IntelBX80684I58500
AMDYD2600BBAFBOX

6 Cores, 6 Threads @3.00 GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date ≈ Q1 2018.

6 Cores, 12 Threads @3.4GHz, Zen+.
Release date: Q2 2018.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 832,373 user samples
41,622 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 91% Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 77% Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 1.2 GHz (avg)
Poor: 77% Great: 91%
SPEED RANK: 106th / 1358
Gaming
Gaming 86%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 71%
Battleship
790,751 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 83% Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 3.95 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 67% Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 0.55 GHz (avg)
Poor: 67% Great: 83%
SPEED RANK: 243rd / 1358
Gaming
Gaming 76%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 77%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 70%
Battle cruiser
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
86 % Faster effective speed.
+14%
75.6 %
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
88 Pts Lower memory latency.
+13%
78 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
117 Pts Slightly faster single-core speed.
+9%
107 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
232 Pts Faster dual-core speed.
+12%
208 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
455 Pts Faster quad-core speed.
+15%
394 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
649 Pts 674 Pts +4%
Memory
OC Memory Latency
94.1 Pts Slightly lower OC memory latency.
+9%
86 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
124 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+9%
114 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
244 Pts Slightly faster OC dual-core speed.
+8%
226 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
481 Pts Slightly faster OC quad-core speed.
+9%
442 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
708 Pts 752 Pts Slightly faster OC octa-core speed.
+6%
Market Share
Based on 54,508,415 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.17 % 1.69 % Hugely higher market share.
+894%
Value
Value For Money
97.5 % Better value.
+10%
88.6 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
59 % 76 % More popular.
+29%
Price
Price (score)
$176 $156 Cheaper.
+11%
Age
Newest
53+ Months 51 Months +4%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
708 Pts 995 Pts Much faster OC 64-core speed.
+41%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
656 Pts 898 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
+37%
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The hex-core i5-8500 hails from Intel’s eighth generation of Coffee Lake processors, known for featuring a higher number of cores at each SKU than in previous generations and their refinement of the 14nm architecture as seen in 6th and 7th generation processors. At an estimated price of $184 it offers good multi-core value for money. Its quad core performance nearly rivals the more expensive i7-7700K (the 2017 CPU of choice for many top-end gamers). However based on preliminary benchmarks, the i5-8500 is only marginally faster (2% greater effective speed) than the i5-8400 which is also a recent and competitively priced hex-core Coffee Lake processor. Also, like the i5-8400, the 8500 features 9MB of L3 cache and a frugal TDP of 65W, leaving not much to choose between them. As is the case of all Coffee Lake processors, currently the only motherboards that the 8500 can be paired with feature Intel’s high-end Z370 chipset for overclocking. However, alternative and more suitable 300 series motherboards are long overdue and expected to be available soon. [Mar '18 CPUPro]

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The Ryzen 5 2600, from AMD’s second generation (Zen+) of high-end desktop Ryzen processors, supersedes the first generation Ryzen 5 1600. The newer generation sees a lithography reduction from 14nm to 12nm, but no increase in the number of cores and threads (6 and 12 respectively) over the ground-breaking first generation which continues to surpass similarly priced Intel CPUs in terms of multi-core performance. In other words, progress between generations is predominantly driven by power efficiency and therefore higher attainable clock speeds. The 2600 appears to have a stock base/boost clock of 3.4 / 3.9 GHz compared to the 1600’s 3.2 / 3.6 GHz which is expected to result in a modest increase in effective speed that said, early benchmarks are inconclusive. Included in the expected retail price of about $200 is a Wraith Stealth cooler, so the 2600, like the 1600 before it, represents great value for workstation users. The 2600 compliments the new 400 series motherboards and is also backwards compatible with the 300 series following a bios update. Even though the 2600 is plausible for multimedia production streamers should look elsewhere. Streaming with dedicated hardware such as NVENC or a separate stream PC will nearly always result in fewer dropped frames. [Apr '18 CPUPro]

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