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Intel Core i5-6600K vs AMD Ryzen 3 1200 gaming benchmark

Intel Core i5-6600K vs AMD Ryzen 3 1200

Processor comparisons   04-02-2023
   Let's say there are difficulties with the choice of a CPU, you will solve them by reading the comprehensive tests Intel Core i5-6600K vs AMD Ryzen 3 1200 and decide which is better for games or normal use for rendering, streaming, video editing, machine learning, programming. Here is useful information from real streaming and video editing tests or several benchmarks. A step-by-step analysis of all the specifications, so that it can be easier to read, is made by the table.
   From the video comparison, you can get the results of joint testing in software tests like Furmark, Dolphin Emulator, MATLAB, WPrime, Blender, UserBenchmark, PassMark, Handbrake, AIDA64, Prime95, 3DMark, 7zip, RealBench, DaVinci Resolve Studio, World of Tanks enCore Benchmark, Gears 5, SuperPi, Cinebench 23 (20, 15), VeraCrypt, GeekBench 6, 5.2, Blender, PCMark 10.
   Gaming performance of CPUs in:
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • DOOM: Eternal
  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Apex Legends
  • Fallout 76
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Borderlands 3
  • Overwatch
  • Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare
  • Fortnite
  • World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
  • Last Man Standing
  • Halo Infinite
  • Watch Dogs Legion
  • Valheim
  • Death Stranding
  • Valorant
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

   After reading the results of all benchmarks and videos, you can already make an informed decision about which processor is better to buy for gaming AMD Ryzen 3 1200 or Intel Core i5-6600K.

Intel Core i5-6600K
AMD Ryzen 3 1200

Summary benchmark results

As a percentage of the maximum value based on a sample from the entire base of all processors
Processor Benchmark
Core i5-6600K51% Ryzen 3 120051%

Gaming performance
Summary result of all game benchmarks.
Core i5-6600K52% Ryzen 3 120052%
The maximum result in this parameter is 100 percent, which is the performance of the most powerful processor currently available. And of course, this is a server processor, on which no one will play games. Because this processor costs several tens of thousands of dollars. Therefore, if you think that the selected CPU has a little game result, look at the FPS that it produces in real games in the final table below.
List of other games in which CPU comparisons were performed: DOTA 2A, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Horizon Zero Dawn, Control, Metro Exodus, NBA 2K20, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Ghostrunner, Hitman 3, League of Legends (LOL), Monster Hunter World, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS GO), Forza Horizon 4, Half-Life: Alyx, Battlefield V, Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG).

Gaming benchmark

Cyberpunk 207759.158.5
Apex Legends99.298.2
Call of Duty Warzone79.178.3
Red Dead Redemption 272.872.1
DOOM Eternal52.852.2
Assassin's Creed88.687.7
The numbers in this table indicate the maximum FPS that was received on the device with the corresponding processor. Depending on the configuration of the computer (RAM size and Video Card) and graphics quality settings (Ultra, Medium, Normal), the results may differ quite significantly. We recommend that you better study the results of the Cinebench, GeekBench and Passmark becnmarks.
The computers participating in the comparisons not only were the equipped with different amounts of RAM and different video cards. But users also tested them at different screen resolutions: 2K, FullHD or 4K. So the game benchmark data is approximate. But all video cards met the average system requirements of games. You will get more accurate information about how powerful the processor will be in games, if you compare it in one assembly with the video card that is installed in your computer.

Power consumption
Core i5-6600K51% Ryzen 3 120055%
To make a final choice on which processor is better, you should also consider the generation of its core. It is clear that the newer the generation, the better the performance of the processor in games and benchmarks, as well as its energy efficiency. In this case the Ryzen 3 1200 is more energy efficient than the Core i5-6600K as it consumes less power: 91W vs. 65W. Power consumption is particularly important for laptops. Also, when choosing a processor cooling system, you must know its TDP. You need to buy a cooler that has the TDP data specified in the specification was greater than the TDP of the compared processor.

Software benchmarks

If you plan to use the processor not only for gaming, but also for programming, machine learning, video editing or video rendering, streaming, then the main parameter for you is its performance in multi-threaded mode. In this mode, the processor includes all threads and cores that it has to the maximum to achieve maximum efficiency. You will learn this data from the benchmark tables below. Before you take into account the data from these tests, be sure to check whether the software you are going to use on your computer supports multi-threaded mode. Because there are still many programs that can use only one core to run, and all the advantages of multi-core mode are unused.
Cinebench 23, 20 an 15
The results of this benchmark show Single-threaded and Multi-threaded CPU performance
Intel Core i5-6600K AMD Ryzen 3 1200
Cinbench 15 Single-core166129
Cinbench 15 Multi-core600477
Cinbench 20 Single-core395333
Cinbench 20 Multi-core15721191
Cinbench 23 Single-core1041885
Cinbench 23 Multi-core39653368

This popular benchmark displays Multi-threaded and Single-threaded processor performance
Intel Core i5-6600K AMD Ryzen 3 1200

GeekBench 6, 5.2
This benchmark shows Multi-threaded and Single-threaded processor performance
Intel Core i5-6600K AMD Ryzen 3 1200

Comparison of specifications

In the specification comparison table, the most useful will be the the possibility of overclocking it and release date of the processor. The later the processor is released, the longer it will last in your computer. And the easier it will be to upgrade the system in the future. The same can be said about overclocking. If the processor can be overclocked, thereby increasing its performance, then it will still be able to produce maximum FPS in new games. Accordingly, you do not need to buy a new CPU to enjoy the games any longer. The savings are obvious!

Intel Core i5-6600K AMD Ryzen 3 1200
Announcement dateSeptember 26, 2015July 27, 2017
Core nameSkylakeSummit Ridge
Turbo Frequency3.9 MHz3.4 MHz
Frequency3.5 MHz3.1 MHz
Bus rate8 GT/s
Lithography14 nm
Transistors count2460 millions3600 millions
Power consumption (TDP)91 W65 W
Memory typeDDR4-1866/2133, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.35VDDR4
Max. Memory64 Gb
Memory Frequency2667
Memory bandwidth34.1 GB/s
L1 cache
L2 cache
L3 cache6 MB
Supports ECCNoNo
Part numberExpansion Options
In this comparison block, you should pay attention to the differences in clock speed and the number of cores. Here Core i5-6600K is 11% better than Ryzen 3 1200 in terms of CPU frequency. Also keep in mind that high CPU frequency affects battery life through power consumption (relevant for laptops).

The number of parameters for which Intel Core i5-6600K is better: 27
The number of parameters for which AMD Ryzen 3 1200 is better: 7
   Although it should be realized that all the figures in the table above do not mean that taking them into account you should undividedly trust a simple quantitative comparison. Better to watch the video tests and read the opinion of of people who bought Intel Core i5-6600K and AMD Ryzen 3 1200 before making a decision which of the CPUs to buy for gaming.
Intel Core i5-6600K - all data

•  Cinebench r15 score
•  Cinebench r20 score
•  Cinebench r23 score
•  GeekBench 6, 5.2 score
AMD Ryzen 3 1200 - all data

•  Cinebench r15 score
•  Cinebench r20 score
•  Cinebench r23 score
•  GeekBench 6, 5.2 score

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