Core i5-2500K vs Core i5-3570K vs Core i5-4670K vs Core i5-6600K vs Core i5-7600K vs Core i5-8600K vs Core i5-9600K vs Core i5-10600K Bottleneck: RTX 2080 Ti Analysis

Core i5-2500K

Mid-range desktop processor released in 2010 with 4 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 3.3GHz, max speed at 3.7GHz, and a 95W power rating. Core i5-2500K is based on the Sandy Bridge 32nm family and part of the Core i5 series.

Core i5-3570K

Mid-range desktop processor released in 2012 with 4 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 3.4GHz, max speed at 3.8GHz, and a 77W power rating. Core i5-3570K is based on the Ivy Bridge 22nm family and part of the Core i5 series.

Core i5-4670K

Mid-range desktop processor released in 2013 with 4 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 3.4GHz, max speed at 3.8GHz, and a 84W power rating. Core i5-4670K is based on the Haswell 22nm family and part of the Core i5 series.

Core i5-6600K

Mid-range desktop processor released in 2015 with 4 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 3.5GHz, max speed at 3.9GHz, and a 91W power rating. Core i5-6600K is based on the Skylake-S 14nm family and part of the Core i5 series.

Core i5-7600K

Mid-range desktop processor released in 2017 with 4 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 3.8GHz, max speed at 4.2GHz, and a 91W power rating. Core i5-7600K is based on the Kaby Lake-S 14nm family and part of the Core i5 series.

Core i5-8600K

Mid-range desktop processor released in 2017 with 6 cores and 6 threads. With base clock at 3.6GHz, max speed at 4.3GHz, and a 95W power rating. Core i5-8600K is based on the Coffee Lake 14nm family and part of the Core i5 series.

Core i5-9600K

Mid-range desktop processor released in 2018 with 6 cores and 6 threads. With base clock at 3.7GHz, max speed at 4.6GHz, and a 95W power rating. Core i5-9600K is based on the Coffee Lake Refresh 14nm family and part of the Core i5 series.

Core i5-10600K

Mid-range desktop processor released in 2020 with 6 cores and 12 threads. With base clock at 4.1GHz, max speed at 4.8GHz, and a 125W power rating. Core i5-10600K is based on the Comet Lake 14nm family and part of the Core i5 series.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti - 1080p Bottleneck Analysis

Bottleneck depends on many factors, which include: the cpu, the gpu, and the game. Bottleneck Summary of Core i5-2500K vs Core i5-3570K vs Core i5-4670K vs Core i5-6600K vs Core i5-7600K vs Core i5-8600K vs Core i5-9600K vs Core i5-10600K Bottleneck: RTX 2080 Ti Analysis based on the benchmark of 6 games at 1080p using NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti:

CPU Average Bottleneck (Lower is better)
Intel Core i5-2500K 49.7%
Intel Core i5-3570K 47.5%
Intel Core i5-4670K 46%
Intel Core i5-6600K 36.6%
Intel Core i5-7600K 31.4%
Intel Core i5-8600K 21.5%
Intel Core i5-9600K 21%
Intel Core i5-10600K 12.7%

Grand Theft Auto V - 1080p

Shadow of the Tomb Raider - 1080p

Battlefield V - 1080p

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds - 1080p

Forza Horizon 4 - 1080p

Apex Legends - 1080p

In an ideal world what we want to see is a nice slim 'fuzzy' line stretching from one end on the chart to the other. What we do not want to see are 'spikes'. This spikes are delays in frame time rendering and are where stuttering will occur if they go above a given threshold.

Random, thin spikes are not too much of an issue however should there be a block of spikes in close proximity to one another, especially if these spike jump quite high will likely be noticeable and interpreted as 'stutter'.

Using Frame Time Analysis as a means of measuring GPU performance is clearly a valuable tool. So much so that some would say it should replace the frames per second method of measuring performance. We would tend to agree because as previously stated, it is little point in having a GPU that can produce stupidly high framerates if the end product results in choppy gameplay. For gamers, frame time latency is clearly the better measurement as it is what 'gaming experience can be measured upon'.

Sure, a frametime graph can show you which is the faster card simply by it's length and thus the number of frames rendered over a given period but to get an accurate figure you would also have to calculate this yourself to gain an accurate, by the second average FPS figure. It's no good saying an entry level card has excellent frame time latency and then comparing it to a much faster (FPS) card which has a slower latency. IF both cards are below your own perceived level then you would obviously go with the faster card.