When choosing a processor, you need to pay attention not only to pure performance, frequency and number of cores. Do not forget about the calculated performance of the cooling system or TDP (Thermal Design Power).
Modern processors are no longer limited to 4 cores on board. There may be 8, 12, 16 … and even more. True, such processors are already intended for professionals who need high computing power. If you are looking for a processor for a gaming system, then you can limit yourself to a chip with 6 cores. For example, such as the Intel Core i7-8700K.
Currently, two well-known brands, AMD and Intel, are fighting each other in the processor market. For a while, AMD remained an outsider, but the Ryzen processor line brought it back to the top of the processor Olympus, making life difficult for representatives from the Intel lines. Today, these two brands are fighting almost on an equal footing, ahead of each other with the release of each new model.
Rating leaders in terms of price / quality ratio
Each year, the CHIP test lab tests a huge number of processors. All results of our tests are presented as a summary rating in the corresponding table. It was she who guided us when we chose the best CPUs that satisfy the price-performance ratio. The final score, which determines the position of a particular model in the table, of course, consists of performance. But high power should cost reasonable money, so in this article we are considering just such processors.
First Place: AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
Despite the fact that Intel products currently occupy the leading positions in the overall rating, AMD chips win in terms of price / quality ratio, showing excellent results at an acceptable cost. Take, for example, our leader — AMD Ryzen 5 1600X=»content_internal_link»>. On average, for just 160$, you get a 6-core processor on the modern Summit Ridge architecture, which offers impressive performance and high operating frequencies.
In normal operation, the frequency response AMD Ryzen 5 1600X are at the level of 3600 MHz, but in the auto-overclocking mode, when you need to “throw firewood”, the processor shows an impressive 4000 MHz. Moreover, this parameter can also be overclocked, since X-marked CPUs are designed specifically for overclocking. TDP of 95 watts also speaks of this.
In our test, the processor AMD Ryzen 5 1600X scored 3629 points in the synthetic benchmark PC Mark 8, showing that the difference in performance with 8-core processors is not very big. But in benchmarks that give marks for multithreading, the situation is a little different: eight-cores noticeably take the lead, which, however, is quite expected.
Runner-up: Intel Core i7-8700K
Compared to the leader of our rating, the six-core Intel Core i7-8700K=»content_internal_link»> no longer seems so accessible. Its cost is significantly higher and averages about 320$, which is almost twice the price tag of AMD Ryzen 5 1600X. In terms of performance, it is the undisputed leader, but when assessing the ratio of price and quality, it loses to a competitor from AMD.
During test trials Intel Core i7-8700K distinguished itself by showing the highest maximum frequency — an impressive 4700 MHz. The nominal frequency in normal operation is 3700 MHz, and now it is comparable to the competitor. But in the auto-overclocking mode, the Intel Core i7-8700K simply puts other chips on the blades and at the moment there is no equal to him in this.
Let us note that Intel Core i7-8700K is not only the carrier of the latest Coffee Lake architecture. The name of the processor contains the letter «K», and this tells us about the good overclocking potential. When an enhanced power supply is applied to the processor, it is possible to overclock the nominal frequencies of the CPU itself, as well as DDR4 RAM modules. But there is a caveat — the changed power scheme makes this processor incompatible with the LGA 1151 socket. LGA 1151v2 is required.
Third place: AMD Ryzen 5 1600
In third place is another six-core AMD, but without the “X” marking. But the cost AMD Ryzen 5 1600=»content_internal_link»> even more gentle — about 140$. Not a processor, but a gift! True, in comparison with its older brother, this model offers standard frequencies at the level of 3200 MHz and, if necessary, can be overclocked to 3600 MHz.
One of the differences from Intel processors lies in the absence of a graphics subsystem. If the choice of processors from the top two positions allows you to postpone the purchase of a video card, then in the case of AMD Ryzen 5 1600 a discrete graphics card is a must. But given the high cost of graphics cards, not everyone has the opportunity to buy this component from one salary.
According to the results of measurements in benchmarks AMD Ryzen 5 1600 slightly behind the faster 1600X. This is especially noticeable in the test results in PCMark 8, Cinebench R15 and PovRay 3.7 RC3. But if you do not go into comparisons and take into account the TDP of 65 watts, we can say that the end results are very good. Recall that the 1600X version has this parameter much larger — 95 watts.
Fourth place: AMD Ryzen 7 1700
And again, the representative from the AMD camp shows the best value for money. 8-core monster in the face AMD Ryzen 7 1700=»content_internal_link»> we recommend buying for those who do not tolerate any compromises in games or work with resource-demanding programs. According to the results of our tests, this processor proved to be highly productive and efficient, including in multitasking mode.
Clock speeds AMD Ryzen 7 1700 slightly lower than the leader of the rating. 3000 MHz in normal mode and 3700 MHz in auto overclocking mode. Despite this, in synthetic benchmarks, the processor performs very well and shows good results. Based on the latest, this CPU can be safely attributed to the top segment. At the same time, the cost of such a top-end processor is very affordable — about 250$.
The best thing AMD Ryzen 7 1700 suitable for working in programs that use multi-core — here it has no equal yet. But for gaming systems, this processor will not be the best option, since many modern games are still poorly optimized for eight-core solutions from AMD. We see the best use case for this processor in a workstation.
Fifth place: Intel Core i7-7700K
In fifth place, AMD’s expansion is diluted by another chip from Intel. It can be purchased for 250$, if you are not confused by its belonging to the previous Kaby Lake architecture. Intel Core i7-7700K=»content_internal_link»> — a mainstream chip that focuses on performance and does not offer any innovations compared to the novelties based on Coffee Lake.
Compared to previous CPUs that occupy the first four lines of our hit parade, Intel Core i7-7700K only offers 4 cores and 8 threads. But the base clock frequency starts at 4200 MHz. In the automatic overclocking mode, frequencies can reach 4500 MHz, which is almost comparable to the values of the 6-core Intel Core i7-8700K, which is in second place.
High clock speeds have benefited performance. In benchmarks Intel Core i7-7700K shows very decent results, and in the PCMark 8 test even slightly ahead of the Intel Core i7-8700K. In the 3DMark test suites, both processors are also almost on a par. And given the focus of the processor on gaming systems, we recommend buying it specifically for assembling gaming PCs.