Intel Core i9-10900 sample's pedestrian results on Cinebench R15 and Cinebench R20 won't trouble AMD's Ryzen 9 3900X
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XFastest HK has claimed to have put an Intel Core i9-10900 ES to the test, using Cinebench R15 and Cinebench R20 to see what the 10-core, 20-thread Comet Lake desktop processor could produce. The results are somewhat surprising in how low they are, considering Intel will eventually be competing against AMD’s Zen 3-based Ryzen 4000 series of desktop processors. To highlight the differences, the table below consists of the engineering sample’s results compared to the results we managed to attain with an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X back in December 2019:
|Intel Core i9-10900 ES||AMD Ryzen 9 3900X|
|Cinebench R15 single core||182 points||209 points|
|Cinebench R15 multi core||1670 points||3049 points|
|Cinebench R20 single core||441 points||514 points|
|Cinebench R20 multi core||3714 points||6910 points|
|TDP||65 W||105 W|
The Intel chip performs comparably to the AMD processor in the single-core tests but completely loses its way in the multi-core tests. Of course, there are several variables to be considered, such as the components in the system that features the Intel Core i9-10900 ES and the fact that it is an engineering sample. The base clock for the ES is 2.50 GHz, whereas the final clock for the 10-core Comet Lake desktop processor will be 2.80 GHz (boost 4.60 GHz 10 cores; 5.20 GHz single core). The difference in TDP also has to be mentioned: The Ryzen 9 3900X can rely on 105 W TDP whereas the i9-10900 ES is limited to 65 W in the Cinebench tests.
The AMD processor does have considerable advantages over the Intel engineering sample in this particular benchmark example, including its two extra cores for enhanced multi-core performance, and there is definitely room for improvement before the final product from Team Blue can be fairly judged. But these results do seem to indicate that Intel's Comet Lake parts could even struggle against AMD’s Zen 2 Matisse chips and will likely be demolished by Ryzen 4000 desktop processors.