Intel Core i5-10600K Review

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%
Category Desktop
Target mid-range
Socket Compatibility LGA1200
Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 630
Cooler Included No
Overclock Potential 3 %
Year 2020 Model
Price 262 USD
Number of Cores 6 Cores
Number of Threads 12 Threads
Core Frequency 4.1 GHz
Boost Frequency 4.8 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 5.1 GHz
Power Consumption 125 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 12 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 128 GB
Price-Value Score 60.6 %
Speed Score 91 %
Productivity Score 78 %
Gaming Score 96 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 10.6 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 5.3 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 2.6 %
Overall Score 56/100

The Core i5-10600K is one of Intel's mid-range Desktop processors. It was 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. The Core i5-10600K is based on the Comet Lake 14nm family and is part of the Core i5 series.

Core i5-10600K is also the successor of Intel's last gen Core i5-9600K processor that was based on the Coffee Lake Refresh and 14nm process and was released in 2018.

In our mind, the best processors are the ones that deliver outstanding performance at a reasonable price point. And, the Core i5-10600K absolutely nails this concept.

That something is the Core i5-10600K. Intel cranks the TDP dial up to 125W on this 6-core 12-thread chip, making it the high-performance counterpart to the 65W Core i5-10500, which is basically the same 14nm chip built with the Comet Lake microarchitecture, but with a lower TDP rating. That chip came away from our first look at the Comet Lake series with an Editor's Choice award, going toe-to-toe with AMD's Ryzen 5 3600X, so it's fair to say we have high hopes for the higher-performance model. Intel still hasn't sampled the chip to the press, so we bought one at retail to put it under the microscope.

As the higher-priced version of the Core i5-10500, the Core i5-10600K has higher base and Boost frequencies of 4.1 and 4.8 GHz, respectively. That's an increase in base frequency and a bump to boost clocks, but the real advantage should lay in the higher Package Power Tracking (PPT) envelope, which is a measurement of the maximum amount of power delivered to the socket. The Core i5-10500's PPT tops out at 65W, while the motherboard can pump up to 142W to the Core i5-10600K at peak performance. That opens up much more aggressive boost behavior, on both single and multiple cores, that could widen the performance gap beyond what we see on the spec sheet.

What this all means is that the Intel Core i5-10600K is an absolute beast when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially at this price point. If you're counting on doing some video editing or compiling one hell of an Excel spreadsheet, you're going to see firsthand a performance boost with the Core i5-10600K.

The Intel Core i5-10600K is another impressive release from Intel and its 10 Generation of Core i5 chips. With it, you’re getting 6-cores and 12-threads, with a boost clock of 4.8GHz. It may not be the strongest contender ever made on paper, but when you see and feel the actual performance gains it offers, you’re certainly getting a lot of bang for your $262 buck.

If you're mostly playing games on your PC, you will be happy buying either processor. Both proved to be solid options and are evenly matched with a slight advantage to the AMD chip if you don't tune up the Ryzen 5 processor. The base performance we showed for the Core i5-10600K can be achieved with $90 memory, while the Ryzen 5 3600X will require $110 - $120 memory in order to enable the frame rates shown here. It’s not a big cost difference and right now with anything less than an RTX 2070 or Vega 64 you’ll more than likely become GPU limited.

For a 6-core processor, Intel’s $262 flagship Core i5-10600K processor seems downright cheap. On paper, the cost of those 0 extra cores is almost an afterthought when you stack it up against its direct competitor, the $237 6-core AMD Ryzen 5 3600X.

If extended overclocking and boost frequencies are trivial matters to you, Intel also offers the Core i5-10500 at $192. It’s still outfitted with 6-cores and 12-threads, but clocks in at a slower 3.1GHz and maxes out at only 4.5GHz.

Now the biggest question is can Intel’s Core i5 processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 96% in our benchmarks.

Regardless of those external factors, the Core i5-10600K proves it has the chops to be your main gaming system and a just as effective media creation platform – two things that are becoming intrinsically connected in this age of live-streaming, eSports and uploading gameplay videos.

Which GPU to Pick for Intel Core i5-10600K

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the Intel Core i5-10600K.

Graphics Card Price Cost Per Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 5.4 275.6 FPS
215.4 FPS
132.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 2.9 240.1 FPS
187.7 FPS
115.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 2.7 183.7 FPS
143.6 FPS
88.1 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 14.8 168.7 FPS
136.2 FPS
84.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 7.9 164.2 FPS
132.6 FPS
81.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 4.7 149 FPS
119.1 FPS
73.2 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 21 142.8 FPS
115.3 FPS
72.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 5 140.9 FPS
111.4 FPS
67.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 5.8 132 FPS
106.3 FPS
65.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 3.8 131.2 FPS
102.6 FPS
62.9 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 9.3 129.4 FPS
102.6 FPS
64.4 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 5.4 129.4 FPS
101.9 FPS
61.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 3.2 126.1 FPS
99.1 FPS
59.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 4 124.4 FPS
95.9 FPS
59.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 3.4 117.7 FPS
89.2 FPS
54.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 3 115.5 FPS
90.9 FPS
54.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 4.5 112.1 FPS
86.9 FPS
52.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 3.2 110.8 FPS
82.1 FPS
49.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 2.6 109 FPS
85 FPS
51.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 14.3 105.1 FPS
80.3 FPS
51.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 4.8 104.8 FPS
82.5 FPS
49.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 3.9 103.9 FPS
80.5 FPS
48.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 9.9 101 FPS
77.3 FPS
46.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 2.8 98.8 FPS
76.6 FPS
46.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 4.1 98.2 FPS
77.1 FPS
46.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 4.2 95.7 FPS
73.4 FPS
43.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 2.5 93.2 FPS
72.3 FPS
43.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 7.4 87.9 FPS
67.8 FPS
40.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 2.5 87.7 FPS
68 FPS
40.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 3.4 83.2 FPS
62.6 FPS
36.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 8.1 79.9 FPS
64.4 FPS
39.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 2.1 76.4 FPS
59 FPS
35.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 2.6 75.7 FPS
56.9 FPS
33.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 7.3 75.4 FPS
57.5 FPS
34.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 3.1 73.8 FPS
55.5 FPS
32.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 8.9 72.6 FPS
57.6 FPS
35.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 14.2 70.4 FPS
53.2 FPS
33.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 8 68.6 FPS
54.2 FPS
32.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 3.7 68.4 FPS
51.9 FPS
31.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 2.5 67.8 FPS
51.1 FPS
30 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 6.5 66.1 FPS
52 FPS
31.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 2.6 65 FPS
49.3 FPS
29.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 5.1 63.9 FPS
48 FPS
30.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 6.4 62.1 FPS
48.4 FPS
29.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 5.3 61.7 FPS
47.5 FPS
27.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 2.8 60.9 FPS
46.8 FPS
27.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 2.6 58.2 FPS
44.7 FPS
26.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 3.3 54.3 FPS
42 FPS
25.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 5 45.7 FPS
34.9 FPS
21.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 6.1 41 FPS
31.5 FPS
18.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 4.9 40.7 FPS
31.1 FPS
18.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 4.2 40.1 FPS
30.8 FPS
18.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 7 39.7 FPS
30.7 FPS
17.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 5.1 39.2 FPS
29.9 FPS
17.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 4.9 34.2 FPS
26 FPS
15.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 3.1 31.6 FPS
23.8 FPS
14.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 5.1 31 FPS
23.3 FPS
14.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 4.9 30.4 FPS
21.9 FPS
13.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 4.9 30.2 FPS
21.1 FPS
13.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 5 27.9 FPS
21 FPS
12.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 5.5 26.9 FPS
18.1 FPS
11.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 3.6 22.1 FPS
16.7 FPS
9.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 3.7 21.1 FPS
15.9 FPS
9.1 FPS

Related Discussions and Issues

ChillaximusTheGreat July 15, 2020

Mobo help! Core i5-10600k build, Asus tuf z490 or Strix-e?

Looking for opinions on the tuf vs strix-e. Will be all gaming and some light overclocking. What makes the strix $100 more? Also, why does the Asus site say AI doesn’t come with the TUF z490? Can’t I just download the software?

khalidinho July 15, 2020

I have ASUS tuf paired it with an i7 10700k and it works perfectly fine for me. Downloaded AI suite 3 and even upgraded BIOS with it. You should have no problems with the TUF mobo if you go with it. I honestly suggest the 100$ dollars more for the i7 rather than the i5

ChillaximusTheGreat July 15, 2020

Thanks for the info. 100 is a good chunk of change, especially when it’s hard to realize the improvement. The strix gives me more USB and better power phases (which I don’t even think are needed)?

Are you overclocking? And why did you opt for the tuf over the strix or even msi gaming?

WagyuWarrior July 25, 2020

Need Help with Gaming Build (gtx 1080 + i5 10600k)

Hey Everyone,

my pc recently broke down (was a 6700k+gtx1080). Im planing on 1080p gaming with 100+ frames.

What i have:

-GPU: Asus GTX 1080

What i plan to buy:

Case: NZXT H1

CPU: Intel i5 10600k

What im not sure about:

Motherboard: What i think i want:

-2 Ram slots

-2 ssd slots

-network chip with bluetooth (most of the time i use ethernet but sometimes ill take my pc somewhere else so i need network functionality.)

-maybe 1 m2 slot for the systemdata?

As you can see i have no clue and would appreciate help :)

RedFordTruck July 25, 2020

Check out pcpartpicker. Just about every z490 motherboard has at least 2 ram slots, sata ports, and a m.2 slot. Just gotta see which one has wifi and Bluetooth.

NoobMasterSixtyNlNE July 27, 2020

10600K(f) MOBO/Ram Help

Looking to buy a 10600k(f) and have some questions for you experts since I’m a noob here.

  • Will the 10600k ever come down in price from $380, if not will the $270 preorder for the 10600kf be fulfilled any time soon? I need my pc back up and running decently soon

  • I have 3000mhz ram - can I get the full 3000mhz without OC on any MOBO? I’m confused because on the specs it says 2666mhz max speed and I read somewhere that 2666mhz will really hurt FPS performance

  • This B450M MOBO - would it limit/hurt anything as far as performance or memory speed goes? It’s super cheap and scares me a bit but otherwise seems really solid.

  • “ASROCK B460M PRO4 Supports 10th Gen Intel Core Processors (Socket 1200) Motherboard “

    4. Is there any CPU that’s comparable in speed/price as the 10600k that’s actually in stock?

    Thanks a ton guys.

    BuckNZahn July 27, 2020
  • No idea.

  • When you buy 3000mhz Ram, it is usually Ram that's rated for up to 3000mhz. At stock settings, it will run at something like 2133. You need to select XMP in bios to get the 3000, which technically is already a RAM OC. Now you don't need to OC the CPU to get that speed. Intel CPUs are rated to run with far lower ram speeds than they are actually capable of, it's just not guaranteed by intel. Get a mobo that can run 3000 and select XMP and you're good.

  • There is no point in buying an unlocked K sku CPU if you don't intend to overclock it. To overclock that CPU, you need a Z490 mobo. So either get a z490 or get a different CPU.

  • Depends on your needs. "3600 is enough for gaming" is true for more than 90% of people. That CPU still is probably the best bang/buck right now. What GPU are you planning to buy? What games @ what resolution/graphic settings/fps are you looking to play?

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    NoobMasterSixtyNlNE July 27, 2020

    2. If I were to buy a MOBO that supports something less than 3000mhz but more than whatever the CPU “guarantees” as you say, would XMP just clock it as high as the MOBO allows with no problem?

    3. Good advice. Do the non-K CPUs get less performance stock than a stock K CPU? I see the 10600 base clock is 3.3ghz which seems low but has the same turbo clock.

    4. I already have a 2070 super. I play Arma 3/Ark (very cpu intensive), Rocket League/smaller games any normal CPU will crush, as well as games like Warzone/future CODs. I use a 1440p 144hz g-sync monitor.

    I just sold my 7700k and its mobo for $420, bought them for $430 total 3 years ago almost exactly so didn’t lose much. I had to RMA my PSU and honestly don’t know how to install a new one, so I’m looking (and did) to sell my CPU/MOBO for a high price since now everything is inflated so I can get a more aesthetically pleasing PC and so my friends can put it together for me. Figured I could upgrade a little for minimally more, have a better looking PC, and do everything together while I have so much to swap anyways.

    Edit: I really appreciate the help

    Wrong-Historian July 27, 2020

    I think the memory speed doesn't really depend on the motherboard at all because the memory controller is integrated in the CPU. If going to memory speeds above 2666 then you are technically overclocking the memory controller of the CPU, but the RAM being 3000MHz means that you'll not be overclocking the RAM at that speed. I think you can do that on any mobo and even with non-K cpu's. The RAM will probably even have an XMP profile that you can just select in the BIOS and then it will just overclock the memory controller to the speed that the RAM is guaranteed to be stable by the RAM manufacturer.

    This is all a bit theoretical. For example I've got a 10600 (non-K) with Z490 board and 3200MHz RAM, but selecting the XMP profile results in a non-booting board, so I still have to manually tweak the timings / voltages myself... bummer...

    MakoRuu July 28, 2020

    According to, the 10600kf will launch in September.

    (Everything else has been answered.)

    life-is-hard-man- July 20, 2020

    Help with 10600k overclock complete noob

    Hello guys so I recently built my pc with my brother and I found out that I can easily get 5ghz with my 10600k. I tried some different stuffs. I got blue screen or the whole pc just shut down or the temps using prime95 would be 100-115C. So I went with no over clock and stock bios like I did before and ram xmp profile I get 28-30C idle and 60C under 100% load. I don’t know what I should do this is my first time overclocking and specially intel my pc was a amd phantom 2 and any help would be appreciated. Another thing that I thought about causing this might be that my power supply does not have enough juice for the build. I did overclock my my gpu using msi afterburner and under load the gpu is 70C. And I set the power limit at 120% for the GPU.

    My build is:

    I5 10600k

    Arctic freezer ii 240

    Gigabyte vision G (I did update the bios today using @bios)

    2x8gb patriot viper 3866mghz 18cl

    Asus dual evo 2070 super OC

    Lian li Lancool 2 case with all the fans. The radiator is installed in the front and is in push pull config. 8 case fans and 2 cpu radiator fans. And 2 led strips that were already installed on the case (15 leds)

    Evga 650w 80+ gold

    If anyone is familiar with the vision g motherboard and has one please help or is familiar with gigabyte overclocking because everyone has ROG or MSI motherboard bios on YouTube and there are not a lot of vids on vision g motherboard with 10600k.

    Sorry for any miss spellings English is not my first language and any mis used computer language.

    EDIT: should I buy a new psu and if so should I go for 750w 850w or 1000w

    Marble_Wraith July 20, 2020
  • Your PSU is fine.

  • Forget about GPU OC for now. Reset to stock and focus on CPU first.

  • Recommend doing a software OC first using intel XTU.


    sultry_eyes July 20, 2020

    Yes, this is the way. Use the utility to overclock and pay attention to the avg voltage that the gigabyte/10600k combo produces. From the multiplier you have set and the automatic voltage that the CPU demands, you now have a baseline.

    From that baseline you can now go into the bios and manually set a voltage with multiplier. Test and then lower the voltage from there.

    Try to use a less demanding tool like the XTU benchmark tool mentioned above. And maybe consider using Cinebench R20 as well. Prime95 with AVX maybe too demanding to use as a baseline.

    Try and also look for an adaptive voltage setting in the gigabyte motherboard. In asus motherboard's they have an adaptive voltage setting which basically only applies your manual voltage to your CPU's Turbo frequency. So if you set 1.35v for an all core multiplier of 50x, the motherboard will only apply your voltage for when your CPU hits 50x. When your CPU is idling or not boosting to 50x, it will revert to its native Voltage versus Frequency Curve instead. Or V/F curve.

    That way you are not just setting a blanket manual voltage and can take advantage of power saving modes while reaping the benefits of a manual voltage at the higher turbo frequency.

    jjgraph1x July 20, 2020

    Don't waste money on a bigger PSU, that's not your problem. Were you just using an Auto OC preset for the CPU or what did you change aside from speed?

    Keep in mind bios may be different between boards but the same concept applies to all of them. You never want to just copy another person's settings.

    life-is-hard-man- July 21, 2020

    I tried to use the gigabyte easy tune thing but it didn’t go above stock speeds. I changed the vcore speed and a couple of other things I forgot the names

    Te5lac0il July 20, 2020

    What voltage did you run? Not every i5 10600k can do 5ghz at reasonable voltages.... Trust me.

    life-is-hard-man- July 21, 2020

    It reaches 100C And the system just shuts down I set the max temp to 115 I brought it lowest I could so it wouldn’t crash I played gta v and mw all day with no problems it’s just when I try running prime95 on max settings

    fray_bentos11 July 28, 2020

    Moving thermal protection up to 115C is dumb. Based on your discussion above, you should stay away from over clocking until you have done some serious reading and informed yourself. You may have already damaged your CPU from high auto voltages paired with silly high temperatures.

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    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.
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    3. RAM :
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    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 December 31, 1969
    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