Intel’s 10th Gen Comet Lake-S desktop lineup may be just another glorified rebrand, but it might just work. We’ve seen multiple leaked benchmarks of the 10-core flagship, the Core i9-10900K and they all indicate that it’ll be a decent upgrade over the 9900K. Recent tests go so far as to show that the next-gen i9 might as well perform on par or even better than AMD’s Ryzen 9 3900X. Have a look:
As you can see, the Core i9-10900K not only expands 9900K’s single-threaded lead over the Ryzen 3900X, but it also performs nearly on par with it in the multi-threaded benchmark as well. And have a look at the boost frequency. This 10900K is running just below the 5.1GHz mark, 200MHz below the rated boost of 5.3GHz.
This means under ideal conditions, the Core i9-10900K will score nearly 1,600 points in the SC test, a hefty 30% more than the 3900X and as for the multi-threaded benchmark, even if doesn’t manage to beat its Ryzen 9 rival, it’ll level with it at the very least.
Of course on the down side, it’ll draw more than twice as much power and you’ll need an expensive 360mm AIO cooler to get the spec performance.
Despite being slower than the Core i9 in the single-core test, the Ryzen 9 3900X performs better in crypto-based workloads. The addition of native AVX256 execution to the Zen 2 core has gone a long way, and as you can see, the difference in FP scores is minimal. However, in single-threaded integer workloads, the 10900K’s higher boost clock still plays a deciding role.
Surprisingly, in the multi-threaded benchmark, the Core i9-10900K is faster than the Ryzen 9 3900X in the crypto and AES test. Though the margin is slim, this is quite unexpected given that AES encryption heavily favors the Ryzen 3000 chips.
The INT and FP scores have nothing out of the ordinary. The 3900X takes a fat lead over the 10900K in the latter while the sheer multi-threaded advantage ekes out a win in the integer test as well, though the delta is much smaller in comparison.