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Intel Core i9-10850K

Intel i9-10850K

The Intel Core i9-10850K is a high-end processor for desktops with ten cores based on the Comet Lake architecture (CML-S, 4th generation of Skylake). The processor clocks at between 3.6 and 5.2 GHz (all 10 cores up to 4.8 GHz) and can execute up to twenty threads simultaneously thanks to Hyper-Threading. The 5.2 GHz can be only achieved below 70°C core temperature (Thermal Velocity Boost of 100 MHz). Compared to the fastest CML-S CPU, the Core i9-10900K, the 10850K clocks 100 MHz lower (base and Turbo clocks).

The processor is still manufactured in the old 14nm (14nm++) process. Thanks to the free multiplicator, the CPU can also be easily overclocked (but may not have much headroom).

The Comet Lake architecture is similar to Coffee Lake and offers the same features and is produced in the same 14nm process. Other than the improved clock rates, the memory controller now also supports faster DDR4-2933 RAM. More information on Comet Lake and all the models and articles on it can be found here.


Thanks to the high Turbo Boost, the CPU is a very fast gaming CPU available at the time of announcement. Using all cores, the i9 however is slower than the top Ryzen CPUs (like the Ryzen 9 3950X) which offer more cores.


The integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 iGPU is supposed to offer a similar performance as the UHD630 in the Core i7-9900K. As a  low-end solution it will only run current games smoothly at reduced details - if at all.

Power Consumption

Intel specifies the TDP with 125 Watts (PL1) but under full load up to 250 Watt are consumed (PL2). In default mode these 250 Watt and therefore high clock speeds can be maintained for up to 56 seconds, however, all boards offer the option to alter these settings.

SeriesIntel Comet Lake
CodenameComet Lake-S

Series: Comet Lake Comet Lake-S

Intel Core i9-10900K compare3.7 - 5.3 GHz10 / 20 cores20 MB L3
Intel Core i9-10850K « 3.6 - 5.2 GHz10 / 20 cores20 MB L3
Intel Core i9-10910 compare3.6 - 5 GHz10 / 20 cores20 MB L3
Intel Core i7-10700K compare3.8 - 5.1 GHz8 / 16 cores16 MB L3
Intel Core i7-10700 compare2.9 - 4.8 GHz8 / 16 cores16 MB L3
Intel Core i5-10600K compare4.1 - 4.8 GHz6 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-10400F compare2.9 - 4.3 GHz6 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i3-10320 compare3.8 - 4.6 GHz4 / 8 cores7.9 MB L3
Intel Core i3-10100 compare3.6 - 4.3 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i3-10100F compare3.6 - 4.3 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Clock Rate3600 - 5200 MHz
Level 1 Cache640 KB
Level 2 Cache2.5 MB
Level 3 Cache20 MB
Number of Cores / Threads10 / 20
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)125 Watt
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
Max. Temperature100 °C
FeaturesTVB, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, FMA3, Quick Sync, Virtualization
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 630
64 Bit64 Bit support
Starting Price$453 U.S.
Announcement Date08/27/2020


Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU
55.3 pt (62%)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
2457 Points (25%)
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