Intel Core i5 13600k vs 7600x vs 5600x Which Is The King Of Mid-Range CPUs?

Many of you wonder, what is the best mid-range CPU? Today we bring you the comparison of the three most important processors in this range: Intel Core i5 13600k vs 7600x vs 5600x. The Intel Core i5-13600K debuts alongside its Raptor Lake-S microarchitecture. The new processor for the mainstream segment from Intel promises a lot.

With a good IPC increase and 10nm node. But we will see if what is promised is true in practice or not. To do this, we are going to put this processor to the test against those of the competition, such as the AMD 7600X and 5600X. Will he be able to win?

Intel Core i5-13600K technical characteristics

Intel Core i5-13600KAMD Ryzen 5 7600XAMD Ryzen 5 5600X
microarchitectureRaptor Lake-S (13th Gen)Raphael (Zen 4)Vermeer (Zen 3)
LithographyEnhanced 10nm Intel 7TSMC 5nmTSMC 7nm
SocketLGA1700LGA 1718PGA 1331
Cores/Threads6 P-Core with 12 threads (HyperThreading)8 E-Core / 8 threads6 cores12 wires (SMT)6 cores12 wires (SMT)
clock frequencyP-Core base 3.5Ghz Turbo Boost Max 3.0 5.1GhzCore E-Core 2.6Ghz Turbo Boost 3.9Ghz4.7Ghz baseTurbo at 5.3Ghz3.7Ghz baseTurbo at 4.6Ghz
integrated graphicsIntel UHD Graphics 770 @ 1.5GhzAMD Radeon Graphics up to 2.2Ghz
CacheTotal 24MB L3 Smart CacheL2 20MB; 2MB/P-core, 4MB/E-coreShared 32MB L31MB L2 per core64K L1 per coreShared 32MB L3512 MB L2 per core64K L1 per core
power limit125W Processor Base Power (PL1)181W Max Turbo Power (PL2)TDP 105WPPT 142WTDP 65W
Heatsink includedNopeNopeNope
CPU I/ODDR5-5600Mhz DualChannelDDR4-3200Mhz DualChannel16 PCIe 5.0 lanes4 PCIe 4.0 lanesDDR5-5200Mhz DualChannelDDR4-3200Mhz DualChannel24 PCIe 5.0 lanesDDR4-3200Mhz DualChannel20 PCIe 4.0 lanes

Test and performance lab

 Intel Core i5-13600K
 Intel Core i5-13600K

To test the  Intel Core i5-13600K and make a comparison with its rivals, the test laboratory used has been the following:

Processor:Intel Core i5-13600K
Motherboard :Asus ROG Maximus Z790 Hero
RAM:32GB Kingston Fury Beast RGB DDR5 5600MHz
heatsinkCorsair H150i ELITE LCD
Graphic cardNvidia RTX 3080 Ti
Power supplyCorsair RM1000

*The Asus ROG Maximus Z790 Hero board has been configured with a BIOS version 0502 with stock values, using Windows 11 Pro in its latest version for testing and VBS disabled.

Benchmarks (synthetic tests)

Regarding the synthetic tests carried out, the selected test benches have been:

  • Aida64 (RAM memory)
  • Cinebench R23 (CPU Score)
Cinebench R23 (CPU Score)
Cinebench R23 (CPU Score)
  • 3DMARK Fire Strike (DX11) (Physics Score)
  • Time Spy (DX12) (Physics Score)
Fire Strike in DX11 and Time Spy DX12(Physics Score)
Fire Strike in DX11 and Time Spy DX12(Physics Score)

As for the tests of the reading and writing speeds in the RAM memory, they show higher performance than the AMD Zen 4 CPUs, even with memories with a lower effective frequency. But that’s not all, because cache speeds are improved by increasing the bus clock frequency to over 5TB/s copy and 3.5TB/s read on L1, and TB/s on L2 and L3 reading. However, at these two cache levels, AMD CPUs are faster at writing and copying.

On the other hand, the performance tests of Cinebench R15 we obtain an improvement of 42% in multi-core and 7% in single-core with respect to the 12600K, while with the AMD 7600X it loses in single-core and in multi it surpasses it by 44%. In the CB-R20 test, the increase is 40% and 7% respectively compared to the 12600K and exceeds the 7600X by 55% in multi-core, although it recovers ground in single-core until it surpasses the AMD CPU. Finally, CB-R23 it is almost 22% more powerful than the 8C/16T Ryzen 7 7700X and remains equal to it in single-core.

Finally, in combined graphics tests such as Fire Strike in DX11 and Time Spy DX12, this CPU completely sweeps AMD’s 6- and 8-core Zen 4 processors to achieve similar figures to the i9-12900K of the previous generation. The 20 cores are capable of outperforming the 7700X in Blender’s rendering test and it remains in the top numbers in PCMark tests.

Game Testing

Finally, we evaluated the performance of the Intel Core i5-13600K in games with a series of titles. As we know, the lower the resolution of the game, the greater the influence of the CPU, for this reason, I will show the results with the 1080p settings to make it look clearer. In addition, it should be noted that the test has been carried out with Resizable-BAR activated in the BIOS.

The configuration that we have chosen in each case will be the following:

  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Alto, TAA, DirectX 12
  • Far Cry 5, Alto, TAA, DirectX 12
  • DOOM Eternal, Ultra, Vulkan
  • Final Fantasy XV, standard, TAA, DirectX 11
  • Deus EX Mankind Divided, Alto, DirectX 11
  • Metro Exodus, Alto, DirectX 12
Game Testing
Game Testing

Looking at the same tests performed on 1444p, the results are as follows:

Same tests performed on 1444p
The same tests performed on 1444p

In all games tested under 1080p resolution, the 13600K beats the Ryzen 5 7600X, while in 4/6 games it beats the 7700X in Full HD.

Consumption and Temperature

The Prime95 test has been used to analyze temperatures and consumption of the Intel Core i5-13600K in different scenarios, monitoring telemetry through HWiNFO and measuring the consumption of the test bench with a wattmeter. The results obtained in this comparison have been:

In this case, less is better.

Final words and conclusion Intel Core i5 13600k vs 7600x vs 5600X

It has not been an easy comparison and the i5 offers incredible raw performance. The 7600X has a lot of room for improvement via BIOS and the 5600X is a safe bet today.

We recommend our guide on the best processors on the market. For you, what is the best option? For us, if you are looking for a cheap 5600X platform, something durable for a long time, the 7600X, or in case you want maximum potential, the i5-13600K is the best option. A very close comparison!

Also, read AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D vs Intel Core i9-12900K

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Abram left his e-business studies to devote himself to his entrepreneurial projects. In 2017, he created the company Inbound Media and wrote articles about high-tech products for his Chromebookeur site. In 2019, Chromebookeur was renamed Macbound and became a general purchasing advice site. Today, Abram manages the development and growth of Macbound, surrounded by a young and talented team.

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