AMD Ryzen 5 2600X vs. Intel Core i5 8600K: the best gaming CPU in the year 2018!

Should you get a Ryzen or Core i5, if you're looking for the best gaming CPU?

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Benchmarks: Prey

With the AMD video card, the differences in Prey are small. Only at full HD resolution with ultra settings the blue bar is clearly a little longer. The frame frames also show that AMD and Intel are very close in the higher settings.

Frame times - Prey (AMD RX Vega 56)
  1080p - ultra 1440p - medium 1440p - ultra 4K - medium
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 9.6 ms 10.3 ms 13.6 ms 21.3 ms
Intel Core i5 8600K 8.6 ms 10 ms 13.6 ms 20.6 ms

If we exchange the GPU for an Nvidia one, then the approximately 142 fps we just achieved at Full HD Ultra turns out to be the max of what an AMD Ryzen processor wants to do. With the Nvidia card, Intel continues to rise, while the AMD CPU scored barely higher. Again, the differences with heavier settings are almost non-existent.

Frame times - Prey (Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti)
  1080p - ultra 1440p - medium 1440p - ultra 4K - medium
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 9.1 ms 8.7 ms 10.6 ms 15.9 ms
Intel Core i5 8600K 7.8 ms 7.9 ms 10.3 ms 15.8 ms

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two products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Boxed

Socket AM4, 3.6 GHz, 6 cores, 95 W, 12 nm

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

$209.99

Avg. $221.99
4 shops, 3x stock

Intel Core i5 8600K Boxed

Socket 1151, 3.6 GHz, 6 cores, 95 W, 14 nm, Integrated graphics

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

$239.99

Avg. $259.89
3 shops, 2x stock

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