AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel Xeon E5-2696 v3

Compare AMD Ryzen 5 Desktop 6 core CPU vs Intel 18 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

61 %
67 %
9% slightly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

82 %
51% significantly better gaming score
54 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

54 %
72 %
33% slightly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

52 %
76 %
46% significantly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Blender score

Blender score

Cycles Render (Samples per minute)

49% significantly higher Blender score
Geekbench 5 (multi) score

Geekbench 5 (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

15% slightly higher Geekbench 5 (multi) score
Geekbench 5 (single) score

Geekbench 5 (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

93% significantly higher Geekbench 5 (single) score
Geekbench 6 (multi) score

Geekbench 6 (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

3% slightly higher Geekbench 6 (multi) score
Geekbench 6 (single) score

Geekbench 6 (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

86% significantly higher Geekbench 6 (single) score



Number of physical processing units

200% significantly more cores


Number of logical processing units

200% significantly more threads


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

65 W
123% significantly lower TDP
145 W

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

134th of 1,255
100th of 1,255


The product line

Ryzen 5 Desktop

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

May 2020

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 5600X vs Xeon E5-2696 v3 benchmarks

In our benchmarks, the Xeon E5-2696 v3 beats the Ryzen 5 5600X in overall performance. Despite this, the Ryzen 5 5600X has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.

With info from our database, we find that the Xeon E5-2696 v3 has significantly more cores with 18 cores whereas the Ryzen 5 5600X has 6 cores. It also has more threads than the Ryzen 5 5600X. A Ryzen 5 5600X CPU outputs less heat than a Xeon E5-2696 v3 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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