Intel i9-10900K Review Rundown

IntelPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*


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Neoscore* 77%
  • Top-notch performance for a 10th Generation Core CPU
  • Great value for money
  • Solid CPU performance for the price
  • Nothing in particular


If you already have a late-model gaming or content creation PC, the Core i9-10900K doesn't do enough, at least at the moment, to justify the cost of adopting a whole new platform. The recommendation is the same today as it's been since July of last year: Go with one of AMD's mainstream AM4 chips instead.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The new Intel Core i9-10900K is a 10-core/20-thread CPU with an Intel UHD Graphics 630 integrated graphics processor (IGP) with a TDP of 125 watts, clocked to 3.7GHz at base. With the launch of Intel's new 10th Generation stack of chips has come a new socket, LGA 1200, and a gigantic pile of new of motherboards to support it.
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  • Top-of-the-line performance for a 10th Generation CPU
  • Excellent overclocking performance for the price
  • Excellent battery life
  • Doesn't support PCIe 4.0


Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from pcworld have found the following[***]:
Intel's Core i9-10900K has 10 cores and Hyper-Threading for a total of 20 threads. The chip uses a thinner die and thinner solder thermal interface material (STIM) to improve thermal dissipation. Its natural competitor is AMD's Ryzen 9 3900X with 12 cores and 24 threads. We used an Asus ROG Maximus VII Extreme board with 16GB of RAM.
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  • Great CPU performance for a 10th-gen CPU
  • Strong performance for the price
  • LGA1200 socket isn't compatible with the previous generation CPUs


Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Intel Core i9-10900K is available now, for the suggested price of $488 (about £400, AU$750) It brings in a whopping 10 cores and 20 threads – that's two extra cores over its predecessor. Turbo Boost speeds have gone up significantly, and the processor is able to hit a whopping 5.3GHz in bursty workloads – but only on a single core.
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  • Great performance for a 12-core, 24-thread processor
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Not as powerful as the Core i9-9900K


Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following[***]:
Intel's new Core i9-10900K is aimed squarely at enthusiasts and power users. It has two extra cores for a total of ten cores and 20 threads. Despite its insatiable power consumption and high heat output, the 10900K will be sure to find some uptake. Most users would be better served with cheaper AMD alternatives.
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  • Extremely fast gaming performance
  • Powerful enough for 4.9 GHz and 5.3 GHz gaming
  • Tons of overclocking features
  • High power consumption
  • Extremely expensive


Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Intel Core i9-10900K is Intel's latest desktop flagship. It has ten Hyper-Threaded cores – two more cores than its predecessor. The new chip uses existing Turbo Boost 2.0 technology to reach an all-core Turbo speed of 4.9GHz. In PC Mark 10, the Intel CPU's score of 7,990 is around 1,000 points better than the AMD chip.
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  • Superb performance
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Nothing in particular


1. ^ Intel Core i9-10900K Review. pcmag. 2020-05-20 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Intel Core i9-10900K review. techradar. 2021-01-28 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Intel Core i9-10900K Review: Ten Cores, 5.3 GHz, and Excessive Power Draw. tomshardware. 2020-05-20 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Intel Core i9-10900K Review. trustedreviews. 2020-05-20 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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