Intel Coffee Lake i5-8600K vs 7600K at 5GHz, Worth The Upgrade?

By   /   Oct 5, 2017
Intel Coffee Lake i5-8600K

If you were wondering what kind of performance benefits the Intel Coffee Lake i5-8600K has to offer as compared to the 7600K then you have come to the right place as we are going to test out both CPUs at 5 GHz. Just to keep things interesting the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X has also been added into the mix which is clocked at 4 GHz.

To recap, the Intel Coffee Lake i5-8600K has 2 more cores as compared to the 7600K. Both feature unlocked multipliers and have been overclocked to 5 GHz. The AMD Ryzen 7 1700X, on the other hand, has 8 cores, 2 more than the Intel Coffee Lake i5-8600K and 4 more than the 7600K. Keeping all this in mind the numbers should be interesting.

First, let’s take a look at the single threaded performance of these CPUs in Cinebench R15. Here we see that the Intel Coffee Lake i5-8600K does not have to offer any performance gains as compared to the previous generation CPU and that the 7600K actually performs a bit better.

Intel Coffee Lake i5-8600K

Now, let’s look at Unigen Heaven DX11. Here we can see that the 8600K has a minor 5 points lead over the 7600K. The Ryzen 7 1700X, on the other hand, is lagging behind. You can check out the details below.

Intel Coffee Lake i5-8600K

Furthermore, we are going to take a look at how well the CPUs perform in games when paired with the Nvidia GTX 1080. First up we have the Civilization 6 AI benchmark. With the GTX 1080, there is no graphical limitation. Here we see that the Intel Coffee Lake i5-8600K falls behind as compared to the previous generation CPU. The AMD Ryzen 7 1700X takes the lead in this test.

Intel Coffee Lake i5-8600K

Moving onto the Ashes of the Singularity CPU focused test. Ashes of the Singularity is a very CPU incentive title and here we can see the advantage of having extra cores as the Intel Coffee Lake i5-8600K clearly takes the lead over the 7600K but the Ryzen 7 1700 has 8 cores and comes out on top.

Intel Coffee Lake i5-8600K

Now coming down to which CPU you should get. According to Newegg the price for the Core i5-8600K is $259.99. This puts it within $35 of the Ryzen 7 1700X and 1700. If you are looking for more cores then Ryzen might be the way to go but If you are looking for performance in games then the Core i5-8600K is a great option. Do keep an eye out for deals and get the CPU that is the cheapest.

It is safe to say that there are no differences from an architectural point of view and neither is there much of a difference when it comes to IPC but the additional cores come in handy in applications where they are used.

Let us know what you think about the Intel Coffee Lake i5-8600K and whether or not you are interested in upgrading to the new Intel Coffee Lake architecture.

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