When we talk about industry rivalry, we cannot overlook one of the two oldest competitors on the CPU market, namely Intel and AMD. They have been fighting to get everybody’s attention ever since the ‘60s, and gamers, PC users, manufacturers and enthusiasts. And it seems that they’re not planning to stop anytime soon. We chose two of their best products to stack up against one another: AMD Ryzen 7 and Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake.
While the latest Ryzen chip relies on a Zen microarchitecture which is built on a 14 nm FinFET process and an innovative AM4 socket, the most recent Core i7 CPU works on the Kaby Lake architecture. The latter is also using a 14 nm technology, plus fast CPU speeds and higher Turbo frequencies than it offered until now.
Families and Specs
The Ryzen model imitates the structure of the Intel chip families when it comes both to name and performance skews. As an example, the AMD Ryzen 7 line rivals the Intel Core i7 model, the Ryzen 5 pairs up against the Intel Core i5 and lastly, the Ryzen 3 matches the Core i3.
Ryzen is a 1800X processor and an octacore one, which can support 16 threads being executed. The base clock is a 3.6 GHz one and you can boost it up to 4 GHz. Meanwhile, the i7 is a 7700 K one, which has a 4.2 GHz speed, being a four core device with 8 MB cache.
When it comes to performance, many people think that Intel is better than the AMD. The preliminary benchmark tests made on the two processors showed that the Ryzen model is slightly less performant than the Intel product. However, their advantage is the fact that the Ryzens are overclockable, thus achieving greater speeds.