AMD Ryzen 5 2600 vs Intel Core i5-8600

Compare AMD Ryzen 5 Desktop 6 core CPU vs Intel 8th Generation Core i5 6 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Price

The cheapest price from our partner retailers

$ 266
$ 243
$ 22.99 slightly less expensive

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

53 %
66 %
24% slightly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

72 %
101 %
40% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

47 %
55 %
17% slightly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

46 %
53 %
15% slightly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

5,239
8% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score
4,842

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

964
1,111
15% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

6
Identical
6

Threads

Number of logical processing units

12
100% significantly more threads
6

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3 GHz
9% slightly higher clock speed
3 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4 GHz
4 GHz
10% slightly higher turbo speed

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

65 W
Identical
65 W

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

2
Identical
2

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

576 KiB
49% significantly more L1 cache
384 KiB

L2 Cache

Secondary embedded memory, slower than L1 cache

3 MiB
100% significantly more L2 cache
2 MiB

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

16 MiB
77% significantly more L3 cache
9 MiB

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

296th of 1,327
181st of 1,327

Family

The product line

Ryzen 5 Desktop
8th Generation Core i5

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

April 2018
May 2018

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR4
DDR4-2666

Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked

Yes
No

Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory

-
No

Ryzen 5 2600 vs Core i5-8600 specs and performance

In our benchmarks, the Core i5-8600 beats the Ryzen 5 2600 in overall performance. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Ryzen 5 2600 in all gaming tests too.

Our spec comparison shows that they have an identical amount of cores but the Ryzen 5 2600 has more threads. With our hardware info, we find that the Ryzen 5 2600 has a slightly higher clock speed than the Core i5-8600. Despite this, the Core i5-8600 has a slightly higher turbo speed. Both these chips have an identical TDP (Thermal Design Power). This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption. The cache sizes of these CPUs are different. Indeed, the Ryzen 5 2600 has significantly more L2 cache than the Core i5-8600. The Ryzen 5 2600 also has significantly more L3 cache.

Modern CPUs generally have more logical cores than physical cores, this means that each core is split into multiple virtual cores, improving efficiency for parallel workloads. Indeed, the Ryzen 5 2600 has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

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