Intel Core i7-8700 vs AMD Ryzen 5 2600

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Intel Core i7-8700
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  • Core clock speed
  • Max video memory
  • Memory type
  • Memory clock speed
  • Maximum resolution
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
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  • Memory type
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Processor Processor Intel Core i7-8700 vs AMD Ryzen 5 2600
Intel Core i7-8700 Intel Core i7-8700
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600

General info

Comparing Core i7-8700 and Ryzen 5 2600 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

Place in performance rating390385
Value for money20.0240.46
Market segmentDesktop processorDesktop processor
SeriesIntel Core i7AMD Ryzen 5
Architecture codenameCoffee Lake-SZen+
Release date1 January 2018 (3 years ago)19 April 2018 (3 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$303$199
Price now$481 (1.6x MSRP)$253 (1.3x MSRP)
Value for money

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Technical specs

Core i7-8700 and Ryzen 5 2600 basic parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of CPU speed, though for more precise assessment you have to consider their test results.

Physical cores6 (Hexa-Core)6 (Hexa-Core)
Threads1212
Base clock speed3.2 GHz3.4 GHz
Boost clock speed4.6 GHz3.9 GHz
L1 cache64K (per core)96K (per core)
L2 cache256K (per core)3 MB
L3 cache12288 KB16 MB (shared)
Chip lithography14 nm12 nm
Die size149 mm2192 mm2
Maximum case temperature (TCase)72 °Cno data
Number of transistorsno data4,800 million
64 bit support++
Unlocked multiplier-+

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-8700 and Ryzen 5 2600 compatibility with other computer components: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration1 (Uniprocessor)1 (Uniprocessor)
Socket1151AM4
Thermal design power (TDP)65 Watt65 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-8700 and Ryzen 5 2600. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsno dataSSE4.2, SSE4A, AMD-V, AES, AVX2, FMA3, SHA, AVX, SSE 4.1, SSE 4.2
AES-NI++
AVX++
vPro+no data
Hyper-Threading Technology+no data
SIPP+-

Security technologies

Core i7-8700 and Ryzen 5 2600 technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT+no data

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-8700 and Ryzen 5 2600 are enumerated here.

AMD-V++
VT-d+no data
VT-x+no data

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Core i7-8700 and Ryzen 5 2600. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR4 Dual-channelDDR4 Dual-channel
Maximum memory size64 GB64 GB
Max memory channels22
Maximum memory bandwidth42.671 GB/s46.933 GB/s
ECC memory support-+

Graphics specifications

General parameters of integrated GPUs, if any.

Integrated graphics cardIntel UHD Graphics 630-

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i7-8700 and Ryzen 5 2600.

PCIe versionno data3.0
PCI Express lanesno data20

Benchmark performance

Various benchmark results of the processors in comparison. Overall score is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

i7-8700 14.90
Ryzen 5 2600 15.05
+1%
  • Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core
  • 3DMark06 CPU
  • TrueCrypt AES
  • x264 encoding pass 2
  • x264 encoding pass 1
  • WinRAR 4.0
  • wPrime 32
  • Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core
  • Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core
  • Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core
  • Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core
  • Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core
  • Passmark

Cinebench R10 is an ancient ray tracing benchmark for processors by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. Its single core version uses just one CPU thread to render a futuristic looking motorcycle.

i7-8700 7171
+51.7%
Ryzen 5 2600 4726

3DMark06 is a discontinued DirectX 9 benchmark suite from Futuremark. Its CPU part contains two scenarios, one dedicated to artificial intelligence pathfinding, another to game physics using PhysX package.

i7-8700 11193
+20.5%
Ryzen 5 2600 9290

TrueCrypt is a discontinued piece of software that was widely used for on-the-fly-encryption of disk partitions, now superseded by VeraCrypt. It contains several embedded performance tests, one of them being TrueCrypt AES, which measures data encryption speed using AES algorithm. Result is encryption speed in gigabytes per second.

i7-8700 7.7
+2.7%
Ryzen 5 2600 7.5

x264 Pass 2 is a slower variant of x264 video compression that produces a variable bit rate output file, which results in better quality since the higher bit rate is used when it is needed more. Benchmark result is still measured in frames per second.  

i7-8700 75
+0.3%
Ryzen 5 2600 75

x264 version 4.0 is a video encoding benchmark uses MPEG 4 x264 compression method to compress a sample HD (720p) video. Pass 1 is a faster variant that produces a constant bit rate output file. Its result is measured in frames per second, which means how many frames of the source video file were encoded per second.  

i7-8700 235
+14.3%
Ryzen 5 2600 205

WinRAR 4.0 is an outdated version of a popular file archiver. It contains an internal speed test, using 'Best' setting of RAR compression on large chunks of randomly generated data. Its results are measured in kilobytes per second.

i7-8700 6332
+40.2%
Ryzen 5 2600 4517

wPrime 32M is a math multi-thread processor test, which calculates square roots of first 32 million integer numbers. Its result is measured in seconds, so that the less is benchmark result, the faster the processor.

i7-8700 6.77
Ryzen 5 2600 5.5
+23.1%

Cinebench Release 15 Multi Core (sometimes called Multi-Thread) is a variant of Cinebench R15 which uses all the processor threads.

i7-8700 1199
Ryzen 5 2600 1248
+4.1%

Cinebench R15 (standing for Release 15) is a benchmark made by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version (sometimes called Single-Thread) only uses a single processor thread to render a room full of reflective spheres and light sources.

i7-8700 192
+22.1%
Ryzen 5 2600 157

Cinebench Release 11.5 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R11.5 which uses all the processor threads. A maximum of 64 threads is supported in this version.

i7-8700 13
Ryzen 5 2600 14
+5.7%

Cinebench R11.5 is an old benchmark by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version loads a single thread with ray tracing to render a glossy room full of crystal spheres and light sources.

i7-8700 2.17
+23.3%
Ryzen 5 2600 1.76

Cinebench Release 10 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R10 using all the processor threads. Possible number of threads is limited by 16 in this version.

i7-8700 35384
+25.6%
Ryzen 5 2600 28173

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

i7-8700 13079
Ryzen 5 2600 13206
+1%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i7-8700 and Ryzen 5 2600 are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately. Also, your gaming PC must have a decent enough GPU to perform well.

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 14.90 15.05
Novelty 1 January 2018 19 April 2018
Cost $303 $199
Boost clock speed 4600 3900
Base clock speed 3200 3400
Chip lithography 14 12

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Intel Core i7-8700
Intel Core i7-8700

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AMD Ryzen 5 2600
AMD Ryzen 5 2600

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Competitors of Core i7-8700 by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-8700 from AMD is Ryzen 5 1600X, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 3 positions in our rating.

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Competitors of Ryzen 5 2600 by Intel

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Ryzen 5 2600 from Intel is Core i5-10500, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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