AMD Ryzen 9 5900X vs Intel Core i5-12600K

Compare AMD Ryzen 9 Desktop 12 core CPU vs Intel 12th Generation Core i5 10 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 %
6% slightly better overall score
94 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

100 %
120 %
20% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

100 %
17% slightly better multitasking score
85 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

100 %
20% slightly better heavy workload score
83 %

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

19% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score
Geekbench (single) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

10% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score
Cinebench R23 score

Cinebench R23 score

Multi threaded benchmark

17% slightly higher Cinebench R23 score
3DMark Physics score

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

0.97% slightly higher 3DMark Physics score



Number of physical processing units

20% slightly more cores


Number of logical processing units

49% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3.7 GHz
3.7 GHz

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
42% much lower TDP
150 W

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

768 KiB
800 KiB
4% slightly more L1 cache

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

64 MiB
220% significantly more L3 cache
20 MiB

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

21st of 1,219
25th of 1,219


The product line

Ryzen 9 Desktop
12th Generation Core i5

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

May 2020
November 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 i5-12600K benchmarks

Our benchmark analysis concludes that the Ryzen 9 5900X performs better than the Core i5-12600K. Despite this, the Core i5-12600K has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.

With info from our database, we find that the Ryzen 9 5900X has slightly more cores with 12 cores whereas the Core i5-12600K has 10 cores. It also has more threads than the Core i5-12600K. In terms of clock speed, the Ryzen 9 5900X and Core i5-12600K are identical in this regard. Despite this, the Core i5-12600K has a slightly higher turbo speed. A Ryzen 9 5900X CPU outputs less heat than a Core i5-12600K CPU because of its much 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 9 5900X has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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