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Intel's 10-core i9-10850K is now available to order in the UK - £70 cheaper than an i9-10900K

Is the extra 100MHz worth the extra £70?

Intel's 10-core i9-10850K is now available to order in the UK - £70 cheaper than an i9-10900K

Intel's 10-core i9-10850K is now available to order in the UK - £70 cheaper than an i9-10900K

Intel has added a new processor to its 10th Generation i9 lineup, a new value-oriented offering which delivers customers similar performance levels to their 10-core flagship, the i9-10900K, while offering customers a lot more value for money.  

Now, Intel's i9-10850K has become available to pre-order in the UK, with Scan offering customers an asking price of £479.99 and a due date of July 31st. For context, its i9-10900K and 10900KF processors are out of stock, and pre-order due dates in mid-August. 

At Scan, Intel's i9-10900K is currently priced at £549.98 and their i9-10900KF is priced at £524.99. This makes Intel's i9-10850K roughly £70 and £45 cheaper than the i9-10900K and i9-10900KF respectively, while also having a due date that's two weeks earlier. 

The i9-10850K is Intel's high-end value offering

With Intel's i9-10850K, Intel is offering its customers a lower price tag than their i9-10900K with practically no downsides. Yes, the processor features clock speeds which are 100MHz lower in all instances, but when this thing can boost to over 5GHz, real-world performance differences between the i9-10850K and i9-10900K are minimal. 

In most cases, we would expect Intel's i9-10850K to offer performance levels which are within 2-3% of Intel's i9-10900K. That difference is easily within the margin of error for many performance tests, representing a performance difference which is meaningless to most end users. As a K-series processor, Intel i9-10850K users could also regain this lost performance through overclocking, though it is likely that the i9-10850K will use lower quality silicon when compared to Intel's i9-10900K. 

With a sub-5% performance difference between an i9-10850K and an i9-10900K and a £70 price reduction (a 12.7% price reduction), the i9-10850K offers Intel users a lot of value for money when compared to Intel's existing offerings. Even so, purchasers will need to compare this to AMD's current offerings, as Scan currently sells AMD's Ryzen 9 3900X (OEM edition) for as little as £395.99

Intel's 10-core i9-10850K is now available to order in the UK - £70 cheaper than an i9-10900K  
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28-07-2020, 03:24:35

Avet
This is the actual 10900K and the 10900K we got is the KS model. They just released CPUs the other way around. KS first then regular K now with 10850K. Intel just needed the biggest gun to lead the way.Quote

28-07-2020, 04:55:07

Warchild
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Originally Posted by Avet View Post
This is the actual 10900K and the 10900K we got is the KS model. They just released CPUs the other way around. KS first then regular K now with 10850K. Intel just needed the biggest gun to lead the way.
You think that, but they are releasing a KA model soon, although no details have been mentioned surrounding what KA is.Quote

28-07-2020, 05:09:33

66racer
So they can't keep a 10900k in stock and they are now releasing another sku? If Intel has not claimed yield issues on the 10900k, I would think this confirms it.Quote

28-07-2020, 11:10:22

demonking
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Originally Posted by 66racer View Post
So they can't keep a 10900k in stock and they are now releasing another sku? If Intel has not claimed yield issues on the 10900k, I would think this confirms it.
I think this is to add more availability to their products. There may well have been a few 10900's that simple could not maintain those clock speeds but function in all other fashions as a 10900k. Makes sense, saves Intel money, saves e-waste, offers something in the same ball park in performance.
Once the wafer is cut if it doesn't meet the criteria for a 10900k they might have relegated these to i7's or i5's previously when really should they be simply because they can't keep up with intels ludicrous clocks they need to stay as "the best gaming CPU's" and show progressQuote
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