Core i5 8600K Vs AMD Ryzen 5 1600X

Compare Intel Coffee Lake Core i5 8600K Vs AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Specs


AMD Ryzen 1600X is an affordable beast when it comes to the gaming and multi-threaded performance. With the release of AMD’s Ryzen series of processors, AMD is back in the HEDT (High-End Desktops) space, which is largely dominated by enthusiasts. AMD is the only rival to Intel (and an old one!) when it comes to x86 (x86-64) markets. Ryzen’s success didn’t take Intel too long to respond. Intel just announced their Coffee Lake series of processors and its gaming performance is impressive. Intel claims 25% performance improvement over its predecessor, the 7600K, which is quite a tangible difference. In this post, however, we are going to compare two mid segment desktop processors, Core i5 8600K Vs AMD Ryzen 5 1600X.

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The Ryzen 1600X that is already popular among the gaming community and the Intel i5-8600K begs for a specifications comparison.

Intel i5-8600K hasn’t been launched yet; it is expected to come in October 2017. We didn’t have official specs but based on the strong rumors and some leaks we are taking forward this quick spec review. In case if you are wondering when we compare the Ryzen 1600X with the Intel Core i5-7600K, Ryzen comes out to be a clear winner considering the overall performance.

Source: Intel

But now Intel has taken a step forward to outperform the AMD’s Ryzen 1600X. So let’s find out which one will be the better option for you.

Also Read: Intel Core i7 8700k Vs. Ryzen 7 1800x

Intel Core i5 8600K Vs AMD Ryzen 5 1600X

Here is a quick head to head comparison between the i5 and Ryzen 5 processors. We added the i5 7600k for your reference. See below:

Intel Core i5 8600K Vs AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
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CPU Frequency3.8 Ghz (Base-Clock)

4.2 GHz (Turbo-Clock)

 3.6 Ghz (Base-Clock)

4.3 GHz (Turbo-Clock)

3.6 Ghz (Base-Clock)

4.0 GHz (Turbo-Clock)

CPU Cores 4 Cores & 4 Threads

6 MB L3 Cache (Shared)

 6 Cores & 6 Threads

9 MB L3 Cache (Shared)

 6 Cores & 12 Threads

16 MB L3 Cache (Shared)

GPU Intel HD Graphics 630 Intel HD Graphics 630 No Integrated GPU
TDP (Power) 91 Watts 95 Watts 95 Watts
Manufacturing Technology 14 nm+ 14 nm++ 14 nm (Global Foundries)
Memory SupportDDR4-2666DDR4 2667 MHzDDR4 2667 MHz

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The Ryzen processor in question may not have clock speeds as high as the Intel processors, but they have double the core count. That’s why Ryzen processors perform better when it comes to multi-threaded performance.

But what is the actual scenario between the AMD Ryzen 1600X vs Intel Core i5-8600K? Ryzen 1600X is a 6-core, 12-thread CPU and comes with integrated real machine intelligence, for brand predictions and hardware prefetching. It is an unlocked CPU, so overclocking is easy with the AMD utility tools that make this work easy and hassle-free. You can even monitor the performance of the processor.

On the other hand, the Intel Core i5-8600K is also a Hexa-core CPU that boosts clocks up to 4.3 GHz. So comparing the clock speed, it is surely going to win on single threaded workloads. It will be featuring the 14nm++ process, just like the Ryzen 1600X. The new Intel i5 and i7 will be the first to utilize a full 6 core design instead of the 4 core quads that we have been looking at for several generations.

Intel Core i5-8600K uses a fully unlocked design, best for overclocking. The base clock speed of Intel Core i5-8600K will be 3.6 GHz with max boost clock speed to 4.3 GHz. The L2 and L3 cache memory will be 1.5 MB and 9 MB respectively. The Thermal Design Power (TDP of both the CPU’s are at 95W.

Coming to its rival Ryzen 1600X that is already very popular among the gamers because of its affordable price and performance. The base clock speed of this CPU is 3.6 GHz with max turbo core speed up to 4 GHz. So comparing the clock frequency, it seems that Intel has taken the lead here, but real-time results are yet to come.

The L1, L2 and L3 cache memory are 576KB, 3 MB, and 16 MB respectively. As Ryzen 1600X has more cache memory than Intel Core i5-8600K, so we expect it to perform better when it comes to multitasking. The default TDP of this processor is also 95W.

The Ryzen 1600X has been quite successful in the market, so is the Intel Core i5-7600K. So it is obvious, that Intel must have upgraded the performance. Within few weeks, we will compare both the processors against various benchmarks and will update this post with a detailed review. Pricing of the Intel Core i5-8600K will play a major role in deciding the best of two.

So if you are going to build a gaming PC, it would be better to wait for the launch. Who knows you might get a better deal within a few weeks.?


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