According to recent reports, Intel is going to release a new 10-Core Comet Lake processor, the i9 10850K. This is probably Intel’s answer to the upcoming AMD Ryzen 3750X and the 3850X processors. But how a 10 Core/20 Threads processor will compare to a 16 Core/32 Threads processor remains to be seen.
Intel’s other 10 Core processor, the i9 10900K released in April but isn’t extensively available due to their supply chain issues that date all the way back to 2017. It seems that there has always been a shortage of Intel’s 14nm processors. The rumored i9 10850K will help in negating these issues while offering a cheaper alternative to the 10900K. According to Geekbench, it will feature a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz and boost up to 5.2 GHz, along with 20 MB of L3 cache. Compared to the i9 10900K, it’s around 100 MHz slower, both in base and boost clock speeds. Even the multi-core scores are slower by only 5%. Expect it to have the same power rating as the latter at 125W TDP.
While there’s no information as to if and when it will be available in retail, we can make some educated guesses. Firstly, since it is an unlocked processor (as can be determined from the ‘K’ moniker), we can expect it to not be a part of Apple’s upcoming iMac. Moreover, since it’s going to fill the gap between the i9 10900K and the i7 10700K, expect it to be priced around $400-$450, which is pretty good for a 10 Core processor. It will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the competition.
Stay tuned for more updates!
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