Intel Core i7-6800K vs AMD Ryzen 5 2600

Intel Core i7-6800K
AMD Ryzen 5 2600

General info

Comparing Core i7-6800K and Ryzen 5 2600 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
9.52
 
24.10
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Series
n/d
 
AMD Ryzen 5
Achitecture codename
Broadwell-E
 
Zen+
Release date
May 2016
 
13 April 2018
Launch price (MSRP)
$345
 
$199
Price now
$420
 
$165

Technical specs

Core i7-6800K and Ryzen 5 2600 quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i7-6800K and Ryzen 5 2600 performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
6
 
6
Number of threads
12
 
12
Maximum frequency
3.8 GHz
 
3.4 GHz
FSB
n/d
 
4 × 8 GT / s
L1 cache
32 KB (per core)
 
576 KB
L2 cache
256 KB (per core)
 
3 MB
L3 cache
15 MB (shared)
 
16 MB
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
12 nm
Die size
n/d
 
213 mm2
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
72 °C
 
n/d
Transistor count
n/d
 
4800 million
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-6800K and Ryzen 5 2600 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
Socket
FCLGA2011-3
 
AM4 (1331)
Power consumption (TDP)
140 Watt
 
65 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-6800K and Ryzen 5 2600. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
-
 
n/d
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
n/d
Turbo Boost
2.0
 
n/d
Hyper-Threading
+
 
n/d
Idle States
+
 
n/d
Smart Response
+
 
n/d
Turbo Boost Max 3.0
+
 
n/d

Security technologies

Core i7-6800K and Ryzen 5 2600 technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
+
 
n/d
EDB
+
 
n/d

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-6800K and Ryzen 5 2600 are enumerated here.
AMD-V
-
 
+
VT-d
+
 
n/d
VT-x
+
 
n/d
EPT
+
 
n/d

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-6800K and Ryzen 5 2600.
Supported memory types
DDR4-2400, DDR4-2133
 
DDR4
Maximum memory size
128 GB
 
64 GB
Max memory channels
4
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
n/d
 
43.71 GB / s
ECC memory support
-
 
+

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i7-6800K and Ryzen 5 2600.
PCIe revision
3.0
 
n/d
Max number of PCIe lanes
28
 
n/d

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i7-6800K and Ryzen 5 2600. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

Core i7-6800K 42.66 +0.5%
Ryzen 5 2600 42.45

Passmark

Core i7-6800K 13568 +0.5%
Ryzen 5 2600 13502

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i7-6800K and Ryzen 5 2600. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
79 Mh/s
 
n/d

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i7-6800K and Ryzen 5 2600 are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i7-6800K

0.5% faster in synthetic tests
Intel 64 (64-bit Intel CPU architecture. Almost identical to AMD64, except small and rarely used nuances)
AES-NI (Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions - additional instructions for hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption)
TXT (Trusted Execution Technology - protects the system against viruses and rootkits residing in BIOS or in a boot sector)

Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 2600

Cheaper ($199 vs $345)
Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 14 nm)
Less power hungry (65 vs 140 watts)
Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)
AES (Advanced Encryption Standard instructions set - hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption. Speeds up encryption software, e.g. Veracrypt)
3DNow! (older SIMD instructions set used by AMD CPUs. Supercedes MMX, works with 64-bit registers)
AMD64 (AMD CPUs 64-bit architecture. Almost identical to Intel 64, save for some little and rarely used nuances)
ECCMemory

So, Core i7-6800K or Ryzen 5 2600?

Technical City couldn't decide between Intel Core i7-6800K and AMD Ryzen 5 2600. The differences in performance seem too small.
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