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

Which CPU is the best choice for gaming?



Ever since the launch of Ryzen the gaming performance of AMD's new processors has been a hot topic. Many people in the comments have speculated or speculating about whether certain combinations of GPUs and processors were causing biased results. Reason enough for Hardware.Info to lock ourselves up for a week and find out what really is the best choice for games. Disclaimer: stop reading right now if you suffer from arithmophobia, as this review contains A LOT of numbers.

Because the bars in the first game tests of the Ryzen 7 series were relatively low in the graphs, no matter the reviewer, many people have speculated about the cause thereof. Traditionally many games benefit more from fast cores as opposed to more cores. The speed per core has been increased immensely compared to the FX series, however it remains lower compared to Intel, both in terms of IPC and clock speed, which at least partly explains the difference in gaming performance.

Furthermore other things were also pointed to as the culprit: faster memory would matter a lot (mainly due to its influence on the internal CCX bus), the Windows power profile and scheduler were not working optimally, Nvidia graphics cards were (purposely or not) not performing as well with AMD CPUs, and so on. Our officious motto is not 'testing = knowing' for nothing, so we are going to find out what's really going on with gaming and Ryzen.


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


Avg. £151.82
8 shops, 6x stock

Intel Core i5 7600K Boxed

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

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices


Avg. £245.93
8 shops, 4x stock

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