AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel Core i5-11600K

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CPU comparison with benchmarks


AMD Ryzen 5 5600X CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i5-11600K
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Intel Core i5-11600K

CPU comparison

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X or Intel Core i5-11600K - which processor is faster? In this comparison we look at the differences and analyze which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X has 6 cores with 12 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 4.60 GHz. Up to 128 GB of memory is supported in 2 memory channels. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X was released in Q4/2020.

The Intel Core i5-11600K has 6 cores with 12 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 4.90 GHz. The CPU supports up to 128 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The Intel Core i5-11600K was released in Q1/2021.
AMD Ryzen 5 (78) Family Intel Core i5 (328)
AMD Ryzen 5000 (12) CPU group Intel Core i 11000 (22)
4 Generation 11
Vermeer (Zen 3) Architecture Rocket Lake S
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Predecessor Intel Core i5-10600K
AMD Ryzen 5 7600X Successor Intel Core i5-12600K

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X has 6 CPU cores and can calculate 12 threads in parallel. The clock frequency of the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is 3.70 GHz (4.60 GHz) while the Intel Core i5-11600K has 6 CPU cores and 12 threads can calculate simultaneously. The clock frequency of the Intel Core i5-11600K is at 3.90 GHz (4.90 GHz).

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Characteristic Intel Core i5-11600K
6 Cores 6
12 Threads 12
normal Core architecture normal
Yes Hyperthreading Yes
Yes Overclocking ? Yes
3.70 GHz Frequency 3.90 GHz
4.60 GHz Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 4.90 GHz
4.30 GHz Turbo Frequency (All Cores) 4.60 GHz

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. Algorithms for ML improve their performance the more data they have collected via software. ML tasks can be processed up to 10,000 times faster than with a classic processor.

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Characteristic Intel Core i5-11600K
-- AI hardware --
-- AI specifications --

Internal Graphics

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X or Intel Core i5-11600K has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short. The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die.

no iGPU GPU Intel UHD Graphics 750
GPU frequency 0.35 GHz
-- GPU (Turbo) 1.30 GHz
-- GPU Generation 12
Technology 14 nm
Max. displays 3
-- Compute units 32
-- Shader 256
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
-- Max. GPU Memory 64 GB
-- DirectX Version 12

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

no iGPU GPU Intel UHD Graphics 750
No Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
No Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode / Encode
No Codec h264 Decode / Encode
No Codec VP9 Decode / Encode
No Codec VP8 Decode
No Codec AV1 Decode
No Codec AVC Decode / Encode
No Codec VC-1 Decode
No Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X can use up to 128 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The maximum memory bandwidth is 51.2 GB/s. The Intel Core i5-11600K supports up to 128 GB of memory in 2 memory channels and achieves a memory bandwidth of up to 51.2 GB/s.

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Characteristic Intel Core i5-11600K
DDR4-3200 Memory DDR4-3200
128 GB Max. Memory 128 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
51.2 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 51.2 GB/s
Yes ECC No
3.00 MB L2 Cache 3.00 MB
32.00 MB L3 Cache 12.00 MB
4.0 PCIe version 4.0
20 PCIe lanes 20
39.4 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 39.4 GB/s

Thermal Management

The thermal design power (TDP for short) of the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is 65 W, while the Intel Core i5-11600K has a TDP of 125 W. The TDP specifies the necessary cooling solution that is required to cool the processor sufficiently.

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Characteristic Intel Core i5-11600K
65 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 125 W
-- TDP (PL2) 251 W @ 56 s
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down 95 W
90 °C Tjunction max. 100 °C

Technical details

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is manufactured in 7 nm and has 35.00 MB cache. The Intel Core i5-11600K is manufactured in 14 nm and has a 15.00 MB cache.

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Characteristic Intel Core i5-11600K
7 nm Technology 14 nm
Chiplet Chip design Monolithic
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4a, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, FMA3 ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, AVX-512
AM4 (PGA 1331) Socket LGA 1200
AMD-V, SVM Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux
Q4/2020 Release date Q1/2021
299 $ Release price 262 $
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Cinebench 2024 (Single-Core)

The Cinebench 2024 benchmark is based on the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxon's 3D program Cinema 4D. The benchmark runs are each 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
94 (100%)
Intel Core i5-11600K Intel Core i5-11600K
6C 12T @ 4.90 GHz
91 (97%)

Cinebench 2024 (Multi-Core)

The Multi-Core test of the Cinebench 2024 benchmark uses all cpu cores to render using the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxons Cinema 4D. The benchmark run is 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
639 (100%)
Intel Core i5-11600K Intel Core i5-11600K
6C 12T @ 4.90 GHz
604 (95%)

Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
1593 (100%)
Intel Core i5-11600K Intel Core i5-11600K
6C 12T @ 4.90 GHz
1564 (98%)

Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
10988 (97%)
Intel Core i5-11600K Intel Core i5-11600K
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
11277 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
1572 (91%)
Intel Core i5-11600K Intel Core i5-11600K
6C 12T @ 4.90 GHz
1721 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
8420 (100%)
Intel Core i5-11600K Intel Core i5-11600K
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
8312 (99%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
2113 (99%)
Intel Core i5-11600K Intel Core i5-11600K
6C 12T @ 4.90 GHz
2138 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
9279 (100%)
Intel Core i5-11600K Intel Core i5-11600K
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
8964 (97%)

Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
604 (100%)
Intel Core i5-11600K Intel Core i5-11600K
6C 12T @ 4.90 GHz
598 (99%)

Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
4562 (100%)
Intel Core i5-11600K Intel Core i5-11600K
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
4320 (95%)

Blender 3.1 Benchmark

In the Blender Benchmark 3.1, the scenes "monster", "junkshop" and "classroom" are rendered and the time required by the system is measured. In our benchmark we test the CPU and not the graphics card. Blender 3.1 was presented as a standalone version in March 2022.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
157 (98%)
Intel Core i5-11600K Intel Core i5-11600K
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
161 (100%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
21955 (100%)
Intel Core i5-11600K Intel Core i5-11600K
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
19755 (90%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Single-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
624 (100%)
Intel Core i5-11600K Intel Core i5-11600K
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
627 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 3.70 GHz
4784 (100%)
Intel Core i5-11600K Intel Core i5-11600K
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
4715 (99%)

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
258 (100%)
Intel Core i5-11600K Intel Core i5-11600K
6C 12T @ 4.90 GHz
241 (93%)

Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
1970 (100%)
Intel Core i5-11600K Intel Core i5-11600K
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
1749 (89%)

CPU performance per watt (efficiency)

Efficiency of the processor under full load in the Cinebench R23 (multi-core) benchmark. The benchmark result is divided by the average energy required (CPU package power in watts). The higher the value, the more efficient the CPU is under full load.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
10,988 CB R23 MC @ 76 W
145 (100%)
Intel Core i5-11600K Intel Core i5-11600K
11,277 CB R23 MC @ 119 W
95 (66%)

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
@ 0.00 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-11600K Intel Core i5-11600K
Intel UHD Graphics 750 @ 1.30 GHz
666 (100%)

Devices using this processor

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Intel Core i5-11600K
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Comparison of the two processors

Both the AMD Ryzen 5 5600x as well as its counterpart of Intel Core I5-11600K are modern middle-class desktop processors. Both are equipped with 6 CPU cores and support Hyper Threading (Intel) or Simultaneous Multi-Threading (AMD). Therefore, both processors can work 12 threads.

The clock frequency of the AMD Ryzen 5 5600x is 3.7 GHz. About turbo mode, the processor can dynamically increase its clock frequency. So on a CPU core up to 4.6 GHz, at all cores, after all 4.2 GHz is possible. The processor is overclocked like almost all AMD desktop processors. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600x is based on AMDs "Zen 3" core design and is manufactured in 7 nm.

The Intel Core i5-11600K therefore comes with a base clock of 3.9 GHz, but this can increase its clock frequency but over the turbo mode. A single CPU core can clock the processor with up to 4.9 GHz, at load on all cores are still 4.5 GHz possible. The Intel Core i5-11600K is also over-handable. Unlike AMD, Intel has to be purchased with a "K" product in the product name to overclock the processor.

The Intel Core i5-11600K is based on Intel's "Rocket Lake S" architecture that is produced in a 14 nm method. Actually, Intel wanted to roll out this architecture in 10 Nm and was then forced to a baking port to 14 nm due to production issues.

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X has no internal graphics card (IGPU) and necessarily requires a dedicated graphics card to display an image on a monitor. The Intel Core i5-11600K, however, brings the Intel UHD Graphics 750 IGPU, which brings little computing power, but at least for simple applications or watching videos is sufficient.

Both processors support 128 GB DDR4-3200 memory in two memory channels. The memory bandwidth is located on both platforms at about 55 GB per second.

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