AMD Ryzen 5 5500U vs Intel Core i5-8600K

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

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$ 855.25
$ 275.00
$ 580.25 significantly less expensive

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

44 %
44 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

64 %
70 %
9% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

38 %
8% slightly better multitasking score
35 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

36 %
5% slightly better heavy workload score
34 %

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

23% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score
Geekbench (single) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

27% 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

2.1 GHz
3.6 GHz
71% significantly higher clock speed


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

15 W
533% significantly lower TDP
95 W

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

384 KiB
384 KiB

L2 Cache

Secondary embedded memory, slower than L1 cache

3 MiB
100% significantly more L2 cache
1.5 MiB

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

8 MiB
9 MiB
12% slightly more L3 cache

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

245th of 1,219
247th of 1,219


The product line

Ryzen 5 Mobile
8th Generation Core i5

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

December 2021
November 2017

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 5500U vs Core i5-8600K comparison

Our benchmark analysis concludes that the Ryzen 5 5500U performs better than the Core i5-8600K. Despite this, the Core i5-8600K has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.

Info from our database shows that they both have the same core count but the Ryzen 5 5500U has more threads. Our comparison shows that the Core i5-8600K has a significantly higher clock speed compared to the Ryzen 5 5500U. A Ryzen 5 5500U CPU outputs less heat than a Core i5-8600K CPU because of its significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption. In terms of cache, the Ryzen 5 5500U has significantly more L2 cache when compared to the Core i5-8600K. Despite this, the Core i5-8600K has slightly more L3 cache compared to the Ryzen 5 5500U.

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 5500U has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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