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Intel Core i9-10900K

Intel i9-10900K

The Intel Core i9-10900K 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 3.7 and 5.3 GHz (all 10 cores up to 4.8 GHz) and can execute up to twenty threads simultaneously thanks to Hyper-Threading. The 5.3 GHz can be only achieved below 70°C core temperature (Thermal Velocity Boost of 100 MHz).

The processor is still manufactured in the old 14nm (14nm++) process. Compared to the predecessor, the Core i9-9900K, the 10900K offers increased clock speeds and two more cores. 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.

Performance

Thanks to the high Turbo Boost, the CPU is the fastest 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.

Graphics

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 i9-10900K3700 - 5300 MHz10 / 2020 MB
Intel Core i7-10700K compare3800 - 5100 MHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i5-10600K compare4100 - 4800 MHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-10400F compare2900 - 4300 MHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i3-10100F compare3600 - 4300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Clock Rate3700 - 5300 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
SocketLGA 1200
FeaturesTVB, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, FMA3, Quick Sync, Virtualization
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 630
64 Bit64 Bit support
Starting Price$488 U.S.
Announcement Date05/20/2020

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU
81.5 pt (90%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 493     avg: 516     median: 524 (88%)     max: 532 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 5825     avg: 6129     median: 6181 (62%)     max: 6381 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 2513     avg: 2555     median: 2533 (58%)     max: 2620 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 206     avg: 216     median: 217 (94%)     max: 224 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
2.6 Points (100%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
8127 points (83%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
59368 points (100%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
80495 Points (93%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
10625 Points (93%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
9739 points (100%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
min: 67252     avg: 69402     median: 69987 (70%)     max: 70968 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
min: 5349     avg: 5705     median: 5811 (38%)     max: 5954 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
290 fps (100%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 18.2     avg: 19.7     median: 19.8 (71%)     max: 21 fps
Blender 2.79 - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
min: 167.3     avg: 179     median: 179 (1%)     max: 190 Seconds
R Benchmark 2.5 - R Benchmark 2.5 *
min: 0.528     avg: 0.5     median: 0.5 (11%)     max: 0.567 sec
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
7.2 s (2%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
403 s (2%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 20541     avg: 21539     median: 21935 (99%)     max: 22140 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 19766     avg: 20118     median: 20117.5 (51%)     max: 20469 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 29145     avg: 29466     median: 29447 (92%)     max: 29805 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
min: 13028     avg: 13470     median: 13056 (91%)     max: 14326 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1+ 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 5904     avg: 6126     median: 6126 (91%)     max: 6348 points
Geekbench 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1+ 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 40236     avg: 41647     median: 41647 (72%)     max: 43058 points
Geekbench 5 - Geekbench 5 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 1330     avg: 1385     median: 1385 (92%)     max: 1440 points
Geekbench 5 - Geekbench 5 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 10714     avg: 11061     median: 11060.5 (68%)     max: 11407 points
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 - Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 1336     avg: 1404     median: 1428 (88%)     max: 1449 points
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 - Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 10725     avg: 11177     median: 11393 (92%)     max: 11414 points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 709     avg: 717     median: 715 (1%)     max: 729 ms
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
269 Watt (71%)
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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Reviews for the Intel Comet Lake i9-10900K processor

Alienware Area-51m R2, i9-10900K, RTX 2080 Super (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, 17.3")
» Alienware Area-51m R2, i9-10900K, RTX 2080 Super - External Review

MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, 17.3")
» MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS Laptop Review: Late Game Exotic Gear - Review
» MSI GT76 Titan is one of the fastest — and loudest — laptops we've tested -

Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Comet Lake (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, 17.3")
» Schenker XMG Ultra 17 (Clevo X170SM-G) laptop review: Power without end - Review
» Schenker XMG Ultra 17: Superlative desktop replacement -

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Other CPUs of the series Comet Lake

» Intel Core i9-10900K
   10x 3.7 GHz - 5.3 GHz
» Intel Core i7-10700K
   8x 3.8 GHz - 5.1 GHz
» Intel Core i9-10980HK
   8x 2.4 GHz - 5.3 GHz
» Intel Core i9-10885H
   8x 2.4 GHz - 5.3 GHz
» Intel Xeon W-10885M
   8x 2.4 GHz - 5.3 GHz
» Intel Core i9-10880H
   8x 2.3 GHz - 5.1 GHz
» Intel Core i7-10875H
   8x 2.3 GHz - 5.1 GHz
» Intel Core i7-10870H
   8x 2.2 GHz - 5 GHz
» Intel Core i5-10600K
   6x 4.1 GHz - 4.8 GHz
» Intel Core i5-10400F
   6x 2.9 GHz - 4.3 GHz
» Intel Xeon W-10855M
   6x 2.8 GHz - 5.1 GHz
» Intel Core i7-10850H
   6x 2.7 GHz - 5.1 GHz
» Intel Core i7-10750H
   6x 2.6 GHz - 5 GHz
» Intel Core i7-10810U
   6x 1.1 GHz - 4.9 GHz
» Intel Core i7-10710U
   6x 1.1 GHz - 4.7 GHz
» Intel Core i5-10400H
   4x 2.6 GHz - 4.6 GHz
» Intel Core i5-10300H
   4x 2.5 GHz - 4.5 GHz
» Intel Core i5-10200H
   4x 2.4 GHz - 4.1 GHz
» Intel Core i3-10100F
   4x 3.6 GHz - 4.3 GHz
» Intel Core i7-10610U
   4x 1.8 GHz - 4.9 GHz
» Intel Core i7-10510U
   4x 1.8 GHz - 4.8 GHz
» Intel Core i5-10310U
   4x 1.7 GHz - 4.4 GHz
» Intel Core i5-10210U
   4x 1.6 GHz - 4.2 GHz
» Intel Core i3-10110U
   2x 2.1 GHz - 4.1 GHz
» Intel Core i7-10510Y
   4x 1.2 GHz - 4.5 GHz
» Intel Core i5-10310Y
   4x 1.1 GHz - 4.1 GHz
» Intel Core i5-10210Y
   4x 1 GHz - 4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-10110Y
   2x 1 GHz - 4 GHz
» Intel Pentium Gold 6405U
   2x 2.4 GHz
» Intel Celeron 5205U
   2x 1.9 GHz

Surrounding CPUs

+ Intel Core i9-10980XE
   18x 3 GHz - 4.6 GHz
+ Intel Core i9-9980XE
   18x 3 GHz - 4.4 GHz
+ AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
   16x 3.5 GHz - 4.4 GHz
+ AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
   12x 3.8 GHz - 4.6 GHz
+ AMD Ryzen 9 3900
   12x 3.1 GHz - 4.3 GHz
» Intel Core i9-10900K
   10x 3.7 GHz - 5.3 GHz
- AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
   16x 3.4 GHz - 4.2 GHz
- AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
   8x 3.8 GHz - 4.7 GHz
- AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
   12x 3.5 GHz - 4.3 GHz
- AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT
   8x 3.9 GHz - 4.7 GHz
- AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
   8x 3.6 GHz - 4.4 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2020-05-21)