Intel’s highly anticipated Comet Lake 10th generation of Core i9 CPUs have been hotly anticipated for many months. While Intel has not briefed the media nor released any public information on Comet Lake, it’s anticipated that the leaked slides are real. Comet Lake will come with a top model with 10-cores and 20-threads, with a new feature called Velocity Boost that should offer boosts up to 5.3GHz.
While the CPU is anticipated to be based on the 14-nm microarchitecture instead of the anticipated 10-nm, Intel’s almost final iteration of the 14-nm microarchitecture is the only way Intel will be able to currently reach stock speeds that high with so many cores. The new CPU will feature a 125W TDP, but we predict it will use more than 200W.
We say this having seen NDA datasheets from an un-named source (not Intel). These datasheets were not of the CPU but rather still-under-NDA Power Supply Design Guides. Intel periodically publishes Power Supply Design Guides for PSU vendors, so they know how to spec their next-generation PSUs for consumers to properly support the Intel platform. In the details, they list the recommend 12v current capability for the 8-pin ESP power connector. Although Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake all feature a 95W TDP, between Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake, current was increased to the voltage regulator power connectors significantly, indicating a much higher power draw. That specification has once again been increased significantly, but at least Intel has increased the public TDP numbers.
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