Intel Core i5-2550k vs AMD Ryzen 5 1600X

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CPU comparison with benchmarks


Intel Core i5-2550k CPU1 vs CPU2 AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
Intel Core i5-2550k AMD Ryzen 5 1600X

CPU comparison

In this CPU comparison, we compare the Intel Core i5-2550k and the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and use benchmarks to check which processor is faster.

We compare the Intel Core i5-2550k 4 core processor released in Q1/2012 with the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X which has 6 CPU cores and was introduced in Q1/2017.
Intel Core i5 (328) Family AMD Ryzen 5 (78)
Intel Core i 2000 (28) CPU group AMD Ryzen 1000 (15)
2 Generation 1
Sandy Bridge S Architecture Summit Ridge (Zen)
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
-- Predecessor --
Intel Core i5-3570K Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Intel Core i5-2550k is a 4 core processor with a clock frequency of 3.40 GHz (3.80 GHz). The processor can compute 4 threads at the same time. The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X clocks with 3.30 GHz (3.70 GHz), has 6 CPU cores and can calculate 12 threads in parallel.

Intel Core i5-2550k Characteristic AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
4 Cores 6
4 Threads 12
normal Core architecture normal
No Hyperthreading Yes
Yes Overclocking ? Yes
3.40 GHz Frequency 3.30 GHz
3.80 GHz Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 3.70 GHz
-- Turbo Frequency (All Cores) 3.50 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 i5-2550k Characteristic AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
-- 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 32 GB of memory in a maximum of 2 memory channels is supported by the Intel Core i5-2550k, while the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X supports a maximum of 64 GB of memory with a maximum memory bandwidth of 42.7 GB/s enabled.

Intel Core i5-2550k Characteristic AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
DDR3-1333 Memory DDR4-2666
32 GB Max. Memory 64 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
21.3 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 42.7 GB/s
No ECC Yes
-- L2 Cache --
6.00 MB L3 Cache 16.00 MB
2.0 PCIe version 3.0
16 PCIe lanes 20
8.0 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 19.7 GB/s

Thermal Management

The Intel Core i5-2550k has a TDP of 95 W. The TDP of the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X is 95 W. System integrators use the TDP of the processor as a guide when dimensioning the cooling solution.

Intel Core i5-2550k Characteristic AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
95 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 95 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. 95 °C

Technical details

The Intel Core i5-2550k has 6.00 MB cache and is manufactured in 32 nm. The cache of AMD Ryzen 5 1600X is at 16.00 MB. The processor is manufactured in 14 nm.

Intel Core i5-2550k Characteristic AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
32 nm Technology 14 nm
Monolithic Chip design Monolithic
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX ISA extensions SSE4a, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, FMA3
LGA 1155 Socket AM4 (PGA 1331)
VT-x, VT-x EPT Virtualization AMD-V, SVM
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Linux
Q1/2012 Release date Q1/2017
235 $ Release price 245 $
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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 i5-2550k Intel Core i5-2550k
4C 4T @ 3.80 GHz
810 (85%)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
6C 12T @ 3.70 GHz
950 (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 i5-2550k Intel Core i5-2550k
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
2611 (50%)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
6C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
5220 (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 i5-2550k Intel Core i5-2550k
4C 4T @ 3.80 GHz
664 (57%)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
6C 12T @ 3.70 GHz
1167 (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 i5-2550k Intel Core i5-2550k
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
2010 (39%)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
6C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
5089 (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 i5-2550k Intel Core i5-2550k
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
4120 (31%)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
6C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
13207 (100%)

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 i5-2550k Intel Core i5-2550k
4C 4T @ 3.80 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
6C 12T @ 3.70 GHz
59 (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 i5-2550k Intel Core i5-2550k
4C 4T @ 3.80 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
6C 12T @ 3.70 GHz
411 (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 i5-2550k Intel Core i5-2550k
4C 4T @ 3.80 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
6C 12T @ 3.70 GHz
942 (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 i5-2550k Intel Core i5-2550k
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
6C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
6470 (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 i5-2550k Intel Core i5-2550k
4C 4T @ 3.80 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
6C 12T @ 3.70 GHz
389 (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 i5-2550k Intel Core i5-2550k
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
6C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
2764 (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 i5-2550k Intel Core i5-2550k
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
6C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
323.8 (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 i5-2550k Intel Core i5-2550k
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
6C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
415 (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 i5-2550k Intel Core i5-2550k
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
6C 12T @ 3.30 GHz
3367 (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 i5-2550k Intel Core i5-2550k
4C 4T @ 3.80 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
6C 12T @ 3.70 GHz
151 (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 i5-2550k Intel Core i5-2550k
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
6C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
1126 (100%)

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