Intel Core i7-9700KF vs Core i5-10600KF

General info

Comparing Core i7-9700KF and Core i5-10600KF processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
6.83
 
9.74
Market segment
Desktop processor
 
Desktop processor
Series
Intel Core i7
 
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Architecture codename
Coffee Lake
 
Comet Lake
Launch date
8 January 2019 (2 years ago)
 
30 April 2020 (1 year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$374
 
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Price now
$313 (0.8x MSRP)
 
$219

Technical specs

Core i7-9700KF and Core i5-10600KF basic parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of CPU speed, though for more precise assessment you have to consider their test results.

Physical cores
8 (Octa-Core)
 
6 (Hexa-Core)
Threads
8
 
12
Base clock speed
3.6 GHz
 
4.1 GHz
Boost clock speed
4.9 GHz
 
4.8 GHz
Bus support
4 × 8 GT/s
 
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L1 cache
64K (per core)
 
64K (per core)
L2 cache
256K (per core)
 
256K (per core)
L3 cache
12 MB (shared)
 
12 MB (shared)
Chip lithography
14 nm
 
14 nm
Maximum core temperature
100 °C
 
100 °C
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
72 °C
 
72 °C
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked multiplier
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-9700KF and Core i5-10600KF compatibility with other computer components: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
1
Socket
FCLGA1151
 
FCLGA1200
Thermal design power (TDP)
95 Watt
 
125 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-9700KF and Core i5-10600KF. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
 
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
+
 
-
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
+
Turbo Boost Technology
2.0
 
2.0
Hyper-Threading Technology
-
 
+
TSX
+
 
-
Idle States
+
 
+
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
+
SIPP
+
 
-
Turbo Boost Max 3.0
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-

Security technologies

Core i7-9700KF and Core i5-10600KF technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT
+
 
+
EDB
+
 
+
Secure Key
+
 
+
MPX
+
 
-
Identity Protection
+
 
+
SGX
Yes with Intel® ME
 
Yes with Intel® ME
OS Guard
+
 
+

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-9700KF and Core i5-10600KF are enumerated here.

VT-d
+
 
+
VT-x
+
 
+
EPT
+
 
+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Core i7-9700KF and Core i5-10600KF. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory types
DDR4-2666
 
DDR4-2666
Maximum memory size
128 GB
 
128 GB
Max memory channels
2
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
41.6 GB/s
 
41.6 GB/s

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i7-9700KF and Core i5-10600KF.

PCIe version
3.0
 
3.0
PCI Express lanes
16
 
16

Benchmark performance

Various benchmark results of the processors in comparison. Overall score is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

i7-9700KF 16.67 +0.2%
i5-10600KF 16.63

Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

i7-9700KF 14634 +0.3%
i5-10600KF 14597

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i7-9700KF and Core i5-10600KF are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately. Also, your gaming PC must have a decent enough GPU to perform well.

Both CPUs satisfy the 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%

Competitors of Core i7-9700KF from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-9700KF from AMD is Ryzen 7 2700E, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i7-9700KF:

Competitors of Core i5-10600KF from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i5-10600KF from AMD is Ryzen 7 2700E, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 5 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i5-10600KF:

Advantages of Intel Core i7-9700KF

0.2% better performance in benchmarks

Lower power consumption (95W vs 125W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

AES (Advanced Encryption Standard instructions set - hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption. Speeds up encryption software, e.g. Veracrypt)

x86-64 (a general name for 64-bit extension of x86 instruction set. There are AMD64 and Intel 64 versions that differ very little)

vPro (a marketing umbrella term for several Intel technologies: AMT, TXT, EDB, VT, Anti-Theft and some others)

TransactionalSynchronizationExtensionVersion

SIPP

MemoryProtectionExtensionsVersion

Advantages of Intel Core i5-10600KF

Much newer (30 April 2020 vs 8 January 2019)

Cheaper ($219 vs $313)

Higher boost clock speed (4800 vs 3600 MHz)

Intel 64 (64-bit Intel CPU architecture. Almost identical to AMD64, except small and rarely used nuances)

AES-NI (Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions - additional instructions for hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption)

So, which one is the better CPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between Intel Core i7-9700KF and Intel Core i5-10600KF. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions on choice between Core i7-9700KF and Core i5-10600KF, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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