Intel to Heat Things Up with 10-Core i9-10900K, a Comet-Lake S CPU with 5.1 GHz Turbo Clock

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One of Intel’s flagship Comet Lake-S CPUs have been spotted in a new 3DMark entry. According to the result, the 10C/20T Core i9-10900K will flaunt a stock core clock of 3.7 GHz and turbo clock of 5.1 GHz. No TDP is listed, but the housefire jokes have already begun.

These processors are said to boast Intel’s Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 and Thermal Velocity Boost features. The former improves single-thread performance by pushing the strongest cores, while the latter intelligently tunes clock frequency for better performance.

How will these affect the Core i9-10900K? By boosting the already impressive 5.1 GHz turbo clock even further. Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 and Thermal Velocity Boost will reportedly bump that number to 5.2 GHz and 5.3 GHz, respectively.

It’s still unclear when these CPUs will debut, but recent rumors suggest that they’ll land some time in May, along with Z490 motherboards. ASRock also unintentionally listed Z490, H470 and W480 Comet Lake-S motherboards in their Polychrome Sync app a few days ago, so the release does appear to be imminent.

Regardless of when they’ll show, the 10C/20T processor should be a fine example of Intel’s 14nm process node pushed to its limits.

Tsing Mui
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