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Ryzen 5 5600X3D Vs i5 13600K [Gaming Benchmarks 2023]

In this comparison we will pin the new contender for the best budget CPU, the 5600X3D, against the king of the mid-range, the 13600K. We will achieve this by comparing their performance in CPU bound gaming scenarios, and we will also be discussing their architectural differences.

AMD surprised consumers with the release of the Ryzen 5 5600X3D a couple of days ago, a CPU built on AMD’s previous Zen 3 architecture. If the legacy of all the other 3D V-Cache CPUs is anything to go by, this processor should punch way above its weight in gaming performance. In the Ryzen 5 5600X3D vs i5 13600K comparison, we will see if this new processor from AMD can keep up with a more modern and expensive offering from Intel.

Key Takeaways

  • The 13600K was about 2.7% faster than the 5600X3D on average.
  • The Ryzen 5 5600X3D drew 35% less power than the 13600K on average in our gaming tests.
  • The Ryzen 5 5600X3D is about 30% cheaper than the i5 13600K.

Ryzen 5 5600X3D Vs i5 13600K

Comparison Table

CPU AMD Ryzen 5 5600X3D Intel Core i5 13600K
Core Architecture Zen 3 Raptor Lake
Processing Node TSMC 7nm Intel 10nm
Socket AM4 Intel Socket 1700
Number of Cores (Threads) 6(12) 14(20)
L2 Cache 512KB (per core) 2MB (per core)
L3 Cache 96MB (shared) 24MB (shared)
Base Clock Speed 3.3GHz 3.5GHz
Boost Clock Speed 4.4GHz 5.1GHz
Thermal Design Power 105W 125W
Integrated Graphics No UHD Graphics 770
Launch Price $229 $319
Launch Date July 2023 September 2022
Best Motherboards Motherboards For Ryzen 5 5600X3D Motherboards For i5 13600K
Best Coolers CPU Coolers Fore Ryzen 5 5600X3D CPU Coolers For i5 13600K
Best RAM RAM For i5 13600K


Architectural Differences 

  1. Core Count: The Ryzen 5 5600X3D has 6 cores and 12 threads, whereas the core count is more complicated on the 13600K. The processor has 6 performance cores and 8 efficiency cores totalling 20 threads.
  2. Clock SpeedsThe E-cores on the 13600K can clock from 2.6GHz as their base frequency to 3.9GHz on boost, while the P-cores have a base frequency of 3.5GHz with a boost up to 5.1GHz. In contrast, the 5600X3D has a base clock of 3.3GHz with a boost of up to 4.4GHz.
  3. Cache: The 13600K has an L3 cache of 24MB, whereas the 5600X3D’s vertical cache allows for 96MB of cache on the processor.
  4. Memory Support: The 13600K supports DDR4 and DDR5 memory with speeds up to 3200 MT/s and 5600 MT/s, respectively. In contrast, the 5600X3D only supports DDR4 memory at 3200 MT/s.
  5. Platform: The 13600K supports the LGA 1700 platform, which is compatible with 12th gen CPUs as well, whereas the 5600X3D supports the AM4 platform, supported by every AMD Ryzen processor except the 7000 series.
  6. Other features: The 13600K employs Intel’s big.LITTLE hybrid cores architecture, whereas the 5600X3D uses AMD’s 3D-V cache, which allows the processor to stack a large amount of cache vertically.

Similar Comparison: Ryzen 5 5600X3D Vs Ryzen 7 7800X3D

Ryzen 5 5600X3D Vs i5 13600K: Gaming Performance

Now that we’ve cleared the difference between both these processors in terms of hardware, it’s time to see how they keep up against each other in real-world gaming. For this, we have designed a test bench that will only be limited by the capabilities of your CPU. The specifications of this system are written below:

  • OS – Windows 11
  • Motherboard (Intel) – MSI PRO Z790-A WIFI DDR4
  • Motherboard (AMD) – ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero
  • RAM – 32Gb RAM DDR4 3600Mhz
  • CPU Cooler – be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4
  • Graphics Card – GeForce RTX 4090 24GB
  • SSD – 2xSAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 1TB
  • Power Supply – CORSAIR RM850i 850W

Now without any further due, lets dive into the Ryzen 5 5600X3D vs i5 13600K gaming benchmarks. 

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 Performance
Cyberpunk 2077 @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Kicking these tests off with a GPU-intensive title, we see that the Ryzen 5600X3D is definitely slower than the 13600K, though not by a huge margin, at least in this game. The 5600X3D managed an average framerate of 111 FPS, whereas the 13600K had a noticeably higher framerate of 124 FPS.
  • Switching gears to the 1% lows, the 5600X3D maintained a minimum of 81 FPS, whereas the 13600K outperformed it with 97 FPS.
  • Coming to the strong suit of the X3D chip, it consumed significantly less power than the 13600K. It had an average power consumption of 61 watts compared to 84 watts on the i5.
  • Finally, temperatures were higher on the 5600X3D. It had a peak temperature of about 57°C, whereas the 13600K peaked at about 52°C.

Similar Guide: Core i5-13600k vs i5-12600k

Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy Performance
Hogwarts Legacy @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Another modern and demanding game, Hogwarts Legacy brought our test bench to its knees. With all the settings cranked up and ray tracing turned all the way up, both these CPUs had relatively similar performance. The 5600X3D managed to get an average framerate of 62 FPS, whereas the 13600K had an average of 68 FPS.
  •  Lows were also relatively similar on both processors, though the dips at such low framerates are noticeable. The i5 had 1% lows of 58 FPS, whereas the 5600X3D had lows of 53 FPS.
  • Both these processors consumed little power in this game, probably due to the workload mostly being on the GPU. The 5600X3D consumed 43 watts, whereas the 13600K consumed around 61 watts.
  • Tem[eratures were once again higher on the 5600X3D. It peaked at around 56°C, whereas the 13600K peaked at around 48°C.

Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5 Performance
Forza Horizon 5 @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Coming to this brilliantly optimized title, we see our first win for the Ryzen. It averaged a framerate of 206 FPS, whereas the 13600K averaged 194 FPS.
  • 1% lows were also smoother on the X3D chip, maintaining about 133 FPS. The i5 came in a little slower at about 122 FPS.
  • Once again, the 5600X3D flexed its power efficiency. It consumed 44 watts of power, whereas the 13600K consumed 62 watts.
  • As we’ve seen in all the other games, the temperatures were higher on the 5600X3D. It had a peak temperature of around 60°C, whereas the 13600K had a peak temperature of around 52°C.

Also Read: Intel i7-13700K Vs. Ryzen 9 7900X.

The Last Of Us

The Last Of Us Performance
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  • Surprisingly, The Last Of Us ran great on both test benches. The winning streak of the Ryzen ended in this game, with the 13600K averaging a framerate of 216 FPS, whereas the Ryze 5 5600X3D averaged about 194 FPS.
  • The 5600X3D also lost its winning streak in 1% lows, maintaining a minimum framerate of 107 FPS compared to 122 FPS on the 13600K.
  • Though the performance of the 5600X3D was relatively worse in this game, it performed better in terms of power consumption, as expected. It consumed about 67 watts of power, whereas the 13600K consumed 94 watts.
  • Temperatures remained to be a weakness for the Ryzen processor, having a peak temperature of 62°C, whereas the 13600K maxed out at 55°C.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator Performance
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  • The 5600X3D returned to shape in this game, beating out the 13600K. It averaged 105 FPS, whereas the 13600K was slightly behind at 92 FPS.
  • 1% lows were also higher on the X3D processor, maintaining 89 FPS compared to 76 FPS on the Core CPU.
  • Curiously, the difference in power consumption shrank substantially in this game. The 5600X3D consumed 53 watts, whereas the 13600K consumed 59 watts.
  • Temperatures were also the closest we’ve seen so far. The 13600K had temperatures of around 57°C, whereas the 5600X3D had a peak temperature of about 58°C.

Also Read: Intel i7-12700K Vs i5-13600K

Horizon Zero Dawn

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  • The 5600X3D again outperformed the 13600K in Horizon Zero Dawn, averaging 219 FPS compared to the slightly lower 207 FPS of the i5.
  • 1% lows were also more pleasant on the 5600X3D. It maintained 166 FPS, whereas the 13600K maintained closer to 155 FPS.
  • Once again, the 5600X3D sipped power, consuming only about 63 watts, whereas the 13600K consumed about 81 watts.
  • The temperatures were still expectedly better on the 13600K, with a peak of 50°C compared to 61°C on the 5600X3D.

Hitman 3

Hitman 3 Performance
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  •  Hitman 3 performed better on the 13600K. The processor averaged 215 FPS, while the 5600X3D had a noticeably lower framerate of around 189 FPS
  • As expected, the 13600K was also ahead in 1% lows. It maintained lows of around 145 FPS, whereas the 5600X3D fell behind with lows of 127 FPS.
  • As we’ve come to expect from the games thus far, the Ryzen was much more power efficient than the 13600K. It consumed about 43 watts, whereas the 13600K had a power consumption of 76 watts.
  • The temperatures were also worse on the 5600X3D. It peaked around 56°C, whereas the 13600K had a peak temperature of 52°C.

Similar Read: Intel i5-13600K Vs i9 12900K 

Spider-Man Miles Morales

Spider-Man Miles Morales Performance
Spider-Man Miles Morales @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • This excellent console port ran nicely on both of our test benches, though there were some noticeable differences. The 5600X3D averaged a lower 81 FPS, whereas the 13600K averaged 92 FPS.
  • 1% lows were also better on the i5. It maintained 68 FPS, whereas the 5600X3D had lows of around 59 FPS.
  • Coming to power, the 5600X3D continued to cement its reputation as a power-efficient processor. It consumed 61 watts, whereas the 13600K had a power consumption of 83 watts.
  • The Ryzen ran hotter in this test, as we’ve seen with all the tests thus far. It had a peak temperature of 59°C, whereas the peak temperature of the 13600K was about 56°C.

The Witcher 3 – Next Gen

The Witcher 3 - Next Gen Performance
The Witcher 3 – Next Gen @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • For the last game of our testing, the 13600K had the last laugh. It beat the 5600X3D in The Witcher 3 – Next Gen by a minute delta. The 5600X3D had an average framerate of 77 FPS, whereas the 13600K had an average framerate of 82 FPS.
  • The 5600X3D had lower lows than the 13600K, though these were more noticeable than the averages. It maintained 52 FPS, compared to 65 FPS on the 13600K.
  • The 5600X3D continued its supremacy in power efficiency till the last game, having a power consumption of 51 watts, whereas the 13600K had a power consumption of 75 watts.
  • Finally, the 13600K maintained its supremacy in temperatures over the 5600X3D. The Core CPU had a temperature of 52°C, whereas the 5600X3D had a temperature of 60°C.

Similar Comparison: Intel i5-13600K Vs i5-13600KF [Benchmarks & Difference]

Overall Gaming Performance


Average FPS Performance
Average FPS @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The results of our benchmarks indicate that the 13600K and 5600X3D trade blows when it comes to games. Some games run better on the AMD processor, and some on the Intel processor.
  • The 5600X3D had an average framerate of around 155 FPS in our gaming tests, while the 13600K was slightly ahead with an average of 159 FPS.
  • 1% lows were also slightly lower on the 5600X3D. It had lows of about 108 FPS, whereas the 13600K had lows closer to 110 FPS.

Note: It is also important to know that the overclocking support for the 5600X3D is very limited because these processors are extremely sensitive to changes in voltage. We would not recommend getting more performance from your X3D CPU, as there have been reported cases of these processors frying themselves and motherboards when overclocked. 


Average Power Consumption Performance
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  • The 5600X3D continues the trend we’ve seen with previous X3D CPUs and does not disappoint. The difference in the power-to-performance ratio is about 32%, in favor of the 5600X3D. 
  • The 5600X3D sipped power in our test, consuming an average of 54 watts.
  • On the other hand, the 13600K had a greater power consumption of 74 watts.


Average Temperature Performance
Average Temperature @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Because of the 3D V-cache on the Ryzen 5 5600X3D, there is a separation between the CPU die and the heat spreader, causing it to be hotter than the average CPU.
  • The Ryzen 5 5600X3D had an average temperature peak temperature of 59°C in our gaming tests.
  • The i5 13600K had a much lower average temperature than the 5600X3D. Its average in our gaming tests was about 51.5°C.

Price And Availability 

The Core i5 13600K has an MSRP of $329, whereas the Ryzen 5 5600X3D has a price tag of $229.

As for availability, the 13600K should be available from online and in-person stores all over the world, though the 5600X3D is a MicroCenter-only launch. 

MicroCenter has stated that they have been given enough stock for about 3-6 months of sales, so these processors will be rare after this run. The 5600X3D will only come in one batch and will probably never be seen again.

i5 13600K Vs Ryzen 5 5600X3D: Which Process Suits Your Needs? 

  • It is important to consider the target audience when comparing the performance of CPUs such as the Intel Core i5 13600K and Ryzen 5600X3D.
  • The mid-range Intel 13600K CPU is widely available and ideal for the average gamer, working well with current-generation middle-of-the-pack GPUs.
  • The Ryzen 5600X3D is an excellent option for those looking to upgrade from their old AMD CPUs, offering excellent value with lower platform costs than typical current-generation processors.

Pros And Cons

Ryzen 5600X3D Core i5 13600K
Pros Cons  Pros Cons 
This processor has excellent performance for its price. Due to the lower core count, they are not amazing at multicore workloads. The abundance of cores on this processor makes it excellent for any multithreaded workload. This processor has a significantly worse price-to-performance ratio than the 5600X3D.
The power efficiency of the X3D chips is unrivalled by any other processor. This processor has an acute sensitivity to changes in voltage, which might lead it to burn out unexpectedly. It does outperform the 5600X3D in terms of performance, though by a small margin. The power efficiency of this processor can not hold a candle to the 5600X3D.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can’t I get my hands on a 5600X3D?

The 5600X3D is a binned-down 5800X3D, specifically made from chips that did not perform as well as excepted. Because of this, AMD did not have enough stock for a global release.

Can I overclock either of these processors?

Yes, the 13600K CPU can overclock quite well, though the 5600X3D is sensitive to changes in voltages.

Does the hybrid core design of the 13600K improve efficiency?

Yes, but only in low-power applications. In high-power applications, the performance cores kick in, in addition to the efficiency cores, making the CPU draw more power on the whole.

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