The strange and mysterious Intel CC150 processor has seemingly been benchmarked. Not only does the chip do away with traditional Intel branding, it lacks a turbo clock speed (opens in new tab) despite offering greater specs than the lower-end CPUs, like Celerons and Pentiums, that typically forgo the feature. A user of the Chinese Zhihu forums (opens in new tab) reportedly put the CC160 through its paces.
The CC150 is shrouded in mystery. One rumor (opens in new tab) suggests it powers the servers behind the Nvidia GeForce Now (opens in new tab) game streaming service. And according to the Zhihu post's images, it doesn't follow Intel's product nomenclature. There is no mention of "Core," "Celeron" or "Pentium" on its heat spreader; it only reads "Intel Processor."
According to the post's images, the CC150 is also inscribed with "SRFBT." The "S" tells us that this is a production chip and not a qualification one. The processor also sports the L909E392 batch code, meaning this particular sample originated from Intel's Malaysian factory on the 9th week of 2019.
The biggest clue to the CC150's origin lies in its design. It's identical to that of Intel's current 9th-Generation Coffee Lake parts. Even the contacts and capacitors on the back of the processor are the same. We suspect the chip would slot perfectly into existing LGA1151 motherboards (opens in new tab), as long as they've been updated to a firmware supporting the processor.
The most interesting detail about the processor is that it appears to lack turbo. It's listed as running at 3.5 GHz at all times with an operating voltage that varies between 0.672V and 1.008V. According to the CPU-Z screenshot, the CC150 is rated for 95W.
Just like Intel's F-series processors, the CC150 doesn't seem to come with any integrated graphics either.
Intel CC150 Benchmark Results
The Zhihu user paired the CC150 with an ASRock Z390 Extreme4 motherboard and 16GB of DDR4-2666 RAM. While far from an in-depth review, the CPU-Z benchmark and Cinebench R20 results provide an idea of how the CC150 stacks up against Intel's other processors.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Intel Core i9-9900K||Intel Core i7-9700K||Intel CC150||Intel Core i7-8700K||Intel Core i5-9600K||Intel Core i5-9500||Intel Core i5-9400F||Intel Core i3-9100F|
|Cinebench R20 Single-Core||212||209||151||198||193||184||173||172|
|Cinebench R20 Multi-Core||2042||1521||1510||1413||1030||986||945||642|
It reportedly performed 15% faster than the Intel Core i7-8700K (opens in new tab) in the CPU-Z multi-thread test, thanks to having two more cores. However, the i7-8700K's single-thread performance was 4% better than that of the CC150.
The i9-9900KF (opens in new tab) delivered up to 22% and 2% higher multi-and single-thread performance, respectively, than the CC150.
Due to the lack of turbo, the CC150 showed an underwhelming single-core Cinebench R20 score. With these numbers, the processor would fall behind the i3-9100F, which has a 4.2 GHz boost clock.
However, the CC150 held its own in the multi-core test. Although it doesn't have turbo, the eight-core chip does feature Hyper-Threading (opens in new tab), which makes a big difference in multi-core workloads. For this same reason, the CC150 was just a hair shy of matching the i7-9700K (opens in new tab) in the Cinebench R20 multi-core test.
In terms of power consumption, the CC150 drew just about the same amount of power as a six-core i5-9500 . Although the CC150 flexes eight cores and 16 threads, its static 3.5 GHz clock speed allows it to pull less power.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Intel Core i3-9100F||Intel Core i5-8500||Intel Core i5-9500||Intel CC150||Intel Core i5-9600K||Intel Core i7-8086K||Intel Core i7-9700K||Intel Core i9-9900K|
|AIDA64 Full Load||N/A||62W - 64W||61W - 63W||61W - 63W||71W - 80W||95W - 110W||115W - 130W||150W - 170W|
|AIDA64 FPU||52W - 54W||73W - 75W||75W - 77W||77W - 78W||80W - 110W||122W - 160W||190W - 220W||220W - 295W|
It's impossible to draw true conclusions based on these few test results, plus we're uncertain if the testing environment was the same for all the processors involved. But based on what we have seen, the CC150 seems like it performs similarly to an i7-9700K in multi-core workloads with a rather modest power consumption that's equivalent to an i5-9500.
Taobao sellers are currently listing the Intel CC150 for 2,160 yuan (opens in new tab), which is roughly $310. Single-core performance may be subpar, but based on these results, the CC150 offers the same multi-core performance as the i7-9700K for $85 less.