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
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Efficiency
The efficiency score of electricity consumption
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating

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 20 MB 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
  • 13% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 1252 vs 1106 points


Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
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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 Matisse
Model number i5-10400F -
Socket LGA-1200 AM4
Integrated GPU No No


Cores 6 6
Threads 12 12
Base Frequency 2.9 GHz 3.6 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 4.3 GHz 4.2 GHz
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 65 W 65 W
Max. 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

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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
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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
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Rajesh 27 February 2021 02:33
Plz suggest the i5 or ryzen better one pc
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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.
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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
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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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