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October 13, 2023

Ryzen Vs i5 7600K

In a world where Intel's mainstream quad-core processor line has been the default go-to for gamers for years, AMD's Ryzen chips are finally starting to make some real competition. And the great news is that you can get a CPU that's just as fast as a Core i5 for far less money.

That's especially true in applications that scale well with clock speed, like content creation tools and code compiling. Here, Ryzen is crushing the i5 7600K, but it's not a huge lead since the more expensive Intel chip also benefits from Hyper-Threading, which adds two additional cores to its total number of threads.

For gaming, though, things are a little more complicated. Ryzen 5 shows a good advantage over the i5 in most of our tests, but in a few titles that heavily rely on cores and threads (Crysis 3 and Rise of the Tomb Raider, for example), it trails by a substantial margin.

But these are the exception rather than the rule, and in most cases you'll find that Ryzen is a more than competent gaming CPU. In fact, you'll probably notice a difference of only 1-5 frames per second in most games. That's especially true if you drop the graphics quality down to Medium settings or lower.