The Intel Core i5-10600K is the best gaming CPU for most users. It overclocks very easily and can pass the 5GHz mark on any decent motherboard and with any quality cooler. Once it reaches 5GHz it becomes the core i9-10900K when it comes to gaming performance.
This means that you can use any graphics card with the 10600K without creating a noticeable CPU bottleneck. You might lose a frame or two when pairing the 10600K with the RTX 2080 Ti but nothing noticeable. Nothing that can have adverse effects on your gaming experience.
But which graphics card is the best for the Core i5-10600K? Well, that question doesn’t have a single answer. Now, instead of recommending GPUs based on their price and general gaming performance we will try to cover a number of popular use scenarios owners of the 10600K might get themselves into.
Perhaps you need a GPU to wait out for the inevitable arrival of the RTX 3000 and Big Navi GPUs. Or you want a card for high refresh rate gaming? And what if you are building a budget build around the 10600K and need a card that would complete the build? These and other interesting CPU and GPU combinations are featured in our best graphic card for the Core i5-10600K piece.
Best Graphics Cards for i5-10600K – Our Picks
|Best Overall Graphics Card for i5-10600K||EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Black Edition Gaming|
|Best 4K 60 FPS Graphics Card for i5-10600K||EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Black Gaming|
|Best 1440p Gaming Graphics Card for i5-10600K||MSI RTX 2070 Super Ventus GP OC|
|Best High Refresh Rate Gaming Graphics Card for i5-10600K||Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 5700 XT|
|Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 5600 XT|
|Best Gaming Builds Under $1000 Graphics Card for i5-10600K||Asus TUF Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Super|
|Best Waiting For The Next-Gen Graphics Card for i5-10600K||Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 Super OC|
|Best 1080p Gaming Graphics Card for i5-10600K||Asus TUF Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Super|
|Best SFF Builds Graphics Card for i5-10600K||ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mini|
Best Overall Graphics Card for i5-10600K
If you want the best GPU available today you can get to pair with the 10600K, the EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Black Edition Gaming is the sole choice. You will lose a couple of frames compared to what the 10900K can squeeze out of the 2080 Ti but it will be possible to reach about 98 percent of the 10900K performance, which isn’t so bad.
Yes, the RTX 2080 Ti is expensive as hell. Yes, it doesn’t make much sense to combine the Core i5-10600K with the RTX 2080 Ti. But we are making the case for the best GPU to go with the 10600K and the 2080 Ti is the best choice.
Of course, the best combination for most users would be the 2080 Super. You’ll get about 90 percent of the 2080 Ti performance for about 45 percent lower price, which isn’t so bad. Also, do you really want to get the most expensive mainstream card available today? Only a couple of months before AMD and Nvidia announce their next-gen GPU lineups?
Best 4K 60 FPS Graphics Card for i5-10600K
You thought we would recommend the 2080 Ti for 4K 60 fps experience, didn’t you? Well, the time just isn’t right for recommending the 2080 Ti for any combo unless you want the absolute best of the best no matter the price. For everyone else, the EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Black Gaming is the best 4K 60fps graphics card to go with the 10600K.
As you can see, many popular games run with their settings all cranked at 4K at a relatively steady 60 frames per second. Specific titles that can’t achieve stable 60fps can get some of their more demanding settings toned down or turned off. Those are usually the most high-end settings that don’t make a visible difference. So, toning them down from ultra-high to very high won’t make the game look worse. Unless you are one of those people who take two comparison screenshots and then look at them for five minutes to spot the difference. And if there’s any difference they refuse to play with lower settings even though there’s zero difference while playing the game.
And let’s not forget the imminent arrival of next-gen titles. Those won’t be playable at 4K and 60fps with max details even on the 2080 Ti so why spend so much more money for a measly 10-12 percent performance improvement? And then, there’s the DLSS 2.0 that should allow RTX 2080 to shine at 4K with future titles. Again, if you want to pair a GPU with the 10600K for the 4K 60fps experience don’t spend a fortune on the 2080 Ti, spend a smaller fortune on the 2080 Super.
Best 1440p Gaming Graphics Card for i5-10600K
The MSI RTX 2070 Super Ventus GP OC can achieve steady 60 frames per second in almost every game with all bells and whistles turned on. This makes the card the best option for 10600K users who want to enjoy the best possible 1440p 60fps experience.
We aren’t talking about 1440p high refresh rate gaming here. We’re talking about regular, 60fps gaming with the best possible image quality. This is why the RTX 2070 Super has the advantage over the AMD RX 5700 XT. It’s a bit more powerful, allowing titles to reach the magic, 60fps area without sacrificing much, if any, eye-candy.
This, of course, doesn’t work with RTX titles. But, if they support DLSS 2.0 you can enable ray-tracing effects, lower the rendering resolution, enable DLSS 2.0 magic, and play those titles at 60fps with RTX goodies.
Best High Refresh Rate Gaming Graphics Card for i5-10600K
High refresh rate gaming means lowering visual settings without any regret in order to get higher performance. This is why we picked the RX 5700 XT over the RTX 2070 Super. Yes, the RTX 2070 Super is faster, but it’s only about 5-10 percent faster on average while being 25 percent more expensive. And once settings get toned down, the RX 5700 XT can go over 100fps without issues while retaining pretty good image quality.
It’s also great in case you only want 144fps experience in shooters, racing games, and esports titles while being okay with playing other games at 60fps. It can reach 60fps with all settings maxed out in the majority of titles while it also can offer ultra-fast performance in esports games. The Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 5700 XT is an excellent choice for 1440p high refresh rate gaming. If you have the money and don’t care about saving a noticeable amount of cash, then get the RTX 2070 Super. When we erase the price from comparison, the RTX 2070 Super becomes the better card out of the two.
For 1080p high refresh rate gaming, our vote goes to the Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 5600 XT. Just watch about getting a model with 14GBps memory since those models offer a noticeable jump in performance. This card is faster than the RTX 2060 while costing less. It can run many AAA titles at or near 100 frames per second with all settings cranked to the max. Getting it to run AAA titles at 144fps won’t be an issue.
And when it comes to esports titles, the RX 5600 XT 14GBps cards will eat those and spit them out at over 150fps. You can use this card for 240Hz refresh rate gaming in esports titles if you have a monitor supporting that refresh rate. If you want the best possible high refresh rate performance and don’t care about the price well, get the RX 5700 XT and go full overkill. Or get the RTX 2060 Super is you want both fast refresh rate and RTX eye-candy.
Best Gaming Builds Under $1000 Graphics Card for i5-10600K
Now, this recommendation is completely defined by the price. And if you want to build a $1000 or so gaming rig based on the 10600K you won’t have much money left for the GPU. Instead of settling for a GTX 1650 Super you can add a couple of dozen bucks and get the 1660 Super. The Asus TUF Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Super we recommend is one of the cheapest 1660 Super cards at the moment. Nevertheless, it’s a quality card with a solid cooling system, even a backplate.
The GTX 1660 Super is an excellent card for the price. It has killer 1080p gaming performance and you can also use it for 1440p gaming with reduced details. It should be powerful enough to run cross-gen games at high details in 1080p. That gives the card a good 18-24 months of excellent performance in every game.
If you’re building a budget gaming rig not because you’re on a tight budget but because you don’t want to spend a fortune on a GPU when next-gen GPUs from AMD and Nvidia are behind the corner, check out the recommendation below.
Best Waiting for The Next-Gen Graphics Card for i5-10600K
If you want to get a system based on the 10600K but cannot wait for the Autumn 2020 when both Nvidia and AMD should release their next-gen graphics cards (Big Navi and RTX 3000 series) the best card for waiting out the next-gen GPUs is the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 Super OC. It’s very cheap, and capable of running any current title (well, not RDR 2) at 60fps and 1080p with high visual settings.
Multiplayer and esports titles should work at high refresh rate without issues, at 1080p and 1440p. The alternative to a new 1650 Super is getting a used card from eBay. Now, mining cards are usually not recommended but hey, you’ll use the card for the summer and will get a new one after so even a mining card could be the right choice. Those are also dirt cheap so you won’t waste lots of money on buying one.
Best 1080p Gaming Graphics Card for i5-10600K
The king of 1080p gaming definitely is the Asus TUF Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Super. You can use this card for 1440p gaming, although expect to lower details in most AAA titles. This card can run any title at least at steady 60 frames per second with all settings cranked up. When we take its price into account, we’ve got the best bang for the buck 1080p graphics card on the market.
And it’s an excellent combination with the 10600K because firstly, the card’s pretty affordable compared to its performance. Next, it will run cross-gen titles pretty good at 1080p, although you won’t be able to use ray-tracing effects. Thirdly, the card has enough power in reserve to allow you cozy 1080p gaming for at least 18 months.
And once you need a replacement, you’ll be able to get an RDNA 2 or RTX 3000 card for a regular price because we’re sure that both Nvidia and AMD next-gen graphics cards will see some kind of price gouging during the first couple of months of sales. With the current situation in the world, there’s no way manufacturers will be able to deliver enough units so expect some kind of price increase, at least until the stock stabilizes.
Best SFF Builds Graphics Card for i5-10600K
Most SFF builds can fit cards with length up to 300mm. Even ultra-compact M-ITX cases can host a card that’s up to 250mm in length. Well, the good news is that you have RTX 2070 Super Mini graphic card models that can fit into almost every SFF case. The best model is the ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mini, which is just 210mm long.
With the 2070 Super, you have enough power for any game to run like butter at 1440p. The card’s also (at least the Zotac model) cool enough to live comfortably inside a small form factor case. Now, you can get an RTX 2080 Super and squeak it into a Mini ITX case but you should take care of length and cooling. There are several RTX 2080 models shorter than 300mm but most won’t fit into a good number of ITX cases.
If you want a card that will fit into a great majority of SFF cases, get the ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mini. If you want an even more powerful alternative, get a 2080 Super but be really careful about the length of the card. Finally, if you need an alternative recommendation from us, this ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2060 Super Mini looks pretty sweet.