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Intel Core i9-10900K hands out huge Time Spy CPU Score but gets unsurprisingly left far behind by AMD Ryzen 9 3950X in Cinebench R15 multi-core comparison

The Intel Core i9-10900K desktop processor can reach a 5.3 GHz boost clock. (Image source: HardZone)
The Intel Core i9-10900K desktop processor can reach a 5.3 GHz boost clock. (Image source: HardZone)
Intel’s new Comet Lake Core i9-10900K has been spotted in a couple of benchmarks. The 10-core desktop processor performed incredibly well in 3DMark’s Time Spy where it produced a high CPU score. However, the i9-10900K fared much worse in a Cinebench R15 multi-core comparison, lagging far behind a 16-core AMD Ryzen 9 3950X chip.
Daniel R Deakin,

Intel’s Comet Lake-S desktop processor Core i9-10900K has apparently recently been tested on both 3DMark’s Time Spy and Cinebench R15. While the former benchmark wielded a very healthy result for the chip there was a different story to be told in the latter. The Intel Core i9-10900K is a 10-core/20-thread part with a TDP of 125 W that has the ability to clock at up to 5.3 GHz in combination with Thermal Velocity Boost.

The powerful processor ripped through Time Spy and ended up producing a CPU score of 15,686 points, according to the sample spotted by Tum Apisak. This score was achieved in combination with 4x 8 GB RAM @3,800 MHz. To put that score into perspective, we reported on an Intel Core i9-9900K managing 10,719 points in the same test. Considering the differences between the two Intel parts, you would expect a much greater improvement from the Intel Core i9-10900K chip anyway, but this new result is still outstanding.

Unfortunately, with the glory comes the gloom for the Intel Core i9-10900K. VideoCardz has tweeted a slide that comes from Asus ROG showing a CPU comparison for Cinebench R15 single-core and multi-core tests. Once again the Comet Lake chip is better than the 8-core i9-9900K predecessor (but not by much, regardless of how the bar graphs are somewhat deceptively drawn), and it beats out the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X in the single-core test, but only by a small margin.

However, the 16-core beast from Team Red hammers home its core advantage in the multi-core benchmark, leaving the i9-10900K hopelessly far behind – the numbers tell a more accurate story than the lengths of the bars in the graphs (see below). Of course, it’s an unfair comparison considering the differences in core count, but these are the samples that were chosen for this particular comparison. The Intel Core i9-10900K has a reported RCP cost of US$488.

Cinebench R15 comparison. (Image source: @VideoCardz)
Cinebench R15 comparison. (Image source: @VideoCardz)
Time Spy CPU Score. (Image source: 3DMark/@TUM_APISAK)
Time Spy CPU Score. (Image source: 3DMark/@TUM_APISAK)
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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-04-30 (Update: 2020-04-30)
Daniel R Deakin
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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.