PowerLeader, a Chinese chipmaker, introduced its first generation of x86 processors under the Powerstar brandHowever, after the announcement, there were many who suspected that they were actually Intel Comet Lake processors that had been rebranded. Were those who suspected that the processors were actually a rebrand or were they right? rebranding? Well, for now everything seems to indicate yes.
PowerLeader’s Powerstar x86 processors were unveiled on May 7 in Shenzhen, one of the most technologically advanced cities in China, if not the most. Thanks to the list of performance tests carried out with Geekbench 5 that is available to the public, it has been possible to verify that the PSTAR P3-01105 PCU processor is nothing more than an Intel Core i3-10105 that has been renamed and rebranded.
Suspicions were raised just by seeing the aesthetic resemblance between the Powerstar and Intel processor model. To top it off, both the PSTAR P3-01105 PCU and the Intel Core i3-10105 share features like a 3.7GHz base frequency, 4.4GHz turbo mode working speed, 6MB L3 cache, and a TDP of 65 watts. performance test with Geekbench 5 has definitively betrayed the brand change by being able to see that the code name (codename) is “Comet Lake”the same as that used by the tenth generation of Intel Core processors.
PowerLeader estimates that it will sell 1.5 million Powerstar x86 processors in a year, with a focus on sectors such as education, government, energy, industry, finance, medicine, retail and gaming. Here the question is whether Intel has given permission to PowerLeader to rename its processors, and it is that we are facing the difficulties that China has had for months when importing technology due to the veto of countries like China and the United States. Other media such as Tom’s Hardware point out the possibility that PowerLeader’s intention to obtain subsidies granted by the Chinese government itself would be behind it.
We will see if this goes further or stays here, since the technological context around China is quite complex due to the peculiarities of the country and the political-economic conflict that it has had with the United States for a few years.