Intel seem to be finally stepping up their game following AMD's lineup that grabbed all the attention in second half of 2019. The 10th gen i3 and i5 processors will finally get hyperthreading while team Blue is also trying to catch up in core count.
AMD's Ryzen 5 3600 is just one of the good offerings team Red provided as they completely outshined Intel in 2019. These are all that tech circles were buzzing about and it was high time for Intel to catch up after dominating the market for the better part of the decade, which eventually resulted in complacency.
Anyway, the 10th gen CPU lineup has been leaked through two presentation slides. They included info on the upcoming i3, i5, i7 and i9 chipsets. The first two, i3 and i5, stole the spotlight despite being the budget and mid-tier, respectively. Hyperthreading is the reason behind this since it's a feature that has been notoriously missing in the past.
While the lack of it could be justified in i3 CPUs due to them being the budget ones, hyperthreading was widely requested for i5. For 10th gen, i3 processors will all have four cores, eight threads and clock frequency will range from 3.6 GHz at base up to 4.6 GHz on single-core boost.
Meanwhile, i5 will feature six cores with 12 threads across the board with frequencies ranging from base 2.9 GHz on the lowest end model to 4.8 GHz single-core boost on 10600K. Speaking of model names, 10th gen will be a mouthful for all models.
Higher tier of CPUs opens up with i7 that will have eight cores and 16 threads. The 10700 model will have just 2.9 GHz but will go up to 4.8 GHz with single-core Turbo 3.0 boost. 10700K will kick off at 3.8 GHz base frequency and peak at 5.1 GHz.
Intel's top core count in the leaked lineup is 10 with 20 threads, which will be tied to i9 line as you probably guessed already. Frequencies are roughly the same as those found in i7 chipsets but the i9-10900K is the king with the highest reachable frequency .