Intel Core i5-8600 vs AMD Ryzen 5 5500

Compare Intel 8th Generation Core i5 6 core CPU vs AMD Ryzen 5 Desktop 6 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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The cheapest price from our partner retailers

$ 280
$ 138
$ 141.67 significantly less expensive

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

66 %
71 %
7% slightly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

101 %
8% slightly better gaming score
93 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

55 %
64 %
16% slightly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

53 %
63 %
18% slightly better heavy workload score

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Number of physical processing units



Number of logical processing units

100% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3 GHz
4 GHz
16% slightly higher clock speed

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4 GHz
2% slightly higher turbo speed
4 GHz


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

65 W
65 W

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access


L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

384 KiB
384 KiB

L2 Cache

Secondary embedded memory, slower than L1 cache

2 MiB
3 MiB
100% significantly more L2 cache

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

9 MiB
16 MiB
77% significantly more L3 cache

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

184th of 1,335
154th of 1,335


The product line

8th Generation Core i5
Ryzen 5 Desktop

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

May 2018
April 2022

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked


Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory


Core i5-8600 vs Ryzen 5 5500 comparison

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark tool, the Ryzen 5 5500 is faster than the Core i5-8600. Despite this, the Core i5-8600 has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.

Info from our database shows that they both have the same core count but the Ryzen 5 5500 has more threads. These CPUs have different clock speeds. Indeed, the Ryzen 5 5500 has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Core i5-8600. Despite this, the Core i5-8600 has a slightly higher turbo speed. Both these chips have an identical TDP (Thermal Design Power). This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption. In terms of cache, the Ryzen 5 5500 has significantly more L2 cache when compared to the Core i5-8600. The Ryzen 5 5500 also has significantly more L3 cache.

Most CPUs have more threads than cores. This technology, colloquially called hyperthreading, improves performance by splitting a core into multiple virtual ones. This provides more efficient utilisation of a core. For instance, the Core i5-8600 has the same number of threads as cores. This means the the CPU does not support hyperthreading.


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