Now then, should you buy an AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT? At $250, the answer to this question is complex. $265 gets you the Intel Core i5-10600K, which ends up slightly behind the 3600XT in price-performance, but yields 2% more compute performance, and a good 1.3%–3.5% higher frame rates in 1440p and 4K UHD resolutions. At $200, the dark horse of this review is the Ryzen 5 3600X, which the 3600XT attempts to succeed in AMD's product stack, posting 19% higher price-performance. The Ryzen 5 3600, much like the i5-10400F, offers over 40% higher price-performance thanks to excellent pricing. Before you jump the gun on an i5-10600K, though, you should take a look at the Ryzen 7 3700X, which is going for around $275 these days, just $10 more, but offers two more cores, similar gaming performance, but significantly better multi-threaded performance, and a Wraith Prism cooler. Given the 3600X is hovering around $200 these days, $230 would have been a better price for the 3600XT. No amount of overclocking the 3600XT can get it to match the 3700X. Your decision to pick the 3600XT over the i5-10600K should hence ride on other factors, such as M.2 PCIe gen 4.0 future-proofing or you falling woefully short of just $25 to pick up a 3700X. On the technical side, the Ryzen 5 3600XT is a great CPU, what's holding it back is pricing. If only its price premium over the 3600X were $20 instead of $50, I would definitely be willing to spend the extra money on this chip, and we'd give it our recommended award.