Intel Core i5-10600K PCMark10 Extended Score

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.
Price 60.6%
Speed 91%
Productivity 78%
Gaming 96%

Intel Core i5-10600K Office Benchmarks

The office programs we use for benchmarking aren't specific programs per-se, but industry standard tests that hold weight with professionals. The goal of these tests is to use an array of software and techniques that a typical office user might encounter, such as video conferencing, document editing, architectural modelling, and so on and so forth.

Intel Core i5-10600K PCMark

PCMark10 Extended Score
Core i5-10600K PCMark10 Extended Score Performance

The Core i5-10600K sits between Core i9-9900K and Core i7-9700K. It is 0.9% lower than the Core i9-9900K while being 0.9% higher than the Core i7-9700K. The Core i5-10600K's performance earns it the 7th place. Overall, the Core i5-10600K is a very good performer with its 6-cores and 12-threads in this benchmark.

Intel Vs AMD: Which CPU is Best?

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Impact of RAM Size and Speed on Gaming Performance

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Why You Should Always Buy a Mid-to-High-Range Gaming PC?

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Should you buy a Pre-Built PC or a Custom PC?

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How to use CPUAgent To Find The Right CPU

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RTX 3070 with 10600k vs 3700x Bottleneck Comparison

Sep 03, 2020 - Save your CPU money and invest it in a powerful GPU instead. So, which affordable yet powerfulrt CPU strikes the best performance-price balance with the NVIDIA RTX 3070?

10600K vs 3600X: Battle of the mid-range CPUs

May 23, 2020 - The best performance to price value mid-range cpus are here. Find out more in this comprehensive review and summary of the Core i5-10600K vs Ryzen 5 3600X's capabilities.

10700K vs 3700X: Specs, 80+ Game Benchmarks, Bottleneck, and Streaming Analysis

May 22, 2020 - Which one is worth it, Core i7-10700K or Ryzen 7 3700X? Find out in this comprehensive review and summary of the Core i7-10700K vs Ryzen 7 3700X's capabilities.

10900K vs 3900X: Specs, 80+ Game Benchmarks, Bottleneck, and Streaming Analysis

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2500K vs 3570K vs 4670K vs 6600K vs 7600K vs 8600K vs 9600K vs 10600K: Should you consider upgrading?

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Critics Reviews

The Intel Core i5-10600K is an undeniably fast midrange gaming CPU, but at its launch price, it needs more daylight between it and Ryzen 7 chips above, and less between it and the Ryzen 5 ones below.
The Core i5-10600K is arguably the most compelling of the 10th-gen unlocked desktop parts. First, it's the most affordable of the bunch, set to retail for $262. Second, if you look at the spec ...
The Core i5-10600K doesn’t have high-end new features like Turbo Boost 3.0 Max or Thermal Velocity Boost – those are reserved for high-end Core i9 chips like the flagship i9-10900K.
The Intel Core i5-10600K has a single-core Turbo Boost of 4.8GHz and 4.5GHz for an all-core Turbo Boost. This is slightly higher than the 4.6GHz single-core Boost of the 9600K, but much higher ...
The stock Core i5-10600K vies with the Ryzen 5 3600X at stock settings, but its higher overclocking headroom grants it the overall win as it edges out the higher-clocked Core i7-9700K.
The Intel Core i5-10600K is an undeniably fast midrange gaming CPU, but at its launch price, it needs more daylight between it and Ryzen 7 chips above, and less between it and the Ryzen 5 ones below.
Core i5 10600K processor review More cores, more clock frequency, a stronger gaming processor. Priced at 262 USD, this processor based on Comet Lake-S architecture and tied to the Z490 platform ...
The Core i5-10600K is Intel's biggest upgrade in the mid-range for years. Driven by strong competition from AMD, Intel is now giving us a 6c/12t CPU with 125 W TDP and the full compliment of 12 MB cache. Our Core i5-10600K benchmarks show it to be a formidable performer, especially in gaming.
Sada je pred nama blistava kometa 10. generacije Core procesora, u vidu najnovijeg Core i5 10600K izdanja. Da li će se duže zadržati na CPU nebu, videćemo u periodu koji je pred nama...
The Corsair H115i handles the Core i5-10600K with little effort during our stress tests, Prime95 included, signaling that this is an easy-to-cool chip, and air cooling is certainly an option.

Related Comments

xerxesaria July 28, 2020
Build with i5 10500
I’m looking to build my next computer for gaming. So far, after some research, I have come up with the following and would like to know what the experts can tell me.
this is my build for the most important components:

1. CPU :
Intel i5 10500 or intel i5 10600 or intel i5 10600k
2. Motherboard:
I prefer to go with micro atx, but atx is also just as good.
  • gigabyte z490 m
  • gigabyte z490 ud
  • gigabyte z490 gaming x
  • gigabyte Z490 gaming plus
My preference goes to gigabyte, because over the years I’ve been very happy with my other builds and their motherboards.
additionally, my preference goes to a motherboard with wifi. Or should I get a separate wifi card?
3. RAM :
2x16 G skills Ripjaws v f4-3600c16d-32gvkc

Thank you.
logainofhades April 27, 2009
For pure gaming a 10600k is definitely the price/performance king, but, with the GPU's you intend to use, I don't think you are going to see any meaningful difference, vs say an R5 3600. If going with the R5 3600 will free up budget, for a better GPU, you will want to go that route, also. You are going to get better gaming performance, with an R5 3600, and a faster GPU, than you would with a 10600k, and a slower one. Looking at pricing, for your area, with PCPP, the R5 3600, vs 10600k, is enough that you could step up to a 2070s, vs a 2060s.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-10600K 4.1 GHz 6-Core Processor (€273.95 @ Azerty)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition 42 CFM CPU Cooler (€34.95 @ Paradigit)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z490M GAMING X Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard (€169.85 @ CD-ROM-LAND)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (€110.00 @ Azerty)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC Video Card (€421.00 @ Azerty)
Total: €1009.75
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-07-30 16:01 CEST+0200


PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (€173.95 @ CD-ROM-LAND)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition 42 CFM CPU Cooler (€34.95 @ Paradigit)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550M AORUS ELITE Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (€107.50 @ Azerty)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (€110.00 @ Azerty)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC 3X Video Card (€535.00 @ Azerty)
Total: €961.40
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-07-30 16:02 CEST+0200
Regev July 27, 2020
Which of these is the best CPU+cooler+motherboard combo?
Hey guys!

So, I got a 1TB NVMe, a 700W Platinum+ SFX-L, and a kit of 32GB 3200. Thanks to your advice, I was gonna get the i9-9900 (at 50% off from a family member working for Intel), but when I went to find an ITX motherboard the only one I found in my country that can sustain an i9 is the Phantom, which costs $258. I also read that I'd need to buy a cooler cause the Intel 9th gen stock one sucks, so it's another $59 for the L12S.

I'm reconsidering options before ordering. Here are possible combinations I found (all with mITX motherboards). I do not need a video card at all, it's purely for productivity uses (lots of text, very heavy browser use, web developing, and some programming). When necessary, I factored in the cheapest 1030 that I found. Also, I used the stock cooler (hope it's enough) on all builds (except the 9900). Listed in order of price:

  • Ryzen 5 3400G = $271 (B350) or $301 (B450)
  • i3 10100 = $300 (B460) or $336 (Z490)
  • i5 10400 = $390 (B460) or $426 (Z490)
  • Ryzen 7 2700 = $396 (B350) or $427 (B450) or $497 (X470/B550)
  • Ryzen 5 3600 = $402 (B350) or $419 (B450) or $493 (X470/B550)
  • i5 10500 = $412 (B460) or $448 (Z490)
  • i5 10600 = $427 (B460) or $463 (Z490)
  • Ryzen 7 2700X = $430 (B350) or $461 (B450) or $531 (X470/B550)
  • Ryzen 5 3600X = $432 (B350) or $463 (B450) or $533 (X470/B550)
  • i5 10600K = $482 (B460) or $518 ( Z490)
  • Ryzen 5 3600XT = $490 (B350) or $521 (B450) or $591 (X470/B550)
  • Ryzen 7 3700X = $529 (B350) or $560 (B450) or $630 (X470/B550)
  • i7 10700 = $568 (B460) or $604 (Z490)
  • Ryzen 7 3800X = $574 (B350) or $605 (B450, $675 (X470/B550)
  • i9 9900 = $590 (50% off on CPU, pricey Z390 + Noctua L12S)
  • i7 10700K = $628 (B460) or $664 (Z490)
  • Ryzen 7 3800XT = $653 (B350) or $684 (B450) or $754 (X470/B550)
  • Which configuration gives the best bang for the buck for the uses I listed (without suffering any productivity setback)? Still the i9?

    Thanks <3
    Karadjgne December 26, 2012
    Things take time. It takes a cpu a certain amount of time to render anything, game frame, web page etc. A stronger cpu can do things in less time as it has more available resources to work with. A 3700x might render a page in 1 second, a 3400G might take 2 seconds. To a cpu that's a huge improvement, massive really. To you, you blinked and it was over with. Can't really say just exactly how much of a difference there is on such a small scale. But when it comes to large scale, that's a different story. Play gta5 on a 3400G and 3700x, there's a fps difference, then add in streaming and the 4 cores of the 3400G just got swamped and fps drops like a bad habit. The 8/16 of the 3700x doesn't even blink.

    Mmorpgs online are even worse. All that AI can be seriously detrimental to fps. I play swtor and in single player ultra have no issues on an i7-3770K with getting 90fps+. 8man op and I'm into 60-90fps range, 16man op and I'm averaging 30fps with all cpu details disabled/min and a 24man world boss fight is miserable at 5-10fps and everything disabled. Just way too much, too intensive, too cpu challenging for even a 8thread i7 at 4.6GHz to handle. 3400G will be far worse as it has no Lcache and not nearly the same resources, even if it does have better IPC. Fastest runner in the world is useless if he has a ball and chain around 1 ankle. Make him stronger, make the chain longer and he'll just lick it up and run.

    B450m-H is a value motherboard. More tailored towards the 3600 or lesser cpus. It'll handle a 3700x just fine under normal circumstances, but Ryzens are dynamic cpus, they boost according to voltages, temps, loads. With no heatsink the VRM's will run hotter and will limit the boosting ability of the cpu. They won't overheat, but instead of seeing nice high boosts, you'll be relegated to more minimal boosts. The cpu will protect itself and the motherboard from excessive power draws.
    chickenballs July 03, 2020
    sata ssds vs nvme for games
    I recently saw a MP510 2tb for around $100 cheaper than any other nvme drives with the same capacity and wonder if I should get it.
    Its only like $270 while the cheapest Samsung 970 evo plus 1tb is around $240

    My current PC which i mainly use for gaming is a bit old with a 4790K on a msi z97 Gaming5 mobo
    it currently has 4 sata ssds installed:
    Samsung 860 evo 1tb C:
    Samsung 850 evo 1tb
    Crucial mx500 1tb
    Samsung 850 evo 500 gb
    It also has one empty m.2 which I believe is only pcie2 x2

    but I plan on upgrading to either zen3 or i5 10600K later this year

    So my question is when I upgrade to a more modern mobo and cpu
    should I also replace the 860evo sata ssd
    with something like the mp510 1920gb or the mp600 if i get zen3 with x570/b550
    and then keep all 4 sata ssds for games

    would the sata drives be too slow for recently released triple A games and future games?
    considering the next gen consoles will have ssds that are as fast or even faster than pcie4 ssds
    USAFRet March 16, 2013
    I'd have to see hard numbers, not just online articles pondering what may happen in devices and software that is not released yet.

    I have 7 SSDs, no HDD.
    6x SATA III and 1x NVMe (Intel 660p). In actual use, I can tell little difference, even though the Sequential benchmark of the 660p is 3 times faster than the SATA drives.

    What makes solid state drives shine over HDD is the near zero access time. In that...they are all very close.
    thomas123321 June 28, 2020
    z490 motherboard for 10600k overclock
    There are 3 options,
    MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Edge WIFI
    MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Plus
    Gigabyte Z490 VISION G

    I saw the gamer nexus video on the z490 motherboard about the vrms and all, i want to know is there a difference between the gaming plus and gaming edge wifi in its power delivery, vrms etc and wether should I go with the Vision G instead for the true 12 phase?

    Edit: Also will I be able to overclock the 10600k on just the 8pin or will i have to plug in both the 4 pin with the 8pin
    fraybentos July 02, 2020
    I wouldn't bother with any of those. I'd get the MSI Z490 Pro-A, comparing the manuals of the boards reveals that all of the the BIOS settings and features are the same as the gaming boards; it has the same power delivery and VRMs, but is a lot cheaper (minus wifi and silly LEDS). All the gaming boards are just gimmicky marketting and accordingly overpriced. I'm using the Pro-A myself. It has lovely solid metal VRM coolers (no plastic). I have my 10600K overclocked 4.9 GHz on all cores at 1.28V (or 5.0 GHz at 1.36V). I installed 16GB of G Skill 3600 CL15 RAM and have been able to overclock it to 4000 MHz CL14 (1.45 Vdimm, 1.2 V VCCSA and 1.2 V VCCIO). Essentially, I've reproduced what was obtained in the GamersNexus video where the 10600K beats a 10900K. Albeit, I prefer to run cooler and quieter at 4.9 GHz all core (160 Watts under load) as 5.0 GHz pulls 180 Watts, which is too much for my cooler to handle. I haven't tried to hit 5.1 GHz except on a few individual cores.

    I plugged in both an 8 pin and 4 pin to the motherboard (but only running from a single cable, came with my EVGA G2 650). I have seen others using a single 8 pin only, but I have not tried myself. Just consider that my 4.9 GHz all core overclock is pulling upto 160 Watts off a single rail under AVX load in Cinebench R20.

    Budget Z490s are reviewed here and the MSI Pro-A is one of the two that is actually decent (as noted above, the guts of this board are the same as the gaming branded ones!)
    brandon9455 June 17, 2020
    10600k vs 10600kf
    im buying either of the two, but the kf ive noticed is £50 cheaper and im not too sure why, can someone fill me in on what the difference is please. ive googled it before you say and im not finding much
    King_V November 01, 2014
    The KF does not include the integrated Intel graphics.

    I don't think the Intel graphics are worth anything close to £50, so either the KF version is a great deal, or the K version is a lousy deal.

    But, uh, if you went to google and typed:
    difference between k and kf intel

    The very first result tells you the answer.
    brandon9455 June 17, 2020
    what motherboard to get for a future 10600k
    im planning on upgrading my current R5 1600x system to a i5 10600k as i mostly just game. im looking at motherboards and atm think that the msi mpg z490 gaming plus as its cheap and doesn't look too bad, im willing to spend £200 and have been told to stay away from asrock and go for asus or msi. i will be wanting to overclock my CPU as well so bare that in mind. also is there anything i need to do when switching from ryzen to intel as i plan to keep the same drives
    geofelt October 09, 2006
    The msi mpg z490 gaming plus is probably a good bet.
    A quick look on newegg from verified owners of Z490 motherboards has the msi Z489 edge wifi as the most popular with all good reviews.
    laker1706 June 10, 2020
    Intel K vs KF
    Hi guys.
    I'm about to purchase the I5 10600K/KF.
    I know that the only difference is that the "KF" doesn't have an IGP.
    Sadly, the "KF" is out of stock for nobody knows how long in pretty much every store in my country(they all assume it's gonna be about a week).
    The "K" model is available but for about 35$ more and while I really wanna make this purchase before this weekend, I'm trying to find justification for that price difference.
    Anyone has experience troubleshooting with the non IGP CPUs? I remember one time I screwed up my BiOS and what saved me was the IGP because the GPU graphics were gone or something.
    So, is there and justification for paying 35$ for the "K" model except for my lack of patience?
    Phillip Corcoran September 07, 2013
    Well personally I wouldn't want to have a system with only one GPU, and I wouldn't baulk at shelling out an extra $35. Not exactly a fortune is it?
    lolermanlols123 June 04, 2020
    i5-10600k vs. Ryzen 7 3700X, OC Performance
    Hello all,

    I am wondering which CPU here would be the better buy factoring in their OC performance in gaming.
    Phaaze88 December 30, 2016
    They're going to be roughly the same.
    If we were to compare the 2 cpus on the same gpu, the 10600K would actually have an edge over the 3600.
    But the budget from the lower cost of the Ryzen platform allows you to step up to a higher gpu tier. That's going to be a boon for the 3600 against the 10600K.
    luka1000 May 29, 2020
    Is this upgrade that much better
    Hi i currently have a i7 7700k. i got a bonus at work and was thinking of upgrading to the i5 10600kf. I was wondering if it is a good upgrade.
    Zerk2012 October 06, 2014
    I don't upgrade just to upgrade, I would only upgrade if their a specific task that your PC is not doing as good as you would like.

    Your not going to get a lot of single core performance, the all core performance makes a bigger difference BUT only if what you do with the PC can take advantage of all the cores.

    You could sell your processor board and memory (since it is slow at today's standards) That would get a portion of your money back.

    I would probably be looking at one of these, with a good CPU cooler and faster memory with the right motherboard for the processor. I personally don't care for AMD but the price to performance is good.
    Any of then should last a long time before needing to upgrade again.,QKJtt6,yhxbt6/
    Karte May 27, 2020
    New Gaming PC

    I'm planning a new PC build, I've worked out which pieces I want and just thought I would check in on whether there was something I missed like compatibility issues etc. I would primarily be using it for gaming and would not be wanting to upgrade for awhile.
    This is my plan:

    CPU: Intel 10600K
    MOBO: Asus ROG Strix Z490-A
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB
    C Drive: Samsung 860 EVO 1TB
    PSU: Corsair SF750 750W
    GPU: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Super Windforce

    Thanks for the input!
    Vic 40 October 22, 2013
    Those RMx are fine choices. The 650watt would be fine for 99% of the builds you would want to power with it and especially with the parts you chose. You could do with a 550watt version.
    Zerk2012 May 26, 2020
    Secure erase VS quick format SSD.
    Been a while on this for me so just to make sure, If I remember right it will do the same thing but since it was the C drive the quick format will still leave a windows old that needs to be deleted. But secure erasing a Samsung drive that is a C drive requires another PC since you can't erase your C drive with the OS on it. (Then their also the chance of bricking the drive Frozen state on a secure erase)

    So I'm thinking quick format, delete windows old, then another quick format. Like I said could be wrong on the windows old but just checking.

    Upgrading PC tomorrow since the 10600K is supposed to be released don't really need to upgrade mine but giving my son the 4790K to replace his 2500K.
    USAFRet March 16, 2013
    Commandline function diskpart, and the clean command will wipe all on that 860 EVO.
    WolverineP1 May 17, 2020
    Intel Core i5-10600K vs I7 9700
    They both have similar core clocks and are around the same price, but I was wondering if the 8 cores and 8 threads of the 9700 would be any better or worse than the 6 core and 12 thread 10600k. Hopefully a quick one, just curious.
    Thank you
    DSzymborski November 19, 2010
    Can't answer until the actual reviews.
    KeithK2006 January 01, 1970
    Does this look good?
    I've made LOADS of changes with the pc I'm planning on building and I think I've finally decided on it.
    I chose the 10600k over the 3700x as I was told it outperforms the 3700x in most games (Plus its cheaper) I also ditched the 2080 super as it's probably not worth the extra money for a slight frame increase.
    I was just wondering if everything in the build looks compatible and if I made any stupid decisions xd