With Rocket Lake slated to arrive in a year or so, Intel’s 10th Gen Comet Lake-S lineup has largely been a waste of silicon. Another rebrand of the 14nm Skylake core, with just a single new SKU in the form of the 10-core i9-10900K. Even with this chip, it’s hard to show any practical scaling in games, making it a hard buy. The 10th Gen lineup also introduces a third Core i5 part, the 10500 which bridges the gap between the 10400 and the 10600K:
|CPU||Price||C/T||Base Clock||Boost||L3 Cache||TDP|
|Core i5-10400||$160||6 / 12||2.9 GHz||4.3 GHz||12 MB||65 W|
|Core i5-10500||$200||6 / 12||3.1 GHz||4.5 GHz||12 MB||65 W|
|Ryzen 5 3600||$175||6 / 12||3.6 GHz||4.2 GHz||32 MB||65 W|
|Core i5-9600K||$200||6 / 6||3.7 GHz||4.6 GHz||9 MB||95 W|
|Core i5-10600K||$265||6 / 12||4.1 GHz||4.8 GHz||12 MB||125 W|
|Ryzen 5 3600X||$205||6 / 12||3.8 GHz||4.4 GHz||32 MB||95 W|
The Core i5-10500 costs $40 more than the 10400 for a 200MHz higher operating clocks. It’s still a ways slower (and $65 cheaper) than the 10600K and doesn’t come with an unlocked multiplier either. In terms of performance though, just like the 10400, it disappoints rather thoroughly:
In Cinebench R15 and R20, while the Core i5-10600K sits between the Ryzen 5 3600 and the 3600X in the multi-threaded tests, the 10500 fails to match either. The single-core benchmarks portray a similar image with the 10600K coming out on top, but the 10500 once again is beaten by both the Ryzen 5 parts.
The CPU-Z benchmark is generally kinder to Intel’s CPUs as you can see the Core i5-10600K take a hefty lead in the single-threaded benchmark and level with the Ryzen 5 processors in the multi-core test. The Core i5-10500, although manages to edge past the 3600 in the SC test, the multi-threaded score is disappointing to say the least.
All in all, the results are as we’d surmised. The Core i5-10600K is easily the best CPU from Intel right now and only 10th Gen part worth buying. It offers the best gaming performance in the price bracket with a mild overclock mostly pushing it up to the same level as the 10700K and the 10900K. The lower-end 10th Gen parts, on the other hand, shouldn’t really exist as they’re handily beaten by the Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 5 CPUs in nearly every scenario.