The two chip makers have been going head to head for quite a while now. After the arrival of the AMD Ryzen series, Intel’s status quo took a big hit. Intel decided to fire back with a new line up of the 8th generation of its processors even though it has barely been 10 months since the launch of the 7th generation.
Now that we’ve been in a stew for quite a while after the launch of Intel’s coffee lake processors on the 5th of October 2017, we can finally get to deciding, which one is the clear winner here.
AMD finally has gone all in with this new line up, they decided to stick with what they do best. That is packing up more and more cores at a relatively lower frequency compared to its Intel counterpart. This naturally resulted in AMD becoming the top choice for gaming enthusiasts, video game streamers and self-proclaimed Mega Taskers.
Thanks to the insane amount of cores and a huge cache memory, these processors are well equipped to handle the toughest of the workloads including multiple heavy applications being open at once. This makes these processors a great option for multitasking.
Intel, unlike AMD isn’t focusing on adding more and more cores and threads to their CPUs but is focusing on higher frequencies. It still maintains its position on the top of the lists of Content Creators. The combination of higher frequencies and a set of limited yet powerful cores results in a performance that’s not only good enough in comparison to the Ryzen but also gives it a tough fight.
It’s safe to say by now that the companies cater to a different set of audience with some overlap in between. This also results in us seeing drastically different strategies undertaken by these two chip makers.
AMD has focused on strengthening its hold on the lower end and budget ranged CPUs. Intel on the other hand didn’t want to compromise on the performance by cutting down costs.
The tides however ostensibly turned once AMD shifted focus onto the higher end of the spectrum and went all in with its Ryzen series. This resulted in Intel gaining supremacy in the budget range with it’s Pentium G4560. With both the chipmakers now in the same price category, its nip and tuck as to which one is offering a better price to performance ratio.
However keep in mind, the ryzen has been out for a while and it has seen some significant drop in its price since its launch.
On paper Intel outperforms the AMD chips (albeit by a very small margin). As they say, benchmark scores don’t mean anything, and it’s actually true to a certain extent. Intel tends to run at a cooler temperature compared to AMD , kudos to the hyper-threading which doesn’t let any core stay unproductive and keeps them active at all times .In layman terms it means that , you’ll save a few bucks on your electricity bills. That being said, AMD has worked a lot on keeping the temperatures of their processors low, in reference to the Ryzen series . The ‘Red’ team has packed a bunch of cores that run at relatively lower frequencies and help in the heat dissipation of the processor and this enables the Ryzen CPUs to run at about the same temperatures as the ones from Intel and would barely have throttle issues even with a stock cooler.
If you’re planning to build any kind of Desktop in 2017, a graphic card is a must. The onboard graphics on the Intel might only be good for running a couple of emulators and a few titles like League Of Legends , Dave and maybe some more from the 90s era. Ryzen CPUs on the other hand won’t come with an integrated graphics card, meaning your system will wait for it to detect a graphic card on boot. You aren’t losing anything here because if you can afford any of these processors, chances are you can also cash in a few more bucks and also throw in a basic graphic card at the very least.
The AMD Ryzen processors are available at most stores across the country due to its early launch. Also you can save a lot with an AMD chipset as of now, due to the huge discounts offered. The Intel chipsets on the other hand will be scarce due to them being new to the market.
At the same time, the Intel’s coffee lake line is only compatible with the latest Z370 board series. The manufacturers are yet to manufacture motherboards for the 8th generation processors. Both the processors and the motherboards aren’t backwards compatible. This results in a huge bump in the overall build cost all due to the cost of a Z370 board ranging from 110$ all the way up to a 500$. That being said, the AMD counterpart has some compatibility issues as well ,thanks to the new AM4 socket .Most CPU coolers will demand an additional AM4 mounting bracket, this however is a cheaper fix and won’t break your bank.
You can’t go wrong with either of them. If money isn’t a problem then the best option for you is the Intel’s top of the line Core i7-8700K. Despite its proclivity for heat, it outperforms its competitor by a significant margin. High clock speeds and the added powerful cores from Intel packs a huge punch in this small chip, making it ideal for all types of audiences ranging from gamers to content creators. On the other hand, the large pool of twitch streamers will choose to go with the Ryzen instead,as it offers you the flexibility to run multiple apps in the background.The Ryzen also makes sense for people on a tight budget, you can save a lot with the slashed prices and the lower cost motherboards making it a bigger bang for the buck !