AMD Ryzen 5 5600X – [Specifications, comparison & more]

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X – [Specifications, comparison & more]

GamingDairy’s verdict

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is a no-compromise mid-tier mainstream processor for gamers and content creators. It’s better than the Intel Core i5-10600k for its performance and 17-10700k for 1080p gaming and pricing. 

ProsCons
No-compromise mid-range chip
Excellent performance
PCIe 4.0 support
Has a Wraith Stealth cooler
IPS gain & overclocking
Power efficient with 65W TDP
No integrated graphics
Gen-on-gen price increase

We have seen many ups and downs between AMD and Intel in the processors market. There was a time when Intel used to be the king of the chips market, but things are different now. AMD has been making many efforts to take the winning title against its competition, and it has done so with the Ryzen 5000 series processors. One such processor is the Ryzen 5 5600X, with a stunning mid-range position in the market against Intel’s mid-tier lineup. It has knocked out its competition as a mainstream gaming chip with a reachable price. Let’s get deep into this masterpiece! 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X: in-detail breakdown here

We have seen the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X and 5900X from the 5000 series becoming the best flagship processor among tech enthusiasts. These have disrupted Intel’s popularity and beaten the competing high-end processor. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X sits one step below these top-tier CPUs as the best mid-range mainstream chip for gaming and content creation. This is a six-core twelve-thread chip in the mid-range category with a bit unusual pricing. We will talk about pricing later in the price and availability section. But for now, let’s uncover the CPU’s offerings!

The Ryzen 5 5600X has a base clock 3.7GHz which is 100MHz lower than earlier-generation Ryzen 5 3600XT, but a 100MHz more boost clock speed with a 4.6GHz maximum clock speed. Interestingly, the AMD Zen 3 Core architecture is beneficial in reducing the TDP back to 65W from 95W in 3600XT due to improved efficiency, IPC, and more. You may think reduced power consumption will affect the chip’s performance, but it does not. This chip has everything upgraded, giving an enormous performance improvement despite lesser TDP ratings. 

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X launched after the 5 3600XT but before the 7 5800X, which is a noticeable step up in terms of specifications, features, and performance. You may think that AMD is missing the 7 5700X in the row, which is true. Maybe, the brand will launch it later. Anyhow, I’ll compare all three processors that are mentioned earlier. The table below showcases all the differences, similarities, etc., between all the processors. You must check the entire table before choosing the Ryzen 5 5600X or the others with a few differences. Let’s explore!

Aspects Ryzen 5 3600XTRyzen 5 5600XRyzen 7 5800X
BrandAMDAMDAMD
SeriesRyzen 3000Ryzen 5000Ryzen 5000
Architecture7nm Zen 27nm Zen 37nm Zen 3
Cores668
Threads121216
CacheL2: 3MB, L3: 32MBL2: 3MB, L3: 32MBL2: 4MB, L3: 32MB
MultithreadingYesYesYes
Base multiplierUnlockedUnlockedUnlocked
Base clock3.8GHz3.7GHz3.8GHz
Boost clock4.5GHz4.6GHz4.7GHz
Integrated graphicsNoNoNo
SocketAM4AM4AM4
TDP95W65W106W
Bundled coolerWraith SpireWraith StealthNot included

We have seen several AMD’s processors with the benefits of leading-class core counts, excellent overclocking headroom, bundled coolers, and more. You still get all these advantages with the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X since it’s one of the Ryzen 5 chips. Remember, the brand hasn’t included any cooler in the Ryzen 7 and 9 family, which is a drawback if you go for Ryzen 7 5800X or other high-end processors like Ryzen 9 5950X and 5900X. Although you can purchase an after-market third-party cooler, this will add up some more bucks to your budget. 

Another thing to remember when talking about bundled coolers is their cooling performance. Suppose you’re a hard-core gamer, content creator, or extreme overclocker. The bundled cooler may not be enough for your cooler in such a case. You may have to purchase a good-quality CPU cooling solution despite having a Wraith Stealth stock cooler with the Ryzen 5 5600X. As you know the fact that AMD only guarantees the right single-core boost frequency, not all-core overclocking. In short, consider buying a good cooler, too, with the chip.  

Ryzen 5 5600X vs. Core i5-10600k & i7-10700k 

According to the testing team, the 5 5600X knocked out Intel’s offerings like Core i7-10700k and i5-10600k in all testing matrics like thermals, overall performance, and power consumption. Although Intel offers better clock speeds and overclocking, things are different when we talk about practical performance capabilities. The Ryzen 5 5600X clearly beats the Core i7-10700k, Intel’s flagship processor, in most single-threaded matrics and gives better performance for 1080p gaming. You must use the table below to overview all the differences and get an in-depth comparison.  

Aspects Core i5-10600kRyzen 5 5600XCore i7-10700k
BrandIntelAMDIntel
Seriesi5 10th GenRyzen 5000i7 10th Gen
Architecture14 nm Core7nm Zen 314 nm Core
Cores668
Threads121216
Cache12MB Intel SmartL2: 3MB, L3: 32MB24MB Intel Smart
Hyper-Threading / MultithreadingYesYesYes
Base multiplierUnlockedUnlockedUnlocked
Base clock4.1GHz3.7GHz3.8GHz
Boost clock4.8GHz4.6GHz5.1GHz
Integrated graphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630NoIntel UHD Graphics 630
SocketLGA1200AM4LGA1200
TDP125W65W125W
Bundled coolerNoWraith StealthNo

I’m sure you have seen the specifications and comparison table for AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, Intel Core i5-10600k, and i5-10900k. The 5 5600X looks similar to the i5-10600k at the first spot. But there are several differences between the 5 5600X and i7-10700k chips. For your information, the 5 5600X is a clear-cut winner over the i5-10600k in all aspects but for 108p gaming and pricing over the i7-10700k. Moreover, the Zen 3 architecture is also a bit more efficient than Intel’s 14nm Core architecture. The 5 5600X is recommended over the i5-10600k in the mid-range category. 

5 5600x CPU Mark
5 5600x CPU Mark

Price and Availability

Initially, we thought that AMD would lose in the price war, but it didn’t happen. Due to continued shortages, it has sold its processors even above the recommended pricing. But the shortage is over now. The Ryzen 5 5600X is easily available in commercial markets and online eCommerce stores. Although it’s a bit pricier than the i5-10600k and graphics-less i5-10600KF, the price difference is not much. But the Core i7-10700k comes with a higher price and a huge price difference which is not good news. I recommend getting 5 5600X on both Intel’s processors.  

Final verdict

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is an excellent mid-range mainstream processor for those who can afford the Ryzen 9 5900X but want a similar performance. Moreover, this processor has taken the throne of no-compromise mid-tier gaming users. We have tested and compared it with the closest rivals, Intel Core i5-10600k and i7-10700k. It clearly knocks out the i5-10600k in all testing matrics and the i7-10700k in 1080p gaming and pricing. Besides that, it comes with a bundled cooler, PCIe 4.0 support, power-efficient performance, and more in one spot. 

ProsCons
No-compromise mid-range chip
Excellent performance
PCIe 4.0 support
Has a Wraith Stealth cooler
IPS gain & overclocking
Power efficient with 65W TDP
No integrated graphics
Gen-on-gen price increase
Zohaib Hassan
Zohaib Hassan is a staunch tech enthusiast and has been writing about his interactions with computers for years. He has been serving the PCIdeaz, GamingSilk, and BesTechReview as a content writer and manager along with experimenting and testing numerous tech masterpieces. Indeed, he often forgets about eating his spicy snacks when has his head on the computer screen.