AMD Ryzen 5 2600X vs Intel Core i5-8260U

Compare AMD Ryzen 5 Desktop 6 core CPU vs Intel 8th Generation Core i5 4 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

52 %
13% slightly better overall score
46 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

69 %
18% slightly better gaming score
58 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

46 %
6% slightly better multitasking score
43 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

45 %
7% slightly better heavy workload score
42 %

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Number of physical processing units

49% significantly more cores


Number of logical processing units

49% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

4 GHz
125% significantly higher clock speed
2 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4 GHz
8% slightly higher turbo speed
4 GHz


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

95 W
15 W
533% significantly lower TDP

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access


Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

315th of 1,337
367th of 1,337


The product line

Ryzen 5 Desktop
8th Generation Core i5

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

April 2018
November 2019

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked


Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory


Ryzen 5 2600X vs Core i5-8260U comparison

Our benchmark analysis concludes that the Ryzen 5 2600X performs better than the Core i5-8260U. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i5-8260U in all gaming tests too.

In terms of the number of cores of each of these CPUs, the Ryzen 5 2600X has significantly more cores than the Core i5-8260U. Indeed, the Ryzen 5 2600X has 6 cores compared to 4 cores found in the Core i5-8260U. It also has more threads than the Core i5-8260U. Our comparison shows that the Ryzen 5 2600X has a significantly higher clock speed compared to the Core i5-8260U. Also, the Ryzen 5 2600X has a slightly higher turbo speed. The Core i5-8260U outputs less heat than Ryzen 5 2600X thanks to a significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Ryzen 5 2600X has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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