AMD Ryzen 7 1700 vs Intel Core i5-9600K

Compare AMD Ryzen 7 Desktop 8 core CPU vs Intel 9th Generation Core i5 6 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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$ 299.39
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$ 73.21 significantly less expensive

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

46 %
6% slightly better overall score
43 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

54 %
69 %
27% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

43 %
22% slightly better multitasking score
35 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

43 %
26% slightly better heavy workload score
34 %

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

2% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score
Geekbench (single) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

46% significantly higher Geekbench (single) score
3DMark Physics score

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

22% slightly higher 3DMark Physics score



Number of physical processing units

33% slightly more cores


Number of logical processing units

166% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3 GHz
3.7 GHz
23% slightly higher clock speed

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

3.7 GHz
4.6 GHz
24% slightly higher turbo speed


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

65 W
46% significantly lower TDP
95 W

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access


L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

768 KiB
100% significantly more L1 cache
384 KiB

L2 Cache

Secondary embedded memory, slower than L1 cache

4 MiB
166% significantly more L2 cache
1.5 MiB

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

16 MiB
77% significantly more L3 cache
9 MiB

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

228th of 1,219
252nd of 1,219


The product line

Ryzen 7 Desktop
9th Generation Core i5

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

February 2017
November 2018

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 7 1700 vs Core i5-9600K specs and performance

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark tool, the Ryzen 7 1700 is faster than the Core i5-9600K. Despite this, the Core i5-9600K has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.

With info from our database, we find that the Ryzen 7 1700 has slightly more cores with 8 cores whereas the Core i5-9600K has 6 cores. It also has more threads than the Core i5-9600K. Our comparison shows that the Core i5-9600K has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Ryzen 7 1700. Also, the Core i5-9600K has a slightly higher turbo speed. A Ryzen 7 1700 CPU outputs less heat than a Core i5-9600K CPU because of its significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption. The info from our database shows that the Ryzen 7 1700 has more L2 cache than the Core i5-9600K. The Ryzen 7 1700 also has significantly more L3 cache.

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 7 1700 has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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