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Intel Core i9-10900K Review – No Cores For Concern!

Intel’s 10th Gen Comet Lake-S product stack is extensive and includes SKUs with a range of two to ten cores and TDPs of 35W, 58W, 65W and 125W, however the notable part of the specifications is the fact that Intel has applied Hyper Threading to the vast majority of the parts. This is very good news as Hyper Threading was disabled for the Core i7-9700 and Core i5-9600 and we are very pleased to see this feature return for 10th Gen.

Before we dig in to Core i9-10900K let us reiterate that Comet Lake-S uses a new LGA1200 socket and currently requires a motherboard with Z490 chipset, although H470 is in the works. LGA1200 is expected to support 11th Gen Rocket Lake with PCI Express Gen 4 but right now this ‘brand new’ platform uses the familiar PCI Express Gen 3 and can be considered to trail behind AMD X570 in that regard.

Testing hardware

To test Core i9-10900K we lined up a variety of test platforms that used the following common hardware:

  • CPU Cooler Fractal Design Celsius S36 with 3x Noctua Chromax NF-F12 fans
  • RAM 32GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3600MHz 16-18-18-36
  • Graphics Card Gigabyte RTX 2080 Super 8GB
  • Power Supply Seasonic Prime Platinum1300W

and these specific parts for the four platforms:

Intel 10th Gen Desktop

  • Intel Core i9-10900K
  • Intel Core i5-10600K
  • 1TB WD Blue
  • MSI MEG Z490 Ace

Intel 9th Gen Desktop

  • Intel Core i9-9900KF
  • 1TB Intel 760P
  • Asus ROG Maximus XI Formula

AMD AM4 Desktop

  • AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
  • AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
  • 240GB Toshiba RC100
  • Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite

Intel High End Desktop

  • Intel Core i9-9900X
  • 32GB G.Skill FlareX 3200MHz 14-14-14-34 quad channel
  • 1TB WD Blue
  • ASRock X299 Taichi

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