Intel Core i7-2600K vs AMD Ryzen 3 2300X

General info

Comparing Core i7-2600K and Ryzen 3 2300X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
5.33
 
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Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Series
Intel Core i7 (Desktop)
 
AMD Ryzen 3
Architecture codename
Sandy Bridge
 
Zen
Release date
9 January 2011
 
1 August 2018
Launch price (MSRP)
$317
 
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Price now
$533
 
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Technical specs

Core i7-2600K and Ryzen 3 2300X quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i7-2600K and Ryzen 3 2300X performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
4
 
4
Number of threads
8
 
4
Base frequency
3.4 GHz
 
3.5 GHz
Maximum frequency
3.8 GHz
 
4.2 GHz
Bus support
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4 × 8 GT/s
L1 cache
64 KB (per core)
 
128K (per core)
L2 cache
256K (per core)
 
512K (per core)
L3 cache
8 MB (shared)
 
4 MB (shared)
Manufacturing process technology
32 nm
 
14 nm
Die size
216 mm2
 
210 mm2
Maximum core temperature
73 °C
 
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Transistor count
1,160 million
 
4,950 million
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-2600K and Ryzen 3 2300X compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
1 (Uniprocessor)
Socket
LGA1155
 
AM4
Power consumption (TDP)
95 Watt
 
65 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-2600K and Ryzen 3 2300X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX
 
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AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
-
 
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Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
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Turbo Boost
+
 
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Hyper-Threading
+
 
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Idle States
+
 
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Thermal Monitoring
+
 
-
Flex Memory Access
+
 
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FDI
+
 
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Fast Memory Access
+
 
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Security technologies

Core i7-2600K and Ryzen 3 2300X technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
-
 
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EDB
+
 
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Identity Protection
+
 
-

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-2600K and Ryzen 3 2300X are enumerated here.
AMD-V
-
 
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VT-d
-
 
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VT-x
+
 
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EPT
+
 
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Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-2600K and Ryzen 3 2300X.
Supported memory types
DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333
 
DDR4 Dual-channel
Maximum memory size
32 GB
 
64 GB
Max memory channels
2
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
21 GB/s
 
43.71 GB/s
ECC memory support
-
 
+

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPUs integrated into Core i7-2600K and Ryzen 3 2300X.
Integrated graphics
 
-
Quick Sync
+
 
-
Clear Video HD
+
 
-
Graphics max frequency
1.35 GHz
 
-
InTru 3D
+
 
-

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i7-2600K and Ryzen 3 2300X integrated GPUs.
Number of displays supported
2
 
-

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i7-2600K and Ryzen 3 2300X.
PCIe revision
2.0
 
3.0
Max number of PCIe lanes
16
 
20

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i7-2600K and Ryzen 3 2300X. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

i7-2600K 6.88
Ryzen 3 2300X 10.08 +46.5%

Passmark

i7-2600K 5499
Ryzen 3 2300X 8053 +46.4%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i7-2600K and Ryzen 3 2300X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
20 Mh/s
 
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Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i7-2600K and Ryzen 3 2300X are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i7-2600K

HyperThreading (allows one physical CPU function as two logical ones. It increases performance, since while one logical CPU is waiting for data, the second may still do useful work)
AES-NI (Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions - additional instructions for hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption)
Intel 64 (64-bit Intel CPU architecture. Almost identical to AMD64, except small and rarely used nuances)
Idle States (a set of CPU idle states of varied depth, used for energy saving purposes)
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
IdentityProtectionTechVersion
QuickSyncVideo

Advantages of AMD Ryzen 3 2300X

46.5% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (1 August 2018 vs 9 January 2011)
Higher maximum frequency (4200 vs 3800 MHz)
Higher base frequency (3500 vs 3400 MHz)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 32 nm)
Less power hungry (65 vs 95 watts)
AVX2 (Advanced Vector Extensions 2 - an extension to AVX, the set of SIMD instructions working with 128- and 256-bit registers)
AES (Advanced Encryption Standard instructions set - hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption. Speeds up encryption software, e.g. Veracrypt)
x86-64 (a general name for 64-bit extension of x86 instruction set. There are AMD64 and Intel 64 versions that differ very little)
Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)
ECCMemory

So, Core i7-2600K or Ryzen 3 2300X?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Ryzen 3 2300X.
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