Average Bench: 96.8% (13th of 1265)

Based on 5,567 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: 89%Average: 96.8% Great: 105%
Gaming
Gaming 97%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 98%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 89%
Aircraft carrier

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-10600K averaged just 3.1% 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 280Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-10600K is just 15.6%. 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 1,120Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 885Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,567 samples)
Min Avg Max
84.8 Memory 93 97.4
127 1-Core 142 155
252 2-Core 280 307
97.4% 172 Pts
Min Avg Max
473 4-Core 541 608
796 8-Core 885 986
90.3% 713 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,001 64-Core 1,120 1,239
75.2% 1,120 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 96.1
1-Core 157
2-Core 313
106% 189 Pts
4-Core 571
8-Core 1,008
99% 790 Pts
64-Core 1274
86% 1274 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.1 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 95
1-Core 141
2-Core 277
97% 171 Pts
4-Core 548
8-Core 882
91% 715 Pts
64-Core 1,155
78% 1,155 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.1 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.8
1-Core 148
2-Core 286
100% 176 Pts
4-Core 542
8-Core 888
91% 715 Pts
64-Core 1,160
78% 1,160 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.1 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.6
1-Core 145
2-Core 282
97% 172 Pts
4-Core 554
8-Core 870
91% 712 Pts
64-Core 1,127
76% 1,127 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.1 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 98.6
1-Core 127
2-Core 254
93% 160 Pts
4-Core 496
8-Core 784
82% 640 Pts
64-Core 1,034
69% 1,034 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 33,603,669 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $262 @ launch in May '20
AmazonUS $2861 hr
EbayUS $28719 mins
OutletPCUS $35014 days
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Typical Core i5-10600K Builds (Compare 1,856 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 111%
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Desktop
Desktop 101%
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Workstation
Workstation 103%
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Motherboard: MSI MPG Z490 GAMING PLUS - $170

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 69% - Good Total price: $1,137

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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 4 months ago.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

4 hrs ago.

Fantastic chip and great overclocker. Also much better temps/voltages then the previous generation.


Excellent

4 hrs ago.

This CPU has great performance but right now stands at almost £300 consistently. If the price of this CPU was to come down, it would be a steal.


Excellent

4 days ago.

This is the first i5 I've owned (all previous CPU's were i7's). It runs way cooler and faster than my 6800K, so that's a win-win!


Excellent

8 days ago.

S


Excellent

20 days ago.

cheap and does better in fps shooters


Good

3 months ago.


Excellent

4 months ago.

This thing just crushed ryzen hope and dreams


Excellent

4 months ago.

i5 10600K is a i7 8086K priced 250$


Average

2 months ago.

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


Excellent

3 months ago.

Amazing gaming!


Good

2 days ago.

because I bought one.


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