Intel has a Core i9 10900KS: more Comet Lake at the time of Rocket Lake?

Intel will introduce its Rocket Lake processors in the first quarter. We already have information about the raw performance level. The alleged SKUs have also surfaced, so we know that in addition to Rocket Lake chips, Comet Lake-S will probably also be used again. In a Intel-document can be seen that simultaneously a Core i9 10900KS should appear on the market that also uses the Comet Lake-S-die.

Intel introduced the Core i9 9900KS in 2019, a chip that is only marginally faster than the regular 9900K. A ‘Core i9 10900KS’ based on Comet Lake-S has never been introduced. However, it is listed in the qualification file of the Intel Software Advantage Program. The big difference between the 9900K and the 9900KS was in the clock speed: the 9900KS was a CPU that gave all cores a boost clock speed of 5 GHz by default. This made it the fastest Intel processor out of the box in terms of single-core performance.

Rocket Lake will offer up to 8 cores and 16 threads, while Comet Lake will have up to 10 cores and 20 threads. Rocket Lake makes up for this in part by having the Cypress Cove cores higher ipcvalue, yet current information suggests that the Core i9 10900K will be faster than the Core i9 11900K in a multi-threaded test. Perhaps that will be the main selling point for this as yet undisclosed Core i9 10900KS.

The listing does not necessarily imply that Intel will actually introduce the chip. It could just be or is being considered. The Core i9 10900K is already notorious for its enormous power consumption, a chip that is probably the only difference that will offer a higher all-core boost clock speed will most likely further increase power consumption.


The Core i9 10900K consumed an average of 184.2 watts in Cinebench R20 in our tests.

Source: Intel


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