If you’re upgrading your CPU you may notice that the i5 9600K and the Ryzen 7 2700x are very similar in price. The Ryzen has more cores and threads so you may assume the Ryzen flat out beats the Intel i5. This blog will breakdown the differences between the two processors and what the advantages and disadvantages are of both of them. Both processors are nearly identical in price so you’re definitely going to want to be picking the right one up if you’re upgrading or buying a new system.


The Ryzen 7 2700x boasts an 8-core count with a massive 16 threads against the i5’s 6 cores and 6 threads. You will notice that the Ryzen 7 has twice as many threads in comparison to its cores, whereas the i5 has a 1:1 ratio of cores to threads. This is because the Ryzen 7 uses multi-thread technology to allow each core to process two threads at the same time.

Overall in this area the Ryzen 7 2700x wipes the floor with the i5 9600K.


In terms of raw performance the i5 9600K beats the Ryzen 7 by about 6% when looking at single thread capabilities. This is somewhat expected as the i5 9600K is 6 months newer than the Ryzen 7. As we all know however, processors use more than one core and more than one thread, so when looking at overall performance using all threads, the Ryzen 7 2700X trumps the i5 9600K by around 47% which is a chasm in terms of CPU performance.

Cost and Power Efficiency

In terms of power efficiency the i5 wins out as expected as they have fewer cores and has better performance per core as explained earlier than the Ryzen 7 2700X. However the efficiency difference is only around 5-7% which considering the power difference of 47% in favour of the Ryzen 7 it does feel like the i5 is leaving you left wanting more.

As far as cost efficiency goes, the Intel processors are in constraint at the moment so as a result, the Intel processors at the best of times fluctuate heavily. With current pricing we are selling the i5 9600K £50 cheaper than the Ryzen 7 2700x, which is very reasonable given the state of the market, you can quite easily find them £50 more expensive in some places. With the Ryzen however, the significant difference in performance is definitely worth the extra £50.

Overall Verdict

If you’re looking for raw performance then without a doubt the Ryzen 7 2700x is the way to go. The AMD processors are great in price at the moment for the performance they output so if you’re looking for a great processor at a reasonable price then you needn’t look much further.

On the other hand, if you’re able to pick up the i5 9600K at a low price and are more focused on CPU efficiency and not interested in outright performance or don’t play CPU heavy games or tasks such as video editing or playing the latest AAA titles then this processor might be your best bet.

Hopefully this information has made up your mind which processor suits you the best. You can buy either of these processors online or come in store today!

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