Intel Core i9-10900KF: specs and benchmarks

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Year of release 2020
Performance 21.58

Summary

Intel started Intel Core i9-10900KF sales 30 April 2020. This is Comet Lake architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 10 cores and 20 threads, and is based on 14 nm manufacturing technology, with a max turbo frequency of 5200 MHz and an unlocked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is FCLGA1200 processor with a TDP of 125 Watt and a maximum temperature of 72 °C. It supports DDR4-2933 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at

21.58%

of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5995WX.

General info

Of Core i9-10900KF processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance rating181
Value for money48.63
Market segmentDesktop processor
Architecture codenameComet Lake (2020)
Release date30 April 2020 (2 years ago)
Price now$367 of 14999 (Xeon Platinum 9282)
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Technical specs

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores10 (Deca-Core)
Threads20
Base clock speed3.7 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed5.2 GHzof 5.5 (Core i9-12900KS)
L1 cache64K (per core)of 1536 (EPYC Embedded 3401)
L2 cache256K (per core)of 12288 (Core 2 Quad Q9550)
L3 cache20 MB (shared)of 32 (Ryzen Threadripper 1998)
Chip lithography14 nmof 5 (Apple M1)
Maximum core temperature100 °Cof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Maximum case temperature (TCase)72 °Cof 105 (Core i7-5950HQ)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility+
Unlocked multiplier+

Compatibility

Information on Core i9-10900KF compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration1of 8 (Opteron 842)
SocketFCLGA1200
Thermal design power (TDP)125 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i9-10900KF. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
AES-NI+
AVX+
vPro-
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
Turbo Boost Technology2.0
Hyper-Threading Technology+
TSX-
Idle States+
Thermal Monitoring+
SIPP-
Turbo Boost Max 3.0+

Security technologies

Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT+
EDB+
Secure Key+
Identity Protection+
SGXYes with Intel® ME
OS Guard+

Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.

VT-d+
VT-x+
EPT+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i9-10900KF's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR4-2933of 4800 (Ryzen 9 6980HX)
Maximum memory size128 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels2of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth45.8 GB/sof 281.6 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
ECC memory support-

Peripherals

Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version3.0
PCI Express lanes16of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i9-10900KF. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

i9-10900KF 21.58
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  • GeekBench 5 Single-Core
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Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

i9-10900KF 23487

GeekBench 5 Single-Core

i9-10900KF 1378

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

i9-10900KF 10763

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i9-10900KF performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop CPUs.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i9-10900KF by AMD is Ryzen 7 3800X, which is slower by 1% and lower by 5 positions in our rating.

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