Average Bench: 102% (1st of 1265)

Based on 9,236 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000A0655, BFEBFBFF000A0654 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-10900K CPU @ 3.70GHz

Intel’s Comet Lake flagship, the i9-10900K, is the fastest gaming and desktop CPU currently available. This ten-core hyperthreaded processor can easily be overclocked so that all twenty threads run at an eye-watering 5.2 GHz. Whilst its stellar performance is second to none, it comes with a premium price tag of $488 USD. The 10900K also requires a new (Z490) LGA1200 motherboard, which Intel has indicated will remain compatible with Rocket Lake CPUs which are due later this year. Whilst AMD’s competing $420 USD Ryzen 3900X and $675 USD Ryzen 3950X do have a greater number of cores, their lower clock speeds and higher memory latency handicap them in non-rendering use cases. Overall, the 10900K has a 16% effective speed advantage over both the 3900X and 3950X. Users that do a lot of rendering should investigate dedicated hardware encoders such as NVENC and Quick Sync as these are far more efficient than CPU based rendering. Comparing the 10900K and 10700K shows that, when paired with a 2060S, the 10700K offers comparable gaming performance for 20% less money. [Jun '20 CPUPro]

Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i9-10900K averaged 2.1% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i9-10900K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,982Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 1,153Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i9-10900K is just 13.6%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i9-10900K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Memory Latency 92.7Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 301Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 9,236 samples)
Min Avg Max
82.6 Memory 92.7 97.6
137 1-Core 152 163
273 2-Core 301 322
102% 182 Pts
Min Avg Max
535 4-Core 597 636
976 8-Core 1,153 1,266
108% 875 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,680 64-Core 1,982 2,134
133% 1,982 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.8
1-Core 161
2-Core 322
107% 193 Pts
4-Core 646
8-Core 1,267
118% 956 Pts
64-Core 2,132
143% 2,132 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 98.4
1-Core 154
2-Core 306
105% 186 Pts
4-Core 609
8-Core 1,207
112% 908 Pts
64-Core 2,061
138% 2,061 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 97.3
1-Core 153
2-Core 304
104% 185 Pts
4-Core 610
8-Core 1,119
108% 864 Pts
64-Core 1735
116% 1735 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.95 GHz (avg)
Memory 95.3
1-Core 157
2-Core 313
106% 189 Pts
4-Core 608
8-Core 1,215
112% 911 Pts
64-Core 2,060
138% 2,060 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.7
1-Core 152
2-Core 303
103% 183 Pts
4-Core 599
8-Core 1,146
108% 872 Pts
64-Core 1,998
134% 1,998 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $488 @ launch in May '20
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Typical Core i9-10900K Builds (Compare 2,268 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 135%
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Desktop
Desktop 105%
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Workstation
Workstation 145%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z490-E GAMING

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $1,743

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i9-10900K Processor
Launch DateQ2'20
Processor Numberi9-10900K
# of Cores10
# of Threads20
Cache20 MB Intel® Smart Cache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography14 nm
Clock Speed3.70 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency5.30 GHz
Bus Speed8 GT/s
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP125 W
Thermal Solution SpecificationPCG 2015D

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® UHD Graphics 630
Graphics Base Frequency350 MHz
# of Displays Supported3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.20 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Clear Video Tech for MIDYes
Graphics Video Max Memory64 GB

Memory

Max Memory Size128 GB
Memory TypesDDR4-2933
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth45.8 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision3
PCI Express ConfigurationsUp to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
Max # of PCI Express Lanes16

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes
Secure KeyYes

Advanced Technologies

Turbo Boost 3.0 TechYes
Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost Tech2
Hyper-Threading TechYes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)Yes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
Identity Protection TechYes
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)Yes

Package

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedFCLGA1200

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
OS GuardYes
Trusted Execution TechYes

 Comments

10th generation Comet Lake processor...

Added 4 months ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

1 hr ago.

It's better than an AMD Threadripper lol


Excellent

9 hrs ago.

godless


Excellent

1 day ago.

Could be great if its consumption wasn't so high. To get acceptable performance this chip had to be pushed to its limits resulting in an expensive space heater


Excellent

13 days ago.

gg


Excellent

15 days ago.

Because Intel is better then AMD


Excellent

14 days ago.

The issue isn't the CPU, it's Userbenchmark's cherry picking. The numbers in 10900K vs 3900X are way off. Seriously, 10900K isn't even as good as a 3900X as a workstation CPU, and these clowns are claiming it's 8% faster.


Good

3 months ago.


Poor

3 hrs ago.

Super good for fortnite gaming, many framers for the pro games!


Excellent

1 month ago.

Comment 

With a whopping 5.3 Ghz max turbo frequency and faster single core performance than the 9900K, this processor could be the world's fastest gaming CPU by a substantial amount. However, having 2 more cores might increase the ring bus latency. Surprisingly for multi-threaded workload, the 10900K is only 3% behind the 3900X even with 2 fewer physical cores.—May '20


Poor

5 days ago.

Expensive and not great value compared to AMD. Intel has leeched the customers for years by providing marginal performance improvements while keeping the prices high.


Excellent

4 months ago.

desktop 10 core gaming cpu


Excellent

3 months ago.

The current gaming king, the 10 core 20 thread i9-10900K comes with base clock of 3.7GHz and a boost clock of whopping 5.3GHz thanks to Intel's Thermal Velocity Boost. This CPU has all core boost of 4.9GHz and supports higher RAM clock natively. This CPU has TDP of 125W and requires beefy cooling such as bulky air cooler and 240mm AIO to avoid overheating, and when OC'ing this CPU, open loop liquid cooling to keep the CPU as warm as necessary. Essentially the most powerful sub $500 CPU you can buy if you're enthusiast that doesn't need moar threads to do heavy tasks such as heavy gaming and some content creation.


Excellent

2 months ago.

Well, it is the best gaming CPU.


Good

1 month ago.

Get a beefy cooler, or you will never see its potential.


Good

2 months ago.

When it comes to Intel, speed is the name of the game. It's not as powerful as the 3900x, but it is much faster than it, or any other Ryzen cpu. It's like comparing a 16 wheeler to a rally car. Many people focused on productivity and cpu compute will benefit more from AMD's equivalent, but gamers should be looking at this for the fastest possible performance.


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