AMD Ryzen 9 5900X vs Intel Core i5-11600K

Compare AMD Ryzen 9 Desktop 12 core CPU vs Intel 11th Generation Core i5 6 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

100 %
51% significantly better overall score
66 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

100 %
6% slightly better gaming score
94 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

100 %
75% significantly better multitasking score
57 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

100 %
81% significantly better heavy workload score
55 %

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Other Benchmarks

3DMark Physics score

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

44% significantly higher 3DMark Physics score
Blender score

Blender score

Cycles Render (Samples per minute)

87% significantly higher Blender score
Cinebench R23 score

Cinebench R23 score

Multi threaded benchmark

82% significantly higher Cinebench R23 score
Geekbench 5 (multi) score

Geekbench 5 (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

39% slightly higher Geekbench 5 (multi) score
Geekbench 5 (single) score

Geekbench 5 (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

1% slightly higher Geekbench 5 (single) score
Geekbench 6 (multi) score

Geekbench 6 (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

38% slightly higher Geekbench 6 (multi) score
Geekbench 6 (single) score

Geekbench 6 (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

1% slightly higher Geekbench 6 (single) score



Number of physical processing units

100% significantly more cores


Number of logical processing units

100% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3.7 GHz
3.9 GHz
5% slightly higher clock speed

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4.8 GHz
4.9 GHz
2% slightly higher turbo speed


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

105 W
19% slightly lower TDP
125 W

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

768 KiB
60% significantly more L1 cache
480 KiB

L2 Cache

Secondary embedded memory, slower than L1 cache

6 MiB
300% significantly more L2 cache
1.5 MiB

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

64 MiB
433% significantly more L3 cache
12 MiB

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

22nd of 622
69th of 622


The product line

Ryzen 9 Desktop
11th Generation Core i5

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

May 2020
February 2021

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 9 5900X vs Core i5-11600K benchmarks

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark tool, the Ryzen 9 5900X is faster than the Core i5-11600K. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i5-11600K in all gaming tests too.

With info from our database, we find that the Ryzen 9 5900X has significantly more cores with 12 cores whereas the Core i5-11600K has 6 cores. It also has more threads than the Core i5-11600K. With our hardware info, we find that the Core i5-11600K has a slightly higher clock speed than the Ryzen 9 5900X. Also, the Core i5-11600K has a slightly higher turbo speed. A Ryzen 9 5900X CPU outputs less heat than a Core i5-11600K CPU because of its slightly 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 Ryzen 9 5900X has more L2 cache than the Core i5-11600K. The Ryzen 9 5900X also has significantly more L3 cache.

Modern CPUs generally have more logical cores than physical cores, this means that each core is split into multiple virtual cores, improving efficiency for parallel workloads. Indeed, the Ryzen 9 5900X has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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