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posted by martyb on Thursday March 14 2019, @04:06PM   Printer-friendly
from the competition++ dept.

Refresh Done Right? Intel Comet Lake Packs Up to 10 Cores

[coreboot], an open source project to replace the BIOS and UEFI, has some vital information on Comet Lakes. According to the Github page, Comet Lake-U (CML-U) processors, which are primarily aimed at laptops, carry up to six cores, while the Comet Lake-H (CFL-H) and Comet Lake-S (CMT-S) chips feature up to 10 cores.

Rumors on the street are that AMD's forthcoming Ryzen 3000-series desktop processors could purportedly pack a whopping 16 cores on a single chip. During AMD's presentation at the CES 2019 tech show in January, an eight-core, 16-thread Ryzen 3000-series chip was trading blows with Intel's Core i9-9900K, which could have pressured the Santa Clara chipmaker to cranking Comet Lake's core count to 10 cores for safe measure.

Intel is expected to launch its Comet Lake processors around the middle of the year. It's possible Intel could announce the chips at Computex 2019, which starts May 28.

Also at PCGamesN.

Related: AMD Announces Radeon VII GPU, Teases Third-Generation Ryzen CPU

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  • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Friday March 15 2019, @01:02AM (1 child)

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Friday March 15 2019, @01:02AM (#814572) Journal

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Friday March 15 2019, @03:17AM

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {}> on Friday March 15 2019, @03:17AM (#814629) Journal

    I'm eager to see 8-16 cores become mainstream, but there will be cases when the core count is overkill or most cores are idling most of the time.

    What was great about Ryzen (the original) is that it delivered up to 8 real cores (not 4x 2 "core" modules, which led to a lawsuit), along with a huge ~52% IPC gain to bridge the gap with Intel. This even beat their marketing, which had only been promising about a 40% improvement. It looks like Ryzen 3000-series (Zen 2) will boost IPC and clock speeds by just enough to almost match or slightly exceed Intel's latest 14nm++++++ yawner.

    So Intel fanbois (disgusting) were correct to shit on AMD's Bulldozer modules. And in response, AMD did what had become unexpected and became competitive with Intel in multiple dimensions (it's unclear to me whether Bulldozer and successors were ever broadly competitive with Intel on $/performance, when ignoring things like integrated graphics).

    Single-threaded performance is still important. It's a reason why I'm interested in Intel's big.LITTLE-inspired x86 core configuration that was revealed in December.

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