Conclusion

Now that Intel has seen the light and given its 10th Generation Core Desktop CPUs something it should have had all along, Hyperthreading, they are much more interesting.  In fact, we haven’t been much interested in Intel CPUs like this in a while.  Even though we aren’t getting a big architecture change or better manufacturing process, we are getting needed features that provide real-world improvements finally. 

With Hyperthreading, the world of multi-threaded applications and workloads are opened up in a big way using Intel CPUs.  It makes a real-world difference, whether you are gaming, streaming, doing content creation, or just doing office work.  The experience is smoother.  Combined with the high boost clocks of the Intel 10th Gen CPUs they aren’t half bad.  These were the improvements we’ve been wanting.  They may need more power to get the job done, but at least there is that option now which should challenge pricing on both ends.

AMD use to say they held the advantage on cores and threads.  Well, they do in the high-end for sure, the 3900X and 3950X are still there and with prices falling on the 3900X it’s a great option in the high-end.  But where we are here, in the territory of the Intel Core i5-10600K, the battlefield is much more competitive. 

AMD doesn’t have the threading advantage it once did.  Now Intel has a competitive product.  Both are battling it out, and this is only good for consumers.  Of course, AMD is about to launch another knockdown blow, allegedly, this year, with another CPU launch.  So, Intel could be in trouble once again.  But we can’t dwell on what is unknown.  Right now, all we can say is kudos to Intel for finally being competitive in a long time.  Who knows how long it will last?  These are interesting times for sure, and that’s what keeps us going.

Final Points

Should you get an Intel Core i5-10600K over the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X?  Well, it’s not a simple yes or no.  It depends on what you are doing, and ultimately pricing.  Pricing determines everything.  We say, go with the cheaper option, whichever it turns out being.  You can’t lose either way, so just go with whichever CPU you can find at a cheaper price.  That way you win, cause between both of these CPUs that is what it boils down to, which one saves you the most money. 

Consider the cost of the platform as well, it matters, with the Intel 10th Gen CPUs you’ll need a Z490 motherboard, so factor that cost into it.  Consider that, and then what it would take to go AMD, just keep in mind with AMD you do have cheaper motherboard options coming with B550 motherboards coming this summer.  All these factors add up, and so add them up and decide which is the better option for you.

Please also check out our review of the flagship Intel Core i9-10900K and Z490 chipset overview, links on our site.

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9 Comments

  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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