Intel Core i5-10500 Fails to Beat the Ryzen 5 3600: Another DOA 10th Gen CPU

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:

CPUPriceC/TBase ClockBoostL3 CacheTDP
Core i5-10400$1606 / 122.9 GHz4.3 GHz12 MB65 W
Core i5-10500$2006 / 123.1 GHz4.5 GHz12 MB65 W
Ryzen 5 3600$1756 / 123.6 GHz4.2 GHz32 MB65 W
Core i5-9600K$2006 / 63.7 GHz4.6 GHz9 MB95 W
Core i5-10600K$2656 / 124.1 GHz4.8 GHz12 MB125 W
Ryzen 5 3600X$2056 / 123.8 GHz4.4 GHz32 MB95 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.


Computer Engineering dropout (3 years), writer, journalist, and amateur poet. I started my first technology blog, Techquila while in college to address my hardware passion. Although largely successful, it was a classic example of too many people trying out multiple different things but getting nothing done. Left in late 2019 and been working on Hardware Times ever since.

One Comment

  1. Nice and all but I care about REAL gaming performance and I bet this i5 10500 still crushes the 3600 on that front.

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