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: Assassin's Creed: Origins

We kick off with Assassin's Creed: Origins, a fairly new game that is known for its heavy CPU load. The first graph shows the results with the AMD Vega GPU. We can certainly see Intel scoring a lot better at Full HD resolution, both in terms of frame rates and in terms of frame times. The heavier we set up the game, the smaller the differences will be. On 4K medium, the difference is only 1 fps, but in the frame times, Intel suddenly finds it hard to endure. Apparently, the support for SMT (the Core i5 does not support hyperthreading) is very useful here. But to be honest: you probably lower the settings anyway to go more towards the 60 fps, and then the problem will probably solve itself.

Frame times - Assassin's Creed: Origins (AMD RX Vega 56)
  1080p - ultra 1440p - medium 1440p - ultra 4K - medium
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 23.8 ms 20.2 ms 25.1 ms 28 ms
Intel Core i5 8600K 19.1 ms 18.4 ms 24.2 ms 46.7 ms

With the Nvidia-gpu we see Intel score better at the start, but at 1440p ultra the cpu suddenly outweighs the AMD counterpart. This is also reflected in the frame times. On 4K medium, Intel wins again with a large gap.

Frame times - Assassin's Creed: Origins (Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti)
  1080p - ultra 1440p - medium 1440p - ultra 4K - medium
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 19 ms 17.2 ms 21.7 ms 24.5 ms
Intel Core i5 8600K 15.8 ms 14 ms 26.3 ms 19.8 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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