Intel i5 11600K vs Ryzen 5 5600X – Best 6 Core CPU?

Intel has a new 6 core CPU, the i5-11600k but how does it compare against the Ryzen 5 5600x I've tested both processes in games and applications to show you the differences and help you decide which is worth it.

CPU Specification 11600K vs 5600X

The 6 core 12 thread parts of the Ryzen chip have much more cache; however, the Intel chip can reach higher clock speeds. The Intel i5 is also cheaper. You can find updated prices linked below in the down button, so it's going to be very interesting to see how these two stacks up. Both processors were tested in the same system. However, I've had to change the mother board between Intel and AMD; otherwise, all of the components of the same as listed here. Although the Ryzen 5600X does come with a cooler in the box, the Intel 11600k does not.

I've tested both with my frontal S36 AIO and Noctua NT-H2 thermal paste for compatible results. I've tested both CPUs at stock without power limits MCEO or precision boost overdrive, and with the following manual, all core overclock supplied. These are by no means finely turned overclocks, and results will, of course, vary based on the silicon lottery.

Application Test 1600K vs 5600X

All right, so with all that in mind will start out with application tests followed by things like power draw and thermals afterward, then the game benchmarks, and then finally cost per frame to find out which is better value. Starting out with cinebench R23, I've got the stock results on the bottom and overclock results above. The Intel 11600K is just 1% higher in terms of single-core, while the Ryzen 5 5600X as a similar lead when it comes to multi-core.

I have also tested the oldest cinebench R20 that's many people still use so that you can compare my results and a similar deal here too. The single-core scores on the Intel i5 11600k a very similar regardless of running stock or overclock because the 4.9 gigahertz all core overclock is the same as the 4.9 gigahertz single-core turbo boost. The overclock on the Intel i5 11600k makes a big difference to single-threaded performance compared to stock. This is a heavily threaded test, and like cinebench, the Intel i5 11600k seems to be slightly ahead in the more extended classroom test. However, the i5 was slightly faster in the shorter BMW test.

V-Ray Benchmark 5.0.20

The V-Ray benchmark is another core heavy rendering workload. again the differences aren't that big however the Intel i5 11600k was consistently ahead in this multi core test regardless of whether or not the chips were running stock or with my the overclocks.

Corona Benchmark 1.3

The corona benchmark also uses this processor to check is render out a scene, and again the Ryzen 5 5600X was completing the task faster here, though once both are overclocked, the gap is smaller. This is only the second time I've tested Linux kernel compilation as it's a new test I've recently added. It seems to be multi-threaded; however, unlike most of the other multiple applications tested, and the Intel i5 was around 3 seconds ahead,

So not a major gap but winning's winning Handbrake 1.3.3 was used to convert 1 of my 4k laptop review videos to 1080p again like most of those tested, the Intel i5 11600k was a little fostering this test wearing the saving around 20 seconds with an AMD which is 3 percent faster at both stuck or overlocked.

Adobe Premier 1600K vs 5600X

Adobe premiere was tested with the Puget systems benchmark tool, and this test thing like video exporting live playback and more the scores were extremely close together here 1 of the smallest differences out of all applications I've tested the Intel i5 11600k was just ever so slightly ahead.

I have tested adobe Photoshop in Puget system benchmark toll. It's still a win for the Ryzen processor; however, the gaps were a little more significant this time around, granted not by much, and the gap is smaller once both have the overclock supplied.

 I've used 7-Zip test compression and decompression speeds, and this is an area where AMD has traditionally beat Intel, and that's not changing here. These are some of the biggest differences out of all workloads tested in favor of the Intel i5 11600k. AES encryption and decryption speed didn't really change with overclocks; however, the Intel I5 was around 12 percent faster than the Ryzen 5 in this test, the biggest win for the Intel i5 11600k out of all applications I've measured.

Microsoft Benchmark

Microsoft Excel, on the other hand, was the biggest win for the Ryzen processor. This test seems to favor higher cash which is probably why the Ryzen 5600X has such a high it's got three times as much L3 cache compared to the i5. Like another test, the Intel i5 11600k was scoring higher in single-core tests with geek bench again like other tests. Despite this, the Ryzen 5 was a little ahead when it came to multi-core scores.

Here is how Intel's new 11th gen 11600K compares against AMD's Ryzen 5 5600X processor. The Intel i5 11600k was ahead in most of these workloads, most of which are multi-threaded. It seems that the Ryzen chip is generally better here. The Intel chip, on the other hand, was typically scoring better in single-threaded workloads though it had some small wins and multi-core tests, including Blunder BMW and kernel compilation.

Ryzen seems to dominate in compression-decompression and excel, while Intel dominates encryption and decryption. Here's how the results change with both manually overclocked on all cores. Many of the multi-core tests edge slightly in favor of Intel here the Intel i5 11600k still faster in the majority; however, it would appear that with both overclock to these levels, the i5 is able to see more benefit. This makes sense when looking at the clock speeds reported by hardware info with the blunder test running.

Clock Speed Test 1600K vs 5600X

At stock, the i5 is 130Hz higher, but once both the overclocked, the gap increases to a larger 200 megahertz, so we're expecting more gains from the Intel overclock. The i5 was using more power despite actually completing

This specific task slower than Ryzen out stock. The i5 system is using 63 percent more wattage to perform 2 percent slower. In this test, more power generally equals more heat. Now the i5 was a little warmer than its stock; however, once both are overclocked, Intel i5 11600k was slightly warmer, of course, assuming the way both platforms report temperature to software is comparable.

Games Test Intel i5 11600K vs Ryzen 5 5600X

Let's get into the gaming test next. I've tested 8 games at 1080p 1440p, and 4K resolutions on both processor cyberpunk 2077 were tested in little China with the street kid life path, I've got 1080p down the bottom 1440p in the middle and 4k up top. There is basically no difference in terms of average FPS regardless of the resolution, just zero to two frames change. The most significant difference was seen in the 1% lower at 1080p, the i5 coming out ahead, but it's just a 3 percent lead.

Red dead redemption two was tested with the gaming benchmark tool. This time the Intel i5 11600k was reaching 8 percent higher average FPS at 1080p. It was also a little ahead 1440p, then 4K the i5 was just a little more than a frame ahead.

So far less of a difference is the processor typically matters less at higher resolution assassin's creed ball Valhalla was also tested with the game's benchmark, but this time the i5 took the lead at 1080p granted it's just a couple of FPS or nothing serious many of the other differences are between half a frame to two FPS.

So not likely something you're probably going to notice when actually playing watch dogs legion was also tested with the game's benchmark, so you should be able to perform the same test in a reproducible manner if you want to compare with what I've got the i5 was again a little ahead though again it's such a small difference.

Control Intel i5 11600K vs Ryzen 5 5600X

Control was tested running through the same part of the game on both systems multiple times again just small differences for the Intel i5 11600k was generally ahead in most cases it yet again I feel like I'm repeating myself but these aren't anything you're going to notice a blind test. CS:GO was an Esports title where differences in frame right might actually matter more, which is why I decided to test this older game the Ryzen 5 5600X had the largest gain out of all 8 games tested here reaching 21 percent higher average FPS at 1080p granted with the i5 still producing nearly 600  FPS,

It's hard to say how much of an edge that's really going to give you. 1 percent lower 14 percent higher other with the Ryzen 5 5600X otherwise ahead of the i5 at all resolutions. This modern hardware is able to get 100 FPS at 4k given with the highest setting preset.

Both with the same at 4k Ryzen 5 5600 X was just 4 fps ahead at 1440p and the Ryzen 5 5600X just 5 percent faster in average FPS at 1080p. Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode the difference in average FPS was only minor with a little lead from the i5 at all 3 resolutions, however there's a much larger difference seen in the 1 percent low at 1080p and 1440p.

At 1080p the i5 was reaching 10 percent high 1 percent lowers increasing to 19 percent at 1440p. For some reason the 1 percent lower actually gets higher at 1440p on the i5, a behavior of noted in this test in some other CPU comparisons when comparing all 8 games tested to 1080P the Intel i5 11600k  was 3 percent lower than the Ryzen 5 5600X.

Gaming Differences

The results on 2 different in either direction for the more part. However, if we treat CS go was an outlier on the Intel i5 11600k is instead just 1 percent slower, but I could easily see this changing in either direction with more tests.

I've kept the X-Axis the same, so we can see how things change when stepping the resolution up to 1440p. The results get closer together, and the Intel i5 11600k is now just 1.5 percent slower on average. However, should you wish to not include an Esports title in this testing and it's less than a percent slower, the margin of error stuff.

Things get even closer together at the higher 4K resolution as the difference in processor matters less here again without CS: GO. The Intel i5 11600k is just 0.1 percent slower so that basically the same ones averaging out the games.