Intel Core i5-10400F vs AMD Ryzen 5 3600

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CPU comparison with benchmarks


Intel Core i5-10400F CPU1 vs CPU2 AMD Ryzen 5 3600
Intel Core i5-10400F AMD Ryzen 5 3600

CPU comparison

In this CPU comparison, we compare the Intel Core i5-10400F and the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 and use benchmarks to check which processor is faster.

We compare the Intel Core i5-10400F 6 core processor released in Q2/2020 with the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 which has 6 CPU cores and was introduced in Q3/2019.
Intel Core i5 (328) Family AMD Ryzen 5 (78)
Intel Core i 10000 (43) CPU group AMD Ryzen 3000 (15)
10 Generation 3
Comet Lake S Architecture Matisse (Zen 2)
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
Intel Core i5-9400F Predecessor AMD Ryzen 5 2600
Intel Core i5-11400F Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Intel Core i5-10400F is a 6 core processor with a clock frequency of 2.90 GHz (4.30 GHz). The processor can compute 12 threads at the same time. The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 clocks with 3.60 GHz (4.20 GHz), has 6 CPU cores and can calculate 12 threads in parallel.

Intel Core i5-10400F Characteristic AMD Ryzen 5 3600
6 Cores 6
12 Threads 12
normal Core architecture normal
Yes Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? Yes
2.90 GHz Frequency 3.60 GHz
4.30 GHz Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 4.20 GHz
4.00 GHz Turbo Frequency (All Cores) 4.00 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.

Intel Core i5-10400F Characteristic AMD Ryzen 5 3600
-- AI hardware --
-- AI specifications --

Internal Graphics

Graphics (iGPU) integrated into the processor not only enable image output without having to rely on a dedicated graphics solution, but can also efficiently accelerate video playback.

no iGPU GPU no iGPU
GPU frequency --
-- GPU (Turbo) --
-- GPU Generation --
Technology
Max. displays
-- Compute units --
-- Shader --
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
-- Max. GPU Memory --
-- DirectX Version --

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 no iGPU
No Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) No
No Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) No
No Codec h264 No
No Codec VP9 No
No Codec VP8 No
No Codec AV1 No
No Codec AVC No
No Codec VC-1 No
No Codec JPEG No

Memory & PCIe

Up to 128 GB of memory in a maximum of 2 memory channels is supported by the Intel Core i5-10400F, while the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 supports a maximum of 128 GB of memory with a maximum memory bandwidth of 51.2 GB/s enabled.

Intel Core i5-10400F Characteristic AMD Ryzen 5 3600
DDR4-2666 Memory DDR4-3200
128 GB Max. Memory 128 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
42.7 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 51.2 GB/s
No ECC Yes
-- L2 Cache --
12.00 MB L3 Cache 32.00 MB
3.0 PCIe version 4.0
16 PCIe lanes 20
15.8 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 39.4 GB/s

Thermal Management

The Intel Core i5-10400F has a TDP of 65 W. The TDP of the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is 65 W. System integrators use the TDP of the processor as a guide when dimensioning the cooling solution.

Intel Core i5-10400F Characteristic AMD Ryzen 5 3600
65 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 65 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
100 °C Tjunction max. 95 °C

Technical details

The Intel Core i5-10400F has 12.00 MB cache and is manufactured in 14 nm. The cache of AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is at 32.00 MB. The processor is manufactured in 7 nm.

Intel Core i5-10400F Characteristic AMD Ryzen 5 3600
14 nm Technology 7 nm
Monolithic Chip design Chiplet
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2 ISA extensions SSE4a, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, FMA3
LGA 1200 Socket AM4 (PGA 1331)
VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d Virtualization AMD-V, SVM
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux
Q2/2020 Release date Q3/2019
157 $ Release price 185 $
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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.
Intel Core i5-10400F Intel Core i5-10400F
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
68 (91%)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 AMD Ryzen 5 3600
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
75 (100%)

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.
Intel Core i5-10400F Intel Core i5-10400F
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
443 (78%)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 AMD Ryzen 5 3600
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
568 (100%)

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.
Intel Core i5-10400F Intel Core i5-10400F
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
1120 (90%)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 AMD Ryzen 5 3600
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
1250 (100%)

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.
Intel Core i5-10400F Intel Core i5-10400F
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
8191 (90%)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 AMD Ryzen 5 3600
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
9150 (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.
Intel Core i5-10400F Intel Core i5-10400F
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
1120 (95%)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 AMD Ryzen 5 3600
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
1183 (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.
Intel Core i5-10400F Intel Core i5-10400F
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
6014 (88%)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 AMD Ryzen 5 3600
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
6821 (100%)

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.
Intel Core i5-10400F Intel Core i5-10400F
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
1433 (93%)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 AMD Ryzen 5 3600
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
1541 (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.
Intel Core i5-10400F Intel Core i5-10400F
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
6322 (93%)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 AMD Ryzen 5 3600
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
6784 (100%)

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.
Intel Core i5-10400F Intel Core i5-10400F
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
450 (95%)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 AMD Ryzen 5 3600
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
472 (100%)

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.
Intel Core i5-10400F Intel Core i5-10400F
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
3197 (90%)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 AMD Ryzen 5 3600
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
3570 (100%)

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.
Intel Core i5-10400F Intel Core i5-10400F
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
110 (79%)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 AMD Ryzen 5 3600
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
140 (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.
Intel Core i5-10400F Intel Core i5-10400F
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
12399 (70%)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 AMD Ryzen 5 3600
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
17803 (100%)

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.
Intel Core i5-10400F Intel Core i5-10400F
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
458 (94%)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 AMD Ryzen 5 3600
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
488 (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.
Intel Core i5-10400F Intel Core i5-10400F
6C 12T @ 2.90 GHz
3548 (89%)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 AMD Ryzen 5 3600
6C 12T @ 3.60 GHz
3990 (100%)

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.
Intel Core i5-10400F Intel Core i5-10400F
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
190 (96%)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 AMD Ryzen 5 3600
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
197 (100%)

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.
Intel Core i5-10400F Intel Core i5-10400F
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
1341 (85%)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 AMD Ryzen 5 3600
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
1578 (100%)

Blender 2.81 (bmw27)

Blender is a free 3D graphics software for rendering (creating) 3D bodies, which can also be textured and animated in the software. The Blender benchmark creates predefined scenes and measures the time (s) required for the entire scene. The shorter the time required, the better. We selected bmw27 as the benchmark scene.
Intel Core i5-10400F Intel Core i5-10400F
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 AMD Ryzen 5 3600
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
235.7 (100%)

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.
Intel Core i5-10400F Intel Core i5-10400F
2.90 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 AMD Ryzen 5 3600
9,150 CB R23 MC @ 87 W
105 (100%)

Devices using this processor

Intel Core i5-10400F AMD Ryzen 5 3600
Unknown One Gaming PC Ryzen 5 3600
Lenono IdeaCentre T540-15AMA G
HP Pavilion Gaming TG01-0201ng schwarz (9HP03EA#ABD)

News and articles for the Intel Core i5-10400F and the AMD Ryzen 5 3600


Comparison of the two processors

A direct comparison of the Intel Core i5-10400F and the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 shows once again the strength that AMD has built up in the field of processors in recent years.

The Intel Core i5-10400F is a 6 core processor with a maximum clock rate in turbo mode of up to 4.3 GHz. So on paper it is faster than the processor from AMD. However, the basic clock rate already shows that the Intel is not on the same level as the AMD. With 2.9 Ghz, the Intel is almost 20% (0.7 GHz) slower.

The Intel Core i5-10400F supports up to 128 GB DDR4 RAM with a clock frequency of 2933.
The 14nm Intel processor is designed for the LGA 1200 socket. Unfortunately, it only offers PCIe 3.0, which among other things does not allow the use of very fast SSD hard drives.

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is a mid-range processor of the Zen 2 architecture and is manufactured in 7 nm. The connection via PCIe 4.0 and 20 PCIe lines also allows him to use the latest hardware components. Since the AMD also supports RAM up to DDR4-3200, it is also a very good companion in a gaming PC. It also has a significantly higher L3 cache. The base of the Ryzen is based on the well-known AM4 platform.

The power consumption of TDP 65W is identical for both processors. The Intel processor is ahead in the price comparison. This comparison also shows that there is more performance for more money.

This can ultimately also be seen in a direct comparison in the benchmarks.
Where the Intel Core i5 is only approx. 11% behind the AMD Ryzen 5 in the latest single-core benchmark from Cinebench, it is already approx. 19% with the multi-core benchmark.

A similar picture emerges in the other benchmarks, e.g. from Geekbench 5. Here, the differences are not that big, but still recognizable.

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