Product Brief: 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Desktop Processors

Intel helps power the world’s fastest gaming desktop PCs with the 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10900K processor.1 2

Key Features

  • Elite Performance

  • Seamless Connectivity & Stunning Visual Experiences

  • Advanced Tuning Support



With an optimal balance of frequency, cores and threads, advanced tuning support,
and blazing connectivity, new 10th Generation Intel® Core™ processors help supercharge desktop PCs and enable incredible experiences and productivity for gamers, content creators, and mainstream users. Shatter the performance barrier and enter the realm of immersive 4K entertainment experiences and play the latest gaming titles like never before. Or simply get work done in less time by supercharging the latest business productivity applications for a higher level of collaboration and productivity. Whether you’re seeking great performance out of the box, or just want to take advantage of overclocking, there’s a new 10th Generation Intel® Core™ processor for you.

Elite Performance

We’re introducing Intel’s fastest gaming processor with the 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10900k processor and you can gain a competitive edge in both work and play. Prepare to unleash your ideas like never before, enjoy and share incredible PC gaming or get work done in less time.

When it comes to your desktop PC, you can’t have too much speed. Whether enjoying the latest games or getting more done with the latest productivity apps, processor speed matters. That’s why Intel engineers developed Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost (Intel® TVB).1 By enabling processor speeds of up to 5.3GHz right out of the box, you’re free to enjoy fast performance—whatever you’re looking to accomplish.

Sometimes you need your PC to bring an extra boost—whether it’s transcoding that 4K video edit or launching that new game you just installed. Now, with Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, you can experience an automatic performance boost when running lightly threaded applications. And with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology) now available across the entire 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor family, you can multitask with confidence, and do more simultaneously, no matter which Intel® Core™ processor you choose.

Your PC runs at its best when its components work great together. System RAM plays a vital role in helping to enable smooth, responsive performance. With select processors supporting the latest cutting-edge DDR4-2933 RAM speeds3 4, you can be confident that your entire desktop PC platform will be able to offer exceptional responsiveness.

By collaborating with over 200 top independent software vendors, Intel’s engineers have worked tirelessly to ensure that many of today’s most popular games, game engines, and middleware run great on Intel® processor-based desktop PCs and help enable elite gaming experiences. By focusing on things like high frame rates, exceptional visual fidelity, and smooth game play, Intel continues to show our commitment to bringing exceptional gaming to life. When you want to play with your desktop PC, you can make the most of it with performance from Intel.

10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10900K Processor

Intel's Fastest Gaming Processor

Get Amazing Overclocking Headroom

With an Unlocked 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor

Seamless Connectivity & Stunning Visual Experiences

Unleash the flexibility to do more with best-in-class connectivity, immersive entertainment and enhanced streaming.

Enjoy fast transfers of large files with greater than 2X the network speeds5 6 of 1GB Ethernet—no new cabling required. New 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor-based desktop PCs support the new Intel® Ethernet Connection I225. Or cut the cord and take things wireless with Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201.

Wi-Fi 6 networks deliver enhanced performance to PCs with Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), even when many devices are connected simultaneously.5 6

You don’t have to suffer through long wait times, frequent buffering, and glitchy gaming—experience faster Wi-Fi performance with Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) PCs, even on home networks with a growing variety of devices.

Smooth streaming and HD entertainment enable immersive, full-screen 4K and 360° viewing. Tackle that PowerPoint, polish some photos in Lightroom, or stream back-to-back episodes of your favorite Netflix show, all with the confidence that you’re getting the performance you need, when you need it.

You’ll be able to experience more responsive online experiences and file transfers, nearly 3X faster downloads, and more reliable connections with support for the latest generation of gigabit Wi-Fi. Who wouldn’t appreciate the freedom and flexibility to connect anywhere throughout the home or office?5 6

Advanced Tuning Support

Gain ultimate control when overclocking your processor and key system components with features enabled by new unlocked and overclockable 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors. For those looking to push the limits of performance when gaming or running demanding productivity applications, overclocking is your path to a higher level of experience. Precisely tune and get even more performance from unlocked 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors with new precision overclocking controls designed for gamers, content creators and overclocking enthusiasts.7

Get precise control when pushing the limits of performance with new Enhanced Voltage Frequency Control. You’ll be able to dial in your processor’s GHz when setting the speed of your processor above the factory default settings.

For a visual experience that goes beyond the limits, new PCIe* Overclocking enables the overclocking of discrete graphics performance to push the visual envelope. With new Per-Core Hyper-Threading Controls, experienced overclockers can opt to turn Hyper-Threading on or off on a per-core basis for even more granular control.

If you’re ready to take advantage of advanced tuning support to overclock, look for the letter “K” in a processor number—this is your sign that it’s unlocked and overclockable.

Choose the 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor That Fits You

“Unlocked” 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors

Unlocked 10th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors are optimized for enthusiast gamers, overclockers and serious content creators looking to take advantage of amazing overclocking and unleash the performance capabilities of these new processors. With an optimal balance of frequency, cores and threads, advanced tuning support, and blazing connectivity, unlocked 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors supercharge desktops for a competitive edge.7

Take full advantage of these unlocked processors by downloading Intel® Performance Maximizer (Intel® PM). This Intel-exclusive software application can help you dynamically dial in your system’s optimal performance based upon your processor’s unique performance DNA. Or, if you’d prefer to go hands-on, check out Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel® XTU), which helps you directly adjust your processor’s settings and perfect your overclock. For added peace of mind, choose the Intel® Performance Tuning Protection Plan (Intel® PTPP), which lets you claim a free replacement processor in the unlikely event that yours fails due to overclocking.

“Locked” 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors

10th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors are built for the everyday desktop user; this platform delivers amazing performance for everything from mainstream gaming and creation to productivity. With an optimal balance of frequency, cores and threads, and blazing connectivity, 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors supercharge desktops and All-in-One (AIO) PCs for premium performance.

10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors Requiring Discrete Graphics

10th Gen Intel® Core™ “KF” and “F” SKU desktop processors are built for gamers and creators with the same 10th gen innovations, specifications, and performance, but without processor graphics features. As a result, they can deliver added value when CPU performance is the top priority. With an optimal balance of frequency, cores and threads, optional advanced tuning support7, and blazing connectivity, 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors supercharge desktops for competitive and premium performance. Processors with a “KF” in their processor number also offer overclocking capabilities.

Product and Performance Information


Available only on 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 and i9 desktop processors.


Intel® Optane™ memory requires specific hardware and software configuration. Visit for configuration requirements.


Available on select processor SKUs.


DDR4 maximum speed support is 1 and 2 DPC for UDIMMs but only 1 DPC for SODIMMs. DDR4 2DPC UDIMM 2933 or 2666 is capable when same UDIMM part number are populated with in each channel.


Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201 requires specific hardware configurations. Discrete Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 available for chipsets not supporting connectivity integration.


Nearly 3x Wireless Speeds: 802.11ax 2x2 160MHz enables 2402Mbps maximum theoretical data rates, ~3X (2.8X) faster than standard 802.11ac 2x2 80MHz (867Mbps) as documented in IEEE 802.11 wireless standard specifications and require the use of similarly configured 802.11ax wireless network routers.


Overclocking Disclaimer: Unlocked features are present with select chipsets and processor combinations. Altering clock frequency or voltage may damage or reduce the useful life of the processor and other system components, and may reduce system stability and performance. Product warranties may not apply if the processor is operated beyond its specifications. Check with the manufacturers of system and components for additional details.


Intel® technologies may require enabled hardware, specific software, or services activation. Performance varies depending on system configuration. No computer system can be absolutely secure. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer or learn more at


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Available only on 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors featuring integrated graphics.


Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost (Intel® TVB) feature is opportunistic at a temperature of 70°C or lower and when turbo power budget is available. The frequency gain and duration is dependent on the workload (best for bursty workloads), capabilities of the individual processor, and the processor cooling solution. Frequencies may reduce over time and longer workloads may start at the max frequency but drop as processor temperature increases.


Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel® AVX) are designed to achieve higher throughput to certain integer and floating-point operations. Due to varying processor power characteristics, utilizing AVX instructions may cause a) some parts to operate at less than the rated frequency and b) some parts with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 3.0 to not achieve any or maximum turbo frequencies. Performance varies depending on hardware, software, and system configuration and you should consult your system manufacturer for more information. *Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions refers to Intel® AVX, Intel® AVX2 or Intel® AVX-512. For more information on Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 3.0, visit


As measured by in-game benchmark mode performance (score or frames per second) where available, or frames per second where benchmark mode is unavailable. PC Gaming Processors Compared: 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10900K processor, Intel® Core™ i9-9900KS processor, AMD Ryzen™ 9 3950X. Prices of compared products may differ. Configurations: Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, Memory: 4x4GB DDR4 (2666, 2933 or 3200 per highest speed of the corresponding processor), Storage: Intel® Optane™ SSD 905P, OS: Windows* 10 Pro 1909 v720 19H2(RS6). Results: 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10900K processor scored better on the majority of the 25+ game titles tested.