According to some alleged stress testing posted by a Weibo user (via Twitter member HXL), Intel’s upcoming 10-Core i9-10900F processor supposedly draws an incredible 224 W at 4.6 GHz. That’s nearly equivalent to the thermal demands of NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition, which is rated at 225 W.
HXL mentions two power level ratings, PL1 (170 W) and PL2 (224 W), which indicate how much power the CPU might use under long-term load and short-term load, respectively. The scary thing is that 4.5 GHz isn’t even the maximum frequency of the i9-10900F, as Intel’s Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 will purportedly take the chip up to 5.1 GHz – imagine the power demands at that speed.
PC Gamer points out that Intel’s i9-9900KS has a PL2 rating of 170 W despite being able to run at 5 GHz across all of its eight cores, so Comet Lake-S seems like an obvious step back in terms of efficiency. For Intel’s sake, let’s hope that these figures aren’t entirely accurate (previous leaks claimed that the i9-10900F had a TDP as low as 65 W).