Believing that Intel is "cheating their own spec and pushing board partners to run the i9-9900K at the default clock multiplier table, rather than at the official power spec," Hardware Unboxed has re-tested the CPU and published benchmarks of how well Intel's flagship performs at a lower TDP
. Word is: "As we just saw with the 95-watt limit, it's barely any faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X. In fact, in some tests it's slower, and that's an awful result for a CPU that costs ~70% more. This is a big issue for Intel and they've painted themselves into a corner here. For the 9900K to make an ounce of sense, for anyone who isn't an extreme overclocker, it needs to run at around 70 C with a quality aftermarket cooler and for that the TDP can't really be any higher than about 105 watts."