Zen3 should be a good upgrade considering that you'll most-likely get the 8 core/16 threads or higher.

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20:53 Feb-13-2020

While it is very impressive with just what they can do with 14nm, it's dumb to buy this CPU to not expect CPU vulnerabilities and alot of heat. You gotta know these things.

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21:53 Feb-13-2020

vulnerabilities are irrelevant for regular people. But heat is a big deal.

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09:51 Feb-14-2020

Patches and firmware updates are forced onto you. Or they're already in the OS.


Heat is a big deal because no one wants a CPU that goes over 200W under load.

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10:36 Feb-14-2020

Tbh I wouldn't mind a 200w CPU if it can be cooled well.

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21:05 Feb-14-2020

To bad it can't.

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22:03 Feb-14-2020

Yup. Though technically it's not good for CPUs to be over 125W for easy and optimal cooling, but still, I personally don't mind as long as they can be cooled.

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12:07 Feb-13-2020

I wonder if you could attain 60fps in Athens in AC:Odyssey with Ultra settings with the as the game is seriously CPU bound in city areas. I don't know if it would be possible to do it with my CPU as I've never risked overclocking.

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12:42 Feb-13-2020

my cpu 8700k oc to 4.7ghz all cores managed 60fps perfectly fine in that area and maxed out graphics at 1080p so i dont see why this one wouldnt

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13:37 Feb-13-2020

my 2700 can maintain 60fps but with fairly frequent cpu usage spikes of up to 80%. The game just needs lots of cores/threads, not neccesarily high frequency.

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18:32 Feb-13-2020

Exactly, higher frecuencies are for 120-144hz monitors, for 60 fps the r7 2700 is more than enough.

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18:25 Feb-13-2020

why buy an overclockable CPU if you think overclocking is risky and don't intend to do it?

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10:17 Feb-14-2020

The base & boost clocks were higher than the non-k version. Also I can't afford to buy a replacement if I damage it at the moment, I'll be more willing to try overclocking once I have more cash.

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13:38 Feb-14-2020

fair enough, but you can overclock it without even raising the voltage if your overclock is moderate
but you're definitely right not to risk it especially when you can't afford any downtime.
here is an interesting video about chip degradation and it's causes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMHUz16MuYA

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12:03 Feb-13-2020

5.3ghz for a few seconds maybe and needs a 360mm aio to keep it under 90c while under load. Feel sorry for the mobo partners that need to spends big bucks so the vrm doesnt catch fire.

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11:32 Feb-13-2020

and a guy says on the amd thread that they overclocked the CPU all cores at 5.5 mhz rofl. I saw a youtube video where they overclock i7-7700k cpu to 7 mhz with nitrogen... Let's see whose the best.

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11:10 Feb-13-2020

Think I'm good until June 2021 when I might upgrade to 11700 or whatever it will be.

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10:24 Feb-13-2020

Intel's real comeback will be in 2022-23 mark my words as it takes 5-6 years to develop a new architecture.
This is just an upgrade. And I'm wondering how hard it will melt motherboards. XD

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11:57 Feb-13-2020

But their resistance to even lower prices for anything except fot their HEDT(and even then wasnt really competitive) . The i5 and i3 are almost not worth looking at knowing r3/r5 and ryzen apu's exist.

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12:03 Feb-13-2020

That's because they were facing a shortage from 2017 till 2020 and they will have a shortage in 2020 because a new exploit was found.


And Intel's CPUS are more expensive than AMDs because they are a single die and it's a bigger die and Intel's r&d is more expensive

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12:05 Feb-13-2020

You really dont need to be intels PR for free. 2cpus intel has that are worth buying are 9900k and 9700k

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16:28 Feb-13-2020

PR? Me? Bahahaha.
I'm giving you reasons why their CPUs cost more. That's like asking a ferrari to cost as much as toyota corolla, it just ain't happening...

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20:51 Feb-13-2020

Golden Cove CPU cores from Intel.

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10:20 Feb-13-2020

well.. did i really fcked up getting 9700k..
same price, multithreading + 5,3ghz turbo boost.. on the other hand i got 9700k some 4-5 months ago

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10:22 Feb-13-2020

New hardware comes out every year if you wait for everything new you'd be waiting forever.
Your cpu is great and I'd say you won't have to upgrade until 2023-2024

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10:29 Feb-13-2020

yes yes i am fine with what i have but just that feel knowing that you could have got something better for same price

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10:35 Feb-13-2020

Try not to dwell on it, you've got a CPU that can smash games for years to come

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19:58 Feb-15-2020

In a rapidly growing industry, such as this one, that's always the case. The best advice to give people who're bothered by these things, as I was, is just not to dwell on it, as Jon said. There will always be something better and faster next year. So unless you don't need an upgrade that bad, or new stuff is slated for release in a month or two, just buy what you need now, and if you're satisfied with it, that's the only thing that matters.

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11:41 Feb-13-2020

better wait for new GPU and upg it. Thats my suggestion. Add some more ram even and u are gucci.

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16:13 Feb-13-2020

Thats a beast of a CPU you got there mate

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