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Intel Core i9-10900K Review 2021

With the Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel is hoping to take back the throne. Thanks to processors from its direct rival, like the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, the manufacturer has been losing performance battles left and right. It’s gone from its position as the de facto desktop CPU leader to the underdog, even losing some of its market share.

The flagship Intel Core i9-10900K, along with the rest of the Comet Lake-S lineup, is its attempt at changing that. And, what a valiant effort it is, bringing in a whopping 10 cores and 20 threads – that’s two extra cores over its predecessor, the Core i9-9900K – alongside boost clocks of up to 5.3GHz across one or two cores.

But, is that enough for the Intel Core i9-10900K to hold its own against Team Red? Not quite. It loses ground to the 9900K when it comes to raw gaming performance and doesn’t quite beat the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X in most processor-intensive workloads. Unfortunately, it isn’t excelling anywhere, and is hard to recommend.

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