Benchmarks have their limitations, especially ‘real world’ benchmarks.
The real world benchmarks i’m using in this post in most part, have a workload to mimic a typical consumer usage pattern. That means they have to work on a system with only two CPU cores, and all the way up to perhaps 16 CPU cores.
Consequentially, that means they will not in most part take advantage of a CPU with 8 or more cores. So keep that in mind when viewing these graphs. The only benchmark that i’m showing here that will measure the full potential of a high CPU core count is CineBench R15.
So lets start.
For all the results shown here, both CPU’s were overclocked to their maximum stable, and safe clock speed for 24/7 use. In the case of the AMD RyZen R1700 that was 3.8GHz, and in the case of the Intel i7 8700K 4.8GHz. Both systems used identical DDR4 3200MHz DRAM at 3200MHz. Both systems also used an identical NVidia GTX1060 GPU.
With its CPU clock speed advantage, the Intel 8700K was the fastest in the single threaded test. In the Multi threaded test, and RyZen 1700 with its 8 CPU cores easily outperformed the Intel 8700K even though the 8700K had a 1GHz clock speed advantage.
I have added a result for RyZen ThreadRipper in this test, kindly provided by Balthazar2k4 .
RealBench has a fairly typical consumer grade workload, and will therefore not take full advantage of any of the CPUs under test.
I will leave you to draw your own conclusions from the results.
FutureMark PCMark 10 Professional
PCMark 10’s workload is typical to one you would find an your home or office. Suffice to say, it will not take full advantage of these multi core CPU’s.
Once again, i will leave you to draw your own conclusions on the results.
My own thoughts.
For a typical home user, CPU clock speed and IPC are still the winner. The Intel 8700K with its 1GHz clock speed advantage is in most part the fastest. It is also more expensive than the RyZen 1700.
However, if you can take advantage of the RyZen 1700’s extra two CPU cores, like I have done in my studio, then RyZen 1700 is the more powerful CPU, and has given my studio a new lease of life.