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Intel Core i9-10850K 10 Core Desktop CPU launches tomorrow for about $ 450

It seems that Intel is ready to introduce its latest 10th generation desktop CPU, the Core i9-10850K, tomorrow. Part of the 10th generation Comet Lake Desktop CPU family, the Core i9-10850K is similar to the Core i9-10900K, but offers a slightly lower price for slightly lower clock speeds that won’t make a big difference in overall performance.

Intel’s Core i9-10850K officially launched, 10 cores up to 5.2 GHz for $ 453 US

Update (27/07/2020): Intel has officially introduced its Core i9-10850K CPU with exactly the same specifications as reported here. The price of the CPU is set at $ 453, which is $ 35 US less than the Core i9-10900K and features a 100 MHz lower base / boost clock.

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According to the Korean technical outlet, Quasar Zone (through Hardware times), it is reported that the Core i9-10850K will be launched on July 27 (Monday) at 11:50 pm Korean Standard Time. This means an embargo lift around 7:50 am (Pacific Time) worldwide. It has still not been confirmed whether this chip would be available in stores immediately after embargolift, or whether we should wait for the CPU to hit retail shelves.

Intel Core i9-10850K CPU specifications

Summarizing the specifications, the Intel Core i9-10850K CPU (BX8070110850K) has 10 cores and 20 threads. The final clock speeds for the chip are configured on a 3.60 GHz base (3.70 GHz on the Core i9-10900K) and 5.2 GHz boost (5.3 GHz on the Core i9-10900K). The CPU retains 20 MB L3 and a total of 2.5 MB L2 cache.

A photo released on April 30, 2020 shows a dice from a 10th generation Intel Core processor. (Source: Intel Corporation)

No TDP is mentioned for this particular part, but since the rest of the unlocked chips have a 125W (PL1) profile, we can expect the same from the Core i9-10850K. From the previous article, we concluded that the price of the Core i9-10850K should drop to about $ 450 US, which is $ 50 US less than the official list price of the Core i9-10900K.

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Intel 10th generation unlocked CPU specifications:

CPU nameCores / ThreadsBasic clockSingle-core boost clockTurbo Boost Max 3.0 (Single-Core)All Core Boost ClockCacheTDPprice
Intel Core i9-10900K10/203.7 GHz5.1 GHz
5.3 GHz (speed)
5.2 GHz4.8 GHz
4.9 GHz (speed)
20 MB125W$ 488 US.
Intel Core i9-10900KF10/203.7 GHz5.1 GHz
5.3 GHz (speed)
5.2 GHz4.8 GHz
4.9 GHz (speed)
20 MB125W$ 472 US.
Intel Core i9-10850K10/203.6 GHz5.2 GHzN / A4.8 GHz20 MB125W$ 453 US.
Intel Core i7-10700K8/163.8 GHz5.0 GHz5.1 GHz4.7 GHz16 MB125W$ 374 US.
Intel Core i7-10700KF8/163.8 GHz5.0 GHz5.1 GHz4.7 GHz16 MB125W$ 349 US
Intel Core i5-10600K6/124.1 GHz4.8 GHzN / A4.5 GHz12 MB125W$ 262 US.
Intel Core i5-10600KF6/124.1 GHz4.8 GHzN / A4.5 GHz12 MB125W$ 237 US.

We’ve already seen the chip in retail at various online retailers, and have also seen the chip on several pre-built and high-end desktop gaming PCs. The Intel Core i9-10850K is not intended to replace an existing 10th-generation CPU, but it does provide users with access to a 10-core CPU with an unlocked design, as the flagship Core i9-10900K suffers worldwide. The i9-10900K CPU is also largely unavailable and is lacking in major stores.

No matter how mature the 14nm process is now, a chip like Core i9-10900K is difficult to manufacture and the shortage can be a problem with the yields of the Core i9-10900K SKU. This may have led Intel to offer the Core i9-10850K with a slightly lower box at a lower price. Then there is also the question about the recently unveiled KA series that also includes the Core i9-10850KA. We do not yet have specific features of the KA variants, but they are priced between the standard ‘K’ and ‘KF’ series parts.

In April 2020, Intel announces new desktop processors as part of the 10th generation Intel Core processor families, including Intel’s flagship Core i9-10900K processor, the world’s fastest gaming processor. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

The Core i9-10850K will still have to compete with AMD’s Ryzen 9 3900X, which has no availability issues and has a retail price of less than $ 400 US, while offering more cores, threads and better multi-threading performance. We’ve already seen how the chip performs against the Ryzen 9 3900X and the Core i9-10900K in the previous post, but we’ll keep you posted as we see more benchmarks tomorrow.

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