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Intel Core i5-10600K Review – Return of the 8700K!

The other snag is that this refreshed CPU uses the same LGA1200 socket as the other members of the 10th Gen family so you will need to buy a brand new Z490 motherboard before you can use your new CPU. You might consider that Core i5-10600K gives you a cheap entry point to Intel’s new platform however we consider this to be a weak argument as we do not expect LGA1200 to last beyond Intel’s 11th Gen CPUs so options for upgrades are likely to be limited.



Testing hardware

To test Core i9-10900K we lined up a variety of test platforms that used the following common hardware:

  • CPU Cooler Fractal Design Celsius S36 with 3x Noctua Chromax NF-F12 fans
  • RAM 32GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3600MHz 16-18-18-36
  • Graphics Card Gigabyte RTX 2080 Super 8GB
  • Power Supply Seasonic Prime Platinum1300W

and these specific parts for the four platforms:

Intel 10th Gen Desktop

  • Intel Core i9-10900K
  • Intel Core i5-10600K
  • 1TB WD Blue
  • MSI MEG Z490 Ace

Intel 9th Gen Desktop

  • Intel Core i9-9900KF
  • 1TB Intel 760P
  • Asus ROG Maximus XI Formula

AMD AM4 Desktop

  • AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
  • AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
  • 240GB Toshiba RC100
  • Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite

Intel High End Desktop

  • Intel Core i9-9900X
  • 32GB G.Skill FlareX 3200MHz 14-14-14-34 quad channel
  • 1TB WD Blue
  • ASRock X299 Taichi

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