One can find thousands of articles on how awesome the i9 is and how explosive is the Ryzen 9, but what about the ‘affordable’-do it all category? That is something we use in our daily lives, for our everyday work. As a student, I use the i5 and I wonder what can I buy in the same budget to bolster my performance?

The long standing debate never ceases to end. AMD or Advance Micro Devices, manufactures top of the shelf processors, graphics cards and much more. Intel, undoubtedly father of CPUs and produces processors that are used by computer manufacturers since the humans saw a computer. Most off the shelf laptops use the Intel processors as their stock choice for processors as they dedicate an entire range to power efficiency, for instance, the U series, the M series etc.
AMD, on the other hand, offers a very viable cheaper alternative to the Intel’s exploits in the arena of computers. They are cheap, offers decent performance and the list ends there, until a few years ago. Now, the AMD has decided to step up the game and come out of their underdog status and it looks like they mean business with their latest offering, the Ryzen. It was enough for Intel to roll up the sleeves and release the i9 processor range.

One thing is fairly clear now, AMD provides an almost similar performance, but with a price tag that is below what Intel has in its products. Most certainly, the battle of two heavyweights shall reveal the champion, but in this case, both are the winners and both are the looser.

Whilst Intel offers efficiency and performance at the same time, it is quite expensive when pegged against the AMD. On the other hand, AMD offers explosive clock speeds at much less cash, but buckle under pressure and are power hungry.


So which one to use for what? that is a question of the year.

To test my theory, I purchased an i5-7400 for my build and one of my friend with an almost identical build, dropped the gauntlet for the Ryzen 5 1500X processor. The other difference was the graphics card. While I was using the nVidia GTX 1060 OC 3GB GDDR5 from Gigabyte, he strapped up a nVidia GTX 1050Ti 4GB from Zotac(yes, its possible).

Intel i5 7400


Now, he spent almost Rs. 15000 on the processor as compared to mine Rs. 14600 but I had a more expensive graphics card and a better performing one perhaps.

Our intention was straightforward,

Find tasks, do them and see what performs better?


He is a graphic designer/Photography guy/part time gamer/video editor/music mixer etc. and I am just a lousy guy doing Architecture.

He runs Adobe Premier Pro, Photoshop, Garageband, Lightroom and tons of games.
I run Autodesk Revit 2017, 3Ds Max 2017 with Vray, Rhinoceros 5 and even the Unity game engine with Vuforia to make models in Augmented Reality. Pretty cool huh? (Next article shall be on how to use unity 🙂

How did they fare out?


Same Games, Similar SSD’s(almost identical), similar softwares (Took us 4 hours to hook it up: 3Ds Max with a file, Adobe Audition with a file)

1. Games

I have to admit, 70 FPS to 66 FPS in FarCry 4 was the closest of encounters we can have. The AMD surprisingly taking the lead here.  But my i5 was left to weep when the AMD was overclocked to 3.7 GHz on all cores with 4 cores gulping voltage like free beer. The result?
4 cores with OC on an MSI Pro motherboard: 95 FPS as compared to mine 66. I guess even the i7 was left stranded there for sure! I believe if my GTX 1060 was a human, it would have defected to the AMD’s camp for getting beaten up by a 1050Ti. Although I lost the race, but the i5’s 4 cores were a pound to pound with the Ryzen’s 4 cores up until he supplies voltage like Nitrous Oxide to the Engine. I was impressed by the i5’s single core performance too.

Office: Chromium Compile (v56)2. Softwares

I was dusted! Needless to say more. My Excuse? The Ryzen is more expensive! The Ryzen 5 made a bunny out of my i5. It was faster, got incredibly hot on occasions, even lagged a bit when the temperatures soared, but the i5 was a tad slower, offered a straight line performance, was cooler, never lagged or so to say: less volatile than then the Ryzen 5. Whenever it came to single thread performance the i5 fared pretty good, but when the multi-threading came, the Ryzen was the Boss. Surprisingly, the GTX 1060 performed exceedingly well against the 1050Ti when rendering the same scene with Vray RT under CUDA cores. I guess my 1060 would be happy now. Needless to say, the AMD has done a decent job with its wraith coolers, but needs more work it seems.

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Ryzen 5 Wraith Coolers

3. Conclusions

The day passed and the results were conducive: If you want to overclock, buy the Ryzen 5 1500X, if you want efficiency and decent heat management, stock the i5 7400. But, even with the i5-7400’s price tag, the Ryzen 5 1600 is in touching distance too. Needless to say, the Ryzen 5 1600 falls into the ‘beast’ category. If the 1500X can run circles with the overclock, then imagine what 1600 can do.

That is how the top brass to each company fares now:

On paper, the Ryzen 5 1500X scores 87 on user benchmark as compared to i5-7400’s 67.

So to speak, Ryzen is the boss with the multi-thread performance, but Intel has better single thread benchmarks.

Choose wisely.



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