10-core Intel Core i9-10850K speeds past 5 GHz in Geekbench and posts rousing scores that reveal it to be a possible budget i9-10900K
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A supposed new Comet Lake part has been spotted on Geekbench by Tum Apisak. The Geekbench record (which, of course, could have been doctored) states the presence of an Intel Core i9-10850K processor as part of a Comet Lake platform. The measured clocks were 3.6 GHz to 5.17 GHz (5.20 GHz), while the scores achieved were 6,244 points (single core) and 37,794 points (multi core). It seems like a respectable overall performance from a currently unknown 10-core chip that can utilize 20 threads.
It’s unclear at the moment what the purpose of the Intel Core i9-10850K is. Intel could be shoring up the gaps in its Comet Lake defenses caused by stock shortages, giving desktop gamers a further option to choose from while overclockers have another Team Blue part to push over 5 GHz should they wish to do so. It’s also been speculated that this i9-10850K could even be an OEM-specific processor (like Apple may have with an i9-10910 processor if Geekbench records are to be believed).
The clock rates for the i9-10850K are only 100 MHz under those of the Intel Core i9-10900K, which seems to increase the possibility of the former being launched as a cheaper variant of the latter but without losing too much performance because of the price difference. The Geekbench 4 scores recorded by this new mysterious 10-core Comet Lake chip are also very similar to those managed by the i9-10900KF according to a comparison provided by Apisak (see below). If the i9-10850K does end up being a retail part, Intel needs to price it an attractive level to tempt would-be buyers away from AMD though.