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10th Gen: Intel Core i9 10900K & Core i5 10600K CPU Review (Page 5)

Shannon Robb | May 20, 2020 at 8:00 am CDT - 3 mins, 27 secs time to read this page
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: IntelModel: BX8070110900K

Unigine and UL Benchmarks

Unigine Superposition

Superposition from Unigine is a DX12 based benchmark. We test with the 720P LOW preset as this removes all but the most basic GPU loading, and all of the FPS performance comes from the CPUs ability to push frames to the GPU. This test is far more efficient and speed based rather than being highly threaded.


The 10900K takes a leadership position here, outpacing the 9900K by a sizeable margin. The 10600K does its own climbing of the ranks as it nearly catches the 9900K. This is a synthetic gaming style load, and Intel may be on to something saying they are still offering the fastest gaming processor.

PCMark 10

PCMark is a benchmark from UL and tests various workload types to represent typical workloads for a PC. Everything from video conferencing, image import, and editing, along with 3D rendering, are tested.


The overall score shows the 10900K leading the pack and the 3900X by almost 500 points. The 10600K trails the 3900X by only less than 200 points. The 9900K is closely trailing the 10600K, while the rest of the pack falls off from there.


Essentials testing shows the two new chips topping the charts with the 3900X once again in a close trailing position behind the 10600K.


Productivity shows more of the same, but this time, we see the 3300X jump to the trailing position behind the 10600K.


The digital content creation is the great equalizer as we see that multi-core jumps back into relevance, at least somewhat. Frequency is still particularly important, as we see the 10900K take a decent lead above the higher core count 3900X. The 10600K stays ahead of the 3600X and 8700K by a reasonable margin.

3DMark Firestrike


3DMark Firestrike shows the 20900K tasking a leading position in both the main score and the CPU score. The graphics score is nudged out surprisingly by the 9900K and the 7700K. This is an anomaly we observed in the Ryzen 3 review we completed recently.

The combined test also showed a reshuffle as the 9900K led the pack for best CPU and graphics performance when tested combined. And the 3600X and 3900X followed before you get to our two new entries. Overall the 10900K and 10600K score higher here, offering a clear view that 14nm at least under this test load is still quite viable.

3DMark Time Spy

Time Spy is another 3DMark test variant, but this one is for DX12 based systems. This test can be quite stressful, and since its an entirely different load, you may be surprised to see how the results shuffle when compared to Firestrike.


Time Spy is a newer benchmark utilizing a more modern API, which helps it cope with higher thread count CPUs and the capabilities of newer hardware. Now the main score shows a proper split where the 10900K still rules the roost followed closely by the 3900X. Then we have the 7900X and the 10980XE before we see the 10600K show its face.

Moving to the CPU result and it's more of the same, but now the 2700X jumps ahead of the 10600K, while the 8700K also jumps ahead of the 3600X. The 10900K has a notable lead over the 3900X in the CPU test, which tells us that the test likes frequency, and not just threading.

The graphics score shows the two new chips leading the pack once again as they both score in the 15K range, and the closest follower is the 3600X, which is a paltry 80 points behind the lead. We must note that the minimum score here is 13419 from the 8700K; that is why we scaled the chart from zero to ensure you can see how close these results are. This test demonstrates how hard the CPU can push data to the GPU to get frames pumping, and it is nice to see that the mainstream chips such as the 10600K and 3600X get some love here.

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Shannon started his PC journey around the age of six in 1989. Now till present day, he has established himself in the overclocking world, spending many years pushing the limits of hardware on LN2. Shannon has worked with design and R&D on various components, including PC systems and chassis, to optimize the layout and performance for enthusiasts.

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