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Intel Core i9-10900 sample's pedestrian results on Cinebench R15 and Cinebench R20 won't trouble AMD's Ryzen 9 3900X

The Intel Core i9-10900 ES struggled with multi-core testing. (Image source: OC3D)
The Intel Core i9-10900 ES struggled with multi-core testing. (Image source: OC3D)
An alleged Comet Lake desktop processor, the Intel Core i9-10900, has been put through its paces on both Cinebench R15 and Cinebench R20. The engineering sample (ES) posted some unimpressive multi-core results that won’t challenge competitors such as the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor. However, it is likely that the final consumer variant of the Intel chip will offer better performance.

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
Cores/Threads 10/20 12/24
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.

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-02-23 (Update: 2020-02-23)
Daniel R Deakin
Daniel R Deakin - Managing Editor News
My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.