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: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

The popular PUBG runs at least with the AMD card a little faster on the Intel CPU, regardless of the chosen setting. In the frame times, the differences are relatively smaller than in the fps, but it's quite close.

Frame times - PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (AMD RX Vega 56)
  1080p - ultra 1440p - medium 1440p - ultra 4K - medium
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 19.5 ms 18.8 ms 25.9 ms 34.7 ms
Intel Core i5 8600K 16.8 ms 17.8 ms 24.2 ms 32.9 ms

With the GTX 1070 Ti, the differences in Intel's advantage are widening. On full hd ultra it is almost 13 fps, on 4K medium it is still a whopping 6 fps.

Frame times - PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti)
  1080p - ultra 1440p - medium 1440p - ultra 4K - medium
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 18.7 ms 17.7 ms 24.7 ms 32.9 ms
Intel Core i5 8600K 15.4 ms 15.6 ms 21.8 ms 29.8 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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