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

Intel Core i5-10600K is a classic example of a product that is too little, too late. If Intel had delivered Hyper Threading with its 9th Gen parts, then this CPU would have made a perfectly decent showing as Core i5-9600K.

More importantly it would have been ahead of the curve as quad cores CPUs were overpowered by modern games and we moved on to six core processors. Right now the move is underway to eight core CPUs for gaming so at this precise moment the Core i5-10600K does a decent job, but we predict it will have a very short time in the sun.

AMD gets this and has priced the six core Ryzen 5 3600X below £200 while Intel is aiming for closer to £300 with the Core i5-10600K, and  for us that is painful. You spend more on your CPU and also spend more on your new Z490 motherboard, and in return you get a competent PC that performs tolerably well. Alternatively you can spend less money on the 8-core Ryzen 7 3700X along with a value motherboard, and you get a better all-round package. No doubt system builders will sell Core i5-10600K in reasonable numbers but we expect that enthusiasts will give it a miss.

You can buy the Core i5-10600K from Overclockers UK  for £275 HERE.


  • Decent gaming performance.
  • Low system power draw.
  • Low temperatures.


  • CPU performance is low.
  • Eight cores is a better bet than six.
  • Limited ability to overclock.
  • Price is too high.

KitGuru Says: Core i5-10600K is a competent gaming CPU, however the clock speeds are low and the price is too high. 

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Rating: 7.0.

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