Intel’s $250 Core i5-10600K Expected to Become the Best Gaming CPU, Beating the Core i9-10900K

The 10-core i9-10900K running at 5.3GHz may be the main attraction of Intel’s 10th Gen Comet Lake-S lineup, but it looks like a different part may steal the spotlight: The Core i5-10600K. According to benchmarks, the 10th Gen i5 processor is nearly as fast as the Core i9 in gaming despite costing half as much ($250 vs $500). Let’s have a look:

As you can see, the Core i5-10600K not only manages to make the Core i7-9700K obsolete, it also comes within a hair’s distance of the Core i9-9900K as well as the 10th Gen flagship, the Core i9-10900K. All this while costing markedly less than all these chips. It’s worth noting that the Core i5-10600K is the only Comet Lake-S part that offers notably better gaming performance than AMD’s high-end Ryzen 3000 chips despite costing less. Rendering is another matter altogether, with the 10600K sitting between the Ryzen 5 3600X and the 3700X both in terms of price while offering marginally better performance than the former.


Areej Syed

Processors, PC gaming, and the past. I have been writing about computer hardware for over seven years with more than 5000 published articles. Started off during engineering college and haven't stopped since. Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Divinity, Torment, Baldur's Gate and so much more... Contact: areejs12@hardwaretimes.com.
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