Intel i5 10600K CPU: Gaming performance

A couple of months ago, Intel reached out to see whether I interested in review it’s i5 10600K CPU.

Of course, I said yes, and it was the catalyst for a new PC build, which you can read all about here. A big thanks to Intel for the chance to review the i6 10600K.

Intel’s 10th generation, 6 core, 12-thread Comet Lake CPU was replacing an i5 8400 CPU which was still a good CPU but it was just starting to show its age a little. I paired it with an Asus TUF Gaming Plus wi-fi Z490 motherboard, a Sapphire RX580 8Gb GPU and 16Gb of PNY RGB memory. It’s all lovingly encased within a Montech case.

Initial usage indicated to my untrained self that the 10600K was a vast improvement on the 8400 but I wanted to put it to the test in gaming. That is, after all, what I mainly use my desktop PC for.

Right, onto the testing and the highly scientific regime I’d decided to use …

The testing

The testing method I employed to test the performance of Intel’s i510600K was simple: Run the game’s in-built benchmark and record the results. The games I picked were: Gears of War 5, Mafia II: Definitive Edition, Horizon Zero Dawn, Deus Ex Mankind Divided, Hitman 2 (Mumbai) and Red Dead Redemption 2. I also tested with 3D Mark’s Timespy Direct X 12 and Firestrike Direct X 11 benchmarks.Graphical settings were 1080p with a mix of high and medium settings, with the old ultra preset thrown in.

The results

Rather than lots and lots of words that will likely bore you stupid, here are some pretty pictures with numbers and charts on them showing how well things performed. According to the Timespy score, my PC is “Legendary”.

Of the benchmarks, the Gears of War 5 and Horizon Zero Dawn ones impressed me the most as they provided data for CPU as well as GPU performance (Average CPU Framerate).

3DMark Timespy & Firestrike:

Gears of War 5:

Horizon Zero Dawn:

Deus Ex Mankind Divided:

Mafia II Definitive Edition:

Red Dead Redemption 2:

Hitman 2 (Mumbai):

Final thoughts

In the two months I’ve been running Intel’s 10600K CPU in my PC, I’ve been mightily impressed: It’s a solid performer on day to day tasks but it really shines when it comes to gaming. That’s where it really stands out. It’s also said to have rather impressive overclocking potential but I haven’t gone down that route – yet.

If anything, the 10600K will be hampered by the at-least-a-couple-of-generations-old RX580 GPU, still a thoroughly capable card but it starts to creak in some of the more demanding titles coming out these days (I’d love to buy a nice shiny RTX-capable GPU but the outrageously ludicrous GPU prices are just not doing it for me at the moment.)

For gamers who want a fantastic performing 10-generation CPU for a reasonable price (pricing online had it for around the $300 mark), I can heartily recommend the i5 10600K.

Thanks to Intel for providing the i5 10600K for review.