This is how the AMD Ryzen 5 5500 processor performs, does it outperform the i5-12400F?

Within what is going to be the new sector of AMD’s mid-range processors, the youngest of the brothers for the gaming range will be the Ryzen 5 5500, a CPU whose main reference is the price and its performance balance. Although it has already been presented, we did not know anything about its performance until today, since it has been filtered and compared against its main rival, the i5-12400F. Is it faster or slower than this? What is the best purchase option?

What AMD presented is really curious and clever by Lisa Su’s team. And it is that they have taken advantage of all the potential that they had deployed for the AMD socket with various existing processor and APU platforms, so we must be clear about what we are buying.

An APU converted to a CPU

CPUs Architecture Cores / Threads
Ryzen 9 5950X Zen 3 Vermeer 16/32
Ryzen 9 5900X Zen 3 Vermeer 12/24
Ryzen 9 5900 Zen 3 Vermeer 12/24
Ryzen 7 5800X3D Zen 3 Vermeer-Z 8/16
Ryzen 7 5800X Zen 3 Vermeer 8/16
Ryzen 7 5800 Zen 3 Vermeer 8/16
Ryzen 7 5700X Zen 3 Vermeer 8/16
Ryzen 7 5700 Zen 3 Cézanne 8/16
Ryzen 7 5700G Zen 3 Cézanne 8/16
Ryzen 5 5600X Zen 3 Vermeer 6/12
Ryzen 5 5600G Zen 3 Cézanne 6/12
Ryzen 5 5600 Zen 3 Vermeer 6/12
Ryzen 5 5500 Zen 3 Cézanne 6/12
Ryzen 3 5300G Zen 3 Cézanne 4/8
Ryzen 5 5100 Zen 3 Cézanne 4/8
Ryzen 7 4700G Zen 2 Renoir 8/16
Ryzen 7 4700 Zen 2 Renoir-X 8/16
Ryzen 5 4600G Zen 2 Renoir 6/12
Ryzen 5 4500 Zen 2 Renoir-X 6/12
Ryzen 3 4300G Zen 2 Renoir 4/8
Ryzen 3 4100 Zen 2 Renoir-X 4/8

It goes without saying that the terms APU and CPU, although they are different from the base, will soon be curiously indistinct, mainly because AMD will supposedly integrate an iGPU in all its processors as Intel does, whether it is active or not.

This is the case of the Ryzen 5 5500, a CPU of 6 cores and 12 threads with a base frequency of 3.6GHz and a Boost of 4.2GHz that will integrate 19 MB of total Cache for a TDP of 65 watts.

The interesting thing about this new processor is that it comes with a Cezanne microarchitecture and not Vermeer, which makes sense if we consider that it is actually a Ryzen 5 5600G covered in its iGPU and with 300 MHz less in base and 200 MHz less in Boost.

Therefore we speak of a single monolithic die, which although it is an irrelevant data for the performance that we are going to see, it is convenient to understand the differences of this front, for example, the Ryzen 5 5600, where this older brother doubles the L3 cache, the main difference of gaming performance.

The performance of the Ryzen 5 5500 is not up to par

And it is not because it is bad or has a problem as such. Leaked by Geekbench 5 reveals a score of 1468 points in Single Core and some good 7629 points in multi-core. This supposes a 4.4% slower in the first and a 1.3% in the second if we compare its performance against the APU from which it comes (5600G).

Its direct rival in Intel is without a doubt the i5-12400F, which shares performance with the i5-12400 that integrates iGPU, which here is irrelevant and is at the same time the only difference between the two processors at a technical level, saving the price of course. is.


Well, the Intel i5 achieve nothing less than 1758 points in Single Core and 8941 points in Multi Core, which means placing nothing less than a +19.75% in the first data set and a +17.19% in seconds. The comparison is totally fair in terms of number of cores and threads, because these i5 does not have e-coresall of which include P-Cores like traditional AMD processors.

If we take into account all the exposed data and knowing that the Ryzen 5 5500 and its performance are not even close to its rival’s i5, knowing that it will cost $159 for the 169 dollars that the 12400F is worth, we really think it is difficult for AMD to compete with it. The only opportunity that the red team has is the total price of the platform, where there it would be an interesting asset for the user, knowing the differences that he will find in gaming, which should be even more bulky.

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