Game Benchmarks

We are going to look at gaming performance now using built-in game benchmarks in five different modern games.  To get a full perspective on the performance we are going to run a benchmark at 1080p with “Ultra” or Max in-game settings.  This should give us a good balance between CPU bound and GPU bound. 

At 1080p our video card won’t be trying hard, so the CPU gets some play.  Then, by testing at the highest in-game settings our GPU gets some play so we can see how the CPU affects it.  With all the game affects turned on we can experience the full graphical effects the game has to show, which can affect CPU performance, like physics.  The video card we are using on all testing is an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Founders Edition with the latest drivers so it is very fast to show CPU performance differences at 1080p.

Grand Theft Auto V

First, we are going to run good ole Grand Theft Auto V, this DX11 game is very CPU dependent nowadays.  We are running at 1080p with the highest in-game settings.

Intel Core i5-10600K Grand Theft Auto V

Well, the Intel Core i5-10600K is on top here, giving us 117FPS average.  This is faster than the Intel Core i5-9600K by 4%.  It is also faster than the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X by 11% which is a pretty decent difference in performance.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint

We are going to run Ghost Recon Breakpoint.  We are running the game in the Vulkan API.  The game is running at the “Ultimate” settings at 1080p which are the highest game settings.

Intel Core i5-10600K Ghost Recon Breakpoint

An interesting pattern is emerging.  The Intel Core i5-10600K is 1 FPS faster than the 9600K, so no real difference there.  However, there is more of a significant difference with the 3600X.  The Intel Core i5-10600K is 6% faster than the Ryzen 5 3600X.

Red Dead Redemption 2

We are running Red Dead Redemption 2 in the Vulkan API at 1080p with custom “Ultra” settings enabled. 

Intel Core i5-10600K Red Dead Redemption 2

Even in this very GPU depending game, we see the Intel Core i5-10600K on top.  It’s even with 9600K performance, but it is still 5% faster than the Ryzen 5 3600X.    

Metro Exodus

In Metro Exodus, we are running at 1080p with the “Extreme” setting, plus PhysX and HairWorks and Tessellation.

Intel Core i5-10600K Metro Exodus

Our trend continues, the Intel Core i5-10600K is slightly faster than the Intel Core i5-9600K, but a bigger difference compared to the 3600X.  It is 5% faster.

Gears 5

Finally, we are testing Gears 5 at 1080p with “Ultra” settings.

Intel Core i5-10600K Gears 5

This one shows a big difference.  The Intel Core i5-10600K at 121FPS is 7% faster than the Intel Core i5-9600K, which is a real improvement.  Then, the Intel Core i5-10600K is 10% faster than the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X.  That’s again a pretty decent difference. 

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  1. There are several sites like B&H listing prices for them, but availability is unknown. B&H does list the 10700 for sale. If you go to the drop down, it shows "coming soon" for most of the CPU’s. So, availability may be there but its spotty at best.
  2. Nicely written article as well. I preferred the order of presentation and including the overclocked results of the bigger chip. But this was all there as well.

    I do kinda sorta miss a pull down to hop to the testing results, sometimes reading the methodology is nice, but when it is a site and testers I trust I just want to see some numbers! ;)

  3. We may create a unified CPU review format at some point in the future. Unfortunately, this was the least amount of lead time we’ve ever had so Brent and I worked entirely independently to get these done.
  4. We may create a unified CPU review format at some point in the future. Unfortunately, this was the least amount of lead time we’ve ever had so Brent and I worked entirely independently to get these done.

    Naaa it’s all good. I enjoyed reading both reviews. Good on both of you on cranking these out in the short window you had!

  5. I do kinda sorta miss a pull down to hop to the testing results

    Table of Contents is at the top of both articles for me – is it missing for you?

    If it’s there now and was missing, it was likely when Brent was fixing some internal links as the plugin for it will randomly turn off the ToC when making edits.

    If it’s not there now, then you’re blocking that javascript.

    If you’re missing something else… please describe?

  6. Table of Contents is at the top of both articles for me – is it missing for you?

    If it’s there now and was missing, it was likely when Brent was fixing some internal links as the plugin for it will randomly turn off the ToC when making edits.

    If it’s not there now, then you’re blocking that javascript.

    If you’re missing something else… please describe?

    I may have grown accustomed to looking for the jump pages at the bottom of the screen in a pull down and never thought to check the top… maybe…. damnit.

  7. I may have grown accustomed to looking for the jump pages at the bottom of the screen in a pull down and never thought to check the top… maybe…. damnit.

    You inspired me to see if my WordPress/wizardry has grown enough to figure out how to put it back at the bottom. Looks like it worked. Enjoy the ToC at top and bottom of content and let me know if I broke something by doing that…

  8. You inspired me to see if my WordPress/wizardry has grown enough to figure out how to put it back at the bottom. Looks like it worked. Enjoy the ToC at top and bottom of content and let me know if I broke something by doing that…

    That works!

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