AMD Ryzen 5 3600X vs Intel Core i5-12400F (2024)


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BUY • $110


BUY • $190



Effective Speed


Real World Speed

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48,886 User Benchmarks

Best Bench: 105% Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 92% Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)

Poor: 92%Great: 105%

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X vs Intel Core i5-12400F (7)

Gaming 98%

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AMD Ryzen 5 3600X vs Intel Core i5-12400F (8)

Desktop 101%


AMD Ryzen 5 3600X vs Intel Core i5-12400F (9)

Workstation 92%

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294,959 User Benchmarks

Best Bench: 92% Base clock 4.3 GHz, turbo 4.25 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 74% Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 0.55 GHz (avg)

Poor: 74%Great: 92%

SPEED RANK: 201st / 1456

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X vs Intel Core i5-12400F (10)

Gaming 84%

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AMD Ryzen 5 3600X vs Intel Core i5-12400F (11)

Desktop 87%

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Workstation 79%


Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
98 %Faster effective speed.
84.1 %

External Data: 1080p


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Average Score


Avg. Memory Latency
81.6 PtsSlightly lower memory latency.
76.9 Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed
172 PtsFaster single-core speed.
136 Pts
Avg. Dual Core Speed
330 PtsFaster dual-core speed.
264 Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed
614 PtsFaster quad-core speed.
490 Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed
974 PtsFaster octa-core speed.
808 Pts

Overclocked Score


OC Memory Latency
91.1 Pts+5% 87.1 Pts
OC Single Core Speed
182 PtsFaster OC single-core speed.
146 Pts
OC Dual Core Speed
352 PtsFaster OC dual-core speed.
287 Pts
OC Quad Core Speed
673 PtsFaster OC quad-core speed.
553 Pts
OC Octa Core Speed
1029 PtsFaster OC octa-core speed.
878 Pts

Value & Sentiment


Market Share

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Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
2.03 %Hugely higher market share.
0.29 %
Value For Money
126 %Much better value.
93.3 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
96 %Much more popular.
69 %
Price (score)
$110Much cheaper.

Nice To Haves


30 MonthsMuch more recent.
60 Months
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
65 WattsMuch more energy efficient.
95 Watts
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores6 cores
CPU Processing Threads
12 threads12 threads
Manufacturing process
10 nm7 nmMuch newer manufacturing.
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
2.5 GHz3.8 GHzMuch faster base frequency.
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.4 GHz4.4 GHz
OC Multi Core Speed
1220 PtsFaster OC 64-core speed.
1106 Pts
Avg. Multi Core Speed
1178 PtsFaster 64-core speed.
1017 Pts
CPU Architecture
Alder LakeZen2
Motherboard Socket
Integrated Graphics


Average Bench 98%

Average Bench 84.1%


Intel’s Alder Lake i5-12400F offers six hyper-threaded performance cores at an MSRP of just $180 USD. This represents excellent value for consumers and, in particular, gamers. It has a boost frequency of 4.4 GHz, 18 MB of L3 cache and a TDP of 65W. The F-version of the CPU does not have integrated graphics, however this will be of little concern to gamers with discrete GPUs. Whilst Intel’s overclockable i5-12600K has four additional efficiency cores and offers around 12% more performance than the 12400F, it also costs around 50% more. The 12400F offers great value, but to achieve optimal performance the requisite B660 motherboard (which supports 3200+ RAM) is, at least for now, difficult to find at reasonable ($150 USD) prices. AMD’s top value hex-core Ryzen 5 5600X offers similar performance for 50% more money. Despite Intel’s price / performance lead, AMD’s prolific marketers (forums, youtube, reddit etc.) have historically outsold Intel whilst carrying a similar handicap.[Jan '22CPUPro]


Early Q3 of 2019 sees the release of the new Ryzen 5 3600X: a hex-core, 12-thread processor. AMD are releasing five new CPUs based on their latest Zen 2 microarchitecture which delivers approximately 13% better IPC than the previous 12nm Zen+. For workstation builds the 3600X is viable, however, the $200 USD Ryzen 5 3600 represents a far better value proposition. The additional $40 USD for the 3600X basically buys a better cooler (Spire vs Stealth). This allows for an extra 200 MHz of extra base and boost clock: 3.8 / 4.4 GHz on the 3600X vs 3.6 / 4.2 GHz on the 3600, this translates to approximately 2% higher overclocked performance for 20% more money. Neither of the stock coolers on the 3600 or 3600X are as effective as a $20 USD aftermarket cooler such as the Gammaxx 400. The 3600 with a Gammaxx 400 outperforms the 3600X with a Spire cooler and when both use a Gammaxx 400 they are more or less identical. The 3600X SKU is basically a marketing gimmick designed to milk unsuspecting consumers. Comparing the 3600X to Intel’s overclocked flagship i5-9600K shows that although the 3600X has 29% faster 64-core speed, it is around 11% worse for gaming (sub eight core performance). Additionally, the 3600X's memory controller, although significantly improved over previous Ryzen iterations, still has limited bandwidth and high latency which can also impact gaming. The arrival of Zen 2 marks the end of the "Sandy Bridge (i5-2500K)" era, Intel can no longer rely exclusively on their single-core advantage to dominate the market, they must also compete on price.[Jul '19CPUPro]


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