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Intel Core i9-10900K vs Intel Core i3-10100F

Intel Core i9-10900K

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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.

Intel Core i3-10100F

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The Intel Core i3-10100F is an entry level quad-core processor for desktop PCs based on the Comet Lake-S architecture. It offers four cores clocked at 3.6 - 4.3 GHz with HyperThreading / SMT support (8 threads). The CPU is still manufactured in 14nm++ and does not feature an integrated graphics card. Compared to the older Coffee Lake Core i3-9100F, the i3-10100F offers a 100 MHz higher Boost speed, HyperThreading and support for faster DDR4 memory (2666 MHz).

The performance should be similar to the older i3-9100F and therefore situated in the lower end of desktop processors. That means it offers enough performance for office tasks and low end gaming.

Intel specifies the CPU with a TDP of 65 Watt. For desktops that means that the processor won't need big cooling solutions and can be used in small cases.

ModelIntel Core i9-10900KIntel Core i3-10100F
SeriesIntel Comet LakeIntel Comet Lake
CodenameComet Lake-SComet Lake-S
Series: Comet Lake Comet Lake-S
» Intel Core i9-10900K3.7 - 5.3 GHz10 / 2020 MB
Intel Core i9-10850K compare3.6 - 5.2 GHz10 / 2020 MB
Intel Core i9-10910 compare3.6 - 5 GHz10 / 2020 MB
Intel Core i7-10700K compare3.8 - 5.1 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i7-10700 compare2.9 - 4.8 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i5-10600K compare4.1 - 4.8 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-10400F compare2.9 - 4.3 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i3-10320 compare3.8 - 4.6 GHz4 / 87.9 MB
Intel Core i3-10100 compare3.6 - 4.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i3-10100F3.6 - 4.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i9-10900K3.7 - 5.3 GHz10 / 2020 MB
Intel Core i9-10850K compare3.6 - 5.2 GHz10 / 2020 MB
Intel Core i9-10910 compare3.6 - 5 GHz10 / 2020 MB
Intel Core i7-10700K compare3.8 - 5.1 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i7-10700 compare2.9 - 4.8 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i5-10600K compare4.1 - 4.8 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-10400F compare2.9 - 4.3 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i3-10320 compare3.8 - 4.6 GHz4 / 87.9 MB
Intel Core i3-10100 compare3.6 - 4.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i3-10100F3.6 - 4.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Clock3700 - 5300 MHz3600 - 4300 MHz
L1 Cache640 KB256 KB
L2 Cache2.5 MB1 MB
L3 Cache20 MB6 MB
Cores / Threads10 / 204 / 8
TDP125 Watt65 Watt
Technology14 nm14 nm
max. Temp.100 °C100 °C
SocketLGA 1200FCLGA1200
FeaturesTVB, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, FMA3, Quick Sync, VirtualizationDual-Channel DDR4-2666 Memory Controller, AVX, AVX2, AES-NI, TSX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel UHD Graphics 630
Architecturex86x86
$488 U.S.$122 U.S.
Announced
Die Size126 mm2

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i9-10900K
61.1 pt (72%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
15821 Points (26%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
1374 Points (68%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 493     avg: 516     median: 524 (67%)     max: 532 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 5825     avg: 6129     median: 6181 (26%)     max: 6381 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 2513     avg: 2555     median: 2533 (26%)     max: 2620 Points
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 206     avg: 215.7     median: 217 (74%)     max: 224 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
29 Points (53%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
2.6 Points (73%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
8127 Points (73%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
59368 Points (81%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
80495 Points (71%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
10625 Points (65%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
66.3 s (1%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
3.6 s (1%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
9739 Points (56%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
min: 67252     avg: 69402     median: 69987 (50%)     max: 70968 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
min: 5349     avg: 5705     median: 5811 (83%)     max: 5954 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
149 fps (67%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
289.5 fps (79%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 18.2     avg: 19.7     median: 19.8 (42%)     max: 21 fps
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TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
1.5 GB/s (52%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
2.6 GB/s (54%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
14.6 GB/s (54%)
Blender - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
min: 167.3     avg: 178.8     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 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
16 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
403.4 s (2%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 20541     avg: 21539     median: 21935 (76%)     max: 22140 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
74951 Points (48%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
75063 Points (62%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
76898 Points (65%)
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 (72%)     max: 29805 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
min: 13028     avg: 13470     median: 13056 (70%)     max: 14326 Points
Geekbench 5.4 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 1336     avg: 1404     median: 1428 (70%)     max: 1449 Points
1072 Points (52%)
Geekbench 5.4 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 10725     avg: 11177     median: 11393 (40%)     max: 11414 Points
3650 Points (13%)
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 1330     avg: 1385     median: 1385 (70%)     max: 1440 Points
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 10714     avg: 11061     median: 11060.5 (35%)     max: 11407 Points
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 5904     avg: 6126     median: 6126 (71%)     max: 6348 Points
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 40236     avg: 41647     median: 41647 (51%)     max: 43058 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 709     avg: 720     median: 721 (1%)     max: 729 ms
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
min: 243     avg: 251     median: 255 (67%)     max: 255 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
275.7 Watt (48%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
268.5 Watt (71%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Efficiency - external Monitor
9.8 Points per Watt (11%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i9-10900K → 100% n=2

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i3-10100F → 54% n=2

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