Intel Core i9-10900K Review

Enthusiast Desktop processor released in 2020 with 10 cores and 20 threads. With base clock at 3.7GHz, max speed at 5.3GHz, and a 125W power rating. Core i9-10900K is based on the Comet Lake 14nm family and part of the Core i9 series.
Price 66%
Speed 80%
Productivity 58%
Gaming 95%
Category Desktop
Target enthusiast
Socket Compatibility LGA1200
Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 630
Cooler Included No
Overclock Potential 1 %
Year 2020 Model
Price 488 USD
Number of Cores 10 Cores
Number of Threads 20 Threads
Core Frequency 3.7 GHz
Boost Frequency 5.3 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 5.4 GHz
Power Consumption 125 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 20 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 128 GB
Price-Value Score 66 %
Speed Score 80 %
Productivity Score 58 %
Gaming Score 95 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 5.1 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 2.5 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 1.3 %
Overall Score 57/100

The Core i9-10900K is one of Intel's enthusiast Desktop processors. It was released in 2020 with 10 cores and 20 threads. With base clock at 3.7GHz, max speed at 5.3GHz, and a 125W power rating. The Core i9-10900K is based on the Comet Lake 14nm family and is part of the Core i9 series.

Core i9-10900K is also the successor of Intel's last gen Core i9-9900KS processor that was based on the Coffee Lake Refresh and 14nm process and was released in 2019.

Speaking of which, if you want a high-end desktop (HEDT) 16-core processor that can compete with the Intel Core i9-10900K, you’re going to have to drop quite a bit more cash and get something like the $710 AMD Ryzen 9 3950X. And, even if you do go with this AMD chip, you won’t necessarily end up with the same level of performance.

The Intel Core i9-10900K is an absolute behemoth of a processor, as it absolutely should be with its 10 cores, 20 threads and high price tag. If you’re looking for the absolute best processor money can buy on a mainstream processor, then look no further. Whether you’re playing PC games or even doing hardcore video and 3D work, the Intel Core i9-10900K can handle them with ease.

What this all means is that the Intel Core i9-10900K is an absolute beast when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially at this price point. If you're counting on doing some video editing or compiling one hell of an Excel spreadsheet, you're going to see firsthand a performance boost with the Core i9-10900K.

So which should you buy? Let's get that out of the way. Before this comparison review we updated our Best CPU feature and we said you should go with the Ryzen 9 3900X as it comes with a better stock cooler, can be overclocked, and the AM4 platform offers a significantly better upgrade path.

The gaming tests with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti installed in the test system showed the Intel Core i9-10900K was more capable than many might have expected. The basic enthusiast processor from Intel that can be picked up for $488 was able to out perform the Ryzen 9 3950X that runs $710 shipped in the three games we tested on. We know that you can’t test on just three games and declare something the overall victor, but it just goes to show that 10-core processors can still manage to get by today. Being able to play current game titles and stream to Twitch on the Core i9-10900K was something we give playable results, but we were pleasantly surprised. As games become more threaded the ‘value’ in a 10-core processor continues to go down, but you can still get by with something like the Core i9-10900K in a pinch.

Now the biggest question is can Intel’s Core i9 processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 95% in our benchmarks.

Regardless of those external factors, the Core i9-10900K proves it has the chops to be your main gaming system and a just as effective media creation platform – two things that are becoming intrinsically connected in this age of live-streaming, eSports and uploading gameplay videos.

That said, to squeeze out all the potential of this surprisingly potent enthusiast chip, you’ll want (and need) to splurge on an enthusiast-grade H410, Z470, Z490 motherboard.

Which GPU to Pick for Intel Core i9-10900K

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the Intel Core i9-10900K.

Graphics Card Price Cost Per Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 24GB $ 1,599 $ 4.3 375.5 FPS
295.2 FPS
189.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Ti 20GB $ 799 $ 2.3 350.4 FPS
275.5 FPS
176.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX 24GB $ 999 $ 2.9 338.9 FPS
261.5 FPS
152.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 16GB $ 1,199 $ 3.7 325.4 FPS
255.7 FPS
164.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12GB $ 799 $ 2.6 312.6 FPS
245.6 FPS
157.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT 20GB $ 899 $ 2.9 308.1 FPS
237.8 FPS
138.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 5.1 292.5 FPS
221.8 FPS
133.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT 16GB $ 1,099 $ 3.9 280 FPS
216.1 FPS
126.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB $ 1,999 $ 7.3 275.3 FPS
216.3 FPS
138.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB $ 999 $ 3.6 274.2 FPS
209.1 FPS
124.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB $ 649 $ 2.5 258.1 FPS
196.8 FPS
116.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 20GB $ 799 $ 3.1 255 FPS
197.2 FPS
123.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 2.7 254.9 FPS
193.3 FPS
116.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 12GB $ 599 $ 2.4 246.1 FPS
188.6 FPS
119.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 10GB $ 599 $ 2.7 218.7 FPS
167.2 FPS
102.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6800 16GB $ 579 $ 2.8 204.5 FPS
155.9 FPS
92.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 2.6 195 FPS
147.9 FPS
89.3 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 14 179 FPS
140.2 FPS
85.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 7.5 174.3 FPS
136.5 FPS
82.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB $ 479 $ 2.8 172.1 FPS
132.2 FPS
77.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8 GB 8GB $ 399 $ 2.4 169.2 FPS
131.4 FPS
81.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB $ 399 $ 2.5 159.7 FPS
124.4 FPS
76.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 4.4 158.2 FPS
122.6 FPS
74.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 2.6 152.6 FPS
117.8 FPS
70.3 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 19.8 151.6 FPS
118.7 FPS
73.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 8GB $ 299 $ 2 151.5 FPS
118.3 FPS
73.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7600 8GB $ 269 $ 1.8 151.4 FPS
117 FPS
69.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 4.7 149.5 FPS
114.7 FPS
68.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT 8GB $ 379 $ 2.6 143.2 FPS
110 FPS
65.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 5.4 140.1 FPS
109.4 FPS
66.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 3.6 139.3 FPS
105.6 FPS
63.7 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 5.1 137.4 FPS
104.9 FPS
62.3 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 8.7 137.4 FPS
105.6 FPS
65.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 3 133.8 FPS
102.1 FPS
60.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 3.8 132 FPS
98.7 FPS
60.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 8GB $ 200 $ 1.5 132 FPS
102.1 FPS
63.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB $ 329 $ 2.5 131.1 FPS
99.7 FPS
60.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 3.2 125 FPS
91.9 FPS
55.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 2.8 122.6 FPS
93.6 FPS
55.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 4.2 119 FPS
89.5 FPS
53.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 3 117.6 FPS
84.5 FPS
49.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 2.4 115.7 FPS
87.5 FPS
51.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 13.4 111.6 FPS
82.7 FPS
52.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 4.5 111.2 FPS
84.9 FPS
50.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 3.7 110.3 FPS
82.9 FPS
49.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 6GB $ 249 $ 2.3 107.9 FPS
80.5 FPS
48.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 9.3 107.2 FPS
79.6 FPS
47.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 2.7 104.9 FPS
78.9 FPS
46.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 3.8 104.3 FPS
79.4 FPS
47 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 3.9 101.5 FPS
75.6 FPS
44.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 2.3 98.9 FPS
74.4 FPS
44.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 7 93.3 FPS
69.8 FPS
41.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 2.4 93.1 FPS
70 FPS
41.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 3.2 88.4 FPS
64.5 FPS
37.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 7.7 84.8 FPS
66.3 FPS
40.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 2 81.1 FPS
60.8 FPS
36 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 2.5 80.3 FPS
58.6 FPS
33.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 6.9 80 FPS
59.2 FPS
35.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 2.9 78.3 FPS
57.1 FPS
32.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 8.4 77.1 FPS
59.3 FPS
35.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 13.4 74.8 FPS
54.8 FPS
34.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 7.5 72.9 FPS
55.8 FPS
33.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 3.5 72.7 FPS
53.4 FPS
31.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 2.3 72 FPS
52.7 FPS
30.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 6.1 70.1 FPS
53.5 FPS
32.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 2.5 69 FPS
50.8 FPS
30.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 4.9 67.8 FPS
49.4 FPS
30.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 6.1 65.9 FPS
49.8 FPS
30.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 5 65.5 FPS
48.9 FPS
27.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 2.6 64.6 FPS
48.2 FPS
28 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 2.4 61.8 FPS
46 FPS
27.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 3.1 57.7 FPS
43.2 FPS
25.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 4.7 48.5 FPS
36 FPS
21.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 5.7 43.5 FPS
32.4 FPS
18.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 4.6 43.2 FPS
32.1 FPS
18.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 4 42.6 FPS
31.7 FPS
18.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 6.6 42.2 FPS
31.6 FPS
17.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 4.8 41.7 FPS
30.8 FPS
18 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 4.7 36.3 FPS
26.8 FPS
15.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 3 33.5 FPS
24.5 FPS
14.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 4.8 32.9 FPS
23.9 FPS
14.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 4.6 32.3 FPS
22.5 FPS
13.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 4.6 32.1 FPS
21.8 FPS
13.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 4.7 29.6 FPS
21.7 FPS
12.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 5.2 28.6 FPS
18.6 FPS
11.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 3.4 23.4 FPS
17.2 FPS
10 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 3.5 22.4 FPS
16.4 FPS
9.2 FPS

Related Discussions and Issues

GranularPedantry August 06, 2020

SFF Help - Cooling a 10900k in a 2u case.

Does anyone have any experience cooling this or a similar chip with low-profile coolers? It's going in a rack so AIO or liquid isn't an option.

GranularPedantry August 06, 2020

Nah, she'll be fine.

It's not really SFF, but I'm pretty sure most posters on here have more experience with SFF cases than rackmount chassis.

bblzd_2 August 06, 2020

Only that 10900K uses over 250W at factory settings so would require a 250W TDP cooling solution running at 100% fan speed.

raybasto July 15, 2020

10900k Overclocking Help -1 WHEA after 8 hours of RealBench full load

I ran RealBench for 8 hours and got 1 WHEA error. Is that concerning? Should I continue to go up in core voltage until I get 0 WHEA after 8 hours? Thanks in advance

Intel 10900k MSI Gaming Edge Wifi

CPU ratio: 51 Ring ratio: 43 XMP enabled: DDR4 3600Mhz 16-19-19-39 1.350v

CPU core voltage monitor: VCC sense CPU core voltage mode: Override mode CPU core voltage: 1.365v (1.288v under full load) VCCIO: Auto (1.256v in bios, 1.2v under full load) VCCSA: Auto (1.198v in bios, 1.275 under full load) LLC: 6

CPU package temp: 88-93 under full load Ambient temp: 95 degrees

spamharderdaddy July 15, 2020

Drop the voltage, drop the clock to 5GHz. You get less stable with higher temps.

Also try occt, it tends to expose instability quicker.

Bass_Junkie_xl July 15, 2020

add more voltage its unstable .
if your barley passing real bench prime 95 will definitely fail
prime 95 needs 0.030 + more voltage then real bench .

if your 1.30v try 1.31 v

raybasto July 15, 2020

I could pass RealBench and Prime95 non AVX for hours without BSOD. I just get 1 WHEA error with prolonged use. I’m trying LLC mode 4 right now

nottatard July 15, 2020

Try dropping VCCIO+VCCSA. Personally I'd try dropping vccio 0.2v and vccsa by 0.03v (off load voltages) should be plenty for dram @ 3600 at those timings. At the very least they're both unnecessarily high and increasing cpu temps.

LLC6 is max? Voltages seam pretty tight. Wouldn't surprise me if your whea is triggered by drop in load/transient response. From my experience, higher the LLC equals substantially increased likeliness of instability issues arising from dropping out of load, rather than instability during load.

raybasto July 15, 2020

LLC mode 6 isn’t max, mode 8 is max. I lowered LLC mode to 5 to see if that helps. I will try lowering vccio and vccsa once I get it to a stable voltage with no whea errors. It seems from lowering the LLC, I’m getting less whea errors already so I hope this works

Peryite77 July 20, 2020

Exhausted with the 10900k please help

I’ve said this a lot here and I spend constant effort to nail this. Recap on specs

10900k on Asus Maximus XII hero Nzxt z73 360mm AiO 3600mhz 32gb cl16 ram (4x8gb) xmp I on

Overclocking to only 5.0ghz that’s all I want

Stable on manual is 1.3 with load line calibration level 5. Passed everything including 2 hours of prime95 small fft AVX off temps max at 77C after 2 hours.

-Swapped to adaptive with these settings-

Adaptive, auto offset, + offset sign

Max turbo voltage 1.300

SVID enable and SVID behavior best case

Cache max ratio x47

IA AC/DC loadlines set to .01

Load like calibration level 5

Vccio 1.1 System agent voltage 1.2

I can pass cinebench, realbench, OCCT large data set with AVX2 but I get about 20 minutes in prime95 and blue screen. I attribute this to vdroop but I need some help from someone who knows adaptive voltage on Asus.

Do I raise max turbo voltage? Do I add an offset not auto? Do I raise LLC? I just have no idea and with my current settings my scores and temps are amazing. I want this OC to work. I game and edit via adobe premiere so a bit of 1080p encoding.

Im begging for help(please don’t just say “just use manual”) that’s not what I want.

-Aiden-IRL July 20, 2020

Dude, if it isnt stable and you really cant get it to be stable, then lower the clocks to 4.9, you wont notice the difference in ANY application you use, nothing will change, it will still be the fastest gaming CPU on the market currently, dont frustrate yourself with a ''MaGiC'' 5ghz number for no reason, its literally way above spec at 4.9ghz all core

ir88ed July 20, 2020

Avx is just slowing your processor down so that avx instructions don't kill it because those particular types of operations are quite difficult and generate a lot of heat. Just increase the avx setting another notch, and the CPU will run a hundred megahertz lower and you should pass.

Bass_Junkie_xl July 20, 2020

adding say + 0.020 v offset will add +0.020 v to both non avx and avx voltage .
if your 1.30v is dropping down to say 1.21v with load line 5 and is failing prime 95 with avx but all other non avx tittles like games and asus real bench all pass you need to add some offset + . try adding + 0.016v offset . intel works in 0.016v stacks .

try that then keep your hw info 64 app sensors tab open and watch what you drop down to under games and avx loads write it down . do these new changes go back re test write down what its dropping down to ect .

you can add + offset 0.016v or 0.020v or keep it the same and adjust your load line 1 notch higher but dubble check hardware info 64 sensors tab vcore min/max/avg with new load line change could be over shooting so you would then use less total turbo voltage 1.28v example .

GoombazLord July 20, 2020

/u/Bass_Junkie_xl is offering some solid advice. Try changing your voltage offset from auto (aka +0mv) to the smallest positive value available in your BIOS. If you still fail your P95 stress test, you can continue to raise your offset incrementally. Keep an eye on your CPU's core temp, as long as it's below 85C you have zero to reason stress about it in the slightest.

jjgraph1x July 20, 2020

Are you using an AVX offset? What values are you getting for CPU voltage at idle and under load? How does this compare to your stable, manual OC?

Jaz1140 July 20, 2020

Honestly if it was stable in everything you listed and not prime 95...if just roll with it. Almost nothing you can do it a real workstation scenario will push it like prime anyway

Peryite77 July 21, 2020

So I’ve passed 2 hours of OCCT large data sets AVX2, passed 4 hours of ROG realbench 2.56, 30 minutes of cinebench r20 loops. I get about 20 minutes into prime95 and unless I crank up LLC or offset I can’t pass it and it produces a bit of heat that is right outside what my cooler can keep up with.

sultry_eyes July 20, 2020

Hello OP.

I think you understand when adaptive voltage takes effect. I can further explain it a little bit.

From my understanding, adaptive voltage kicks in when you use a turbo frequency. So if you set all core sync = 50x, then your adaptive voltage will kick in at 50x. When your CPU kicks down to something lower than 50x or a non-turbo multiplier, the CPU will revert back to its V/F point curve.

If you add an offset voltage on top of your adaptive manual voltage, that offset voltage will add to your turbo frequency or when your all core = 50x kicks in AND it also adds to the CPU's default V/F point curve.

You can also read a bit more about the features of your Z490 motherboard in the links below. Note that the original thread is for Z390 motherboard features, however most of them still apply to Z490 since the features did not change much from 9th gen intel to 10th gen intel.

Hope this helps explain a few things. But in general I think if you are crashing in prime95, it just means that there is a heavier AVX demand enabled and you need higher voltage for the more demanding workload.

In your post it says you can pass prime95 w/o AVX for 2 hours, but then when you run prime95 with AVX2, you crash within 20 minutes. Just up your voltage for this more demanding workload.

edit: To summarize Adaptive voltage is good because you can set the turbo (50x) mode voltage to what you require, while the CPU's non turbo mode (power saving frequencies) voltage will use it's default V/F curve settings instead. And offset (+/-) will add or subtract to both the adaptive (turbo) voltage and default CPU (nonturbo) voltage.

edit#2: Take a look at the link above around post# 9. See the imgur link below on the VF tool released by Shamino. I think he works for asus and has access to tools before they are released on the asus support website.

Peryite77 July 21, 2020

This is all wonderful info thank you. It’s been frustrating to say the least. I’m annoyed that everything will pass at lower vcore minus prime95 no AVX. I don’t feel like the load voltage is that low and many retail level 10900k’s are handling it just fine. It really feels like a true loss on the silicon lottery tbh. In your opinion since you seem very knowledgeable on this; if I can pass everything like ROG realbench for 4 hours, OCCT large data set AVX2 for 2 hours and cinebench loops for 30 minutes and all my temps are great do I really need worry about prime95 small fft?? When will gaming or adobe premiere EVER EVER impose that sort of load on the cpu?

cben27 July 21, 2020

Drop cache to 45, set vcore and llc accordingly. I guarantee if you drop the cache to 45 you will be able to get it stable.

Peryite77 July 21, 2020

I assume because higher cache requires more vcore?

VrOtk July 20, 2020

Bro, stop. It's impossible to get stable all-core 5.0 for AVX or any demanding workloads on any of intel chips. I've tested it myself many times with 8700k and 9900k - it's hard to get even 4.8 all-core, because of how much voltage it requires, and thus cooling becomes impossible even with custom loops.

GoombazLord July 20, 2020

Many people have accomplished this with AiO coolers, you don't need a custom loop setup. If the silicon lottery is against you then sure, this might be an unrealistic goal, but reaching a stable 5.0ghz (AVX) OC is far from impossible.

Vanyamish August 08, 2020

Need Help with i9 10900k overclock

Need help overclocking i9 10900k Some videos online but not much to go on. I'm fairly new to everything and I'm leaning something new everyday. Just finished overclocking my Asus Rog strix 2070 super Gaming Advanced and feel extremely proud even though I just followed instructions. Hope someone can reach out and lend a hand with a proper and semi safe overclock.

Thanks in advance

Vanyamish August 08, 2020

Water cooling idle at 28c and 50c at strain. 350 watts more with PSU then was recommended for my build.

Just need to know the steps needed in bios to properly overclock this CPU. I know nothing about it and don't want to over do it or mess up.

Tschnep August 08, 2020

Step one: sell 10900k, Step two: buy Ryzen, Step three: overclock Ryzen, Step four: experience happiness.

hack-game-dance August 08, 2020

If the OP is a gamer the 10900k is still king. Besides Ryzen doesn't over much unless you're using exotic cooling (LN2 for example).

Don't get me wrong Ryzen is a better general purpose architecture, but still loses in games and single threaded tasks. There are reasons not to buy it.

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Critics Reviews

The Core i9-10900K's ten cores and 20 threads operate at a 3.7 GHz base frequency when all cores are loaded, but that can improve to 4.8 GHz via the normal Turbo Boost, and up to 4.9 GHz via Intel ...
The Core i9-10900K does bring a few changes. Intel officials said the chip uses a thinner die and thinner solder thermal interface material (STIM) to improve thermal dissipation.
The Core i9-10900K is a 10-core, 20-thread processor sporting a base frequency of 3.7 GHz and a single core turbo of 5.3 GHz using Intel’s new Thermal Velocity Boost. When compared to its ...
For your delight and delectation, I present to you the Intel Core i9 10900K. This is the top desktop CPU in the 10th Gen Intel Comet Lake lineup and represents the first time the company has ...
The Intel Core i9-10900K comes at a time when Intel has gone from its position as the de facto desktop CPU leader to the underdog. Thanks to processors from its direct rival, like the AMD Ryzen 9 ...
The Core i9-10900K costs a hefty £530, and the price of the CPU isn’t the only cost involved here. For starters, Comet Lake has a new socket – it’s called LGA 1200. That means a new chipset ...
The Core i9-10900K is the tip of Intel's spear in its newest 10th Generation Core ("Comet Lake-S") lineup of desktop CPUs.As a top-of-the-line 10-core processor (the estimated selling price is ...
The Core i9-10900K is a beast of a gaming CPU; it’s also rapid in content creation, closely following the Ryzen 9 3900X in many tests, despite having fewer cores. AMD’s 3rd-gen Ryzen CPUs offer better value when it comes to content creation, but they lack the all-round chart-topping gaming performance of the Core i9-10900K.
For the case of the Core i9 parts, Intel’s Thermal Velocity Boost (TVB) limits for the i9-10900K are 5.3 GHz single core, 4.9 GHz all-core, and after the turbo budget is used, the CPU will ...