Intel Core i5 8600 vs AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

We compared two 6-core desktop CPUs: the 3.1 GHz Intel Core i5 8600 against the 3.8 GHz AMD Ryzen 5 3600X. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.

Review

General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Performance
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 3600X and 8600
Advantages of Intel Core i5 8600
  • Consumes up to 32% less energy than the Ryzen 5 3600X – 65 vs 95 Watt
  • Includes an integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics 630
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
  • Has 23 MB larger L3 cache size
  • More modern manufacturing process – 7 versus 14 nanometers
  • Unlocked multiplier
  • Newer - released 1-year and 3-months later
  • Newer PCI Express version – 4.0
  • 16% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 1273 vs 1094 points
  • Around 6.08 GB/s (15%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • 2% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.4 GHz vs 4.3 GHz)

Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
2671
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
18192
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
1266
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
6987
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Specifications

Full technical specification of Intel Core i5 8600 and AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

General

Vendor Intel AMD
Released April 3, 2018 July 7, 2019
Type Desktop Desktop
instruction set x86-64 x86-64
Codename Coffee Lake Zen 2
Model number i5-8600 -
Socket LGA-1151 AM4
Integrated GPU UHD Graphics 630 No

Performance

Cores 6 6
Threads 6 12
Base Frequency 3.1 GHz 3.8 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 4.3 GHz 4.4 GHz
Bus frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 31x 38x
Bus Bandwidth 8 GT/s -
L1 Cache 64K (per core) 64K (per core)
L2 Cache 256K (per core) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache 9MB (shared) 32MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No Yes

Power

Transistors - 3.8 billions
Fabrication process 14 nm 7 nm
TDP 65 W 95 W
Max. temperature 100°C 95°C

iGPU

Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 630 -
GPU Base Clock 350 MHz -
GPU Boost Clock 1000 MHz -
Shading Units 192 -
TMUs 24 -
ROPs 3 -
Execution Units 24 -
TGP 15 W -
Max. Resolution 4096x2304 - 60 Hz -
iGPU FLOPS
0.38 TFLOPS

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

Misc

Official site Intel Core i5 8600 official page AMD Ryzen 5 3600X official page
PCI Express Version 3.0 4.0
PCI Express Lanes 16 16
Extended instructions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX-2 -

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So which CPU will you choose: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X or Intel Core i5 8600?