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

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

Pros

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

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

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