AMD Ryzen 5 1600 vs Intel Core i5-9500

Compare AMD Ryzen 5 Desktop 6 core CPU vs Intel 9th Generation Core i5 6 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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$ 210
$ 191
$ 18.63 slightly less expensive

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

53 %
6% slightly better overall score
50 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

71 %
80 %
12% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

47 %
17% slightly better multitasking score
40 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

46 %
17% slightly better heavy workload score
39 %

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

7% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

23% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score



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
6% slightly higher clock speed
3 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4 GHz
4 GHz
22% slightly higher turbo speed


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

576 KiB
49% significantly more L1 cache
384 KiB

L2 Cache

Secondary embedded memory, slower than L1 cache

3 MiB
100% significantly more L2 cache
2 MiB

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

16 MiB
77% significantly more L3 cache
9 MiB

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

299th of 1,327
335th of 1,327


The product line

Ryzen 5 Desktop
9th Generation Core i5

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

November 2017
May 2019

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


Ryzen 5 1600 vs Core i5-9500 benchmarks

In our benchmarks, the Ryzen 5 1600 beats the Core i5-9500 in overall performance. Despite this, the Core i5-9500 has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.

Info from our database shows that they both have the same core count but the Ryzen 5 1600 has more threads. Our comparison shows that the Ryzen 5 1600 has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Core i5-9500. Despite this, the Core i5-9500 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. The cache sizes of these CPUs are different. Indeed, the Ryzen 5 1600 has significantly more L2 cache than the Core i5-9500. The Ryzen 5 1600 also has significantly more L3 cache.

Modern CPUs generally have more logical cores than physical cores, this means that each core is split into multiple virtual cores, improving efficiency for parallel workloads. Indeed, the Ryzen 5 1600 has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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