AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?

JT JT 06 November
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?

Is Intel’s i5-10600K CPU still  worth buying now that AMD’s Ryzen 5   5600X is here? I’ve compared both in games  and applications to show you the differences. Both processors have 6 cores and 12 threads. 

CPU spec differencesAMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?

The 10600K can reach higher clock speeds,   but the 5600X has more cache. The 5600X costs $25  more, but it also comes with a cooler in the box.

Test PC

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?Both processors were tested in the same  system, but I’ve had to change motherboards.   For the 10600K I’m testing with  the MSI Z490 ACE motherboard,   and for the 5600X I’m using  the ASRock X570 Taichi. The rest of the components  were otherwise the same,   I’ve tested with 32gb of DDR4-3200  memory running in dual channel at CL14   and with MSI’s GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X  Trio graphics card to minimize bottlenecks.

Although the 5600X does come with a cooler,   I’ve used my Fractal S36 with Noctua NT-H2  thermal paste on both for comparable results.

Overclocks

I’ve tested both CPUs at stock, and with the  following all core overclocks applied, 5GHz   on the 10600K and 4.7GHz on the 5600X. The Intel  system also had MCE disabled with no power limits. With that in mind we’ll first check out  the differences in various applications,   as well as power draw and thermals,  followed by gaming tests afterwards,   then finish up by comparing some  performance per dollar metrics.

Application tests

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?Starting out with Cinebench R20 we can see  the 5600X is 21% faster than the 10600K in   single core, an excellent result given this is  an area where Intel has traditionally had the   lead. When it comes to multicore performance, the  5600X was around 25% faster than the Intel chip,   again a great result considering both  have the same core and thread count.

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?I’ve also tested the older Cinebench  R15 as a lot of people still use it   so you can compare my results, the margins  were quite similar to R20 so let’s move on.AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU? I’ve tested Blender with the BMW and Classroom  benchmarks. This test makes use of all cores,   and the 5600X was completing the task 19%  faster when both processors are at stock,   then once both are overclocked the 5600X’s  lead lowers to 12%. Ryzen is still winning,   but the 10600K has more overclocking  headroom available so the gap narrows. AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?The V-Ray benchmark is another rendering workload,  at stock the 5600X was 25% faster than the 10600K,   then when both are overclocked the  5600X is still able to score 20% higher. AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?The Corona benchmark also uses the  processor to render out a scene,   the 5600X was 19% faster than the  10600K in this one at stock, then 13%   faster with both overclocked, again the 10600K  overclocks better which closes the gap a bit.AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU? Handbrake was used to convert one of  my 4K laptop review videos to 1080p.   With both at stock the 5600X was completing  the export around 20% faster than the 10600K,   then again when both are overclocked the  gap lowers a bit to the 5600X now 17% ahead.AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU? Adobe Premiere was used to export  one of my laptop review videos at 4K.   I’ve tested with both VBR 1 pass, which should  make use of Intel’s quicksync on the 10600K,   and 2 pass which shouldn’t. At stock the 5600X  was completing the 1 pass export 14% faster than   the 10600K, but the 2 pass test was 19% faster,  so regardless the Ryzen chip is doing better.AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU? I’ve also tested Adobe Premiere but  with the Puget Systems benchmark tool,   as this tests for more things like live playback  rather than just raw video export times. The 5600X   was scoring 13% higher than the 10600K at stock in  this test, and 10% faster with both overclocked. AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?Adobe Photoshop was also tested with  the Puget Systems benchmark tool. This   test tends to benefit from higher single  core performance, which explains why the   5600X was scoring 20% higher at stock  and 16% higher with both overclocked. AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?I’ve used 7-Zip to test compression  and decompression speeds,   and Ryzen chips have always had a huge  advantage over Intel in this test which   continues here. At stock the 5600X was 36%  faster in compression, and then 46% faster   in decompression, the biggest difference  out of all applications tested at stock. AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?On the other hand, VeraCrypt was used  to test AES encryption and decryption,   and the differences between the two processors  here were the smallest out of all applications   tested. The 5600X was around 10% faster at  stock and 6 to 7% faster with both overclocked.AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU? Microsoft Excel was tested using the  Hardware Unboxed large number crunch test,   and the 5600X was completing the  task over 45% faster than the 10600K,   which I suspect is due to the  5600X having much more cache. AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?The differences in geekbench were  similar to what was noted in Cinebench,   the 5600X was scoring around 21% higher both for  single core and multicore performance at stock,   then the 5600X was scoring 15%  higher once both were overclocked.

Application differences

Here’s how AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600X compares against  Intel’s i5-10600K with both processors at stock   in all of the applications just tested. AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?The  5600X was faster in all instances, though   as we can see results vary by workload. I was  honestly surprised how much ahead the 5600X was   in the single core tests, just for comparison the  3600X from last generation was behind the 10600K. AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?The 5600X is still on top in all  tests once both processors have   been overclocked as far as I could push  them, though overclocked results will of   course vary based on factors like silicon  lottery. The performance gap does narrow   in here as the 10600K has more overclocking  headroom, but it still can’t catch the 5600X.

Power draw, thermals, clock speeds

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?When we look at the total system power draw  from the wall with the blender test running,   the 5600X system is using less power than the  10600K system. This is quite impressive when   we remember that the 5600X was also completing  the blender test 19% faster than the 10600K,   and although the 10600K can overclock  better, it uses more power to achieve this.AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU? Higher power draw typically results in more  heat, and that was the case here where the   10600K was running 5 degrees Celsius warmer than  the 5600X both at stock or when overclocked. AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?These are the clockspeeds being reached during  these same tests, so at stock both were averaging   4.5GHz on all 6 cores, granted this isn’t  directly comparable, but we can see with   the overclocks applied that the 10600K is now  able to get higher. It also indicates that the   Ryzen chip has superior IPC, given the 5600X was  outperforming the 10600K at stock by fair margins.

Gaming tests

Let’s get into the gaming results next, I’ve  tested 9 games at 1080p, 1440p and 4K resolutions.AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU? Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested  with the games benchmark tool.   At 1080p down the bottom of the  graph, the 5600X was around 17%   higher in terms of average FPS, 10%  faster at 1440p, then no difference at 4K,   as the difference between the processors  typically matters less at higher resolutions. AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?Microsoft Flight Simulator was tested  in the Sydney landing challenge.   At 1080p even the 1% low from the 5600X was  ahead of the average FPS from the 10600K.   The 5600X was 23% faster at 1080p, 18% faster at  1440p, then at 4K the differences were negligible.AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU? Death Stranding was tested by running through the  same part of the game on both systems. The 5600X   saw nice gains at lower resolutions here too,  hitting average FPS 13% higher than the 10600K,   and while still ahead at 1440p  and 4K, the margins are lower. AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?Battlefield V was tested in campaign mode, and  there were no major differences between the two,   which were around 1 FPS different  either way regardless of resolution,   both were hitting the 200 FPS cap at 1080p. AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?I just had to put CS:GO to the test as AMD  were claiming some pretty big gains with Zen 3,   and I was seeing big improvements with  the 5600X. At 1080p the 5600X was 34%   faster in average FPS over the 10600K, 14%  faster at 1440p, and still 12% faster at 4K. AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?Red Dead Redemption 2 was tested with  the games benchmark. Again the 5600X   was faster in all instances, with an  18% lead over the 10600K at 1080p,   7% faster at 1440p, and just 1.5% at  4K, so basically no real difference. AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?Rainbow Six Siege was doing slightly better on  the 10600K in average frame rate at 4K and 1440p,   I double checked these results and the  Ryzen chip was consistently slightly   behind at higher resolutions, but at 1080p,  the 5600X was 18% faster than the 10600K. AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was also tested  using the games built in benchmark tool,   and there were basically no differences  in average FPS regardless of resolution,   all within one to two FPS of each other. AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?Far Cry New Dawn was tested  with the games benchmark too,   and the 5600X was doing better both in 1%  lows and average FPS at all three resolutions.

Gaming differences

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?Over all 9 games tested, the 5600X was 15.5%  faster than the 10600K in average FPS. It’s worth   noting that Battlefield 5 only saw no difference  because both chips were capable of reaching   the 200 FPS cap, so that may be holding the  average back a little.

At the same time though,   the big CS:GO gains are definitely helping, but  even without cs:go the 5600x still has a 13% lead.

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU? When we step up to 1440p the 5600X is now under  7% faster on average. Higher resolutions start   becoming more GPU bound, so the difference in  processor starts to matter less, but still,   depending on the game the 5600X was still  able to offer nice double digit improvements.

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?This trend continues at 4K,  where the 5600X was now under 2%   faster than the 10600K on average, and  realistically it’s only being held up by   CS:GO. Without that outlier the 5600X was  just 0.5% faster, so basically the same.

Cost per frame value

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Intel i5-10600K - Best 6 Core CPU?When we look at cost per frame, the 5600X is the  winner at 1080p. The extra performance from the   5600X is able to make up for the fact that it  costs $25 more than the 10600K, and this isn’t   considering the fact that you can use the 5600X  with the stock cooler that comes in the box.   You’re going to have to add more money to add  a cooler to the 10600K if you don’t have one.

At 1440p and 4K, the 10600K was a little  better in terms of dollar per frame,   and this is because at higher resolutions we  become more GPU dependent, so the processor choice   matters less and the 10600K being cheaper gives  it an edge when frame rates are closer together,   but again this is before factoring in cooling for  the 10600K, so the 5600X is probably still better.

It’s also worth considering that these  price differences are for the CPU only,   the percentage differences become less in the  context of say a new $1500 system for instance.

Conclusion

All things considered, personally I’d go for  Ryzen 5 5600X, to me it’s the clear winner.   Yeah it costs $25 more, but it does come with a  cooler and it performs a fair bit better in all   applications tested and it also offers some  nice gains in gaming too, particularly at 1080p. I think the 5600X will also be easier for people  to upgrade to, as many existing AM4 motherboards   are going to support it.

The 10600K on the  other hand requires a current gen motherboard,   so not too big of a difference if  you’re buying a completely new system,   but those perhaps on an older Ryzen system may  be well positioned to upgrade to the 5600X.

I’ll show you how the 5600X compares against  the older 3600 from last generation in an   upcoming comparison.

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