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AMD Ryzen 5 1600 vs Intel Core i7-7700K
Hello everyone. Will here and today, I am testing the Ryzen 5 1600 and pitting it against my trusty Intel Core i7-7700K. I have been looking forward to this for some time as the Ryzen 5 1600 processor is what I am most likely moving to this year as I plan on branching out a bit and moving away from my Intel Core i7-7700K. I have had no issues with the 7700K, I just want to try something different. There are plenty of folks out there, tech folks in particular, who have reviewed these processors extensively but I want to see for myself. Currently, the next generation of Intel processors are out with the Coffee Lake series but Intel’s decision to not support Coffee Lake series processors on the Z270 chipset has pushed me more toward AMD’s Ryzen line given all future processors will be supported on the B350/X370 chipset until at least 2020. This basically means I do not have to buy a completely new motherboard to upgrade from the 1st generation Ryzen CPU to the 2nd generation Ryzen line and beyond, at least until 2020. With that being said, let’s take a look at the specifications of each processor, the test systems, and finally the benchmarks in a few games and Cinebench R15.
Ryzen 5 1600
First up, I give you the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 CPU. This is a 6 core, 12 thread processor with a base clock of 3.2GHz and max turbo clock speed of 3.6GHz. The processor sports 16MB of L3 cache and this is an unlocked processor meaning you can overclock this processor on B350 and X370 chipsets. The processor is built on the 14nm technology and draws just 65 watts TDP and can be run at a maximum safe operating temperature of 95C. Maximum system memory supported is dual channel DDR4 RAM up to 2667MHz and up to 64GB.
The Intel Core i7-7700K processor is a 4 core, 8 thread processor with a base clock of 4.2GHz and boost clock of 4.5GHz. The 7700K sports 8MB of L3 cache and is an unlocked processor allowing for overclocking on the Z170 (pending BIOS update) and Z270 chipsets. The processor is built on the 14nm technology and draws 91 watts TDP and can be run at a maximum safe operating temperature of 100C. Maximum system memory supported is dual channel DDR4 RAM up to 2400MHz and up to 64GB. Unlike the Ryzen 5 1600 though, the Intel Core i7-7700K does have integrated graphics with the Intel HD Graphics 630. However, this isn’t really a deal breaker for either as pretty much anyone with either of these processors will be using dedicated graphics cards.
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For the Intel Core i7-7700K test system, I have the 7700K overclocked to 4.9GHz on the MSI Z270 Tomahawk motherboard with 16GB of Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM clocked at 2933MHz. For the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 system, I have the Ryzen 5 clocked at 4.0GHz on the MSI B350 Tomahawk motherboard and 16GB of Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM also clocked at 2933MHz. The graphics card used was the MSI GTX 1080 Duke 8GB graphics card at stock settings.
For benchmarking, I chose 8 triple A games and I ran Cinebench in both single core and multi-core tests. All games were tested at the highest setting they offer with MSAA at the lowest setting offered at 1080p. Each game was tested a total of 5 times on 5 different days. Each test run began after a full 12 hour system shutdown and each test began with a different game in which I rotated on a “Round Robin” style rotation. So, let’s get to the results.
First up is our Cinebench R15 test. In the Cinebench single core testing, the Ryzen 5 1500 scored 165 while the 7700K was 22% better with a score of 212. In the multicore test, the Ryzen flipped the script blowing away the 7700K with a 20% margin and a score of 1335 to the 7700K’s 1063. This is good news for those of us who will want to use some productivity software or create content in addition to gaming if we want to go with the Ryzen 5 1600 CPU.
As far as gaming, the Intel Core i7-7700K was better, for the most part, across the board, losing just twice in the 1% lows and just twice in average frame rates. Up first was Battlefield 1. The i7-7700K came away with a 1% low of 119 FPS and an average of 119 FPS while the Ryzen 5 1600 came away with a 1% low of 99 FPS and an average frame rate of 136 FPS giving the 7700K a negligible advantage. Player Unknown Battlegrounds was up next and the Ryzen 5 1600 pushed just 64 FPS for a 1% low and 81 FPS average while the 7700K got a 1% low of 74 and an average frame rage of 90 giving the 7700K a 10% advantage. In Prey the 7700K picked up 113 FPS as a 1% low and an average of 171 FPS while the Ryzen 5 1600 got a 1% low of 116 and an average FPS of 171 as well making this a draw. In Overwatch, the Ryzen 5 1600 pushed 224 FPS as a 1% low and 265 average FPS while the 7700K got a 1% low of 223 FPS and an average of 279 FPS giving the 7700K the advantage here by 20%. Doom was tested but both systems maxed out the game’s 200 frame cap which cannot be removed. Tom Clancy’s: The Division was tested next. Here, the Ryzen 5 1600 edged out the 7700K with a 1% low of 61 FPS and average frame rate of 108 FPS versus a 1% low of 63 and average FPS of 102 giving the Ryzen 5 1600 a 5.5% advantage. Rise of the Tomb Raider was tested next and the Ryzen 5 1600 took the win here as well with a 1% low of 87 FPS and average of 115 FPS to the 7700K’s 1% low of 91 FPS and an average frame rate of 113 FPS giving the Ryzen 5 a small, 1.74% advantage. Finally, I tested Destiny 2. The Ryzen 5 1600 had a 1% low of 67 FPS and an average of 109 FPS while the 7700K got 106 FPS and an average of 153 FPS giving the 7700K a 28.7% advantage. Overall after averaging all 8 games, the 7700K is 4.82% faster than the AMD Ryzen 5 1600.
Gaming and Cinebench R15 Results
|Game/Cinebench||Ryzen 5 1600 (1% Low/Avg FPS)||Core i7-7700K (1% Low/Avg FPS)|
Player Unknown's Battlegrounds
Tom Clancy's: The Division
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Cinebench R15 Single Core
Cinebench R15 Multicore
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
So, as can be seen from the testing, when the Intel Core i7-7700K won, it won big and when the Ryzen 5 1600 won, it just slightly edged out the 7700K. If you are a gamer or into production and productivity, either process will do just fine for you. But at over $100 cheaper just for the processor, you would be hard pressed not to purchase the Ryzen 5 1600 over the Intel Core i7-7700K for the price to performance. Overall, I feel the Ryzen 5 is the better option when it comes to budget and performance, specifically for content creation with some dabbling in triple A gaming at 1080p. After all, I don’t think it’s very intelligent to spend 35.6% more for just 4.82% performance increase. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again next time.
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 or Intel Core i7-7700K?
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