AMD Ryzen 5 1600X vs Intel Core i5-8500

Comparison of technical details, with different specifications, as well as performance in benchmarks between the processor for personal desktop computers, the Intel Core i5-8500 and the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X. The first has 6 cores, 6 threads, a base frequency of 3.0 GHz, a turbo frequency of 4.1 GHz, a cache of 9 MB, a TDP of 65 W. The second has more than 6 cores, a total of 12 threads, its initial frequency is 3.6 GHz, its maximum frequency reaches 4.0 GHz, its cache is 16 MB and its TDP is 95 W.


Processor AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Intel Core i5-8500
Family Ryzen Coffee Lake
Release date Q1 2017 Q2 2018
Lithography 14 nm 14 nm++
Cores 6 6
Threads 12 6
Base frequency 3.6 GHz 3.0 GHz
Turbo frequency 4.0 GHz 4.1 GHz
Cache 16 MB 9 MB
Max memory size 64 GB 64 GB
Memory types DDR4-2667 DDR4-2666
Max PCIe lanes 24 16
TDP 95 W 65 W
Geekbench 4 single core 4,345 4,793
Geekbench 4 multi-core 20,509 18,008
Price $180 $210
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This table allows us to see what are the technical differences between the two processors. We note that both have the same number of cores, that the turbo frequency of the Intel Core i5-8500 is higher, that the heat dissipation power (TDP) of the Intel Core i5-8500 is lower. The Intel Core i5-8500 is more recent.

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Processor Geekbench 4 – Multi-core & single core score – Windows 64-bit
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X  4,345
Intel Core i5-8500  4,793

This graph allows us to better evaluate the power comparison between the two chips. For each value, it is an average of the last 250 results on the benchmark platform. We observe that the difference in single core is 10%. In multi-core, there is a gap of 14%.


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