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Intel Core i7 8700 vs AMD Ryzen 5 2600

We compared two 6-core desktop CPUs: the 3.2 GHz Intel Core i7 8700 against the 3.4 GHz AMD Ryzen 5 2600. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.

Review

General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Performance
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Efficiency
The efficiency score of electricity consumption
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating

Key Differences

What are the key differences between 2600 and 8700
Advantages of Intel Core i7 8700
  • Supports up to 128 GB DDR4-2666 RAM
  • 18% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.6 GHz vs 3.9 GHz)
  • 16% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 1168 vs 1011 points
  • Includes an integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics 630
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 2600
  • Unlocked multiplier
  • Newer - released 1-year later
  • Has 4 MB larger L3 cache size
  • More modern manufacturing process – 12 versus 14 nanometers
  • Around 2.11 GB/s (5%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth

Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)
481
Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)
3589
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
2703
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
13167
13443
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
1189
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
6061

Specifications

Full technical specification of Intel Core i7 8700 and AMD Ryzen 5 2600

General

Vendor Intel AMD
Released October 5, 2017 September 11, 2018
Launch price 303 USD 199 USD
Type Desktop Desktop
Codename Coffee Lake Zen+
Model number i7-8700 -
Socket LGA-1151 AM4
Integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics 630 No

Performance

Cores 6 6
Threads 12 12
Base Frequency 3.2 GHz 3.4 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 4.6 GHz 3.9 GHz
Bus frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 32x 34x
Bus Bandwidth 8 GT/s -
L1 Cache 64K (per core) 96K (per core)
L2 Cache 256K (per core) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache 12MB (shared) 16MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No Yes

Power

Transistors - 4.8 billions
Fabrication process 14 nm 12 nm
TDP 65 W 65 W
Max. temperature 100°C 95°C

Memory support

Memory types DDR4-2666 DDR4-2933
Memory Size 128 GB 64 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 41.6 GB/s 43.71 GB/s
ECC Support No Yes

Misc

Official site Intel Core i7 8700 official page AMD Ryzen 5 2600 official page
PCI Express Version 3.0 3.0
PCI Express Lanes 16 20
Instruction Set SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX-2 -

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Comments

So which CPU will you choose: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 or Intel Core i7 8700?