IntelBX80684I59600K
AMD100-100000061WOF

6 Cores, 6 Threads @3.7GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date: Q4 2018.

12 Cores, 24 Threads @3.7GHz, Zen3.
Release date: Q4 2020.

CSGO
Dust 2 1080p Max
280 EFps 310 EFps Better CSGO EFps.
+11%
GTAV
Franklin & Lamar 1080p Max
110 EFps Slightly Better GTAV EFps.
+9%
101 EFps
Overwatch
Temple of Anubis 1080p Max
138 EFps +3% 134 EFps
PUBG
M249 Training 1080p Max
135 EFps +3% 131 EFps
Fortnite
UserBenchmark Island 1080p Max
133 EFps Better Fortnite EFps.
+11%
120 EFps
Real World Speed
Performance profile from 204,897 user samples
202,655 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 104% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.15 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 85% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Poor: 85% Great: 104%
SPEED RANK: 20th / 1276
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 96%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 80%
Battleship
2,242 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% Base clock 4.5 GHz, turbo 5.45 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 91% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 2.5 GHz (avg)
Poor: 91% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 3rd / 1276
Gaming
Gaming 101%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 103%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 117%
UFO
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
95 % 101 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+7%
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
92.3 Pts +4% 89.1 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
136 Pts 160 Pts Faster single-core speed.
+18%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
270 Pts 318 Pts Faster dual-core speed.
+18%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
528 Pts 607 Pts Faster quad-core speed.
+15%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
758 Pts 1189 Pts Much faster octa-core speed.
+57%
Memory
OC Memory Latency
96.8 Pts +1% 95.8 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
154 Pts 169 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+10%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
307 Pts 335 Pts Slightly faster OC dual-core speed.
+9%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
610 Pts 651 Pts Slightly faster OC quad-core speed.
+7%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
887 Pts 1274 Pts Much faster OC octa-core speed.
+44%
Market Share
Based on 36,153,178 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.26 % Hugely higher market share.
+306%
0.31 %
Value
Value For Money
106 % Much better value.
+41%
75.1 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
217 % Hugely more popular.
+115%
101 %
Price
Price (score)
$187 Much cheaper.
+77%
$827
Age
Newest
25 Months 0 Months Hugely more recent.
+100%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts Slightly more energy efficient.
+10%
105 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores 12 cores Hugely higher core count.
+100%
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
6 threads 24 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+300%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 7 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+50%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.7 GHz 3.7 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.6 GHz 4.8 GHz +4%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
889 Pts 2567 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
+189%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
765 Pts 2366 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
+209%
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Zen3
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 AM4
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630 None
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The Ryzen 9 5900X is second in AMD’s line-up of new Zen 3 based CPUs. The 12-core hyper-threaded processor has base/boost clock speeds of 3.7/4.8 GHz, a 70 MB cache and a TDP of 105W. The 5900X took center stage in the 5000 series launch presentation where AMD gunned for Intel’s “best gaming CPU” crown. They showed the 5900X as being 26% better for gaming than the previous generation’s Ryzen 9 3900XT, attributing this to the new architecture’s faster single core speeds and lower latency. AMD also stated that the 5900X achieves, on average, 6.8% faster gaming performance than Intel’s 10-core i9-10900K. The details around AMD’s testing were not disclosed but it is safe to assume that 6.8% is the highest average lead that AMD are willing to stand by. Our benchmarks show that the 5900X’s slightly faster cores and the 10900K’s slightly lower memory latency balance out to yield similar performance. Whilst presenting their figures, AMD admitted that their 3000 series CPUs were far from “best for gaming” and conceded that the 10900K is approximately 19% faster than the 3900XT (our effective speed marks the gap at just 14%). Despite this clear performance deficiency, AMD supported 3000 series sales with an aggressive and successful marketing campaign to easily outsell Intel over the last 12 months. Given the real performance uplift observed in the 5000 series, and the absence of any meaningful marketing from Intel, we expect CPU sales to shift even further in AMD’s favour. Gamers that do not wish to pay “marketing fees” should investigate Intel’s $190 USD i5-9600K, the saved $370 USD would be far better spent on a higher tier GPU. [Nov '20 CPUPro]

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