AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel Core i7-6700K

Compare AMD Ryzen 5 Desktop 6 core CPU vs Intel 6th Generation Core i7 4 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
$ 72.45 significantly less expensive
$ 295

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

73 %
69% significantly better overall score
43 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

97 %
42% slightly better gaming score
68 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

66 %
88% significantly better multitasking score
35 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

64 %
88% significantly better heavy workload score
34 %

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

8,150
83% significantly higher Geekbench (multi) score
4,432

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

1,613
41% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score
1,136

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

8,111
64% significantly higher 3DMark Physics score
4,933

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

6
49% significantly more cores
4

Threads

Number of logical processing units

12
49% significantly more threads
8

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

4 GHz
4 GHz
8% slightly higher clock speed

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

5 GHz
9% slightly higher turbo speed
4 GHz

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

65 W
46% significantly lower TDP
95 W

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots

20
25% slightly more pcie lanes
16

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

2
Identical
2

Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

128 GiB
100% significantly more supported memory
64 GiB

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

384 KiB
49% significantly more L1 cache
256 KiB

L2 Cache

Secondary embedded memory, slower than L1 cache

3 MiB
200% significantly more L2 cache
1 MiB

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

32 MiB
300% significantly more L3 cache
8 MiB

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

144th of 1,326
410th of 1,326

Family

The product line

Ryzen 5 Desktop
6th Generation Core i7

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

May 2020
August 2015

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR4
DDR4-1866

Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked

Yes
No

Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory

No
No

Ryzen 5 5600X vs Core i7-6700K comparison

In our benchmarks, the Ryzen 5 5600X beats the Core i7-6700K in overall performance. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i7-6700K in all gaming tests too.

When comparing core counts for these CPUs, we notice that Ryzen 5 5600X has significantly more cores with 6 compared to the Core i7-6700K that has 4. It also has more threads than the Core i7-6700K.

Our database shows that the Core i7-6700K has a slightly higher clock speed than the Ryzen 5 5600X. Despite this, the Ryzen 5 5600X has a slightly higher turbo speed.

A Ryzen 5 5600X CPU outputs less heat than a Core i7-6700K 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 5600X has significantly more L2 cache when compared to the Core i7-6700K. The Ryzen 5 5600X also has significantly more L3 cache.

In conclusion, all specs and CPU benchmarks considered, will recommend the Ryzen 5 5600X over the Core i7-6700K.

CPU comparison

Use the table to the left to compare both the Ryzen 5 5600X and the Core i7-6700K, the advantages and disadvantages of each are shown.

CPU rating

Our CPU rating is split into 4 categories: Overall, Gaming, Multitasking and Heavy Workloads. The overall score accesses performance using all CPU cores, gaming prioritises the first six cores, multitasking takes the first eight cores into account and finally heavy workloads are measured using a sixteen-core baseline.

Processor specifications

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Ryzen 5 5600X has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

Clock speed and Turbo speed are important when comparing per core performance, generally the higher, the better. A higher clock speed may cause a higher TDP, however.

TDP (Thermal Design Power) is a measurement of how much energy is lost as heat when a processor is running. This has an impact on system temperatures. If temperatures get too high (typically around 100 °C or 200 °F), the CPU will lower its performance in order to prevent damage to the chip. Adequate cooling is essential for good performance.

Cache is very fast memory built into the processor. It stores what the CPU is currently working on and anything that doesn't fit is sent to the main system memory, which is slower but more plentiful. It is split into three levels, with Level 1 being the fastest and Level 3 being the slowest. More CPU cache is desirable for high-performance scenarios.

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