Intel Core i5-11600K Loses to AMD Ryzen 5 5600X


Intel is all set to launch the new Rocket Lake-S desktop processors in the upcoming months, and a lot of them have already been leaked on various benchmarks. Yesterday, we also spotted the 11th Gen Core i9 series and now it’s time for the budget Core i5-11600K to step up.

Intel Core i5-11600K Specs

The upcoming 6 core, 12 thread processor has been spotted on Geekbench with a 3.9GHz base and 4.9GHz boost frequencies. It makes a score of 1565 points in single-core and 6220 points in multi-core tests, tested on a Gigabyte Z490M motherboard with 16GB RAM clocked at 1066 MHz.

The direct competitor to the Core i5-11600K is the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X launched a few months back, and as per our review, we know how good the processor is. However, the score of the Intel CPU is not up to the mark as the average scores of the Ryzen 5 5600X on Geekbench.

Difference Between Both Processors


The Geekbench listing also reveals that the Intel Core I5-11600K fails to match its AMD equivalent when it comes to performance. The Rocket Lake-S CPU racked up single-core and multi-core scores of 1565 and 6220 in respectively, while the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X managed to score more than 1,600 and 7,500 in the same tests.

It’s worth noting that the CPU – which is likely an engineering sample – was tested on a Gigabyte Z490M motherboard with 2133MHz of super-slow DDR4 memory, so it’s likely this setup hampered the Core i5-11600K’s performance.

It’s not all bad news, either, as, despite the poor setup, the CPU managed a 19% increase in single-core performance compared to its Comet Lake-S predecessor. There appears to be an issue with multi-core performance, though, as the current-gen CPU currently ranks 13% faster than its successor.


If we do keep the low RAM clock speeds in mind, still the 12 MB of L3 cache, a 3.9 GHz base frequency along 4.9 GHz boosts are unable to match AMD’s phenomenal IPC uplift over last-gen.

While the performance of the Intel Core i5-11600K isn’t much to shout about, Intel’s Rocket Lake-S lineup looks set to be spearheaded by a potentially record-breaking CPU. The Intel Core i9-11900K recently posted the fastest ever single-core result on Geekbench, going by a recent leak.

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is one of the coolest CPU and runs 200MHz lower than that of the Intel SKU but making better results on Geekbench. It will be interesting to see how these new Rocket Lake-S CPUs catch up against AMD and if offer better value as well as performance or not.

Intel is set to announce its long-awaited Rocket Lake-S CPUs on March 15.


Harshit Bhasin
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