AMD Ryzen 7 7700 vs Core i5-13600K: Which one to buy?

AMD Ryzen 7 7700 vs Core i5-13600K: Which one to buy?

AMD Ryzen 7 7700 vs Core i5-13600K: Which one to buy?

Today, AMD is letting PC hardware reviewers reveal their own performance figures for the recently announced low-power Ryzen 7000 processors, and today we’re taking a look at how the Ryzen 7 7700 performs against the Ryzen 7 7700X and Core i5-13600K. You can see my review of the Ryzen 9 7900 here.

The new Ryzen 7 7700 costs significantly less than the Ryzen 7 7700X, bringing it closer to the Intel Core i5-13600K. This is an important move as the Core i5 generally outperformed the Ryzen 7700X in multiple benchmarks and at a lower price point.

The 7700X and 7700 models are the same in terms of the number of cores (eight), threads (16), and the amount of cache (8 MB L2, 32 MB L3). They differ in TDP and frequencies. It’s limited to just 65W cm vs 105W for the 7700X, which means a 200MHz drop in the peak boost frequency and a 500MHz drop in the boost frequency of all cores, reaching 4.7GHz there instead of the 5.2GHz I’ve seen with the 7700X .

However, with PBO and auto overclocking, it’s easy to bring all cores back to 5GHz, which is easily done in the motherboard BIOS or AMD Ryzen Master.

My test system uses the latest version of Windows 11 along with the latest drivers. I used the Asus ROG Strix X670E-E Gaming WiFi motherboard, 32 GB G.SKill EXPO 6000 MHz memory and RTX 3070 graphics card.

Patterns

Below we can see that at least in Premiere Pro there is little to gain by spending more on the X-series models, and the Ryzen 7 7700X also had an advantage over the Core i5-13600K.

AMD also had an advantage in Lightroom and Photoshop, and here the Ryzen 7 7700 was also able to overtake the Ryzen 9 7900, most likely due to the much higher boost frequency of all cores.

Cinebench is where we’re starting to see a greater impact of these lower frequencies, with the Core i5-13600K offering better performance than the Ryzen 7 7700 and the latter also scoring noticeably lower than the 7700X.

The Core i5-13600K was significantly faster in the multi-core test with a score of 24,268 versus 18,476 for the Ryzen 7 7700, which was about 1,500 points lower than the 7700X.

Another multi-threaded test, HandBrake showed again that the Core i5-13600K offers a better result than the Ryzen 7 7700, which was slightly slower than the 7700X, but not by much.

Below in Forza Horizon 5, and while there’s some scaling in general, above Ryzen 5 7600X Ryzen 7 7700X doesn’t have much of an advantage over the 7700, although the Core i5-13600K showed a slight boost, even using the relatively modest RTX 3070 graphics card – that advantage would increase if you used something stronger.

Far Cry 6 saw little gain over the Ryzen 7 7700, but the Core i5-13600K was a bit faster again.

Watch Dogs: Legion saw a reasonable scaling up the chart, but the Ryzen 7 7700 was definitely just below the point where other elements were solidly limiting the game. Above that, performance was similar, but it’s clear that with a typical mid/high range -end graphics card like the RTX 3070 or above, the Ryzen 7 7700 is likely to be somewhat performance throttling. The Ryzen 7 7700X on the other hand was better here thanks to less latency under the hood than the Ryzrn 9 7900X. Again, though, there’s not much to it.

Power consumption was, as you might expect, much lower, with the Ryzen 7 7700 reducing the power consumption of the Ryzen 7 7700X system by more than 70W, and given that it holds up in multiple tests, it shows just how efficient AMD CPUs are at lower power limits. The Ryzen 7700 was also much easier to keep cool than the Ryzen 7 7700X and Core i5-13600K, with the latter drawing over 130W more power from the wall.

Conclusions

The Ryzen 7 7700 requires only a little cooling and can be fine-tuned to regain many of the lost tighter power limits compared to the Ryzen 7 7700X. However, the latter has seen massive price cuts since launch, and now costs little more than the Ryzen 7 7700 and can be purchased for under $350.

Considering the latter was noticeably faster in multiple tests, it’s no doubt worth the extra cash if the Ryzen 7 7700 ends up retailing close to its $329 luanch price. The only exceptions are situations where you want to save money, choose a cheaper cooler, or you care primarily about cooling and energy consumption.

The Core i5-13600K, in addition to the same price, also has the advantage of cheaper motherboards and memory, making it a cheaper way to own a decent mid-range processor that was also faster in many tests. However, it also runs hotter and consumes much more energy. However, as a cool running, mid-range power efficient CPU with decent performance across multiple tests, the Ryzen 7 7700 is definitely worth considering.

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