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AMD Ryzen 5 5600G or Ryzen 5 5600X: Which one should you buy?

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AMD launched both of their Ryzen 5 processors based on their Zen 3 architecture in the market, but both its pricing is very close to each other. There’s only a $30 price difference; however, as the Ryzen 5 5600X has been there for quite some time now, its price is around ₹27k in India while the newly launched Ryzen 5 5600G is available for ₹28k, so obviously, you might be in a confusion of which one to go for.

Having reviewed both of these processors for quite some time now, I hope this article will surely help decide to buy the perfect processor. Well, on paper, both of these AMD chips are very close to each other but with subtle differences:

Ryzen 5 5600GRyzen 5 5600X
Number of CPU Cores: 6 Number of CPU Cores: 6
Number of Threads: 12Number of Threads: 12
Base Clock Speed: 3.9GHzBase Clock Speed: 3.7GHz
Max Boost Clock: Up to 4.4GHzMax Boost Clock: Up to 4.6GHz
Total L2 Cache: 3MB, Total L3 Cache: 16MBTotal L2 Cache: 3MB, Total L3 Cache: 32MB
PCI Express® Version: PCIe 3.0PCI Express® Version: PCIe 4.0
Thermal Solution (PIB): Wraith StealthThermal Solution (PIB): Wraith Stealth
Default TDP / TDP: 65W, Max Temps: 95°CDefault TDP / TDP: 65W, Max Temps: 95°C
System Memory Specification: Up to 3200MHzSystem Memory Specification: Up to 3200MHz
iGPU: AMD Radeon™ Graphics with 7 CUs and up to 1900 MHz frequencyiGPU: None

The biggest differences between the two have to be in the clock speeds where we see the Ryzen 5 5600G having 200MHz more base frequency while the Ryzen 5 5600X has higher boost clock speeds. Then, another subtle difference in total L3 cache, which is double in the Ryzen 5 5600X, so, essentially, you can get better gaming performance. Also, the 5600X supports the newer PCIe Gen 4.0, but the Ryzen 5 5600G doesn’t support so, which is a huge disadvantage for future upgradability.

Both of them comes with a Wraith Stealth cooler, which is a plus point for system builders and both of them only consuming 65W TDP, so essentially, you can expect an efficient system with these processors. Now, another key difference, as you know, is the presence of iGPU in the Ryzen 5 5600G and you no integrated graphics in the 5600X.

Here I will broadly categorize the differences in performance for these Ryzen 5 CPUs in two main aspects:

Productivity

In terms of productivity, obviously, the Ryzen 5 5600X has the edge over the 5600G because of those subtle differences mentioned before.

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Here are the productivity benchmarks that will show the differences between both of these processors:

  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G review: A fresh breather in the GPU crisis
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G review: A fresh breather in the GPU crisis
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G review: A fresh breather in the GPU crisis
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G review: A fresh breather in the GPU crisis
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G review: A fresh breather in the GPU crisis
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G review: A fresh breather in the GPU crisis
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G review: A fresh breather in the GPU crisis

In single-core, the Ryzen 5 5600X has a slight edge over the 5600G because of higher sustained boost clock speeds, and there is around 10-15% performance difference in various multi-core benchmarks; however, in real-world applications, there’s up to 10% better performance for the Ryzen 5 5600X.

So, considering both are at almost the same price, you can get the 5600X if you are asking for raw performance. Also, when overclocked, the Ryzen 5 5600X performs very well and can even compete or outperform the older 8 core CPUs. Undoubtedly, in terms of productivity, the Ryzen 5600X is all you need if you have a discrete GPU.

Here comes the main advantage the Ryzen 5 5600G enjoys, it has the integrated GPU inside it that helps you, first of all, to get display output if you do not have a graphics card. Secondly, if you feed a good amount of fast RAM, the APU will give good performance in productivity apps like PhotoShop or Premier without even using a discrete GPU.

This comes down to your personal usage and your use of your PC; if you do not own a GPU and are not looking to upgrade to it shortly, you are better off with the Ryzen 5 5600G. The iGPU inside it can benefit you in productivity works, and you will get an all-in-one package by buying this APU.

However, if you are an enthusiast who owns a GPU, that may be any GPU, you should opt for the Ryzen 5 5600X; undoubtedly, it is faster, has PCIe gen 4 support and has the ability to handle even a strong GPU like RTX 3080. For absolute performance lovers who have a GPU or looking to get one soon, the Ryzen 5 5600X should be the one you should be looking out for.

Gaming

Well, here I feel there will be two sets of people – one who has their own GPU and looking to pair or upgrade their CPU, secondly one who do not own a GPU, so they want an APU to game using the integrated graphics and upgrade later.

So, for the second category of people, here are the iGPU benchmarks of the Ryzen 5 5600G:

  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G review: A fresh breather in the GPU crisis
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G review: A fresh breather in the GPU crisis
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G review: A fresh breather in the GPU crisis
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G review: A fresh breather in the GPU crisis
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G review: A fresh breather in the GPU crisis
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G review: A fresh breather in the GPU crisis
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G review: A fresh breather in the GPU crisis
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G review: A fresh breather in the GPU crisis
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G review: A fresh breather in the GPU crisis
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G review: A fresh breather in the GPU crisis
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G review: A fresh breather in the GPU crisis

Now, if you are looking to play games using a discrete GPU, here is a quick comparison between the two processors, however, apologies for not pairing up the same GPUs for both of these AMD chips. The Ryzen 5 5600X is paired with a Radeon RX 6800 while the Ryzen 5 5600G is coupled up with Radeon RX 6700 XT, here are the benchmarks in various games:

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla - Ryzen 5 5600G+RX 6700 XT vs Ryzen 5 5600X+RX 6800_TechnoSports.co.in
  • CS GO - Ryzen 5 5600G+RX 6700 XT vs Ryzen 5 5600X+RX 6800_TechnoSports.co.in
  • Cyberpunk 2077 - Ryzen 5 5600G+RX 6700 XT vs Ryzen 5 5600X+RX 6800_TechnoSports.co.in
  • Far Cry New Down - Ryzen 5 5600G+RX 6700 XT vs Ryzen 5 5600X+RX 6800_TechnoSports.co.in
  • FIFA 2021 - Ryzen 5 5600G+RX 6700 XT vs Ryzen 5 5600X+RX 6800_TechnoSports.co.in
  • Fortnite - Ryzen 5 5600G+RX 6700 XT vs Ryzen 5 5600X+RX 6800_TechnoSports.co.in
  • NFS Heat - Ryzen 5 5600G+RX 6700 XT vs Ryzen 5 5600X+RX 6800_TechnoSports.co.in
  • Valorant - Ryzen 5 5600G+RX 6700 XT vs Ryzen 5 5600X+RX 6800_TechnoSports.co.in
  • Watch Dogs Legion - Ryzen 5 5600G+RX 6700 XT vs Ryzen 5 5600X+RX 6800_TechnoSports.co.in

In games with discrete GPU, especially if it’s new the Ryzen 5 5600X shines undoubtedly especially in 1080p or 1440p resolutions, you see 10-15% better performance just because of the processor. The Ryzen 5 5600X paired with an RX 6800 will obviously be better, than the Ryzen 5 5600G with RX 6700 XT but the point is overall, if you are pairing the processor with a GPU, you are better off buying the Ryzen 5 5600X.

Also, if you want to play with iGPU now and wait for some months or years to finally get a GPU, go for the Ryzen 5 5600G but do note the limitations it has. If you can manage a GT 1030 or 1050 or even a GTX 1650 and pair it with a Ryzen 5 5600X that would be much better, but it solely depends on your choice.

Verdict

As you saw in comparison of both these processors, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is clearly a better choice in both productivity or gaming performance. However, if you do not have intentions of buying a GPU then you can opt for a Ryzen 5 5600G, however, in my personal suggestion, just get a used GPU or any low budget GPU for getting output or playing basic games.

However, if you are a serious gamer and want the absolute best, then look no further as the discounted Ryzen 5 5600X makes more sense. Both of these AMD chips are excellent in my opinion, however, the pricing in India is so close that don’t end up making the wrong decisions.

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Buy the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X: https://amzn.to/3z1QZMp

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Raunak Saha
A cs engineer by profession but foodie from heart. I am tech lover guy who has a passion for singing. Football is my love and making websites is my hobby.

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