Test Bed and Setup

As per our processor testing policy, we take a premium category motherboard suitable for the socket, and equip the system with a suitable amount of memory running at the manufacturer's maximum supported frequency. This is also typically run at JEDEC subtimings where possible. It is noted that some users are not keen on this policy, stating that sometimes the maximum supported frequency is quite low, or faster memory is available at a similar price, or that the JEDEC speeds can be prohibitive for performance. While these comments make sense, ultimately very few users apply memory profiles (either XMP or other) as they require interaction with the BIOS, and most users will fall back on JEDEC supported speeds - this includes home users as well as industry who might want to shave off a cent or two from the cost or stay within the margins set by the manufacturer. Where possible, we will extend out testing to include faster memory modules either at the same time as the review or a later date.

Test Setup
AMD AM4 Ryzen 5 2600
Ryzen 5 2500X
Ryzen 3 2300X

Ryzen 5 2400G
Ryzen 3 2200G
ROG Crosshair
VI Hero

MSI B350I Pro
for IGP
P1.70 AMD Wraith
RGB
G.Skill SniperX
2x8 GB
DDR4-2933
AMD AM4 Ryzen 5 1500X
Ryzen 3 1300X
Ryzen 3 1200
ROG Crosshair
VI Hero
P1.70 AMD Wraith
RGB
G.Skill SniperX
2x8 GB
DDR4-2666
Intel 8th Gen i5-8600K
i5-8400
i3-8350K
ASRock Z370
Gaming i7
P1.70 TRUE
Copper
Crucial Ballistix
4x8 GB
DDR4-2666
Intel Kaby G i5-8305G Chuwi HiGame 5.12 Mini-PC G.Skill SO-DIMM
2x4 GB
DDR4-2400
Intel 7th Gen i5-7600K GIGABYTE X170
ECC Extreme
F21e Silverstone*
AR10-115XS
G.Skill RipjawsV
2x16 GB
DDR4-2400
Intel 6th Gen i5-6600K GIGABYTE X170
ECC Extreme
F21e Silverstone*
AR10-115XS
G.Skill RipjawsV
2x16 GB
DDR4-2133
Intel 2nd Gen i5-2500K ASRock Z77
OC Formula
P2.40 TRUE
Copper
G.Skill Ares
4x4 GB
DDR3-1333
GPU Sapphire RX 460 2GB (CPU Tests)
MSI GTX 1080 Gaming 8G (Gaming Tests)
PSU Corsair AX860i
Corsair AX1200i
Silverstone SST-ST1000-P
SSD Crucial MX200 1TB
OS Windows 10 x64 RS3 1709
Spectre and Meltdown Patched
*VRM Supplimented with SST-FHP141-VF 173 CFM fans

We must thank the following companies for kindly providing hardware for our multiple test beds. Some of this hardware is not in this test bed specifically, but is used in other testing.

Hardware Providers
Sapphire RX 460 Nitro MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X OC Crucial MX200 +
MX500 SSDs
Corsair AX860i +
AX1200i PSUs
G.Skill RipjawsV,
SniperX, FlareX
Crucial Ballistix
DDR4
Silverstone
Coolers
Silverstone
Fans
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  • shticktical - Thursday, February 14, 2019 - link

    Ian, why don't you include idle power consumption? And not just in this article, in all CPU reviews? System's usually spent 95% time idling. That would be very interesting to know and compare. Thank you! Reply
  • Ian Cutress - Friday, February 15, 2019 - link

    Idle power consumption varies very wildly when you're talking about zero CPU load, and can be influenced more by the motherboard/system than the CPU itself. You can check the data in Bench regardless:

    https://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU-2019/2183
    Reply
  • RSAUser - Sunday, February 17, 2019 - link

    Still disappointed that Anandtech cannot use a simple bar chart plugin like canvasjs in 2019.
    Would love the ability to add information on hover like the current market price, or MSRP, or make it so it fetches the price from the amazon or newegg api.

    This is especially relevant in these charts where you're adding intel processors that are completely out of the price league of the CPU being reviewed and you're not adding the current price to the chart.

    Using a JS library to render the HTML would make those charts mobile responsive.
    Reply
  • fadsarmy - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    How does a 65W cpu (Ryzen 5 2600) draw 77.97W? Reply

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