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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i5-10600 6-Core 3.30GHz Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 45% 46%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 26% 27%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 28% 29%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 41% 42%
eFootball PES 2021 41% 42%
Genshin Impact 59% 59%
FIFA 21 49% 49%
Death Stranding 33% 34%
Watch Dogs Legion 26% 27%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 38% 39%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz is very slightly better than the Intel Core i5-10600 6-Core 3.30GHz 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 i5-10600 6-Core was released over a year more recently than the Ryzen 5 2600X, and so the Core i5-10600 6-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for 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 Core i5-10600 6-Core and the Ryzen 5 2600X both have 6 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the Intel Core i5-10600 6-Core 3.30GHz and the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz have the same number of threads. Both the Core i5-10600 6-Core and the Ryzen 5 2600X use hyperthreading. The Core i5-10600 6-Core has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Ryzen 5 2600X has 2.

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 i5-10600 6-Core and Ryzen 5 2600X are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Ryzen 5 2600X has a 0.3 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the .

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 i5-10600 6-Core has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Ryzen 5 2600X. However, the Ryzen 5 2600X was created with a 2 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Core i5-10600 6-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

The Core i5-10600 6-Core has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Ryzen 5 2600X, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Intel UHD Graphics 630, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU Codename-Zen+
MoBo SocketLGA 1200Socket AM4
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date04 Feb 202019 Apr 2018
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs6
CPU Threads12vs12
Clock Speed3.3 GHzvs3.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.8 GHzvs4.2 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs95 W
Lithography14 nmvs12 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs54 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size-vs-
L2 Cache Size-vs3072 KB
L3 Cache Size12 MBvs16 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs4
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630
Base GPU Frequency350 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1150 MHzvs-
DirectX12vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs-
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i5-10600 6-Core 3.30GHz is a CPU based on a refinement of the 14nm++ Comet Lake-S microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (12 logical), initially clocked at 3.30 GHz, which may go up to 4.80 GHz using 6 cores with Turbo Boost. The Core i5-10600 has 12MB of L3 Cache.The Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz is a mid to high-range CPU based on AMD's 12nm Zen+ microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (12 logical), initially clocked at 3.6GHz, which may go up to 4.2GHz using Turbo Boost. It has an unlocked multiplier, therefore, it can be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 16MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. It has 3MB of L2 cache, 512KB per core. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 95W. It is on par with competitor processors. Among its many features, Simultaneous Multithreading, Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled. This CPU is likely to offer excellent computational performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC.