Whether you’re a gaming enthusiast or an avid content creator, we’re sure that you’ll have heard about AMD and Intel’s ongoing rivalry! With new processors every year, the battle to score the most market dominance seems to be never-ending.
With so many CPUs and components being released, not to mention how technically different AMD and Intel are, it’s getting harder and harder for even the most experienced PC builders to choose which CPU is best for their needs.
This is where we come in. Today, we’re going to be taking a look at two types of processors from these opposing companies: the AMD Ryzen 5 and the Intel Core i7. We’ll be breaking down each kind of CPU and helping you make sense of the differences, so you can make the most informed choice.
In a nutshell, the AMD Ryzen 5 is a range of 12-thread desktop processors that features a 64-bit quad and 86 Hexa-cores. Each chip within this series is based on Zen architecture, which is AMD’s third architectural design.
Generally, AMD Ryzen 5 microprocessors contain either 4 cores that can process 8 threads at once or 6 cores that can support 12 threads at once. This makes quad-core Ryzen 5 processors ideal choices for everyday, general computer use, with some of the faster processors even being suitable for gaming.
First developed in 2008, the i7 processor is Intel’s Core i7 line of CPUs and has seen 9 generations of cards since its first release. Up until 2017, the Intel Core i7 was Intel’s fastest line of processors until the Intel Core i9 was released. At the time of writing, the Intel i7 range features processors that contain up to 8 cores, with a default clock speed of around 3.6GHz on average. This makes the Intel i7 range a favorite for gamers, PC builders, and content creators.
The first specification we’re going to be taking a look at its architecture. All the Ryzen 5 processors are built using the same Zen microarchitecture, which is a type of architecture that was specifically designed in order to reduce overall power consumption, as well as to improve clock speeds.
As each Ryzen 5 processor is Zen-based, they are each made via a 14nm FinFET process, which helps to make the chip more efficient at carrying out instructions per cycle, as well as using less energy. SMT is also enabled, which is a process that allows for each core to run two threads at once, as well as featuring an innovative SoC design that allows for each chip to have greater overall bandwidth.
In contrast, all of the Intel i7 processors are based on Intel’s Kaby Lake microarchitecture, which is a type of microarchitecture that uses a 14 nm manufacturing process. This microarchitecture was developed in order to achieve faster CPU clock speeds than ever before, better graphics, and higher Turbo boost frequencies.
Plus, in conjunction with Kaby Lake microarchitecture, the Intel i7 processors are also powered by Intel’s Optane technology, which works to improve storage speeds and improve overall efficiency. This makes this processor range ideal for gaming at 4K, VR, and all next-generation games.
The Intel i7 boasts breakneck clock speeds, with an average of 3.6GHz. However, its fastest within the range is the Gen Core i7-10700KF. Unlike other i7 processors, it has a base clock of 3.8GHz and can be overclocked to a whopping 5.1GHz, so it’s easy to see why they’re a hit with gamers!
In addition to lightning-fast clock speeds, Intel also offers a turbo boost, which is an overclocking feature Intel has been using within their processors for many years. Turbo boost allows for some of the i7 chip’s cores to run faster than their base clock speed when only one or two of the cores are needed. This is a really handy feature, as it means that the processors are able to be more efficient at multitasking.
In contrast, the Ryzen 5 range is slightly slower than the Intel i7 processor. Thanks to the Zen architecture we mentioned above, the Ryzen 5 processors include clock frequency improvements, and enjoy speeds from 3.8MHz to 4.4MHz, depending on the model.
When it comes to processors, the bigger the cache, the better! Cache sizes are by no means a ‘make-or-break’ feature, but it does help to indicate how well the chip will be at multitasking efficiently. Core i7 processors have larger amounts of cache (which refers to the memory built into the card) that are able to help the processor handle large amounts of data and instructions without becoming overburdened.
AMD Ryzen 5 processors, thanks to an all-new architecture, also feature larger cache sizes in order to ensure your computer will be able to handle your demands without any struggle. Paired with SMT, this makes AMD Ryzen processors a great choice for content creators or those who frequently use their PCs every day, and want a processor that will keep things running smoothly and quickly.
So, there you have it. As you will have seen from our review above, both kinds of processors are fantastic considerations. The one that you should choose depends greatly on what it is you need the processor for. Are you looking for a great, all-round everyday computer usage? Then an AMD Ryzen 5 Processor will be for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a processor that can handle larger workloads and gaming with speed and efficiency, look to an Intel i7 processor.