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Game Core i5-10600KF 6-Core 4.10GHz FX-9590
Cyberpunk 2077 48% 28%
Hitman 3 31% 3%
Resident Evil 8 43% 20%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 31% 3%
FIFA 21 52% 32%
Grand Theft Auto VI 15% 19%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 50% 30%
Genshin Impact 61% 45%
Far Cry 6 19% 14%
The Medium 11% 24%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-10600KF 6-Core 4.10GHz is massively better than the AMD FX-9590 when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The Core i5-10600KF 6-Core was released over three years more recently than the FX-9590, and so the Core i5-10600KF 6-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the FX-9590 when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The FX-9590 has 2 more cores than the Core i5-10600KF 6-Core. 8 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The cores in the Core i5-10600KF 6-Core is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the FX-9590, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Core i5-10600KF 6-Core has 4 more threads than the FX-9590. The FX-9590 has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i5-10600KF 6-Core uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Core i5-10600KF 6-Core and the FX-9590 are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. With this in mind, it is safe to say that with a 0.6 GHz faster base clock rate, the FX-9590 manages to provide significantly better performance than the Core i5-10600KF 6-Core. What is more, the FX-9590 also manages to eke 0.2 GHz higher frequency when being stressed by CPU-intensive applications.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

The Core i5-10600KF 6-Core has a 95 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the FX-9590. However, the FX-9590 was created with a 14 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Core i5-10600KF 6-Core and the FX-9590 would appear to produce roughly the same amount of heat, and consume about the same amount of power.

CPU Core Details

CPU Codename--
MoBo SocketLGA 1200Socket AM3+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date04 Feb 202011 Jun 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs8
CPU Threads12vs8
Clock Speed4.1 GHzvs4.7 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.8 GHzvs5 GHz
Max TDP125 Wvs220 W
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Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i5-10600KF 6-Core 4.10GHz is a CPU based on a refinement of the 14nm++ Comet Lake-S microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (12 logical), initially clocked at 4.10 GHz, which may go up to 4.80 GHz using 6 cores with Turbo Boost. The Core i5-10600KF has 12MB of L3 Cache.FX-9590 is a high-end CPU based on the 32nm Piledriver architecture.

It offers 8 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 4.7GHz, which may go up to 5.0GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated and the clock multiplier is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT have any integrated graphics, and has a rated board TDP of 220W.

Compared to its predecessor FX-8350 there's an overall 12% performance boost. Its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.