AMD Ryzen 5 vs. Intel Core i5 in games: the conclusion

Which CPU is the best choice for gaming?

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Benchmarks: Battlefield 1

In Battlefield 1 the AMD Ryzen 5 processor does not perform as well as the Intel Core i5. At 1080p on medium settings the difference is the biggest, nearly 25% in fact, however we also measure a difference of about 15 percent at WQHD with ultra settings. Remarkably enough the AMD graphics card loses the most performance: on average over all resolutions the RX 580 is 21% slower with the Ryzen system than with the Intel system, while this is only 17% with the GTX 1060.

If we look at the frame times, the difference in performance is even bigger. On certain settings the RX 580 is even outperformed by the GTX 1060.

Frame times (lower is better)

  Core i5 7600K Ryzen 5 1600X % Intel vs. AMD
  GTX 1060 RX 580 GTX 1060 RX 580 GTX 1060 RX 580
Battlefield 1 1080p medium 9.4 ms 10 ms 14.6 ms 14 ms 36% 29%
Battlefield 1 1080p ultra 13.6 ms 12.7 ms 16.7 ms 17.1 ms 19% 26%
Battlefield 1 1440p medium 12.6 ms 11.5 ms 13.2 ms 15.7 ms 5% 27%
Battlefield 1 1440p ultra 20.2 ms 16.7 ms 22.8 ms 21.7 ms 11% 23%

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two products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Boxed

Socket AM4, 3.6 GHz, 6 cores, 95 W, 14 nm

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

£192.27

Avg. £199.00
8 shops, 5x stock

Intel Core i5 7600K Boxed

Socket 1151, 3.8 GHz, 4 cores, 95 W, 14 nm, Integrated graphics

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

£99.98

Avg. £210.29
7 shops, 6x stock

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