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Intel Core i9-10900KF: leak suggests it’s ready to take on AMD’s Ryzen 9 3900X

A new leaked benchmark seems to show that Intel’s incoming Core i9-10900KF processor could be a match for AMD’s Ryzen 9 3900X, and it’s certainly a more positive indication than the latest nugget from the rumor mill. Of course, keep in mind that this is indeed just a rumor, but in this case, the alleged 3DMark result comes from a flat tire with a certain pedigree, Rogame.

As you can see, the Intel 10900KF managed to achieve a Time Spy CPU score of 12,412. The ‘KF’ designation, if you’re wondering, refers to the fact that the chip is unlocked (for overclocking – that’s what the K stands for) and has no integrated GPU (F).

According to the benchmark, the 10-core (20 wire) processor has a 3.7GHz base clock and a boost to 5.3GHz.

So how does it compare to AMD’s competing products? Rogame has previously highlighted the benchmarks Ryzen 9 3900X where that 12-core CPU scores of 13,650, 13,193 and 12,857.

Of course, those benchmarks were running in different systems, so while this new 10900KF leak shows it’s a little slower at 12,412, what we should remember is that the Intel score was achieved with a few 8GB DDR4 sticks of RAM running at 2,400MHz.

While the Ryzen results were recorded with more memory, and faster stuff to boot – 32GB of 3,800MHz 3,400 MHz and 3,200 MHz RAM respectively, going from the fastest to the slowest score – which will affect the results and skew them in favor of the AMD processors.

So while it’s difficult to make a direct comparison in this case because of the differences between the PCs running the benchmarks, it seems that Intel’s flagship Comet Lake is roughly forming to be a match for the 3900X. Also note that a previous Core i9-10900K result – executed with slightly faster 2,666MHz memory, and 64GB of it – scored 13,142.

The side of the equation we don’t know anything about is, of course, the price Intel will pay for this silicon. AMD’s Ryzen 3900X – which was voted ‘best in class’ processor in our review – has a retail asking price of $499, although it can be had online from over $420 (it’s currently thrown at around £400 in the UK, around AU$780 in Australia).

The other bone of contention here is that we’re not sure when the next generation of Comet Lake desktop processors from Intel will arrive, but we hope to hear more about these chips soon enough. Unfortunately, all the talk about how the CPUs can be slowed down, and the latest speculation is that we might wait until June for the great unveiling of Intel.

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