AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS vs Intel Core i5-11600K

Compare AMD Ryzen 9 Mobile 8 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

107 %
33% slightly better overall score
80 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

98 %
113 %
15% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

111 %
58% significantly better multitasking score
70 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

114 %
67% significantly better heavy workload score
68 %

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Other Benchmarks

Cinebench R23 score

Multi threaded benchmark

11% slightly higher Cinebench R23 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 GHz
4 GHz
30% slightly higher clock speed

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

5 GHz
5 GHz
2% slightly higher turbo speed


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

35 W
257% significantly lower TDP
125 W

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

512 KiB
6% slightly more L1 cache
480 KiB

L2 Cache

Secondary embedded memory, slower than L1 cache

4 MiB
166% significantly more L2 cache
2 MiB

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

16 MiB
33% slightly more L3 cache
12 MiB

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

32nd of 1,326
116th of 1,326


The product line

Ryzen 9 Mobile
11th Generation Core i5

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

December 2021
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 5980HS vs Core i5-11600K comparison

In our benchmarks, the Ryzen 9 5980HS beats the Core i5-11600K in overall performance. Despite this, the Core i5-11600K has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.

When comparing core counts for these CPUs, we notice that Ryzen 9 5980HS has slightly more cores with 8 compared to the Core i5-11600K that has 6. It also has more threads than the Core i5-11600K.

Our database shows that the Core i5-11600K has a slightly higher clock speed than the Ryzen 9 5980HS. Also, the Core i5-11600K has a slightly higher turbo speed.

A Ryzen 9 5980HS CPU outputs less heat than a Core i5-11600K CPU because of its significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

In terms of cache, the Ryzen 9 5980HS has significantly more L2 cache when compared to the Core i5-11600K. The Ryzen 9 5980HS also has slightly more L3 cache.

In conclusion, all specs and CPU benchmarks considered, will recommend the Ryzen 9 5980HS over the Core i5-11600K.

CPU comparison

Use the table to the left to compare both the Ryzen 9 5980HS and the Core i5-11600K, the advantages and disadvantages of each are shown.

CPU rating

Our CPU rating is split into 4 categories: Overall, Gaming, Multitasking and Heavy Workloads. The overall score accesses performance using all CPU cores, gaming prioritises the first six cores, multitasking takes the first eight cores into account and finally heavy workloads are measured using a sixteen-core baseline.

Processor specifications

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 5980HS has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

Clock speed and Turbo speed are important when comparing per core performance, generally the higher, the better. A higher clock speed may cause a higher TDP, however.

TDP (Thermal Design Power) is a measurement of how much energy is lost as heat when a processor is running. This has an impact on system temperatures. If temperatures get too high (typically around 100 °C or 200 °F), the CPU will lower its performance in order to prevent damage to the chip. Adequate cooling is essential for good performance.

Cache is very fast memory built into the processor. It stores what the CPU is currently working on and anything that doesn't fit is sent to the main system memory, which is slower but more plentiful. It is split into three levels, with Level 1 being the fastest and Level 3 being the slowest. More CPU cache is desirable for high-performance scenarios.


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