AMD Ryzen 5 2600 vs. Ryzen 7 1700: Which CPU is best for you?

2019-01-10 By 0 Comments

We’ve been testing processors for decades and know how to interpret specifications and read through results to tell apart better value options from the countless choices available.

AMD Ryzen 5 2600

Value CPU

$165 at Amazon


  • 12nm FinFET
  • Faster RAM support
  • Faster stock clock speeds
  • Better value


  • Fewer cores and threads
  • Slightly slower for multi-core tasks

AMD’s newest mid-range processor offers exceptional performance for the price. It’s also unlocked — perfect for overclocking — and even comes with a decent stock cooler. The only drawback is the number of cores and threads available.

AMD Ryzen 7 1700

More cores

$200 at Amazon