IntelBX80684I58500
AMDYD260XBCAFBOX

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

6 Cores, 12 Threads @3.6GHz, Zen+.
Release date: Q2 2018.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 355,108 user samples
36,562 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 91% Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 76% Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 1.15 GHz (avg)
Poor: 76% Great: 91%
SPEED RANK: 82nd / 1316
Gaming
Gaming 86%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 71%
Battleship
318,546 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 86% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 69% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 0.55 GHz (avg)
Poor: 69% Great: 86%
SPEED RANK: 161st / 1316
Gaming
Gaming 79%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 73%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
86.1 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+9%
79.2 %
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
87.8 Pts Lower memory latency.
+10%
79.5 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
119 Pts +4% 114 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
235 Pts Slightly faster dual-core speed.
+5%
223 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
458 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+8%
424 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
650 Pts 706 Pts Slightly faster octa-core speed.
+9%
Memory
OC Memory Latency
94 Pts Slightly lower OC memory latency.
+7%
87.9 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
125 Pts +2% 123 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
248 Pts +2% 242 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
486 Pts +2% 476 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
708 Pts 787 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
+11%
Market Share
Based on 46,512,080 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.14 % 0.7 % Hugely higher market share.
+400%
Value
Value For Money
88.6 % +2% 86.7 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
58 % 85 % Much more popular.
+47%
Price
Price (score)
$251 $200 Cheaper.
+20%
Age
Newest
43+ Months 41 Months +5%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
710 Pts 1009 Pts Much faster OC 64-core speed.
+42%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
656 Pts 930 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
+42%
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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 6 core, 12 thread Ryzen 5 2600X is one of four new AMD second generation of high-end desktop Ryzen processors (codenamed Pinnacle Ridge) renowned for excellent value multi-core performance. The 2600X is set to replace the also 6 core, 12 thread 1600X as AMD’s new mid-range Ryzen 5 flagship. The latest generation of CPUs features a matured Zen+ chip architecture with 12nm lithography, increased clock speeds and Precision Boost 2 technology designed to leverage more CPU power than per the first generation. The 2600X appears to have stock base / boost clock speeds of 3.6 / 4.2 GHz. This is only marginally faster than the 1600X’s 3.6 / 4.0 GHz. Modest effective speed improvements are expected, although further benchmarks are necessary to draw firm conclusions. The 2600X ships with a Wraith Spire cooler and is priced reasonably at an expected $250. However, for most use cases, the new lower clocked Ryzen 5 2600 at $200 represents better value for money. Pinnacle Ridge processors are designed to work with the new 400 series motherboards, which allow for greater overclocking head room, and they are also backwards compatible with the 300 series motherboard following a bios update. Even though the 2600X 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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