Intel Core i5 10400F vs AMD Ryzen 5 3600

We compared two 6-core desktop CPUs: the 2.9 GHz Intel Core i5 10400F against the 3.6 GHz AMD Ryzen 5 3600. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.


General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Multi-Core Performance
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Efficiency
The efficiency score of power consumption
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating
The "iGPU" and "Power Efficiency" have a minor impact on the NanoReview Score when comparing desktop CPUs.

Key Differences

What are the key differences between 3600 and 10400F
Advantages of Intel Core i5 10400F
  • Newer - released 10-months later
  • 2% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.3 GHz vs 4.2 GHz)
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • Has 20480 KB larger L3 cache size
  • More modern manufacturing process – 7 versus 14 nanometers
  • Unlocked multiplier
  • Newer PCI Express version – 4.0
  • Around 6.08 GB/s (15%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • 11% faster in a single-core Geekbench v6 test - 1690 vs 1522 points

Test in Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs across various tasks

Cinebench R23

Reputable cross-platform benchmark for high-performance processors
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

GeekBench v6

The new version of this benchmark emulates common operations often used in real-world apps
Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)
File compression 451.9 MB/sec 646.6 MB/sec
Clang compilation 49.2 Klines/sec 60 Klines/sec
HTML 5 Browser 142.4 pages/sec 146 pages/sec
PDF Renderer 203.2 Mpixels/sec 201.2 Mpixels/sec
Text processing 151.9 pages/sec 140.7 pages/sec
Background blur 34.2 images/sec 37.5 images/sec
Photo processing 54.9 images/sec 52.5 images/sec
Ray tracing 9.62 Mpixels/sec 12.9 Mpixels/sec
Sources: GeekBench [1], [2]


Synthetic test that focuses on raw computational performance for low-level functions
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
Integer math 41.8 GOps/sec 48.9 GOps/sec
Floating point math 26.1 GOps/sec 28.7 GOps/sec
Find prime numbers 35M Primes/sec 107M Primes/sec
Random string sorting 23.5M Strings/sec 24M Strings/sec
Data encryption 4.2 GBytes/sec 14 GBytes/sec
Data compression 187.6 MBytes/sec 220.1 MBytes/sec
Physics 697 Frames/sec 1161 Frames/sec
Extended instructions 12.6B Matrices/sec 14.5B Matrices/sec
Sources: PassMark [3], [4]

Value for money

Enter the current prices of the CPUs and click "Calculate" to determine which one has a better value-to-performance ratio.


Full technical specification of Intel Core i5 10400F and AMD Ryzen 5 3600


Vendor Intel AMD
Released May 1, 2020 July 7, 2019
Type Desktop Desktop
instruction set x86-64 x86-64
Codename Comet Lake Zen 2 (Matisse)
Model number i5-10400F -
Integrated GPU No No


Performance Cores
P-Cores 6 6
P-Threads 12 12
Base Frequency (P) 2.9 GHz 3.6 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (P) 4.3 GHz 4.2 GHz
Total Cores 6 6
Total Threads 12 12
Bus Frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 29x 36x
Bus Bandwidth 8 GT/s -
L1 Cache 64K (per core) 64K (per core)
L2 Cache 256K (per core) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache 12MB (shared) 32MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No Yes


Transistors - 3.8 billions
Fabrication process 14 nm 7 nm
TDP (PL1) 65 W 65 W
Socket LGA-1200 AM4
Peak temperature 100°C 95°C

Memory Support

Memory types - DDR4-2666 - DDR4-3200
Memory Size 128 GB 128 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 41.6 GB/s 47.68 GB/s
ECC Support No Yes


Official site Intel Core i5 10400F official page AMD Ryzen 5 3600 official page
PCI Express Version 3.0 4.0
PCI Express Lanes 16 16

Cast your vote

Choose between two processors
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Total votes: 2007


So which CPU will you choose: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 or Intel Core i5 10400F?
Andromeda 28 April 2021 08:59
If you just want gaming, you can go for intel because that performs overall 7 to 10% better in some games.And if you want editing, multitasking you have to go for amd because I suggest that
+114 Reply
palonko 05 March 2021 16:30
yeah, where i live (central europe) there is a 65 dollar price difference between the two, and the 3600 doesnt come with a cooler either for some reason, also the motherboards are roughly the same price here
+19 Reply
Ash Hilton 02 January 2021 18:05
I would naturally choose the intel core i5 10400f...not by any means because of its performance but rather its price.
+65 Reply
Shadowdead00 22 January 2021 13:17
What are you talking about, it is clearly shown that i5 10400f has low performance than ryzen 5 3600
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Lucky 31 January 2021 17:27
People buy i5 10400f only considering price difference about amd and intel but they don't that they have to pay extra price for the CPU cooler and mother board 🤦🤦plz check overall build cost and choose don't blindly see individual parts price and buy
+46 Reply
Aman 11 February 2021 01:35
Shadowdead00, Yes that's true no one can make it false statement
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Cytro 07 October 2021 11:21
Lucky, What if you already have the cooler
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Rathstar 09 December 2021 16:57
Cytro, In the UK (your local market may vary). The Intel CPU is cheaper and comes with a cooler that will keep it cool enough while gaming. Both have cheap motherboards but I would say the AMD boards are cheaper for the same quality (can't go wrong with some of the current prices for a B450 Tomahawk). Gaming scores are very close, so I would go with Intel. However, another consideration would be the 2700X, only just behind in single-core than these two but beats them for multi-core.
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