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: Battlefield 1

In the first-person shooter Battlefield 1, the AMD video card shows slight differences in Intel's advantage, which slowly fade away as we scale up the settings. In the frame times Intel only does significantly better on 1440p medium, on 1440p ultra AMD is a bit faster.

Frame times - Battlefield 1 (AMD RX Vega 56)
  1080p - ultra 1440p - medium 1440p - ultra 4K - medium
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 15 ms 13.8 ms 13.4 ms 16 ms
Intel Core i5 8600K 14.3 ms 10.6 ms 14.6 ms 15.2 ms

Strikingly enough, the differences with a Nvidia card are much smaller, we would even dare to say: almost non-existent. In the frame times, however, Intel continues to win in terms of fluidity at the lower settings.

Frame times - Battlefield 1 (Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti)
  1080p - ultra 1440p - medium 1440p - ultra 4K - medium
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 14.7 ms 13.1 ms 13.4 ms 16.6 ms
Intel Core i5 8600K 12.7 ms 11 ms 13.5 ms 17.2 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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