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AMD Ryzen 7 2700X vs. Intel Core i7 8700K

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X vs. Intel Core i7 8700K Specifications Comparison

It’s not been so long since AMD released 2nd gen Ryzen processors. Every PC enthusiast is looking forward to finding out if they can be a good replacement for Intel’s X series processors. Today, we are comparing two of the best and most powerful processors available out there in the market, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X vs. Intel Core i7 8700K. It has been almost two weeks since second gen AMD Ryzen CPUs were released. Since we have finally got our hands on new AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, here is a brief comparison between these two CPUs. Note, that there are still solid results missing from the architectural features of AMD Ryzen 7 2700x, so we will make sure to update it as we get more Intel and results from trusted testers, bench-markers. For now, here is our comparison:

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X vs. Intel Core i7 8700K

Processor

SpecificationIntel  Core i7 8700K

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

Number of Cores6-core8-core
Processor Numberi7-8700K (Unlocked)2700x (Unlocked)
Compatible Processor SocketLGA1151 SocketSocket AM4
Clock Speed3.7 GHz4.35 GHz
Max Turbo Speed4.7 GHz
Type / Form FactorIntel Core i7 8700K (8th Gen)AMD Ryzen 7 2700x
Cache Memory Details12 MB20 MB
Processor Qty11
TypeCore i7Ryzen 7
Number of Threads12 threads16 Threads
Generation82
Installed Qty11
 

 

 

Architecture Features

Enhanced SpeedStep technology

Execute Disable Bit capability

Intel Virtualization Technology

Intel 64 Technology

Intel Trusted Execution Technology

streaming SIMD extensions 4.1

streaming SIMD extensions 4.2

Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0

Intel AES New Instructions (AES-NI)

Thermal Monitoring Technologies

Intel vPro Technology, Idle States

Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)

Intel Identity Protection Technology

Intel Secure Key

Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2.0)

Intel OS Guard

Intel Software Guard Extensions (SGX)

Intel Memory Protection Extensions (MPX)

Intel Optane Memory Supported

Intel Boot Guard

AMD64 Instructions
MMX, MMX+, 3DNow+
AES, AVX,AVX2,FMA3,SHA
SSE,2,3,4.1,4.2,4.2A,
AMD-V Virtualization Tech
Cache12 MB20 MB
ManufacturerIntelAMD
Manufacturing Process14 nm12 nm
 

 

 

Features

Enhanced SpeedStep technology

Execute Disable Bit capability

Intel Optane Memory Supported

Intel Secure Key

Intel Software Guard Extensions (SGX)

Intel Trusted Execution Technology

Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0

Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)

Intel Virtualization Technology

Intel vPro Technology

Thermal Monitoring Technologies

streaming SIMD extensions 4.1

Idle States

Intel 64 Technology

Intel AES New Instructions (AES-NI)

Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2.0)

Intel Boot Guard

Intel Identity Protection Technology

Intel Memory Protection Extensions (MPX)

Intel OS Guard

AMD-StoreMI Technology
AMD-SenseMI Technology
AMD-Ryzen™ Master Utility

Cores and Threads:

As shown in the table above, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X has 8 cores and 16 threads. On the other hand, the Intel Core i7 8700K offers 6 cores and 12 threads. It merely implies that Ryzen 7 2700X will be much faster in comparison to i7 8700K; the reason being 2700X is capable of handling 16 parallel processes, and 8700K handles only 12. This difference might seem minor to non-tech guys but note that it makes a significant impact on real-time performance.

Clock Speed:

As per latest benchmarks, Intel Core i7 8700K is capable of delivering 3.7 GHz clock speed. With overclocking this can go up to 4.7 GHz on max turbo. The mighty AMD Ryzen 7 2700X gets close to max turbo speed of i7 8700K in base clock itself. Yes, Ryzen 7 2700X offers 4.35 GHz base clock. However, overclocking compatibility or capacity of AMD Ryzen 7 2700X has not been confirmed yet. Even if it’s overclocking ability turns out to be half of i7 8700K, the Ryzen 7 2700X will exceed Intel i7 8700K on the major scale in term of performance/speed.

Manufacturing Technology:

Intel i7 8700K uses 14nm technology while AMD Ryzen 7 2700X uses 12 nm technology. Here nm stands for nanometer. The less it is, the better. We don’t want to get into the details here but note that the smaller process size, the better it is. 12nm process size was non-existence before AMD offered it in their latest second-gen Ryzen Processors. It would be interesting to see if it works out for them.

Cache Memory:

Cache memory is just like the main memory of the system. However, it is directly attached to CPU chip, so the access is comparatively fast. The more cache memory is there; the more data can be held close to CPU for speedier access. Intel is offering 12 MB of cache memory in their Core i7 8700K, while AMD offers 20 MB in Ryzen 7 2700X. Even if slightly, this will surely give an edge to AMD over Intel in term of performance/speed.

Miscellaneous

SpecificationIntel  Core i7 8700K

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

 

Package TypeIntel BoxedAMD Processor in a Box (PIB)
Product TypeprocessorProcessor
Processor PackageIntel BoxedAMD Processor in a Box (PIB)

Header

SpecificationIntel  Core i7 8700K

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

BrandIntelAMD
Packaged Quantity11
CompatibilityPCPC

Integrated Graphics

SpecificationIntel  Core i7 8700K

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

TypeIntel UHD Graphics 630
Base Frequency350 MHz
Max Dynamic Frequency1.2 GHz
FeaturesInTRU 3D Technology, Intel Clear Video HD Technology, Intel Clear Video Technology, Intel Quick Sync Video, Triple Display Capable

AS shown above, Intel Core i7 8700K comes with Intel UHD Graphics 630 operating at 350 MHz base frequency and 1.2 GHz dynamic frequency. They offer various features such as Quick Sync, Triple display support, Clear Video HD, Intel TRUE 3D technology, etc. AMD Ryzen 7 2700x does not offer any integrated graphics. This does not affect the performance of regular operations. However, it will give an edge to Intel Core i7 8700K when it comes to performing operations that involve graphics.

Summary:

The i7-8700K comes from Intel’s latest 8th Gen Coffee Lake Processor Family. As mentioned before, it is based on 14nm architecture, which Intel made sure to improve in each generation. Following the trend set by AMD, Intel decided to increase the numbers of cores in their full range of CPUs. In their previous generations, 6 cores CPUs were marketed as mainstream consumer processors. This one is the first 6 cores / 12 threads CPU featuring 4.7 GHz max speed and 12 MB cache. Moreover, it supports two channels of DDR4 RAM. It demands new Z370 chipset so you will have to invest in a new motherboard for upgrading to Intel Core i7 8600K. This is an excellent factor affecting the overall budget. We are expecting Intel to join the arms race (or CPU race) soon as AMD has already released their second gen Ryzen Processors.

2700x, which is the successor of Ryzen 7 1800x, offers 8 cores and 16 threads. It is considered significant for the price being paid. This new generation of Ryzen processors is known as pinnacle ridge processors. It is based on Zen+ architecture an utilizes 12nm lithography unlike the previous iteration, which uses 14nm. Early benchmarks have already confirmed that these processors are comparatively faster compared to 1800x. However, we are still waiting for reliable results to determine precisely how quickly they are. They support both 400 series and older 300 series of motherboards, making them budget efficient for an upgrade. AMD is offering 2700x processors + Wraith Prism cooler for the same price Intel is offering their 8700K processor only. 2700X is a clear winner over 8700K when it comes to multi-core workloads.

Conclusion:

We hope this post helps you to understand what both of these processors have to offer. Moreover, it will make you understand how exactly these CPUs differ from one another. If you have any question, request or suggestion, feel free to use the comment section below, or contact us directly, Thank You!

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