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The Ryzen 5 5500 has lower performance than an Intel Core i3

The commercial war between Intel and AMD to sell you a processor reaches all price segments and, therefore, all users. Currently it is between the twelfth generation Intel Core and the AMD Ryzen 5000. Well, one of the recent releases is that of the direct rival of the Core i3-12100F, which is the Ryzen 5 5500 and both have been put to the test. Who wins from both processors?

If you plan to build a cheap and low-cost PC for simple tasks, you will surely have seen that the two options today are the Intel Core i3-12100F and the AMD Ryzen 5 5500. Both are relatively modest processors compared to their brothers. older generation and architecture. Of course, we always recommend users with less technical requirements to opt for the newest processors on the market.

Although the Ryzen 5000 have been on the market since the end of 2020, the model 5500 has been released recently. It is a processor 6 cores and 12 threads with a Base speed of 3.6 GHz and a Boost of 4.2 GHz. In that aspect, it does not detract from the 5600, which is a step above and its specifications are quite decent in principle. The problem? The trimming the last level cache in halfwhich makes adding L2+L3 have only 19MB vs. 35MB on the 5600.

The AMD Ryzen 5 5500 disappoints in performance

On the other side of the scale is the i3-12100Fa processor at 3.3 GHz base speed and 4.3 GHz Boost with 4 cores and 8 threads. Which corresponds to the Intel Core 12 that lack efficient cores. So from the outset and in theory, despite the higher performance per clock cycle of the new Intel architecture, this should not be enough to compensate for the advantage of having 6 AMD processor cores. However, we have found a surprise.

The charts above are for Cyberpunk 2077 and Counter Strike: GO performance on various processors including the i3-12100F and Ryzen 5 5500. They all use the same type of RAM and graphics card, but it is surprising to see as the Intel processor is placed above the AMD one. Nor is it a good idea to build a PC with either of the two CPUs to play Cyberpunk, although it is less so if we talk about the case of the Valve classic. So the cache memory cut that AMD has made to lower the price seems to have had a negative impact on the performance of this processor.

Ryzen 5 5500 CS Go Performance

And it is that if we look at the same graphs, we will see how the Ryzen 5 5600 is very high. Let’s not forget that we are talking about two chips that are almost identical in terms of number of cores and clock speed. So the logical explanation for the worst performance is logically the cut of the processor’s internal cache. In conclusion, AMD has made a bad decision, since it should not be normal for a 4-core CPU such as the i3-12100F to outperform a 6-core Zen 3, no matter how twelfth-generation it may be.

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