A new 9900K: The Intel Core i7-10700K

The Intel Core i7-10700K has 8 cores, 16 threads and a high turbo clock. Sounds a lot like the fastest gaming processor of the last generation: The Intel Core i9-9990K. Indeed the new 10th Gen processor shows a very similar performance. It’s very strong in games, almost as strong as the more expensive i9-10900K. But it’s not a big step up from the i5-10600K, with its 6 cores, 12 threads and a similar high clock:

But in applications the difference to the i5 gets bigger:

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It’s the Ryzen 9 3900X however that’s the interesting alternative for those.

To me it seems like there are not many reasons right now to get the new i7. For gaming, it’s too expensive compared to the similar performing i5-10600K, and the Ryzen 5 3600 is thanks to its low price and relatively high performance an even more attractive alternative. Outside of gaming it has to compete against Ryzen processors with more cores and threads. Maybe an option for builds that need an Intel processor for a specific software, as well as high clocks and many cores, and where the budget for the 10900K is not available. Things might change in a few years when more software and games start to rely on 8 real cores, but that should take a while.

That was the last of the new Intel processors for now. Everything is now rated and the system is prepared. The update to use their max watt usage for the energy usage estimation is online, making sure the power supply will not be underpowered. The correct socket 1200 boards will be selected, and their prices are tracked. When available the recommender will use those new parts for price optimized builds.