We finally got our grubby paws on the flagship SKU of Intel’s new Comet Lake desktop processors—the (sorta) 5.3GHz, (well over) 125W TDP i9-10900K. Intel’s extremely lackluster performance marketing led us to believe the processor would probably be little if any improvement over last year’s i9-9900K—but, happily, that’s not the case.
The more troubling thing for Team Blue is that it isn’t only competing with its own CPUs. Intel’s real competition isn’t itself, it’s AMD—and for now at least, the company is still struggling to keep its head above water.
The i9-10900K chews its way through Cinebench R20’s rendering scene quickly. Its Cinebench score is almost exactly that of a Threadripper 1950x—hardly current, but still impressive for a relatively normal desktop CPU. [credit:
Jim Salter ]
|Specs at a glance: Core i9-10900K, as tested|
|OS||Windows 10 Professional|
|CPU||10-core Intel Core i9-10900K—expected retail ~$525|
|RAM||64GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4 3200—$400 at Amazon|
|GPU||Intel UHD 630 onboard iGPU|
|HDD||Samsung 860 Pro 1TB SSD—$275 at Amazon|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte AORUS Z490 Master—$390 on Amazon|
|Cooling||NZXT Kraken X63 fluid cooler with 280mm radiator—$150 at Amazon|
|PSU||EVGA 850GQ Semi Modular PSU—$130 at Amazon|
|Chassis||Praxis Wetbench test chassis—$200 at Amazon|
|Price as tested||≈$2,060|
Intel’s new flagship i9 desktop CPU is, as you would expect, very fast indeed. Also as you would expect, for the most part its Ryzen 9 3950X equivalent kicks sand in its face and runs away laughing.