AMD RYZEN 5 2600

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The Ryzen 5 2600—hot damn, what a chip. This thing is truly king of mid-range pro­ces­sors right now, es­pe­cially as far as a value propo­si­tion is con­cerned. Let’s com­pare it to the Core i5-8400 in our mid-range build. Cinebench R15 Sin­gle-Core: In­tel 165; AMD 159—4 per­cent dif­fer­ence. Mul­ti­core? In­tel 945; AMD 1,274—35 per­cent dif­fer­ence. Hell, that’s a sub­stan­tial win on the mul­ti­core, and for the sake of 4 per­cent in sin­glecore, a sac­ri­fice we’re will­ing to make, es­pe­cially for $10 more. But there’s one caveat that ex­tends AMD’s lead sub­stan­tially: over­clock­ing. Bump up those ra­tios, and you’ll see both sin­gle and mul­ti­core per­for­mance de­mol­ish the Core i5 by 8 and 51 per­cent re­spec­tively. If AMD keeps up this level of im­prove­ment, and In­tel doesn’t rein­vig­o­rate it­self, the PC com­mu­nity in a year or two’s time is go­ing to look very dif­fer­ent. $190, www.amd.com

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