Average Bench: 95.2% (34th of 1316)

Based on 46,348 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: 87%Average: 95.2% Great: 103%
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 96%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 88%
Aircraft carrier

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-10600K averaged just 4.7% 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.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 141Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 276Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-10600K is just 15.9%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-10600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,111Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 874Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 46,348 samples)
Min Avg Max
81.7 Memory 91.6 97
125 1-Core 141 152
245 2-Core 276 301
96% 169 Pts
Min Avg Max
459 4-Core 531 593
787 8-Core 874 965
89% 703 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,005 64-Core 1,111 1,214
74.5% 1,111 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.1 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 96.5
1-Core 152
2-Core 284
101% 177 Pts
4-Core 560
8-Core 912
93% 736 Pts
64-Core 1,165
78% 1,165 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.1 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 96.6
1-Core 140
2-Core 280
98% 172 Pts
4-Core 553
8-Core 882
91% 718 Pts
64-Core 1,125
76% 1,125 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.1 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.9
1-Core 138
2-Core 250
93% 161 Pts
4-Core 498
8-Core 839
84% 668 Pts
64-Core 1,060
71% 1,060 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.1 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 86.8
1-Core 138
2-Core 268
93% 164 Pts
4-Core 515
8-Core 869
87% 692 Pts
64-Core 1,105
74% 1,105 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.1 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 88
1-Core 144
2-Core 280
96% 171 Pts
4-Core 483
8-Core 874
85% 678 Pts
64-Core 1,129
76% 1,129 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $262 @ launch in May '20
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Typical Core i5-10600K Builds (Compare 13,613 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 145%
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Desktop
Desktop 100%
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Workstation
Workstation 134%
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Motherboard: MSI MPG Z490 GAMING PLUS - $160

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 82% - Excellent Total price: $1,039

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 Specifications

Essentials

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

Graphics

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

Memory

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

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

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
OS GuardYes
Trusted Execution TechYes

 Comments

10th generation Comet Lake processor...

Added 16 months ago.

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1 day ago.

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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

Comment 

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

Comment 

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


Excellent

6 months ago.

Is fast and cheep this is my dream processor.

Comment 

Is fast and is not overpriced!—Feb '21


Excellent

9 days ago.

Really good CPU and great price


Good

14 months ago.


Poor

3 days ago.

An very balanced cpu, great for work and gaming.


Poor

20 days ago.

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


Good

10 months ago.

This thing just crushed ryzen hope and dreams


Liked

1 month ago.

Comment 

Destroys ryzen 5 3600 in gaming—Mar '21


Excellent

16 months ago.

i5 10600K is a i7 8086K priced 250$


Average

14 months ago.

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


Excellent

15 months ago.

Amazing gaming!


Excellent

6 months ago.

very good overclocking cpu with 10900k level performance


Good

11 months ago.

because I bought one.


Excellent

9 months 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.


Excellent

1 month 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.


Good

10 months ago.

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


Excellent

7 months ago.

very good and VFM


Excellent

5 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.


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