AMD Ryzen 9 5950X vs Intel Core i5-12600K

Compare AMD Ryzen 9 Desktop 16 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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$ 551.31
$ 229.48
$ 321.84 significantly less expensive

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

106 %
12% slightly better overall score
94 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

96 %
120 %
25% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

110 %
29% slightly better multitasking score
85 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

112 %
34% slightly better heavy workload score
83 %

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Other Benchmarks

3DMark Physics score

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

4% slightly higher 3DMark Physics score
Blender score

Blender score

Cycles Render (Samples per minute)

69% significantly higher Blender score
Cinebench R23 score

Cinebench R23 score

Multi threaded benchmark

54% significantly higher Cinebench R23 score
Geekbench 5 (multi) score

Geekbench 5 (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

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

Geekbench 5 (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

9% slightly higher Geekbench 5 (single) score
Geekbench 6 (multi) score

Geekbench 6 (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

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

Geekbench 6 (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

9% slightly higher Geekbench 6 (single) score



Number of physical processing units

60% significantly more cores


Number of logical processing units

100% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3.4 GHz
3.7 GHz
8% slightly higher clock speed

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4.9 GHz
4.9 GHz


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

1024 KiB
28% slightly more L1 cache
800 KiB

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

64 MiB
220% significantly more L3 cache
20 MiB

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

19th of 1,239
27th of 1,239


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 5950X vs Core i5-12600K comparison

Our benchmark analysis concludes that the Ryzen 9 5950X 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 5950X has significantly more cores with 16 cores whereas the Core i5-12600K has 10 cores. It also has more threads than the Core i5-12600K. Our comparison shows that the Core i5-12600K has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Ryzen 9 5950X. In addition, both chips have the same turbo speed. A Ryzen 9 5950X 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.

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 9 5950X has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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