Ryzen 5 1600X vs. Intel i7-7700k

6 cores, 12 threads

The Ryzen chipset is the next step in the battle for AMD vs. Intel. If you look at the Intel chipset, there is the i3, i5, and i7. AMD decidedly released the Ryzen 3, 5 and 7 chipsets to compete directly with Intel.

If you look at the course of the Intel history, some people might say that AMD has always been the choice for gamers and those who are overclock enthusiasts. Why? Well, Intel started out not allowing overclocking with their chipsets, and locking out the “true potential” of the chip, so to say. AMD has always provided “unlocked” chipsets – meaning that there’s no hardware or software layer in the way of the gamer being able to overclock the chip. Intel has also put limits on things like hyperthreading – where if you wanted a hyperthreaded instruction set or layer, you have to buy the more expensive chip.

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 CPU

The AMD Ryzen 5 1600 holds it’s own against the I7-7700k. You’d think you would compare it against the I5, not the i7, right? Well – that’s the power of AMD’s Ryzen chipset line.

For many years, AMD lagged behind Intel and could not really compete with their chipset lines. Intel, knowing they were winning, decided that they had won the monopoly on the market. They weren’t pushed to put much more out there. This led to many people leaving their Intel chips in the dust and going back to AMD. If you play your cards right, you can get a FX series chip to perform moderately competitively against intel i5 lines. However, the i7 was still top of the class and you couldn’t throw much at it in the way of competition.

Many gamers and enthusiasts started to lose their hope that AMD might again compete with the likes of the i7 chip. Even worse for AMD was the upcoming release of the i9 chipset. AMD had to do something and fast.

Enter the Ryzen series of processors. People can say what they want, but AMD has made quite the comeback with the Ryzen. If you want to go a bit overboard, you can also look at the threadripper. Get ready to rip stuff up.

When comparing the Ryzen 5 against the Intel i7-7700k, the 1600X beats out the i7-7700k on multi-thread or multi-string processing. But the 7700k wins out in terms of single core. This is usually how things go with AMD vs. Intel. Meaning, if you’re doing some multi-tasking, or running a program that can take advantage of Ryzen’s multi-core capabilities,