Thursday, October 12, 2017

AMD Ryzen vs Intel 8th-gen Core – South African price comparison

Intel has released its new desktop processors in South Africa.

The new chips are the 8th-generation of Core desktop processors, code-named "Coffee Lake".

Intel has increased the number of physical cores and threads in its desktop processors, while offering the chips at the same prices as the previous generation.

To see how they stack up, we compared the specifications and pricing of the latest Intel processors against AMD's Ryzen desktop range.


Both CPU lineups are built on a 14nm manufacturing process, and boast improved physical core counts and power efficiency compared to previous generations.

Intel's Coffee Lake architecture is a refinement of Kaby Lake, while AMD's Ryzen chips are built on its Zen microarchitecture – designed to deliver improved performance and parallel computing power.

Ryzen processors use the new AM4 socket and are compatible with all chipsets that have this socket.

Intel's new chips use the LGA 1151 socket, but are only compatible 300-series chipsets. Currently, the only 300-series motherboards available are high-end Z370 boards. B360 chipsets are set to launch later this year.

The specifications and pricing of the new processors are below.

ProcessorCoresThreadsBase ClockBoost ClockTDPPrice
Core i3 / Ryzen 3
AMD Ryzen 3 1200443.1GHz3.4GHz65WR1,882
Intel Core i3-8100443.6GHzN/A65WR1,949
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X443.5GHz3.7GHz65WR2,049
Intel Core i3-8350K444.0GHzN/A91WR2,956
Core i5 / Ryzen 5
AMD Ryzen 5 1400483.2GHz3.4GHz65WR2,643
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X483.6GHz3.7GHz65WR3,004
Intel Core i5-8400662.8GHz4.0GHz65WR3,041
AMD Ryzen 5 16006123.4GHz3.6GHz65WR3,745
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X6123.6GHz4.0GHz95WR4,243
Intel Core i5-8600K663.6GHz4.3GHz95WR4,425
Core i7 / Ryzen 7
AMD Ryzen 7 17008163.0GHz3.7GHz95WR5,126
Intel Core i7-87006123.2GHz4.6GHz65WR5,275
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X8163.4GHz3.8GHz95WR6,273
Intel Core i7-8700K6123.7GHz4.6GHz95WR6,295
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X8163.6GHz4.0GHz95WR7,933

Intel Core i5 8th-generation

Competition returns

While Ryzen processors have a slight edge in terms of pricing and core count, it is important to note that Intel's chips have integrated graphics processors – AMD's CPUs do not.

This shouldn't make a difference for gamers, as they use dedicated graphics cards, but it is an important consideration for individuals and businesses which do not need discrete GPUs.

Despite this difference, Intel and AMD are more competitive than ever, with AMD's Ryzen architecture not standing down to Intel.

There is little to separate the CPU lineups, and system builders are likely to choose a CPU most compatible with their build.

AMD Ryzen and Intel 8th-gen Core processors are available from online stores in South Africa.

Now read: Intel 8th-Gen vs 7th-Gen desktop processors – A big upgrade

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