The newest generation of Intel CPUs are here! How do The Intel i9 10900K & i5 10600K perform compared to the tried and true team red offerings?

Big thanks to Intel for sending this out for review!

What’s in the Box?


As with most high end Intel processors, you don’t actually get a cooler included in the box. You must provide your own, it would be nice if Intel did start to include coolers in their high end processors. Even if they don’t do great, it’s nice to have a cooler to easily swap in for POST tests etc.

Intel’s still stuck on 14nm!

For their i9 10900K & i5 10600K10th, and rest of the gen CPUs, Intel has decided to move away from their LGA115X range and introduce the LGA1200 which means new chipsets, new boards and no backwards compatibility. What about cooler compatibility? Thankfully, the physical size hasn’t actually been altered so your old coolers should still work with the 10th gen CPUs. 

As nice as it is to have a new generation of CPUs, I feel like there hasn’t really been any new major additions and features added to the new chips. They’re still 14nm, there’s a new chipset that is only compatible with these CPUs, There is also no support for PCIe Gen 4.0 which AMD has been supporting basically since their launch of X570. 

To be fair, they did add an extra two cores and slightly increase the base clock of the 10900K compared to the last generation, i9 9900K. They also increased the cache size from 16MB to 20MB. 

For the i5 10600K, they didn’t increase the core count but they did slightly increase the base clock and cache compared to the 9th gen, 9600K.

It seems Intel is really trying to cram everything into their 14nm chips for as long as they can.

On the other hand, with AMD. They have been supporting the one socket since their launch of Ryzen all the way back in 2017 and they say that they still plan to support AM4 with the imminent launch of Zen 3. This has given users and gamers alike an easy and affordable upgrade path by letting them keep their older hardware and just replace the heart of the system without also forking out for a new motherboard.

Intel i9 10900K & i5 10600K Compared to AMD

AMD Ryzen 9 3900XIntel i9 10900K
Core Count1210
Base Clock3.8GHz3.7GHz
Boost Clock4.6GHz5.3GHz
AMD Ryzen 5 3600XIntel i5 10600K
Core Count66
Base Clock3.8GHz4.1GHz
Boost Clock4.4GHz4.8GHz

*Prices in AUD, Sourced from PC Case Gear



Intel i9 10900K & i5 10600K Pricing

As mentioned above, the i9 10900K can be found online for around $1000 AUD and the i5 10600K for $500


There’s no denying that the new Intel chips are serious performers. So if you want the best gaming and single threaded performance and don’t give a damn about the cost, heat output or needing a new motherboard. Go ahead, these are for you. But if you’re after something more value orientated, I would recommend going with team red and picking up either a 3600X or a 3900X, they have better performance for the money and don’t need an expensive, over the top mother.

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Disclosure: The Intel 10th Gen review samples were supplied for reviewing but all opinions are of my own and not paid.