Intel Core i5-10600K vs AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

Comparative analysis of Intel Core i5-10600K and AMD Ryzen 9 3950X processors for all known characteristics in the following categories: Essentials, Performance, Memory, Graphics, Graphics interfaces, Graphics image quality, Graphics API support, Compatibility, Peripherals, Security & Reliability, Advanced Technologies, Virtualization. Benchmark processor performance analysis: PassMark - Single thread mark, PassMark - CPU mark, 3DMark Fire Strike - Physics Score, Geekbench 4 - Single Core, Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core.



Reasons to consider the Intel Core i5-10600K

  • CPU is newer: launch date 5 month(s) later
  • Around 2% higher clock speed: 4.80 GHz vs 4.7 GHz
  • Around 7% better performance in PassMark - Single thread mark: 2937 vs 2746
Specifications (specs)
Launch date 30 Apr 2020 vs 25 Nov 2019
Maximum frequency 4.80 GHz vs 4.7 GHz
PassMark - Single thread mark 2937 vs 2746

Reasons to consider the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

  • Processor is unlocked, an unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
  • 10 more cores, run more applications at once: 16 vs 6
  • 20 more threads: 32 vs 12
  • A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor: 7 nm vs 14 nm
  • 2.7x more L1 cache, more data can be stored in the L1 cache for quick access later
  • 5.3x more L2 cache, more data can be stored in the L2 cache for quick access later
  • 5.3x more L3 cache, more data can be stored in the L3 cache for quick access later
  • Around 19% lower typical power consumption: 105 Watt vs 125 Watt
  • 2.7x better performance in PassMark - CPU mark: 39252 vs 14616
  • Around 61% better performance in 3DMark Fire Strike - Physics Score: 13283 vs 8229
Specifications (specs)
Unlocked Unlocked vs Locked
Number of cores 16 vs 6
Number of threads 32 vs 12
Manufacturing process technology 7 nm vs 14 nm
L1 cache 1 MB vs 384 KB
L2 cache 8 MB vs 1536 KB
L3 cache 64 MB vs 12 MB
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 105 Watt vs 125 Watt
PassMark - CPU mark 39252 vs 14616
3DMark Fire Strike - Physics Score 13283 vs 8229

Compare benchmarks

CPU 1: Intel Core i5-10600K
CPU 2: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

PassMark - Single thread mark
PassMark - CPU mark
3DMark Fire Strike - Physics Score
Name Intel Core i5-10600K AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
PassMark - Single thread mark 2937 2746
PassMark - CPU mark 14616 39252
3DMark Fire Strike - Physics Score 8229 13283
Geekbench 4 - Single Core 1296
Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core 14150

Compare specifications (specs)

Intel Core i5-10600K AMD Ryzen 9 3950X


Architecture codename Comet Lake Zen 2
Launch date 30 Apr 2020 25 Nov 2019
Launch price (MSRP) $262 - $263 $749
Place in performance rating 87 63
Processor Number i5-10600K
Series 10th Generation Intel Core i5 Processors
Status Launched
Vertical segment Desktop Desktop
OPN PIB 100-100000051WOF
OPN Tray 100-000000051


64 bit support
Base frequency 4.10 GHz 3.5 GHz
Bus Speed 8 GT/s
L1 cache 384 KB 1 MB
L2 cache 1536 KB 8 MB
L3 cache 12 MB 64 MB
Manufacturing process technology 14 nm 7 nm
Maximum core temperature 100°C
Maximum frequency 4.80 GHz 4.7 GHz
Number of cores 6 16
Number of threads 12 32


Max memory channels 2 2
Maximum memory bandwidth 41.6 GB/s
Maximum memory size 128 GB
Supported memory types DDR4-2666 DDR4-3200


Device ID 0x9BC5
Graphics base frequency 350 MHz
Graphics max dynamic frequency 1.20 GHz
Intel® Clear Video HD technology
Intel® Clear Video technology
Intel® InTru™ 3D technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video
Max video memory 64 GB
Processor graphics Intel UHD Graphics 630

Graphics interfaces

Number of displays supported 3

Graphics image quality

4K resolution support
Max resolution over DisplayPort 4096x2304@60Hz
Max resolution over eDP 4096x2304@60Hz
Max resolution over HDMI 1.4 4096x2160@30Hz

Graphics API support

DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5


Configurable TDP-down 95 Watt
Configurable TDP-down Frequency 3.80 GHz
Max number of CPUs in a configuration 1
Package Size 37.5mm x 37.5mm
Sockets supported FCLGA1200 AM4
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 125 Watt 105 Watt
Thermal Solution PCG 2015D


Max number of PCIe lanes 16 40
PCI Express revision 3.0 4.0
PCIe configurations Up to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
Scalability 1S Only

Security & Reliability

Execute Disable Bit (EDB)
Intel® Identity Protection technology
Intel® OS Guard
Intel® Secure Key technology
Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel® SGX)
Intel® Trusted Execution technology (TXT)
Secure Boot

Advanced Technologies

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® technology
Idle States
Instruction set extensions Intel SSE4.1, Intel SSE4.2, Intel AVX2
Intel 64
Intel® AES New Instructions
Intel® Hyper-Threading technology
Intel® Optane™ Memory Supported
Intel® Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost
Intel® Turbo Boost technology
Intel® vPro™ Platform Eligibility
Thermal Monitoring


Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
Intel® VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)