AMD Ryzen 7 5800X vs Intel Core i5-12500

Compare AMD Ryzen 7 Desktop 8 core CPU vs Intel 12th Generation Core i5 6 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

$ 310
$ 251
$ 58.42 slightly less expensive

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

92 %
6% slightly better overall score
86 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

108 %
118 %
9% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

87 %
12% slightly better multitasking score
77 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

85 %
14% slightly better heavy workload score
74 %

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Other Benchmarks

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

11,366
18% slightly higher 3DMark Physics score
9,601

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

8
33% slightly more cores
6

Threads

Number of logical processing units

16
33% slightly more threads
12

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

5 GHz
2% slightly higher turbo speed
5 GHz

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

105 W
65 W
61% significantly lower TDP

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

512 KiB
6% slightly more L1 cache
480 KiB

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

32 MiB
77% significantly more L3 cache
18 MiB

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

74th of 1,327
93rd of 1,327

Family

The product line

Ryzen 7 Desktop
12th Generation Core i5

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

May 2020
February 2022

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR4
DDR5-4800

Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked

Yes
No

Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory

Yes
Yes

Ryzen 7 5800X vs Core i5-12500 comparison

In our benchmarks, the Ryzen 7 5800X beats the Core i5-12500 in overall performance. Despite this, the Core i5-12500 has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.

With info from our database, we find that the Ryzen 7 5800X has slightly more cores with 8 cores whereas the Core i5-12500 has 6 cores. It also has more threads than the Core i5-12500. The Core i5-12500 outputs less heat than Ryzen 7 5800X thanks to a 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 7 5800X has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

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