Earlier this week, we reported that the mobile processors market is going to be very interesting in 2020. It turns out, the same can be said for the desktop market. According to a recent leak, Intel is preparing the 10th gen processors so that all processors in the family can support multi-threading. A core i3-10100 with four-cores and eight-threads appeared online Sisoftware database (via TUM_APISAK).
One may ask that many mainstream processors in the 9th gen processors support multi-threading already then why multi-threading support of the whole family is so important. There are two potential reasons why Intel opted to make multi-threading a 10th gen family feature instead of a flagship feature.
Starting with multi-threading, it relieves the processing load from a processor by executing the program at different levels. We see that many processors are quoted with the number of threads if the number of threads is the same as the number of cores then the processor does not support multi-threading. In most processors, we see two threads running on a single core.
The main reason why a firm tries to improve its products is its competition. These past few years have been tough for Intel. The sales of its traditional Core series processors are declining day by day, though the flagship Core i9 processors are selling quite well. The main reason why the conventional core processors are not selling well is the introduction of the Ryzen 3000 series. With these processors, AMD has finally reached the level of performance that we only expect from Intel’s products. Additionally, AMD is planning to introduce SMT4 technology with Zen 3.0 architecture next year. More on this here.
Realistically speaking, we have not seen a real upgrade of the core processors since the introduction of 7th gen processors. The main reason why the performance benefit is so limited is due to the use of 14nm architecture over and over again. We get a significant boost in clock speeds as a process node matures, but the gains of using a smaller node are unequivocally higher. Intel has been stuck with the 14nm processor, and the trend is not going to change with the 10th gen processors. So, the only way to be exhausted for Intel is to introduce Multi-threading irrespective of the grade of the processor. Multi-threading on these lower-tier cores will greatly improve the performance output of these processors.