AMD Ryzen 7 5700X compares favorably to Intel Core i5-12600K on PassMark with much lower power requirements
AMD’s new Ryzen 7 5700X processor has popped up on PassMark, with a total of three samples now having made their way through the synthetic benchmark site. The Zen 3 part was strong in the tests and should suit as a good competitor to the similar Intel Core i5-12600K. The Ryzen 7 5700X is an 8-core, 16-thread chip with a base clock of 3.4 GHz and a boost of up to 4.6 GHz. The enthusiast-sector desktop part is a member of the Vermeer family and has an MSRP of US$299.
In the single-thread test, the Ryzen 7 5700X clocked up 3,374 points to the Intel Core i5-12600K’s 3,964 points. This leaves the Alder Lake chip with a healthy +17.49% advantage, but it also has a much higher TDP (configurable) and 4.9 GHz peak rate for its Performance cores with Turbo Boost Technology. The difference is reduced in the CPU Mark multi-test, where the i5-12600K’s lead shrinks to just +2.42% (27,346 points vs. 26,701 points for the Zen 3 chip). The AMD chip calls on 65 W power while the processor from Team Blue ranges from 125 W (down) to 150 W (typical).
The power cost is worth noting, and PassMark’s comparison actually offers a yearly running cost that is based on an average of eight hours usage per day, 25% CPU utilization, and an estimate of US$0.25 per kWh. The Ryzen 7 5700X costs just US$11.86 a year, which is much less than half of the US$27.38 needed to keep the i5-12600K going at the same level. But the Intel part still gets a higher “better value” score because of its superior benchmark scores. One added benefit for the AMD Ryzen 7 5700X is that it uses the older AM4 socket.