Test Setup

Intel Core i5-10600K Test Setup

Intel Setup

For our Intel platform testing, we are using a 9th Gen setup and the new 10th Gen setup.  For the 9th Gen setup, we are using an ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI Hero (WI-FI) Z390 motherboard.  The motherboard has the latest BIOS applied.  We are using the default motherboard settings and XMP II memory settings.  Memory is running at 3600MHz at 16-19-19-39 2T.  The comparison CPU we are using is a stock Intel Core i5-9600K.

For our 10th Gen setup, we are using the new ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XII EXTREME X490 motherboard.  We are using the latest BIOS at the time of testing, which was given to us by ASUS when we received this motherboard and is version 0508.  Just prior to the launch, ASUS did send us a new BIOS (0509), however, this does not affect any of our testings, the only change was that this BIOS made it easier to access Intel Turbo Boost 3.0 to reach the CPUs highest speed.  Our Core i5-10600K doesn’t support Turbo Boost 3.0 so it is not relevant to this CPU we are testing.  The BIOS will be applied in the future for the actual motherboard review.

The motherboard was running default settings and we are using XMP II memory settings.  Memory is running at 3600MHz at 16-19-19-39 2T.  The Core i5-10600K worked great on this motherboard. There was a new Intel INF driver to install, we are using the latest 10.1.18295.8201.  We enabled the High-Performance power profile in Windows.

AMD Setup

For our AMD platform testing, we are utilizing an ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero (WI-FI) X570 motherboard at default settings.  This is on the X570 chipset.  We are using the latest BIOS available.  The CPU is a stock AMD Ryzen 5 3600X we are using for comparison, this is also a 6c/12t CPU.  We also enabled the DOCP profile for our RAM.  This enabled DDR4-3600 speeds with a timing of 16-19-19-39 1T. 

The chipset driver we installed was AMD Chipset Driver version 2.04.04.111 which is the latest version.  We set the Windows power profile to Ryzen-High Performance.

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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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