Ryzen 5 vs Core i5: A detailed comparison [Updated 2023]

Ryzen 5 vs Core i5 A detailed comparison

User Case: The Great Debate – Ryzen 5 vs. i5

Just yesterday, we had an interesting conversation with our client – Sarah.

She was in the midst of a decision that many of our clients find challenging: choosing between an AMD Ryzen 5 and an Intel i5 processor for her new work-and-play laptop.

Sarah’s dilemma was clear: she needed a reliable processor that could handle her daily tasks—ranging from graphic design work to occasional gaming—without breaking the bank. “I’ve heard a lot about Ryzen 5 and i5, but I can’t decide which one is better for my needs. Can you help me understand the differences?” she asked.

This question isn’t just Sarah’s; it’s a query we encounter frequently.

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a processor for your next computer build or upgrade.

But don’t let the number of options overwhelm you – we’re here to help.

In short – The Ryzen 5 is a great choice for those who want a powerful processor without breaking the bank. It offers excellent value for money and is a great option for gamers and power users alike.

The Core i5 is a more expensive option, but it offers slightly better performance and is a good choice for those who need the absolute best.

With over 10 years of experience in the IT industry, we’ve built thousands of computers. We tailor-build computers as per our client’s needs – some of them need it for gaming, some of them for basic requirements, and some of them just need one that is affordable – so all our tests are based on real-world experiences.

Let’s continue..

Ryzen 5 vs Core i5: Features

When choosing a CPU, there are many factors to consider. However, two of the most important considerations are price and performance. In the budget-friendly category, the Ryzen 5 and the Core i5 are two popular options.

Both CPUs offer good performance for the price, but there are some important differences to be aware of. The Ryen 5 is a 6-core/12-thread CPU that runs at a base clock of 3.6 GHz.

It also has a turbo boost of up to 4 GHz. The Core i5, on the other hand, is a 4-core/8-thread CPU with a base clock of 3 GHz and a turbo boost of up to 3.9 GHz.

So, if you’re looking for more cores and threads, the Ryzen 5 is the better option. However, if you’re looking for slightly higher clock speeds, the Core i5 might be a better choice. Ultimately, the best CPU for you will depend on your specific needs and budget.

Ryzen 5 vs Core i5: Clock Speed

When it comes to raw clock speed, the Core i5 tends to have a slight advantage. However, the Ryzen 5 processor features more cores and threads, meaning it can handle more demanding tasks. In terms of graphics processing, the two CPUs are fairly evenly matched.

Ryzen 5 vs Core i5: Power Consumption

However, the Ryzen 5 does have an edge when it comes to power consumption, as it is more energy efficient.

When it comes to power to watt consumption, there is a clear winner: the Core i5. Under load, the Core i5 uses about half the power for a similar performance to the Ryzen 5. This is due to several factors, including the efficiency of Intel’s 14nm process and the lower TDP of the i5.

As a result, the Core i5 will put less strain on your power supply, and it will generate less heat, which is important for both gaming and productivity applications.

However, it’s important to note that the power consumption of a CPU is only one part of the equation. If you’re planning on building a high-end gaming rig, you’ll also need to factor in the power consumption of your other components, such as your GPU and storage.

As a result, while the Core i5 is more power-efficient than the Ryzen 5, your final build may not be significantly different in terms of power consumption.

CPU power consumption has been a hot topic lately with the release of AMD’s new Ryzen processors. The consensus is that the Core i5-7600K is more power efficient than the Ryzen 5 1600X, but let’s take a closer look at the data to see if that’s the case.

When we compare the two CPUs under identical conditions, we can see that the Core i5-7600K draws about 95 watts of power while the Ryzen 5 1600X draws around 105 watts. So while the Core i5-7600K is more power efficient, the difference is only about 10 watts.

In terms of real-world performance, this difference is negligible. Both CPUs are more than capable of handling any task you throw at them, so it comes down to personal preference.

Ryzen 5 vs Core i5: Performance

The Ryzen 5 and Core i5 processors both offer excellent performance and power efficiency. However, some key differences between these two types of processors should be considered when making a purchase.

The Ryzen 5 offers more cores and threads than the Core i5, making it better suited for demanding tasks such as video editing and 3D rendering.

Additionally, the Ryzen 5 has a higher base clock speed, meaning it can complete tasks faster than the Core i5. However, the Core i5 uses less power than the Ryzen 5, making it a more efficient choice for everyday use.

Ultimately, both processors offer great performance, but the Ryzen 5 is better suited for demanding tasks while the Core i5 is more efficient for everyday use.

Ryzen 5 vs Core i5: Value for money

Ryzen 5 CPUs offer a good mix of performance and features for the price. They offer excellent multi-threaded performance, meaning they’re great for productivity tasks like video editing and 3D rendering.

They also come with a capable integrated graphics processor, making them a good choice for light gaming or streaming. In terms of value, Ryzen 5 CPUs offer the best bang for your buck.

Core i5 CPUs are slightly more expensive than Ryzen 5 CPUs, but they offer slightly better single-threaded performance. This makes them a better choice for gamers or anyone who needs a CPU that can handle demanding tasks without breaking a sweat.

However, they don’t come with an integrated graphics processor, so you’ll need to pair them with a dedicated graphics card if you want to game or stream. Overall, Core i5 CPUs offer slightly better performance than Ryzen 5 CPUs, but they’re not quite as good value for money.

Case Study (13th Gen)

We recently built two new computers for our client’s sons (brothers). One of them wanted an AMD Ryzen 5 7600X computer and the other one (being an Intel fan) wanted the obvious – Intel Core i5-13600K.

We thought the best time to compare and update would be while we have them built, right? 🙂

Intel Core i5-13600K vs AMD Ryzen 5 7600X

The Intel Core i5-13600K is one of the fastest 13th Gen processors we’ve tested on the LGA 1700 socket. It has 6 performance cores ( Base: 3.50 GHz and Max: 5.10 GHz ) and 8 efficient cores ( Base: 2.60 GHz and Max: 3.9 GHz ) – that translates fast!

We loved the Core i5-13600K for its superior performance as it switches between those performance and efficiency cores so wonderfully, offering a competitive advantage over the 7600X. This processor would be the definite pick for someone who loves to overclock and get the max out of the CPU – there is no doubt.

The AMD Ryzen 5 7600X is the fastest Ryzen 5 processor we have tested to date and believe me when I say it’s no slouch! It has 6 cores and 12 threads with each of its cores running at 4.7 GHz with a max boost of 5.3 GHz.

With the 3 games that we tested (BattleField 5, RDR 2, Dirt 2), the Ryzen 5 7600X came out on top with at least 4% better performance than the Core i5 13600K.

The Ryzen 5 7600X is more efficient, consuming less power which means that cooling the processor is easy and convenient. It has an advantage with the AM5 platform, which will support two more processor generations, providing a wide upgrade path for investors.

They’re both great processors – I guess the choice lies between performance or future upgrade paths.

Case Study (12th Gen)

We recently did a case study taking the current generation face-off between the best two processors from Intel 12th Generation and a comparable Ryzen series!

Intel Core i5 12600K vs AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

Intel Core i5 12600K is the fastest i5 processor from the Intel 12th generation on an LGA 1700 socket. It boasts a higher turbo speed of 4.9 GHz as compared to its Ryzen counterpart. That being said it has the same base clock speed as the AMD Ryzen 5 5600x which is 3.7Ghz.

This 10-core 16-thread processor stands tall amongst its contemporaries – perfect for tackling photo editing tasks or even light video content creation! We also have an option of either choosing a DDR4 motherboard or a DDR5 one – depending on your application needs!

Tip: We’d go for the DDR5 if you’d like to future-proof your system 🙂

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is our comparable pick and it boasts 6 cores and 12 threads, allowing for smooth simultaneous processing without sacrificing clock speed compared to the Intel Core i5 12600K.

Yet what truly makes this processor stand out from similar CPUs is its impressive energy efficiency – it has a maximum TDP of only 65W; almost half as much power required as other chips!

Well, all good things have a flaw – this chip doesn’t have a graphics processor – which is a let down so bear in mind you’ll need an additional graphics card!

Case study (9th Gen)

When it comes to the mid-range market, it can be difficult to decide which platform offers the best value for money. In this article, we’ll be comparing the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X and the Intel Core i5-9600K, two of the most popular CPUs in this price range.

When it comes to raw performance, the Ryzen 5 3600X is the clear winner. It offers more cores and threads than the i5-9600K, as well as a higher base clock speed. As a result, it’s more capable of handling demanding tasks such as video editing and 3D rendering.

Furthermore, the addition of on-chip PCIe 4.0 support also gives it an advantage in terms of future-proofing. In contrast, the i5-9600K doesn’t offer anything particularly special. It’s a perfectly capable CPU, but it doesn’t have any features that make it stand out from the competition.

When it comes to price, the i5-9600K is slightly cheaper than the Ryzen 5 3600X. However, given the significant performance advantage offered by the Ryzen 5 3600X, it’s still the better value for money option.

Conclusion of our case studies

The AMD Ryzen 5  is the better choice for most people.

It offers decent number cores, higher clock speeds, and on-chip PCIe 4.0 support for most models. As a result, it’s more capable of handling demanding tasks and is better future-proofed. It’s also a great value for money option, offering significantly more performance than the slightly dearer Core i5 series.

Would you like to see the difference between Intel and AMD’s fastest CPU? Take a look at our post which compares the Ryzen 7 vs Core i7

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I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...