Intel Core i7 8700K vs AMD Ryzen 5 2600

We compared two 6-core desktop CPUs: the 3.7 GHz Intel Core i7 8700K 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 8700K
Advantages of Intel Core i7 8700K
  • Supports up to 128 GB DDR4-2666 RAM
  • 28% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 1242 vs 971 points
  • 21% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.7 GHz vs 3.9 GHz)
  • Includes an integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics 630
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 2600
  • Consumes up to 32% less energy than the Core i7 8700K – 65 vs 95 Watt
  • Has 4 MB larger L3 cache size
  • Newer - released 11-months later
  • 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 R23 (Single-Core)
1205
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
8793
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
2762
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
13849
13137
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
1241
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
6606
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Specifications

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

General

Vendor Intel AMD
Released October 5, 2017 September 11, 2018
Type Desktop Desktop
instruction set x86-64 x86-64
Codename Coffee Lake Zen+
Model number i7-8700K -
Socket LGA-1151 AM4
Integrated GPU UHD Graphics 630 No

Performance

Cores 6 6
Threads 12 12
Base Frequency 3.7 GHz 3.4 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 4.7 GHz 3.9 GHz
Bus frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 37x 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 Yes Yes

Power

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

iGPU

Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 630 -
GPU Base Clock 350 MHz -
GPU Boost Clock 1200 MHz -
Shading Units 192 -
TMUs 24 -
ROPs 3 -
Execution Units 24 -
TGP 15 W -
Max. Resolution 4096x2304 - 60 Hz -
iGPU FLOPS
0.38 TFLOPS

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 8700K official page AMD Ryzen 5 2600 official page
PCI Express Version 3.0 3.0
PCI Express Lanes 16 20
Extended instructions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX-2 -

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