There is a new player in town. The Core i9-10850K, the subject of rumors for a few weeks, has finally been added to Intel’s catalog. This high-end 10-core processor is due to hit the market in the next few days, arguably at a price of $ 30- $ 50 lower – at best – than the current spearhead of 10 processors.e generation (codename Comet Lake-S), the Core i9-10900K.
The latter is, as a reminder, sold between 590 and 650 euros at present. Intel has not yet given any official price, but we expect a minimum price of 440 dollars, or about 450 euros. A positioning that could lower the price of the Core i7-10700K, sold on average 450 euros for the hour and bring it below the 400 euros mark.
For a few megahertz less
The 10850K is a real chip cut for gaming and voracious applications, both in number of cores and high frequencies.
To put it simply, the 10850K is 100 MHz less “powerful” than the 10900K while offering the same advantages or almost (absence of professional certifications).
Thus, the chip offers 10 calculation units hyperthreadées, clocked at 3.6 GHz base and can go up to 5.2 GHz in Turbo Boost 2.0 mode or 5.1 GHz in 3.0 mode.
Thermal Velocity Boost – a technology introduced two years ago – is also in the game and pushes the chip to 5.2 GHz until a certain temperature plateau is reached.
The consumption of the chip is given for 125 watts, identical to that of the 10900K and, just like on the latter, it is possible to subvolve the processor to 95 watts so that its nominal frequency naturally drops to 3.3 GHz.
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A Core i9 easy to make and to counter future Ryzen 4000?
Very close to the Core i9-10900K, the 10850K is officially integrated into the Intel ranges. According to the founder:
« This processor is our response to all the feedback from our users. They want to have chips offered at particular price points so that they have a choice when switching platforms without compromising on performance. ».
As we said the 10900K is sold around 620 euros, and the reference “K” – just below it on the price lists – is the Core i7-10700K, offered at around 450 euros (8c / 16t at 3, 8 / 5.1 GHz) and which is already a beautiful workhorse.
Some corridor noise suggests that the release of the 850K is more motivated by an industrial problem than a commercial one. In production, the characteristics of the 900K would be achieved by a fairly small number of circuits. Many, on the other hand, would manage without difficulty to reach the speeds announced for the 850K, which would have motivated its creation.
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Perhaps this is also a way to anticipate the future arrivals of the Ryzen 4000 series for PC gamers which should, we hope, turn the current situation around on the price-core-performance ratio of CPUs.
Source : Intel