A set of brand new benchmarks found on GeekBench 4 appears to show Intel’s Core i5-10600K and Core i5-10600KF CPUs reaching peak clocks speeds nearing 5.0 GHz. The results, if genuine, would place both CPUs as competitors to AMD’s Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 3600X.
The benchmarks come courtesy of known Twitter leaker Tum Apisak and reveal that both CPUs – the unlocked Core i5-10600K and Core i5-10600KF – hit clock frequencies of 4.98 GHz. In terms of Geekbench 4 results, the Core i5-10600K landed a single-core score of 6,081 and a multi-core score of 28,523, while the i5-10600KF hit 6,070 for the single-core test and 28, 673 for the multi-core test.
The scores suggest both CPUs will be ideally suited to the gaming markets, specifically builders hoping to avoid breaking the bank yet tap into decent performance. The results are interesting in the ongoing rivalry with AMD in that they surpass those of the Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 3600X in single-core results based on the glut of benchmark results. They are more or less identical in multi-core scores that gravitate around the 28,000 mark.
With the Core i5-10600K and Core i5-10600KF, we could see Intel taking steps to reach AMD’s well-known price to performance ratio supremacy.
It’s worth noting that Intel’s Core i5-10600K and Core i5-10600KF are slated to have a TDP rating of 125 W, which is markedly higher than the 95 W of the Ryzen 5 3600X and the 65 W of the Ryzen 3600. In other words, hitting 4.98 GHz will require significantly more power.
Pricing is also an important consideration. If expectations turn out to be true, Intel should push out the Core i5-10600 for somewhere in the ballpark of $250, which is more expensive than the $230 for the Ryzen 5 3600X and even lower-priced $175 Ryzen 3600. Pricing and power consumption requirements may outshine any single-core performance gains.