Intel Core i9 11900K vs i9 10850K

We compared two desktop CPUs: the 3.5 GHz Intel Core i9 11900K with 8-cores against the 3.6 GHz i9 10850K with 10-cores. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.


General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Efficiency
The efficiency score of electricity consumption
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating

Key Differences

What are the key differences between 10850K and 11900K
Advantages of Intel Core i9 11900K
  • Newer - released 8-months later
  • 40% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 1830 vs 1306 points
  • Newer PCI Express version – 4.0
  • Around 4.2 GB/s (9%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • 2% higher Turbo Boost frequency (5.3 GHz vs 5.2 GHz)
Advantages of Intel Core i9 10850K
  • Has 2 more physical cores
  • Has 4 MB larger L3 cache size


Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
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Full technical specification of Intel Core i9 11900K and i9 10850K


Vendor Intel Intel
Released March 16, 2021 July 27, 2020
Type Desktop Desktop
instruction set x86-64 x86-64
Codename Rocket Lake Comet Lake-S
Model number i9-11900K i9-10850K
Socket LGA-1200 LGA-1200
Integrated GPU UHD Graphics 750 UHD Graphics 630


Cores 8 10
Threads 16 20
Base Frequency 3.5 GHz 3.6 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 5.3 GHz 5.2 GHz
Bus frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 35x 36x
Bus Bandwidth 8 GT/s 8 GT/s
L1 Cache 64K (per core) 64K (per core)
L2 Cache 512K (per core) 256K (per core)
L3 Cache 16MB (shared) 20MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier Yes Yes


Fabrication process 14 nm 14 nm
TDP 125 W 125 W
Max. temperature 100°C 100°C


Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 750 Intel UHD Graphics 630
GPU Base Clock 300 MHz 350 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1300 MHz 1200 MHz
Shading Units 256 192
TMUs 64 24
ROPs 32 3
Execution Units 32 24
TGP 15 W 15 W
Max. Resolution 3840x2160 - 60 Hz 4096x2304 - 60 Hz

Memory support

Memory types DDR4-3200 DDR4-2933
Memory Size 128 GB 128 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 50 GB/s 45.8 GB/s
ECC Support No No


Official site Intel Core i9 11900K official page Intel Core i9 10850K official page
PCI Express Version 4.0 3.0
PCI Express Lanes 20 16

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So which CPU will you choose: Intel Core i9 10850K or i9 11900K?
Florian 11 February 2021 20:02
Why intel make i9 with 8 cores, and not 10 cores like i9 10850k ? I already buy i9 10850k for 370 euros.
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Intel made it with 8 cores because... 24 March 2021 23:46
To make this chip Intel designed it on a smaller nm then they back ported it to the current nm. This made it so it could only fit 8 cores.
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