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10th Gen: Intel Core i9 10900K & Core i5 10600K CPU Review (Page 6)

Shannon Robb | May 20, 2020 at 8:00 am CDT - 4 mins, 4 secs time to read this page
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: IntelModel: BX8070110900K

Gaming Benchmarks

In gaming tests, most testers tend to lower the resolution to 720P or 1080p, which works to show the CPU FPS, however, it's not very realistic for how a person would use a CPU in the real-world. We record 720P results in case they are ever needed, but we show 1080p as it is still one of the most popular resolutions. We also test 1440p and 4K, which some may question, and I will explain.

I want to show you who may be considering a purchase of these chips the actual difference you will see based on the resolution you may be gaming at. I believe this will open the minds of many to see that many CPUs can provide a great gaming experience sans 1-2 FPS if you are gaming at higher resolutions.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider


At 1080P, we see that Tomb Raider gives the new 10900K a defined lead, likely by its clock speed boost. The 9900K somewhat closely trails the 10900K as it loses by 15 FPS. The 10600K comes next and is closely trailed by the 10980XE. If you happen to be using a high-end GPU such as a 2080 or higher, this scaling will be what you will see on this title, if you play at 1080P.

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Moving to a popular enthusiast resolution 1440P, we see that the 9900K and 10980XE jump ahead now at 135FPS. Both new CPUs show 134FPS average over several runs averaged and therefore took the loss at a very slight margin. The 3900X and 8700K are close by averaging 132FPS, or two less than the new 10th gen parts.

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We are moving to 4K, which is the new ultra-enthusiast's resolution range, and we see that the load has moved to the GPU now. All GPUs are stepping on each other's toes, with only the Ryzen 3400G falling off the pace.

Wolfenstein Youngblood

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At 1080P, Wolfenstein shows the 10900K and 10600K leading the pack once again and by a noticeable margin. They are trailed by the 9900K and the 10980XE and then the 3900X. The rest fall part by part, slowly losing a few FPS along the way.

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Shifting gears to 1440P and we see the field squeeze a bit with the two new chips taking the lead still. This time the 7700K trails them by a single FPS and the 3900X ticking off another three FPS behind the 7700K.

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Turning the wick to full burn and we see the 4K performance once again being the equalizer. We see the 10900K sharing the top result with the 7700K and the 10980XE. Then we move down from 133 to 132 FPS, and we have a large portion of the remaining chips. Once again, the only chip to fall noticeably off the pace is the 3400G.

Civilization VI

Civilization is a quite popular game, and its performance we will test consists of standard graphical tests, which we will represent with average frame times for each resolution. We will also examine the AI turn time for each CPU to show how long each turn for AI will take based on your CPU performance and efficiency.

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First up for the Civ VI testing is the AI turn time test. This shows the two new contenders falling just shy of the 3900X, but decently ahead of the 9900K. Then the 8700K and the rest fall in line behind this. This is the measure of how long it takes to process an AI turn in seconds, so keep that in mind as with multiple AI, it can add up over the entirety of the game. But, the difference here is not huge.

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1080P once again places load primarily on the CPU to render, and we see the 10900K jump to the lead here with the 3900X being relatively close behind. The 9900K, however, is closer to the 3900X than the 3900x is to the top spot, and the 10600K is nibbling at both.

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Moving to 1440P and we see the same positioning, except the 3600X, jumps up ahead of the 10600K, and the gape between the leading 10900K shrinks to almost stasis. The 9900K is tied with the 10600K, which is quite good, being the 10600K is roughly half the price or less.

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Once again, 4K levels everything out, and the top spot now belongs to the 8700K. The two 10th gen chips fall to lower-mid of the pack, which is not saying much as they are awfully close in relation with only the 3400G falling significantly off the pace once again. It is worth noting that while the results are tight, they are measurably different, but it's close enough that I would call most of them a wash with roughly similar results.

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Shannon Robb


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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