Posting this because I’ve found the question I’m asked most often is “Should I upgrade my i5-2500k/i7-2600k?”
Thankfully, Hardware Canucks (great channel) did a comparison video so this question can finally be answered with confidence… kinda…
You can either watch the video, or read the summary I provide below (much less detail than the video):
I’m going to gloss right over productivity, because if you care about productivity it’s an easy YES due to the increased core count and Ryzen has already given you a compelling reason to upgrade. Here is the kind of difference you will see in productivity tasks (video editing, video encoding, zipping/unzipping files, etc.):
Premiere Pro Results
However, most people who are asking me are generally interested in gaming performance.
I’m only going to show the 1080p results because it is the most likely to show a CPU bottleneck. Higher resolutions like 1440p and 4K are much harder for the GPU to render, making the GPU the bottleneck in almost every case.
As you’ll see from the charts below, performance is almost identical (with the exception of GTA V) and it only gets closer as you go up in resolution. You’ll also see from the old GTX 680 being compared, that it is much more worth your while to upgrade your graphics card before your CPU when it comes to gaming.
Battlefield 1 (DX12)
Deus Ex: Makind Divided (DX12)
Grand Theft Auto V
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands (DX11)