AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel Core i9-12900K

Compare AMD Ryzen 5 Desktop 6 core CPU vs Intel 12th Generation Core i9 16 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
$ 378.90 significantly less expensive
$ 601

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

73 %
164 %
124% significantly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

97 %
172 %
77% significantly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

66 %
162 %
145% significantly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

64 %
161 %
151% significantly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

8,150
17,253
111% significantly higher Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

1,613
1,988
23% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score

Cinebench R23 score

Multi threaded benchmark

11,838
27,005
128% significantly higher Cinebench R23 score

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

8,111
18,180
124% significantly higher 3DMark Physics score

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

6
16
166% significantly more cores

Threads

Number of logical processing units

12
24
100% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

4 GHz
15% slightly higher clock speed
3 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

5 GHz
5 GHz
13% slightly higher turbo speed

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

65 W
270% significantly lower TDP
241 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
1,280 KiB
233% significantly more L1 cache

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

32 MiB
6% slightly more L3 cache
30 MiB

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

145th of 1,327
1st of 1,327

Family

The product line

Ryzen 5 Desktop
12th Generation Core i9

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 i9-12900K benchmarks

Our benchmark analysis concludes that the Core i9-12900K 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 i9-12900K has significantly more cores with 16 cores compared to the Ryzen 5 5600X that has 6 cores. It also has more threads than the Ryzen 5 5600X. Our comparison shows that the Ryzen 5 5600X has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Core i9-12900K. Despite this, the Core i9-12900K has a slightly higher turbo speed. A Ryzen 5 5600X CPU outputs less heat than a Core i9-12900K CPU because of its significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

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.

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