Intel i9-10900K is one of the best gaming processors around, from the 10th generation of i9 core processors. We look at some important configuration details about the Intel i9-10900K processor.
Does i9-10900K have integrated graphics?
Yes, Intel i9-10900K processors come with integrated graphics. We share the details of Intel i9-10900K processors display capabilities and resources below.
- i9-10900K has integrated Intel GPU UHD 630 graphics processor. It has a base graphics frequency of 350 MHz that goes up to a maximum graphics frequency of 1.20 GHz. The maximum RAM that can be allocated to GPU is 64 GB. The Intel UHD 630 GPU does not have any memory of its own. It will make use of the physical memory on your processor for graphics processing. If you intend to make use of the i9-10900K for gaming reasons, do provision the physical memory on your computer with ample resources.
- i9-10900K supports 4K resolution at a frequency of 60 Hz.
- i9-10900K has a resolution of 4096×2160 @ 30Hz for the HDMI Port.
- i9-10900K has a resolution of 40936×2304 @ 60 Hz for the DP interface on the system.
- i9-10900K has a max resolution of 4096×2304 @ 60 Hz for the Integrated Flat Panels.
- i9-10900K is compliant to the DirectX 12 standards that would help in supporting Microsoft’s APIs for the Windows 11 operating system.
- i9-10900K is compatible with OpenGL 4.5 standards for rendering of 2D and 3D vector graphics.
- i9-10900K can support up to 3 displays.
Does i9-10900K support PCIe 4?
No, the i9-10900K does not support PCIe 4. It actually supports PCIe 3 standards for data transmission between the processor and the hardware parts on the motherboard. For the uninitiated, the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (or PCIe) is a high-speed serial computer expansion bus standard for attaching hardware devices to a computer. The different PCI Express versions support different data rates.
PCIe Express 3 can support data transmission rates of up to 32 GB/s of bi-directional bandwidth on a x16 connector. It has an actual data transfer rate of 8 Giga Transfers per second. For PCIe Gen 3.0, a single lane can support 8.0GT/s (Gigatransfers per second), which equates to 984.6 MB/s (or Megabytes per second). i9-10900K has 16 PCI channels to achieve the bi-directional bandwidth of 32 GB/s.
From the perspective of better gaming experience, you will get a much better speed with processors that support PCIe 4 or PCIe 5 standards. That should mean giving a thought to the Intel i9 12th generation processors.
Does Intel i9-10900K support quad channel memory?
Intel i9-10900K supports two channels of memory with a maximum memory support that goes up to 128 GB. i9-10900K does not support quad channel memory. The top data bandwidth rates supported on Intel i9-10900K are 45.8 GBs. DDR4-2933 is the compatible memory for the Intel i9-10900K series processors. This means that your DDR4 memory could achieve throughput of (up to) 2933 on compatible processors. However, you would do well to understand that the Intel i9-10900K does not support ECC memory.
You can install 2 DIMMs in one slot. That, however, does not change the fact that i9-10900K is not a quad channel processor.
Is i9-10900K compatible with the Intel Z590 chipset?
Yes, i9-10900K processors are compatible with the Intel Z590 chipset. i9-10900K is a processor that is compatible with the LGA1200 socket. However, in most practical cases, we have found that the Z490 chipset is more suited to the Intel i9-10900K processors. The reasons for this are:
- PCIe 3 standard of the i9-10900K processor.
- Maximum support of dual channel RAM.
- Maximum number of PCI lanes supported by Intel i9-10900K is 16. Compared to the i9-10900K and other 10th generation processors, the 11th generation has 20 PCI lanes. It would make more sense to use the Z590 chipset with the i9 11th generation and higher generation processors. You will not be able to make use of the additional PCI lanes available on motherboards with the Z590 chipset of Intel.
Given these limitations, Z590 motherboards may be an overkill for the Intel i9-10900K. It may be a better idea to buy the optimum motherboard with Z490 chipsets for the Intel i9-10900K processors. You will save your money as well.
Intel i9-10900K vs i9-10900KF
The two processors differ in only one major aspect; the i9-10900KF does not have integrated graphics while the i9-10900K has UHD 630 Intel GPU. All other main features on the two processors are unchanged.
For the i9-10900KF, you will need to deploy a GPU. Many gaming enthusiasts are always keen on getting a top end GPU and deploy it alongside the Intel CPU for a vastly improved gaming experience.
However, you need to be aware of the following features that differ between i9-10900K and i9-10900KF:
- Intel i9-10900KF does not have Intel Stable IT Platform (SIPP); the i9-10900K does have the SIPP. You can read more about the SIPP feature on the Intel website.
- i9-10900KF does not have the Intel Trusted Execution Technology; i9-10900K does have the Intel Trusted Execution Technology. You can read more about the Trusted Execution technology on the Intel website.
- i9-10900KF does not come with Intel vPro Platform eligibility while the i9-10900K does have the vPRO Platform eligibility. You can read more about the vPRO on the Intel website.
Does Intel i9-10900K support Windows 11?
Yes, Intel i9-10900K is compatible with Windows 11. Most PC makers would be offering Windows 11 OEM with the computers. Even if you get the Windows 10 on your new system, it will still be eligible for an update to the Windows 11 operating system through the Windows Update program.
Intel i9-10900K is a 10th generation processor from Intel’s i9 family of core processors. So, it is fully complaint to the various hardware requirements specific by Microsoft for running Windows 11 on a computer.
Though a bit dated, Intel i9-10900K is a decent proposition for making a computer that is fast, furious and decent performer. It is actually a value for money option. You will save some money on your way to building an i9 10th generation computer.
You may also like to read more content related to Intel processors in the following pages:
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- Intel i9 11th gen vs 12th gen processors
- Intel i9-11900K vs i9-12900K
- Intel i9 11th Generation Processors – 11900 Series
- Intel i9 12th Generation Processors
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Rajesh Dhawan is a technology professional who loves to blog about smart wearables, Cloud computing and Microsoft technologies. He loves to break complex problems into manageable chunks of meaningful information.