AMD Ryzen 9 5900X vs AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

Compare AMD Ryzen 9 Desktop 12 core CPU vs AMD Ryzen 9 Desktop 16 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 %
106 %
6% slightly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

100 %
5% slightly better gaming score
95 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

100 %
109 %
9% slightly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

100 %
111 %
11% slightly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

18% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score
Geekbench (single) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

0.72% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score
Cinebench R23 score

Cinebench R23 score

Multi threaded benchmark

31% slightly higher Cinebench R23 score
3DMark Physics score

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

5% slightly higher 3DMark Physics score



Number of physical processing units

33% slightly more cores


Number of logical processing units

33% slightly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3.7 GHz
8% slightly higher clock speed
3.4 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
105 W

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

768 KiB
1024 KiB
33% slightly more L1 cache

L2 Cache

Secondary embedded memory, slower than L1 cache

6 MiB
8 MiB
33% slightly more L2 cache

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

64 MiB
64 MiB

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

21st of 1,219
17th of 1,219


The product line

Ryzen 9 Desktop
Ryzen 9 Desktop

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

May 2020
May 2020

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked


Ryzen 9 5900X vs Ryzen 9 5950X benchmarks

Our benchmark analysis concludes that the Ryzen 9 5950X performs better than the Ryzen 9 5900X. Despite this, the Ryzen 9 5900X has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.

In terms of the number of cores of each of these CPUs, the Ryzen 9 5950X has slightly more cores than the Ryzen 9 5900X. Indeed, the Ryzen 9 5950X has 16 cores compared to 12 cores found in the Ryzen 9 5900X. It also has more threads than the Ryzen 9 5900X. With our hardware info, we find that the Ryzen 9 5900X has a slightly higher clock speed than the Ryzen 9 5950X. Despite this, the Ryzen 9 5950X has a slightly higher turbo speed. Both these chips have an identical TDP (Thermal Design Power). 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 5950X has more L2 cache than the Ryzen 9 5900X. However, both these chips have the same amount of L3 cache.

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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