Intel’s 35W TDP Comet Lake processor draws up to 123W in benchmark
Intel’s TDP figures are calculated from their base clocks, and doesn’t account for the additional power draw that inevitably happens when boost is engaged. However you probably might not have expected an SKU which exists solely for its efficiency to draw nearly 3x its TDP. That’s apparently what happened with the Intel Core i9-10900T, which was spotted drawing 123W in a SiSoftware entry.
It might be an erroneous report as the hardware is unreleased thus SiSoftware might have recorded the data wrongly, but it does look legit. I mean, you can’t expect a 10-core, 20-thread processor to just draw 35W, right?
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With that said, Intel markets the T-series SKUs as more efficient offerings than their regular variants, while also being easier to cool. 123W is relatively easy to manage with today’s liquid AIOs and also beefy air coolers. However it does serve as an indicator of Intel’s Comet Lake-H laptops processors’ actual power consumption, which come with higher 45W TDPs. And laptops won’t get the advantage of upgradable cooling, unlike these desktop processors.
The Core i9-10900T is still quite a bit more efficient than its other 10th Gen Intel Core peers, with the Core i7-10700KF spotted pulling 250W in SiSoftware earlier, and the Core i9-10900K with its alleged 300W power draw. Most of the details about Intel’s 14nm Comet Lake desktop parts have already leaked, including its need for new LGA1200 motherboards as well as their tray prices.
Pokdepinion: Oh well, until Intel brings 10nm desktop processors, I doubt we will see any significant gains in terms of efficiency…