Average Bench: 96% (17th of 1276)

Based on 21,530 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: 96% Great: 104%
Gaming
Gaming 96%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 97%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 88%
Aircraft carrier

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-10600K averaged just 4.0% 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 142Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 279Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-10600K is just 16.7%. 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 1,114Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 876Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 21,530 samples)
Min Avg Max
82.9 Memory 92.5 97.1
130 1-Core 142 154
251 2-Core 279 304
97% 171 Pts
Min Avg Max
462 4-Core 534 602
783 8-Core 876 978
89.4% 705 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,016 64-Core 1,114 1,234
74.8% 1,114 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 5.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 97.2
1-Core 158
2-Core 313
106% 190 Pts
4-Core 624
8-Core 1046
105% 835 Pts
64-Core 1,282
86% 1,282 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.1 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.5
1-Core 144
2-Core 284
98% 173 Pts
4-Core 561
8-Core 896
93% 728 Pts
64-Core 1,136
76% 1,136 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.1 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 95.7
1-Core 138
2-Core 267
96% 167 Pts
4-Core 496
8-Core 856
85% 676 Pts
64-Core 1,070
72% 1,070 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.1 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 87.3
1-Core 139
2-Core 274
94% 167 Pts
4-Core 536
8-Core 808
86% 672 Pts
64-Core 1,060
71% 1,060 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.1 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 56.5
1-Core 24.7
2-Core 49.6
30% 43.6 Pts
4-Core 98.6
8-Core 158
16% 128 Pts
64-Core 193
13% 193 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 38,944,030 CPUs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $262 @ launch in May '20
EbayUS $25711 mins
AmazonUS $2608 mins
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Typical Core i5-10600K Builds (Compare 6,224 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 116%
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Desktop
Desktop 101%
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Workstation
Workstation 107%
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Motherboard: MSI MPG Z490 GAMING PLUS - $189

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $1,120

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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 8 months ago.

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9 hrs ago.

TIHS THING IS A UNIT, MIX IT WITH A DECENT GPU AND YOU CAN RUN ANYTHING

Comment 

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

10 days ago.

Really good CPU and great price


Excellent

29 days ago.

Very impressive and great performance/value here!


Good

6 months ago.


Good

2 months ago.

This thing just crushed ryzen hope and dreams


Excellent

8 months ago.

i5 10600K is a i7 8086K priced 250$


Average

6 months ago.

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


Excellent

7 months ago.

Amazing gaming!


Good

3 months ago.

because I bought one.


Excellent

1 month 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.


Good

2 months ago.

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


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