According to what is stated by the Japanese site HKEPC, the new Intel platform Z490 and the 10th generation Core processors “Comet Lake“Will debut on the market in April 2020. According to the indiscretion, it would therefore take about 3 months from the announcement of the new offer – which should arrive at the CES in Las Vegas in January – and the actual arrival on the “shelves”.
As far as we know so far (and it is now quite solid information), Comet Lake is nothing more than another project a 14 nanometers which will lead the Core CPUs to have a maximum of 10 cores and 20 threads (2 cores more than the ninth generation).
The upcoming 10th generation Core solutions will require one new platform based on the 400 series chipsets (Z490 won’t be alone) with socket LGA 1200, while retaining DDR4-2666 memory support with 32 GB capacity per channel. It should also be possible to install heatsinks compatible with current platforms.
For more information, also on the unconfirmed technical specifications of the various models, you can refer to this comprehensive article on the Comet Lake project. The important aspect to know is that in addition to the new top of the range, Intel is ready to offer Hyper-Threading on the entire new range.
As a result, future Core i3s will offer 4 cores and 8 threads, Core i5 will switch to 6 cores and 12 threads, and Core i7 models will have 8 cores and 16 threads. There will also be new Pentiums and Celerons to complete the offer. Core i9, as mentioned, will go up to 10 cores and 20 threads.
This change should guarantee greater competitiveness of the offer compared to the Ryzen 3000 CPUs. However, remember that during 2020 – rumored at the end of the year, therefore between the third and fourth quarters – will present the Ryzen 4000, the last compatible family with socket AM4.