Intel Core i7-8700 vs AMD Ryzen 5 2600

Intel Core i7-8700
AMD Ryzen 5 2600

General info

Comparing Core i7-8700 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)
17.90
 
54.94
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Series
Intel Core i7
 
AMD Ryzen 5
Architecture codename
Coffee Lake-S
 
Zen+
Release date
1 January 2018
 
19 April 2018
Launch price (MSRP)
$303
 
$199
Price now
$384
 
$125

Technical specs

Core i7-8700 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 i7-8700 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
Base frequency
3.2 GHz
 
3.4 GHz
Maximum frequency
4.6 GHz
 
3.9 GHz
L1 cache
64K (per core)
 
96K (per core)
L2 cache
256K (per core)
 
3 MB
L3 cache
12288 KB
 
16 MB (shared)
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
12 nm
Die size
149 mm2
 
192 mm2
Maximum core temperature
100 °C
 
no data
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
72 °C
 
no data
Transistor count
no data
 
4,800 million
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked
-
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-8700 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 (Uniprocessor)
Socket
FCLGA1151
 
AM4
Power consumption (TDP)
65 Watt
 
65 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 extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
 
no data
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
+
 
no data
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
no data
Turbo Boost
2.0
 
no data
Hyper-Threading
+
 
no data
TSX
+
 
-
Idle States
+
 
no data
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
-
SIPP
+
 
-

Security technologies

Core i7-8700 and Ryzen 5 2600 technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
+
 
no data
EDB
+
 
no data
Secure Key
+
 
no data
MPX
+
 
-
Identity Protection
+
 
-
SGX
Yes with Intel® ME
 
no data
OS Guard
+
 
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
EPT
+
 
no data

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-8700 and Ryzen 5 2600.
Supported memory types
DDR4-2666
 
DDR4 Dual-channel
Maximum memory size
128 GB
 
64 GB
Max memory channels
2
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
41.6 GB/s
 
43.71 GB/s
ECC memory support
-
 
+

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPUs integrated into Core i7-8700 and Ryzen 5 2600.
Integrated graphics
 
-
Max video memory
64 GB
 
-
Quick Sync
+
 
-
Clear Video
+
 
-
Clear Video HD
+
 
-
Graphics max frequency
1.2 GHz
 
-
InTru 3D
+
 
-

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i7-8700 and Ryzen 5 2600 integrated GPUs.
Number of displays supported
3
 
-

Graphics image quality

Maximum display resolutions supported by Core i7-8700 and Ryzen 5 2600 integrated GPUs, including resolutions over different interfaces.
4K resolution support
+
 
-
Max resolution over HDMI 1.4
4096x2304@24Hz
 
-
Max resolution over eDP
4096x2304@60Hz
 
-
Max resolution over DisplayPort
4096x2304@60Hz
 
-

Graphics API support

APIs supported by Core i7-8700 and Ryzen 5 2600 integrated GPUs, sometimes API versions are included.
DirectX
12
 
-
OpenGL
4.5
 
-

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i7-8700 and Ryzen 5 2600.
PCIe revision
3.0
 
3.0
Max number of PCIe lanes
16
 
20

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i7-8700 and Ryzen 5 2600. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

i7-8700 16.39 +0.1%
Ryzen 5 2600 16.37

3DMark06 CPU

i7-8700 11193 +20.5%
Ryzen 5 2600 9290

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

i7-8700 7171 +51.7%
Ryzen 5 2600 4726

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

i7-8700 35384 +25.6%
Ryzen 5 2600 28173

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core

i7-8700 2 +23.3%
Ryzen 5 2600 2

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

i7-8700 13
Ryzen 5 2600 14 +5.4%

Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core

i7-8700 192 +20.8%
Ryzen 5 2600 159

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

i7-8700 1199
Ryzen 5 2600 1270 +5.9%

wPrime 32

i7-8700 7
Ryzen 5 2600 6 +23.1%

WinRAR 4.0

i7-8700 6332 +40.2%
Ryzen 5 2600 4517

x264 encoding pass 1

i7-8700 235 +14.6%
Ryzen 5 2600 205

x264 encoding pass 2

i7-8700 75 +0%
Ryzen 5 2600 75

TrueCrypt AES

i7-8700 8 +0%
Ryzen 5 2600 8

Passmark

i7-8700 13321 +0.1%
Ryzen 5 2600 13304

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.

Advantages of Intel Core i7-8700

0.1% faster in synthetic tests
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)
TSX-NI (Transactional Synchronization Extensions New Instructions - hardware acceleration of multithreaded calculations for Intel CPUs)
Quick Sync (hardware acceleration of video encoding and decoding for Intel CPUs. Speeds up video encoding by times, but at the cost of somewhat lower quality)
vPro (a marketing umbrella term for several Intel technologies: AMT, TXT, EDB, VT, Anti-Theft and some others)
TXT (Trusted Execution Technology - protects the system against viruses and rootkits residing in BIOS or in a boot sector)
TransactionalSynchronizationExtensionVersion
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
SIPP
MemoryProtectionExtensionsVersion
IdentityProtectionTechVersion
QuickSyncVideo

Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 2600

Somewhat newer (19 April 2018 vs 1 January 2018)
Cheaper ($199 vs $303)
Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 14 nm)
Unlocked
ECCMemory

So, Core i7-8700 or Ryzen 5 2600?

Technical City couldn't decide between Intel Core i7-8700 and AMD Ryzen 5 2600. The differences in performance seem too small.
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