AMD and Intel have always been battling for making the best processors for PCs. AMD Ryzen processors were announced back in 2017. Ever since then, the CPU market has seen a huge change. AMD’s market share has significantly increased. In response, Intel also made several improvements to its lineup and came up with better processors. Now, in early 2021, both have come up with their latest processors. Intel has come up with its 11th Generation Core processors, and AMD has come up with its Ryzen 5000 series of processors. These latest processors from each of the brands have various improvements when compared to its previous generations. Now, the question is which one among these is better? Today we would be comparing two processors of these series that belong in the same segment. It is the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X and the Intel Core i5 11600K.
These two are currently the best mid-range offerings from Intel and AMD. However, the question is which one is better? Which one should you be going for? Is it the Core i5 11600K, or the Ryzen 5 5600X? The only way to determine that is via benchmarks. And, that is exactly what we are going to do here. We would be running a wide variety of popular games, and also some synthetic benchmarks to see how both of these processors perform.
Without any further ado, let’s get started with the benchmarks. Firstly, we would be running various games. After all, most of you who will be opting for either the Intel i5 11600K or the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X would be getting it for gaming specifically. All of these tests are done using a NVIDIA RTX 3090 in order to avoid any types of bottleneck. The first game that we would run is Watch Dogs: Legion.
Watch Dogs: Legion is one of the most popular AAA games that got released recently. The game would be run at 1080p resolution, at Ultra settings. In terms of the performance, Ryzen 5600X beats the i5 11600K. There is almost a 5% difference in terms of the average frame rate, and kind of similar difference in the minimum frame rate as well.
Next, on Horizon Zero Dawn at 1080p using Ultimate settings, we see almost similar performance from both the Ryzen 5 5600X and the i5 11600K. There is barely any difference in terms of both the minimum, and average frame rates.
The third game on our list is Borderlands 3. The game is run at 1080p, DX12, and Ultra settings. This time, something different happens. The Intel Core i5 11600K finally beats the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X. Although by only a 5%~ difference in both the average, and minimum framerates.
The fourth, and the last game that we would be using for our comparison is Hitman 2. Running it at 1080p, Ultra quality we get to see Ryzen 5 5600X getting better scores in both average, and minimum frame rates yet again.
So, that was it for the gaming benchmarks. Both the Intel i5 11600K and the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X are great processors when it comes to gaming. But, most of the times, the Ryzen beats the Intel. However, the difference in most cases is pretty marginal. But, if you are wondering about which one is clearly better, then that will be the Ryzen 5600X.
What about the productivity benchmarks? Well, let’s do that as well. Firstly, we would do Cinebench R20. Here in terms of multi core score, the Ryzen scores slightly more. But, in terms of single core performance the i5 11600K wins. Although in the case of both of these scores, the difference is marginal.
When it comes to 7-Zip File Manager 32MB dictionary compression, and decompression test, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X wins by a decent margin.
So, overall, both of these processors are excellent. Not only in terms of gaming, but also in terms of productivity. However, in all the tests we have conducted, the AMD Ryzen 5600X wins for the most part. So, we can clearly conclude that the Ryzen 5 5600X is the winner. However, it all depends on the pricing. Furthermore, with the 5600X you can also overclock without using high-end motherboards, unlike the Intel Core i5 11600K where you need to use a Z series motherboard for overclocking. So, if you are looking for a new processor in this segment, we would most definitely recommend the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X to you. It has it all that one can want in a processor of this segment.