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The 10-core i9-10900KF matches the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X in leaked Time Spy bench, but upcoming Ryzen 4000 lineup means Comet Lake could still be DOA

The 10900KF holds its own for now, but Ryzen 4000 might render it irrelevant (Image source: Intel)
The 10900KF holds its own for now, but Ryzen 4000 might render it irrelevant (Image source: Intel)
Leaked Time Spy CPU benchmark scores for the Intel i9-10900KF show the 10-core Comet Lake part holding its own against the Ryzen 9 3900X. However, the desktop Ryzen 4000 lineup’s impending launch puts its long-term relevance in question.

Leaked Time Spy CPU scores for the Intel i9-10900KF offer some hope for Team Blue’s 2020 consumer CPU plans. The 10-core 20-thread Comet Lake part, which operates at up to 5.3 GHz, scored 12412 on the Time Spy CPU Benchmark, which is marginally slower than the Ryzen 9 3900X’s score of 12857.

A combination of incremental IPC gains and higher clock speeds evidently allow the Comet Lake part to come within spitting distance of the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X.

However, the i9-10900KF-and Comet Lake in general-might just be a case of too little, too late. The Ryzen 9 3900X launched all the way back in July 2019. When the Comet Lake S i9-10900K launches, it won’t be going up against the 1 year-old 3900X for very long: AMD’s introducing their Ryzen 4000 desktop lineup very soon. Ryzen 4000 APUs are already out on the market.

With higher IPC and higher clocks, these parts will almost certainly deliver a meaningful performance upgrade over Ryzen 3000. In this scenario, it’s very hard to see Comet Lake S staying relevant, even in gaming workloads where Intel currently maintains a small performance lead at the high end. If Ryzen 4000 processors arrive before the 10900KF, they might make this high-end Comet Lake S part completely irrelevant.

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2020-03-18 (Update: 2020-03-19)
Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - News Editor
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.