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: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a Vulkan title and with the AMD video card it doesn't matter which cpu you are using. Both the frame rates and the frame times are identical.

Frame times - Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (AMD RX Vega 56)
  1080p - ultra 1440p - medium 1440p - ultra 4K - medium
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 8.3 ms 9.6 ms 12 ms 18.8 ms
Intel Core i5 8600K 8.2 ms 9.5 ms 12.2 ms 18.9 ms

With the GTX 1070 Ti Intel seems to be doing better, but on 1440p ultra AMD wins with some distance. The frame times are slightly in Intel's favour, but we're looking at miniscule differences.

Frame times - Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti)
  1080p - ultra 1440p - medium 1440p - ultra 4K - medium
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 9.7 ms 10.1 ms 12.6 ms 17.6 ms
Intel Core i5 8600K 9.2 ms 9.6 ms 12.2 ms 17.4 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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