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Intel Core i7 10700K vs AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

We compared two desktop CPUs: the 3.8 GHz Intel Core i7 10700K with 8-cores against the 3.7 GHz AMD Ryzen 5 5600X with 6-cores. 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 5600X and 10700K
Advantages of Intel Core i7 10700K
  • Has 2 more physical cores
  • Includes an integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics 630
  • 11% higher Turbo Boost frequency (5.1 GHz vs 4.6 GHz)
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
  • Newer - released 5-months later
  • More modern manufacturing process – 7 versus 14 nanometers
  • Has 16 MB larger L3 cache size
  • Consumes up to 48% less energy than the Core i7 10700K – 65 vs 125 Watt
  • Newer PCI Express version – 4.0
  • 24% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 1614 vs 1300 points
  • Around 1.88 GB/s (4%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth

Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)
4813
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
3364
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
21930
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
1608
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)

Specifications

Full technical specification of Intel Core i7 10700K and AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

General

Vendor Intel AMD
Released May 1, 2020 October 8, 2020
Launch price 389 USD 299 USD
Type Desktop Desktop
Codename Comet Lake Zen 3
Model number i7-10700K -
Socket BGA-1200 AM4
Integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics 630 No

Performance

Cores 8 6
Threads 16 12
Base Frequency 3.8 GHz 3.7 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 5.1 GHz 4.6 GHz
Bus frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 38x 37x
Bus Bandwidth 8 GT/s -
L1 Cache 64K (per core) 64K (per core)
L2 Cache 256K (per core) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache 16MB (shared) 32MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier Yes Yes

Power

Fabrication process 14 nm 7 nm
TDP 125 W 65 W
Max. temperature 100°C 95°C

Memory support

Memory types DDR4-2933 DDR4-3200
Memory Size 128 GB 128 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 45.8 GB/s 47.68 GB/s
ECC Support No No

Misc

Official site Intel Core i7 10700K official page AMD Ryzen 5 5600X official page
PCI Express Version 3.0 4.0
PCI Express Lanes 16 20

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Comments

So which CPU will you choose: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X or Intel Core i7 10700K?
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Willis 22 January 2021 00:55
Open box I7 10700k for $250 Im voting with my wallet
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Harsh 24 January 2021 15:35
Voting is good for u
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Kenan 25 November 2020 10:19
I think the AMD is obviously the CORRECT choice. But I'm starting to see an Nvidia-like pattern here as well. I mean if you're dead set on building right now, AMD isn't in stock so Intel is the next best thing. Black Friday is 2 days away, if I spot a good Intel deal, I'm going for it. I've also heard that this will be AMD's last AM4 supported generation but Intel's 1200 socket will support its new 11th gen that's coming out in 2021 which makes it more future-proof, especially if Intel is able to create something that would put it back in the top. We'll see.
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Stel 13 November 2020 13:05
If anyone can buy the 5600x at 300$, then it is the better option. I dont know about USA but in Europe its going for over 400$.
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Andrew 15 November 2020 04:08
Same here in the US. Sold out everywhere. Scalpers prices are about $200-500 over retail. I'd only get AMD if I was putting the 6000's series GPUs in my PC. I'm leaning more towards the 10700k now.
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Dominic 16 November 2020 11:26
Same here in malaysia the 5600x is almost 400usd same price as 10700k man shit.
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Rodrigo 28 November 2020 03:30
At the moment the I7 in Europe is going for 300 euros = 358 dollars and the retail price of the ryzen 5 5600x is here also 300euros ? 358 dollars, and thats why I was about thinking to get an i7 it s the same price here
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xxx 12 November 2020 06:50
I buy ryzen 5600x, because of pci E 4 and lower TDP for same performance and lower price.
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from poland 11 November 2020 10:54
ryzen cost to much for this spec, never again amd... must be noob to buy it
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dude123434 12 November 2020 17:50
What are you talking about? AMD is so much better for price to performance... even a 6 core is better than the i7
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someone 03 November 2020 04:26
F*ck it. Im just gonna buy 10700k cuz it looks more cool
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Whatsgoiungon 12 November 2020 17:51
WTF what? XD Its the worse choice dude.... get AMD
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saucegod 12 December 2020 06:41
Whatsgoiungon, they're very similar in performance, the 10700k is lower in price rn bc of scalpers. It is not the worst choice, the 5600x has better price-to-performance because it's cheaper but the performance itself is very similar.
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Malthe Sterup 02 November 2020 11:31
Im going to choose r5 5600x because its cheaper and its overall performance was better.
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