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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen R9 Threadripper 1920X Core i5-4690 3.5GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 44% 1%
Halo: Reach 73% 53%
Cyberpunk 2077 45% 3%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 52% 15%
Doom Eternal 47% 6%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 31% 22%
Grand Theft Auto VI 12% 55%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 51% 14%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 23% 36%
Need For Speed Heat 45% 3%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen R9 Threadripper 1920X is massively better than the Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The Ryzen R9 Threadripper was released over three years more recently than the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz, and so the Ryzen R9 Threadripper is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Ryzen R9 Threadripper has 6 more cores than the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz. 10 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The cores in the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Ryzen R9 Threadripper, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Ryzen R9 Threadripper has 16 more threads than the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz. The Core i5-4690 3.5GHz has one thread per physical core, whereas the Ryzen R9 Threadripper uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Ryzen R9 Threadripper and Core i5-4690 3.5GHz are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Ryzen R9 Threadripper and the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz both have the same clock frequency, this is by no means an indicator that the two CPUs will provide the same level of performance. As such, we need to look elsewhere for more reliable comparisons.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

The Core i5-4690 3.5GHz has a 96 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Ryzen R9 Threadripper. However, the Ryzen R9 Threadripper was created with a 8 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

The Core i5-4690 3.5GHz has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Ryzen R9 Threadripper, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameThreadRipperHaswell
MoBo SocketSocket TR4LGA 1150
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date10 Aug 201714 May 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores10vs4
CPU Threads20vs4
Clock Speed3.5 GHzvs3.5 GHz
Turbo Frequency4 GHzvs3.9 GHz
Max TDP180 Wvs84 W
Lithography14 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size-vs256 KB
L2 Cache Size-vs1024 KB
L2 Cache Count6vs-
L3 Cache Size32 MBvs6 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop
Base GPU Frequency-vs400 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs1250 MHz
DirectX-vs11.1
Displays Supported-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen R9 Threadripper 1920X is a very high-end CPU based on AMD's 14nm, Zen microarchitecture. It offers 12 physical cores (24 logical), initially clocked at 3.5GHz, which may go up to 4.0GHz using Turbo Boost. It has an unlocked multiplier therefore it can be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 16MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 180W. It is on par with competitor processors. Among its many features, Simultaneous Multithreading, Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled. It doesn't feature an integrated GPU. The AMD Ryzen 9 1920X's high core count and high clock speed mean it isn't a great value option for gamers. It will run AAA games very well. While a high clock speed is a priority for gaming, 12 cores is excessive for most gaming applications. Core i5-4690 3.5GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 3.5GHz, which may go up to 3.9GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 4600, with 20 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1200MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 84W.

Compared to Core i5-4670K there's an overall 3% performance boost. Its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.

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