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Intel Core i9-10850K CPU

MSRP 453 USDNEX score 67%

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Product Overview

Intel Core i9-10850K is a high-end desktop PC microprocessor in Intel's 10th-gen Core, Comet Lake family. A K-series processor, it is unlocked and therefore one of the few Intel CPUs that can be overclocked.
The Core i9-10850K comes with 10 cores and 20 threads and a single-core maximum frequency of 5.2GHz via Intel Thermal Velocity Boost. It sports the same Intel UHD Graphics 630 integrated GPU found in earlier Coffee Lake processors and lower-powered Comet Lake desktop CPUs.
The i9-10850K can also run at a TDP-down frequency of 3.3GHz. When configured, it runs at 95W TDP rather than the default 125W, trading some performance for higher efficiency.
As a third refinement based on the 14nm Skylake process, the Comet Lake desktop processors offer an increase in core count, clock speed, and cache capacity over its predecessor. All Comet Lake Core processors feature hyperthreading, allowing two threads to run on every core.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful enough for a full-size Core i9
  • Good CPU performance for the price
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Power consumption could be higher
  • CPU performance could be better

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 67% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent multi-threaded performance
  • Good thermal performance
  • Strong overclocking performance
  • High-end CPU performance
  • Competitive price
  • Low power consumption
Cons
  • No 4K support
  • No PCIe 4.0 support
  • More expensive than the Core i9-10850K
  • Thermal throttling
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

CPU Socket
FCLGA1200
PCI Express
16 lanes of 3.0 (1x16, 2x8, or 1x8 + 2x4)

Construction

Form Factor
Desktop microprocessor
Lithography
14 nm
Platform
Comet Lake

Dimensions

Size | Depth
37.5 mm
Size | Width
37.5 mm

Function

Graphics
Intel UHD Graphics 630, base 350MHz, boost 1.2GHz, max memory 64GB
Operating Temperature
Max 100°C T Junction
Processor | Cores
10 cores
Processor | Threads
20 threads
Resolution
Max Resolution 4K DCI (4096 x 2304@60Hz via DP / 4096 x 2304@30Hz via HDMI)
Security
Intel AES New Instructions, Secure Key, Intel OS Guard, Intel Trusted Execution, Intel Boot Guard
Supported Technologies
Intel Optane Memory, Intel Thermal Velocity Boost, Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0, Intel vPro, Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, Intel Virtualization Technology, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Thermal Solution
PCG 2015D

Performance

Cache
20 MB Intel Smart Cache
Frequency
3.6 GHz Base | 3.3 GHz TDP-down | 5.2 GHz single core / 4.7 GHz all cores Turbo
Memory | Capacity
Supports up to 128GB
Memory | Type
DDR4 2933MHz, max 2 channels, max 45.8 GB/s bandwidth
Power Consumption
125 W TDP / 95 W TDP TDP-down

Production

Debut
2020 Q3

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External Reviews

anandtech[1]

Sentiment Score 63%
Reviewers from anandtech have found the following***:
The Core i9-10850K is a less strict bin of the silicon, and this is showcased very much in a couple of metrics. The point at which the two processors mostly differ is on power and thermals. In my mind, if your heart is set on these two processors, at a $35 difference, I’d get the 10900K, just for the slightly better performing silicon.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-end CPU performance
  • Competitive price
  • Good thermal performance
Cons
  • More expensive than the Core i9-10850K
  • Thermal throttling

tomshardware[2]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
The Core i9-10850K pushes up to 100C during any type of AVX stress test. That results in thermal throttling that reduces performance over long-run benchmarks. More capable coolers, like 360mm AIOs and custom loops, could expose yet more performance - and power consumption.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent multi-threaded performance
  • Strong overclocking performance
  • Low power consumption
Cons
  • No PCIe 4.0 support
  • No 4K support

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Intel Core i9-10850K Review: The Real Intel Flagship. [anandtech]. https://www.anandtech.com/show/16341/intel-core-i9-10850k-review-the-real-intel-flagship. 2021-01-04. Retrieved 2021-12-20.
2. ^ Intel Core i9-10850K CPU Review: Cheaper, but Nearly Identical Gaming to 10900K. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-i9-10850k-cpu-review. 2020-09-04. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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