Intelâ€™s 10th gen Core i9-10900K isâ€”without a doubtâ€”exactly as Intel has described it: â€œthe worldâ€™s fastest gaming CPU.â€�
Intelâ€™s problem has been weaknesses outside of gaming, and its overall performance value compared to AMDâ€™s Ryzen 3000 chips. With the Core i9-10900K, Intel doesnâ€™t appear to be eliminating that gap, but it could get close enough that you might not care.
What is Core i9-10900K?
Despite its 10th-gen naming, Intelâ€™s newest desktop chips continue to be built on the companyâ€™s aging 14nm process. How old is it? It was first used with theÂ 5th-gen Core i7-5775C desktop chip from 2015. Many tricks, optimizations, and much binning later, we have the flagship consumer Core i9-10900K, announced April 30. The CPU features 10 cores and Hyper-Threading for a total of 20 threads, with a list price of $488.