AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel Core i9-11900K

Compare AMD Ryzen 5 Desktop 6 core CPU vs Intel 11th Generation Core i9 8 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
$ 337.51 significantly less expensive
$ 560

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

73 %
105 %
43% significantly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

97 %
133 %
37% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

66 %
96 %
45% significantly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

64 %
94 %
46% significantly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

8,150
10,756
31% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

1,613
1,816
12% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score

Cinebench R23 score

Multi threaded benchmark

11,838
15,519
31% slightly higher Cinebench R23 score

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

8,111
12,499
54% significantly higher 3DMark Physics score

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

6
8
33% slightly 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
5% slightly higher clock speed
4 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

5 GHz
5 GHz
15% slightly higher turbo speed

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

65 W
92% significantly lower TDP
125 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
640 KiB
66% significantly more L1 cache

L2 Cache

Secondary embedded memory, slower than L1 cache

3 MiB
4 MiB
33% slightly more L2 cache

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

32 MiB
100% significantly more L3 cache
16 MiB

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

145th of 1,327
35th of 1,327

Family

The product line

Ryzen 5 Desktop
11th Generation Core i9

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

May 2020
February 2021

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR4
DDR4-3200

Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked

Yes
Yes

Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory

No
No

Ryzen 5 5600X vs Core i9-11900K benchmarks

In our benchmarks, the Core i9-11900K beats the Ryzen 5 5600X in overall performance. 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 i9-11900K has slightly more cores with 8 cores compared to the Ryzen 5 5600X that has 6 cores. It also has more threads than the Ryzen 5 5600X. With our hardware info, we find that the Ryzen 5 5600X has a slightly higher clock speed than the Core i9-11900K. Despite this, the Core i9-11900K has a slightly higher turbo speed. A Ryzen 5 5600X CPU outputs less heat than a Core i9-11900K CPU because of its significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption. The info from our database shows that the Core i9-11900K has more L2 cache than the Ryzen 5 5600X. Despite this, the Ryzen 5 5600X has significantly more L3 cache compared to the Core i9-11900K.

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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