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: Total War: Warhammer

In Total War: Warhamme with the AMD GPU, AMD and Intel trade blows. Intel only clearly wins at Full HD ultra.

Frame times - Total War: Warhammer (AMD RX Vega 56)
  1080p - ultra 1440p - medium 1440p - ultra 4K - medium
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 16.3 ms 11.7 ms 18.6 ms 20.8 ms
Intel Core i5 8600K 13.4 ms 11 ms 16.8 ms 19.9 ms

The Nvidia card in this game is a bit faster than its AMD counterpart and the Intel CPU can keep up with that better than the Ryzen chip. Only on 4K medium do the frame rates return to about the same level.

Frame times - Total War: Warhammer (Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti)
  1080p - ultra 1440p - medium 1440p - ultra 4K - medium
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 16.7 ms 11.3 ms 18 ms 18.8 ms
Intel Core i5 8600K 12.8 ms 10.2 ms 16.7 ms 19.6 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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