AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel Core i5-12600K

Compare AMD Ryzen 5 Desktop 6 core CPU vs Intel 12th Generation Core i5 10 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Price

The cheapest price from our partner retailers

$ 222
$ 16.59 slightly less expensive
$ 239

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

74 %
115 %
55% significantly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

97 %
144 %
48% significantly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

66 %
106 %
60% significantly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

64 %
104 %
62% significantly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

8,146
11,643
42% significantly higher Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

1,612
1,858
15% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score

Cinebench R23 score

Multi threaded benchmark

11,838
17,491
47% significantly higher Cinebench R23 score

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

8,093
13,149
62% significantly higher 3DMark Physics score

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

6
10
66% significantly more cores

Threads

Number of logical processing units

12
16
33% slightly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

4 GHz
Identical
4 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

5 GHz
5 GHz
6% slightly higher turbo speed

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

65 W
130% significantly lower TDP
150 W

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots

20
Identical
20

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

2
Identical
2

Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

128 GiB
Identical
128 GiB

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

384 KiB
800 KiB
108% significantly more L1 cache

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

32 MiB
60% significantly more L3 cache
20 MiB

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

149th of 1,337
23rd of 1,337

Family

The product line

Ryzen 5 Desktop
12th Generation Core i5

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

May 2020
November 2021

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR4
DDR5-4800

Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked

Yes
Yes

Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory

No
Yes

Ryzen 5 5600X vs Core i5-12600K comparison

Our benchmark analysis concludes that the Core i5-12600K performs better than the Ryzen 5 5600X. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Ryzen 5 5600X in all gaming tests too.

When comparing core counts for these CPUs, we notice that the Core i5-12600K has significantly more cores with 10 cores compared to the Ryzen 5 5600X that has 6 cores. It also has more threads than the Ryzen 5 5600X. Both the Ryzen 5 5600X and Core i5-12600K have the same clock speed. Despite this, the Core i5-12600K has a slightly higher turbo speed. A Ryzen 5 5600X CPU outputs less heat than a Core i5-12600K CPU because of its significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

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. Indeed, the Ryzen 5 5600X has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

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