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AMD Ryzen 5 2600
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 vs Intel Core i7-7700K
Hello everyone, Will here. Today I’m going to be bringing you a quick review and comparison of AMD’s newest CPU, the Ryzen 5 2600, versus Intel’s Core i7-7700K CPU. I wanted to do this to get a good feel of Intel’s previous flagship against AMD’s latest offering to see if AMD has caught up at all. The tests went about as expected so, without further delay, let’s get to this.
Test Systems and Configurations
First, the systems I used were the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 on the ASRock AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac motherboard with 16GB of Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM in dual channel configuration (2x8GB) with the MSI GTX 1080 Duke. For Intel’s offering, I went with the Intel Core i7-7700K on the MSI Z270 Tomahawk motherboard with 16GB of Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM in dual channel configuration (2x8GB) combined with the MSI GTX 1080 Duke. Both processors were overclocked, the Ryzen 5 2600 clocked at 3.95GHZ and the Core i7-7700K clocked at 4.9GHz. The Vengeance LPX RAM was clocked at 2800MHz on both systems.
For testing, I tested all games on their maximum settings across the board to include MSAA if available and other extra, more taxing options. I tested a small mix of older games and a few newer games to include the ever popular Fortnite Battle Royale. All games were tested on five runs of the same areas (or included benchmark testing) and an average of the runs was recorded for our results. After each game was run, a 30-minute cooldown of each system was taken before starting up the next set of benchmarks on the next game. I used FRAPS to record the FPS and also ran RivaTuner for validation/verification. So, how did the games fare on each system? Let’s find out.
Starting off our round of testing was the older title Battlefield 4. I wanted to test this game because it is one that I still play and have several friends who are still playing it. This game isn’t really taxing and should be more indicative of the CPU. The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 managed a minimum of 99 FPS with an average of 108 FPS while the 7700K managed a minimum of 120 FPS and an average of 128 FPS. Not a bad start.
Up next was the newer Battlefield as I tested Battlefield 1. The game played real smooth overall on both systems. The Ryzen managed a minimum of 99 FPS and an average of 136 FPS while the 7700K managed a minimum of 119 FPS and an average of 137 FPS.
Player Unknown's Battlegrounds
Player Unknown Battlegrounds was next in my testing. I was able to get a minimum of 64 FPS and an average of 81 FPS on the Ryzen 2600 while the Core i7-7700K netted a minimum of 74 FPS and an average of 90 FPS.
Overwatch followed PUBG and showed just how simple of a game it is, at least for processors and graphics cards to run. The Ryzen system managed a minimum of 224 FPS and an average of 265 FPS while the 7700K netted a minimum of 223 FPS and an average of 279 FPS.
Doom followed and both systems pushed the frame cap of 200 FPS across the board both with minimum FPS and average FPS.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rise of the Tomb Raider finally brought a little challenge to both systems. The Ryzen system achieved a minimum of 87 FPS and an average of 115 FPS while the 7700K achieved a minimum of 91 FPS and an average of 113 FPS.
Fortnite Battle Royale
Arguably, the most popular game in this list of games tested was up next; Fortnite Battle Royale. This game is not too horribly taxing on these systems and it can be seen with the results though it is a bit more taxing than Overwatch and Doom. The Ryzen 5 2600 netted a minimum of 65 FPS and an average of 186 FPS while the Intel Core i7-7700K managed a minimum of 128 FPS and an average of 196 FPS.
Grand Theft Auto V
Finally, closing out the testing is an oldie but goldie, Grand Theft Auto V. On the Ryzen 5 2600 I got a minimum of 57 FPS and an average of 108 FPS while the Core i7-7700K netted a minimum of 101 FPS and an average of 129 FPS.
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Conclusion and Final Thoughts
So, there you have it. I tested eight different games and these are the results. Both systems did well and both processors held their own. The Intel Core i7-7700K was 6.2% faster overall but also remains more expensive than the newest Ryzen offering, the Ryzen 5 2600 as you would pay approximately 35% more just for the 7700K than you would for the newer Ryzen 5 2600. So, is buying the Ryzen 5 2600 worth it if you have a 7700K? No, absolutely not. Is it worth it to purchase if you have a Ryzen 5 1600? Well, given some other tech reviews of the Ryzen 5 1600 and comparing the games I tested to those games, I’d say it’s not really worth it either given the maximum improvement may be around 10%. However, if you have anything older than a Ryzen 5 1600 or an Intel Core i5-6600 then you may benefit from purchasing a new Ryzen 5 2600. However, if you are looking for gaming performance, your best bet would be to invest that money into a GPU that is at least a GTX 1070 or better.
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