It appears that Intel might have another Comet Lake-S desktop processor in the works, as spotted by TUM_APISAK. The core i9-10900K is currently the fastest flagship model in the Comet lake-S series and it has been in the market for quite some time, though with very poor availability or stock.
Now, another new Comet Lake processor the Core i9-10850K has popped up in a benchmark database, showing clock speeds hovering around 3.60 GHz base and 5.20 GHz boost. Assuming that this chip isn’t an OEM-only part/SKU, Intel might be readying a Comet Lake refresh to ward off AMD’s recent Ryzen 3000XT lineup. We don’t know for sure whether this processor will come to the market though, but the part does look promising.
This new unannounced processor comes with an identical 10-core, 20-thread configuration as the Core i9-10900K. The Core i9-10850K packs 20MB of L3 cache, and 256KB of L2 cache per core. There’s no doubt that the Core i9-10850K is closely related to the Core i9-10900K.
The Core i9-10850K processor differentiates itself from the Core i9-10900K with the lower clock speeds. The base clock for this 10-core processor is 3.6 GHz, which is just 100 MHz lower than the Core i9-10900K. The Core i9-10850K appears to be boosting up to 5.18 GHz, close enough to call it 5.2 GHz, as evident from different Geekbench 5 submissions.