Intel's 10th Generation Comet Lake (opens in new tab) desktop processors aren't expected until the spring. However, a tip from hardware detective @momomo_us (opens in new tab) helped us track down early Comet Lake listings from two European retailers.
Czech retailer Bohemia Computers (opens in new tab) and Slovakian retailer ITSK-HS (opens in new tab) have already listed the Comet Lake parts on their respective websites. The postings could be temporary placeholders, but if not, they give us a general idea of Comet Lake's final pricing.
The online stores marked the Comet Lake parts with the LGA1200, which refers to the new CPU socket (opens in new tab) that Intel is reportedly introducing for the new 14nm chips. In addition to the pricing, the retailers also shared base clock speeds (opens in new tab) for the processors.
Bohemia Computers and ITSK-HS posted 12 different Comet Lake desktop chips, spanning from Celeron SKUs to Core i5 ones. Unfortunately, there was no mention of the juicier models, such as the Core i7 or Core i9.
For the sake of comparison, our table below uses pre-VAT prices, which should be close enough to the end prices we can expect in the U.S. We've converted the shops' respective currencies over to dollars.
Intel Comet Lake Rumored Pricing
|Model||Part Number||Base Clock||Bohemia Computers||ITSK-HS|
|Intel Core i5-10600||BX8070110600||3.3 GHz||$233||$251|
|Intel Core i5-10500||BX8070110500||3.1 GHz||$210||$227|
|Intel Core i5-10400||BX8070110400||2.9 GHz||$190||$204|
|Intel Core i5-10400F||BX8070110400F||2.9 GHz||$162||$174|
|Intel Core i3-10320||BX8070110320||3.8 GHz||$169||$183|
|Intel Core i3-10300||BX8070110300||3.7 GHz||$158||$171|
|Intel Core i3-10100||BX8070110100||3.6 GHz||$129||$137|
|Intel Pentium G6600||BX80701G6600||4.2 GHz||$98||$105|
|Intel Pentium G6500||BX80701G6500||4.1 GHz||$87||$93|
|Intel Pentium G6400||BX80701G6400||4.0 GHz||$70||$72|
|Intel Celeron G5920||BX80701G5920||3.5 GHz||$57||$61|
|Intel Celeron G5900||BX80701G5900||3.4 GHz||$45||$48|
Potential AMD Rivals
The i5-10600 could hit the retail market with a price tag of $230-$250. This means that the unlocked model, the i5-10600K or i5-10600KF (opens in new tab), will ultimately cost even more. If this pricing is accurate, Intel is in big trouble. AMD's Ryzen 5 3600X (opens in new tab), which also sports six cores (opens in new tab)and 12 threads (opens in new tab), is selling for as low as $214 (opens in new tab).
One of the more interesting duels will likely be between the i5-10400F, which apparently costs $160-$175, and the Ryzen 5 3600 (opens in new tab) that's priced at $175 (opens in new tab). Both fighters come with six cores and 12 threads, so it'll be exciting to see which comes out as the winner.
The Comet Lake Core i3 chips seem to cost $130-$180. This is a very dangerous territory to for Intel to compete in, considering the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (opens in new tab) is in the same price range. Although Intel has enabled HyperThreading on the Core i3 (opens in new tab), the i3 chips are still at a two core disadvantage compared to AMD's Ryzen 5 chips.
Comet Lake has a rumored April launch date, so we're only a few months away from fight night.