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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Introduction

AMD has released their second generation Ryzen processors and Intel has upgraded its Core i5 line to six cores. Which one should you go for in 2018, if you want the best gaming performance? Hardware.info has the answer!


Enough commotion in the processor market lately. Last year AMD fought back with Ryzen and Intel gave its mainstream processors more cores for the first time since the Core 2 Quad (from 2006!). Meanwhile, Ryzen 2 has been on the market for a while, where most of the teething troubles of the first generation are gone. In addition, Intel completed its Coffee Lake lineup a month or two ago.

For those who do video editing or 3D drawing, the race to more and more cores is like music to their ears. But what is the best choice when buying powerful hardware for that other intensive task, namely gaming? AMD and Intel both claim that their products are best suited to gaming workloads, but in the end, of course, only one can be the best.

That's exactly what we're going to find out in this article: which processor is best for you as a gamer? Armed with twelve different games, four different test configurations and lots of numbers, Hardware.Info answers that pressing question. Let's press on to the next page!


Compare

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

£199.32

Avg. £209.99
6 shops, 6x stock

Intel Core i5 8600K Boxed

Socket 1151, 3.6 GHz, 6 cores, 95 W, 14 nm, Integrated graphics

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

£242.18

Avg. £269.98
8 shops, 6x stock

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