Core i5-8400 vs. Overclocked Ryzen 5 1600

In our latest CPU roundup, Intel's 7th and 8th generation Core i5 and Core i7 were compared to AMD's Ryzen 5 and 7 by playing and comparing nine representative PC games with multiple resolutions. A total of eight new CPUs were tested with their base clock rates.

We then planned to recheck the comparison with the overclocking results. However, we opted for a simpler shootout – this was also the one most requested by the readers – and instead used an overclocked Ryzen 5 1600 against the Core i5-8400.

From the previous article, the results for the Ryzen 5 1600X and Core i7-7700K series are taken, which are compared with the Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 1600, the last of which are overclocked to 4 GHz. The focus of today's benchmarks will again be on the overclocked Ryzen 5 1600 at 4 GHz compared to the Core i5-8400 to see whether the Ryzen CPU can deliver comparable game performance when overclocking and how it stacks up in terms of value.

Benchmark time

Battlefield 1 immediately brought Ryzen disappointing numbers. Still, I didn't expect the overclocked 1600 to be significantly faster than the 1600X, which for the most part is already pretty close to 4 GHz. Here at 720p, overclocking the cheaper R5 1600 increased the frame rate by up to 5%, and this meant that even overclocked Ryzen was much slower than the 8th generation Core i5.

In fact, the Core i5-8400 is 40 fps faster at a minimal frame rate and that's an increase of almost 30%. If you look at the MSRP, you're essentially getting 7700K (slightly better) performance at a much lower price.

As bad as the low-resolution tests may be if the GPU bottleneck creeps in at 1080p at ultra quality, the Ryzen 5 1600 is making a quick comeback and is now within a 5% margin. These results have two sides. Some will say that they are realistic because they show players how much difference they will really see under the conditions they want to play. The other side is that it hides how much faster the Intel CPUs are, and with faster GPUs this scope will open up in the future. I will simply write down both arguments and leave it up to you to decide which results will influence your buying decision.

After all, at 1440p we are even more limited to the GPU, and here the impact of the CPU is further reduced, of course all CPUs offer a smooth experience in Battlefield 1.

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