Intel Core i9-10850K 10C/20T Comet Lake-S CPU On LGA1200 Socket Compatibility With Z490 Motherboards Confirmed By ASUS and ASRock

Multiple 10th-Gen Intel Comet Lake-S CPUs are now appearing online with tweaked specifications. The latest one from the latest 10th Gen Desktop CPU is the Core i9-10850K. The CPU is similar to the Core i9-10900K but offers a slightly lower price for slightly lower clock speeds.

Intel appears to be offering a better value-for-money proposition with the upcoming 10th-Gen Intel Comet Lake-S CPUs. While the Core i9 Series usually command a premium price, the Core i9-10850K has been intentionally positioned slightly below the Core i9-10900K and at just a 100Mhz speed loss, it could certainly be a better-priced option.

Intel Core i9-10850K 10C/20T Comet Lake-S CPU Appears Online As Budget Option In 10th-Gen Core i9 Series?

Intel’s new Core i9-10850K was previously rumored to be priced at $450 or so. This is about $50 savings over the MSRP of the top-of-the-line Core i9-10900K.  Incidentally, the seemingly “budget” option in the premium Core i9 Series has already been listed by multiple retailers for around 473 EUR, 460 GBP, or 445 USD.  Needless to add, the Core i9-10850K is an interesting alternative to the faster model.

Major Intel motherboard makers, including ASUS and ASRock, are already listing the new CPU model support on selected Z490 motherboards. These motherboards merely need a minor BIOS update to support the new CPU.

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The Intel Core i9-10850K CPU (SKU: BX8070110850K) will feature 10 Cores and 20 Threads. The final or retail clock speeds for the chip will be configured at 3.60 GHz Base Clock and a record-breaking 5.20 GHz Boost Clock Speeds.

Simple observation will indicate the Intel Core i9-10850K is nearly identical to the Core i9-10900K. The Core i9-10900K features a Base Clock of 3.70GHz and can go up to 5.30GHz under Boost Clock Speeds. Both the CPUs feature 20 MB of L3 and 2.5 MB of L2 cache.

There’s no mention of the exact TDP Profile of the Comet Lake-S Intel Core i9-10850K. However, considering that the rest of the unlocked chips come with a PL1 profile of 125W TDP, buyers can expect the same from the Core i9-10850K. According to the retailer’s listings, the CPU is about $55 cheaper than the Core i9-10900K’s official MSRP.

Intel Core i9-10850K Will Compete Against AMD’s Ryzen 9 3900X:

It is apparent that Intel is attempting to position the Intel Core i9-10850K against ZEN 2-based AMD Ryzen 9 3900X. While Intel’s CPU may appear to be priced competitively, it sports a $50 premium over the Ryzen 9 3900X which retails at around $400.

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It could be difficult for Intel to convince buyers to opt for Core i9-10900K which sports a $500 MSRP, let alone the Core i9-10850K, which is priced at around $445 when compared against the ZEN 2-based AMD Ryzen 9 3900X. While the Comet Lake-S CPUs are manufactured on the archaic 14nm Architecture, the ZEN 2 Architecture is manufactured the 7nm Fabrication Node.

The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X operates at a base frequency of 3.80GHz, which is equivalent to Core i9-10900K, but the AMD CPU can go only up to 4.6GHz. Needless to add, gamers and enthusiasts who wish to push their systems would appreciate Intel’s 10th-Gen Comet Lake-S CPU. However, it is equally important to observe the Ryzen 9 3900X is a 12 Core 24 Thread CPU, which will certainly help not only in single-core but multi-core tasks as well.

Alap Naik Desai


A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.