10th generation Intel Core i3 processors can be supercharged with hyper-threading to fight AMD

Intel recently cut prices in a certain budget, the CPU, and what it looks like to strike back against AMD's recent success in the desktop processor market, it would seem the plan is to seriously revitalize its new 10th generation lower-end core i3 chips.

At least that's the last word from the prolific TUM_APISAK leaks that SiSoftware has spotted as the benchmark for Intel's incoming Core i3-10100.

As you can see above, the processor runs at 3,6GHz, but more importantly, it's a quad-core, eight-thread model - at least if this leak is correct and the benchmark isn't that production.

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The 9th-generation Intel Core i3 is a quad-core model with four threads, so what we're (allegedly) meeting with next-gen is the introduction of multi-threading for the Core i3.

Incidentally, the i3-9100 core also runs at a base clock of 3,6GHz, but perhaps the i3-10100 core seen in the benchmark is an early engineering sample, and it probably clocked up a bit faster with chip production.

Multithreading for everyone...

Hyper-threading the i3 core seems like an obvious assumption that it will be present throughout the working of Intel's next generation Comet Lake processors (which are still at 14nm, of course, with another subtlety of the process).

Previous speculation has pointed to the quad-core eight-thread core i3 models with Comet Lake, the next-core i5 chips running with six cores and 12 threads, the i7 core with eight cores and 16 threads, and the Core i9 not topping out at 10 cores and 20 threads (and previously rumored to be the Beater's Ryzen 9 3900X with single-core turbo up to 5.2GHz).

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From the current 9th generation of chips, only the i9 core non-processors have Hyper-Threading technology (meaning the rest of the range has the same number of threads as cores).

Hyper-threading is what Intel calls simultaneous multithreading, i.e. real physical processor cores can be split into virtual ones - topics that can really help with heavy multitasking and some applications.

Comet Lake chips are expected in early 2020, though before that - actually later this month - we'll see the launch of the new non-9KS i9900 core in Intel's top-of-the-line processor line (the chip is capable of hitting 5GHz, all eight cores).

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