Intel Sandy Bridge (Core i5 2500K & i7 2600K) versus AMD Ryzen & Intel Coffee Lake: worth the upgrade?

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Benchmarks: web-browsing and Microsoft Office (Word and Excel 2016)

In Chrome version 58 we run the Jetstream benchmark in order to determine how fast the processor can perform Javascript calculations. We also run two tests using Microsoft Office 2016: in Word we convert a document of 1000 pages to a PDF-file. In Excel we run calculations in a complex sheet that predicts the future value of a stock portfolio based on the Monte Carlo algorithm.

Browsers and Word mainly work single-threaded, especially in the execution of Javascript. The Sandy Bridges therefore end at the very bottom of the graphs. In Excel, the i7 2600K ends up between the i3 8100 and i5 8400, while the 2500K is as fast as a Ryzen 3.

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Intel Core i5 2500K

Socket 1155, 3.3 GHz, 4 cores, 95 W, 32 nm, Integrated graphics

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Intel Core i7 2600K

Socket 1155, 3.4 GHz, 4 cores, 95 W, 32 nm, Integrated graphics

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