Average Bench: 92.2% (93rd of 1385)

Based on 70,951 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000A0655 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-10600K CPU @ 4.10GHz

Intel’s tenth gen, six-core i5-10600K is one of the fastest consumer CPUs currently available. Out of the box, its maximum all core frequency is 4.5 GHz, but a simple overclock allows all 12 threads to hit 5.0 GHz. Although a new Z490 (LGA1200) motherboard is required, Intel have indicated that LGA1200 will remain compatible with Rocket Lake CPUs which are due later this year. The eight-core Ryzen 3700X currently competes in the 10600K’s price bracket. CPU based encoding is akin to using hair clippers on a lawn but If dedicated hardware such as NVENC or QuickSync is not an option, the 3700X can outperform the 10600K in encoding workloads such as UserBenchmark 64-core, Cinebench, Blender-CPU and Handbrake-CPU. Meanwhile, the 10600K is better for almost everything else. Currently, the real problem with the 10600K, and much of the Comet Lake line up, is availability. Whilst there was a paper launch in Q2 2020, at the time of writing, the 10600K is still largely unavailable for purchase. In order to achieve better value for money, without compromising on gaming performance, it is necessary to consider the older generation 9600K which is 26% cheaper and offers similar gaming performance. [Jun '20 CPUPro]

Poor: 81%Average: 92.2% Great: 100%
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop 94%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation 84%
Aircraft carrier

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-10600K averaged just 7.7% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-10600K near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. Single Core Speed 137Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed 505Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-10600K is just 18.6%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-10600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Multi Core Speed 1,041Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 825Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 70,951 samples)
Min Avg Max
80.1 Memory 90.5 96.6
114 1-Core 137 149
233 2-Core 268 296
91.6% 165 Pts
Min Avg Max
425 4-Core 505 569
715 8-Core 825 918
81.3% 665 Pts
Min Avg Max
897 64-Core 1,041 1,154
64.4% 1,041 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.1 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 98
1-Core 148
2-Core 287
99% 178 Pts
4-Core 573
8-Core 850
89% 711 Pts
64-Core 1094
68% 1094 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.1 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.9
1-Core 139
2-Core 271
94% 168 Pts
4-Core 504
8-Core 753
78% 629 Pts
64-Core 1,028
64% 1,028 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.1 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.9
1-Core 139
2-Core 266
93% 166 Pts
4-Core 483
8-Core 836
80% 659 Pts
64-Core 1030
64% 1030 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.1 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.6
1-Core 139
2-Core 275
94% 170 Pts
4-Core 479
8-Core 820
79% 649 Pts
64-Core 1,013
63% 1,013 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.1 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 76.4
1-Core 134
2-Core 254
84% 155 Pts
4-Core 462
8-Core 781
76% 622 Pts
64-Core 975
60% 975 Pts
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MSRP ≈ $262 @ launch in May '20
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Gaming 137%
Desktop 99%
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Workstation 126%

Motherboard: MSI Z490-A PRO - $141

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 82% - Excellent Total price: $1,031

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DescriptionIntel® Core™ i5-10600K Processor
Launch DateQ2'20
Processor Numberi5-10600K
# of Cores6
# of Threads12
Cache12 MB Intel® Smart Cache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography14 nm
Clock Speed4.10 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency4.80 GHz
Bus Speed8 GT/s
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP125 W
Thermal Solution SpecificationPCG 2015D


Processor GraphicsIntel® UHD Graphics 630
Graphics Base Frequency350 MHz
# of Displays Supported3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.20 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Clear Video Tech for MIDYes
Graphics Video Max Memory64 GB


Max Memory Size128 GB
Memory TypesDDR4-2666
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth41.6 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision3
PCI Express ConfigurationsUp to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
Max # of PCI Express Lanes16

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes
Secure KeyYes

Advanced Technologies

Turbo Boost 3.0 TechNo
Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost Tech2
Hyper-Threading TechYes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)Yes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
Identity Protection TechYes
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)Yes


Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedFCLGA1200

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
OS GuardYes
Trusted Execution TechYes


10th generation Comet Lake processor...

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21 days ago.


I can barely scratch the surface of the performance she offers. Mine is only modestly OCable (max 5GHz all-core with -2 AVX offset, though sometimes I can get away with -1), and works great!—Dec '20


Good gaming performance compared to the 10700k for less money—Jan '21


good and cheap, and can be found for well under $200 USD. doesn't run too hot either; my gelid phantom keeps it under 70c at full load—Jul '21


3 months ago.

a gaming beast .nice processor.


6 months ago.

Is fast and cheep this is my dream processor.


Is fast and is not overpriced!—Feb '21


4 months ago.

Really good CPU and great price


10 months ago.

incredible pricing and stuff idk


14 months ago.

Worth the money I have a i7 7700k and it sucks for the money


2 years ago.


2 years ago.

This thing just crushed ryzen hope and dreams


18 months ago.


Destroys ryzen 5 3600 in gaming—Mar '21


2 months ago.

It's alright. Hard to recommend over the 3700x especially with the 3700x having cheaper motherboard options.


16 months ago.

hits 4.788 GHZ when under load and I've barely tweeked it on a B460M mobo. Works good. Not amazingly better than the overclocked 2nd gen I7s though. Intel blocked most overclocking functions from BIOS and limited ram speed to 2666 on B-series mobos. It literally downgrades your ram if its faster... Because of that there is no point to the K chip without a Z board making this build more and more expensive for little return. Unless you get a great deal, upgrading your older DDR3 equipment seems like you get more bang for your buck. Overclocked Intel 2nd gen I7 or newer and you can still do almost anything with a $150 mid grade GPU and lots of ram. 10 years of development hasn't improved performance much for CPUs


2 years ago.

Amazing gaming!


23 months ago.

very good overclocking cpu with 10900k level performance


2 years ago.

because I bought one.


2 years ago.

Bought for 229 euros in Nov '2020, pre black friday, together with 3600 HyperX Predator memory, it works excellent, without OC of any kind. Plug and play. At this price, not only is the performance very high, but the performance / price is unbeatable. I would have liked to buy / test the similar AMD 5600x, but the lack of stock put it at unacceptable prices.


17 months ago.

The 6 cores/12 threads easily overclocked to 5.0 right out of the box with 1.3 adaptive vCore. My piece of silicon unfortunately falls off a voltage cliff after that but it's quick, cool, and only uses the 125w under synthetic benchmarking. AAA games (example: Doom) will top it out at ~105w.


2 years ago.

if we're being honest here everybody just buys this for its 4.1 ghz base clock


23 months ago.

very good and VFM


21 months ago.

This is my first foray into new computer parts. I am blown away with the responsiveness of this processor, and judging by the 11th gen numbers, there isn't much of a benefit over their 10th gen counterparts.


10 months ago.

Very good processor for the money, I bought the I5-10600KA for only 200 bucks, and now that I have a graphics card, my PC is a beast with this processor.

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