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Gaming Performance Comparison

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Game Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz Core i3-8350K 4-Core 4.00GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 46% 18%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 27% 10%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 29% 7%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 42% 12%
eFootball PES 2021 42% 12%
Genshin Impact 59% 38%
FIFA 21 49% 23%
Death Stranding 34% 0%
Watch Dogs Legion 27% 10%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 39% 7%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz is massively better than the Intel Core i3-8350K 4-Core 4.00GHz 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 5 2600X was released less than a year after the Core i3-8350K 4-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance 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 5 2600X has 2 more cores than the Core i3-8350K 4-Core. 6 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 i3-8350K 4-Core is more than enough for gaming purposes.

The Ryzen 5 2600X has 8 more threads than the Core i3-8350K 4-Core. The Core i3-8350K 4-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Ryzen 5 2600X 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 5 2600X and Core i3-8350K 4-Core 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 Core i3-8350K 4-Core has a 0.4 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the Ryzen 5 2600X.

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 Ryzen 5 2600X has a 3071 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-8350K 4-Core, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

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 i3-8350K 4-Core has a 4 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Ryzen 5 2600X. However, the Ryzen 5 2600X was created with a 2 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Ryzen 5 2600X and the Core i3-8350K 4-Core would appear to produce roughly the same amount of heat, and consume about the same amount of power.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZen+Coffee Lake
MoBo SocketSocket AM4LGA 1151
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date19 Apr 201805 Oct 2017
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs4
CPU Threads12vs4
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs4 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.2 GHzvs4 GHz
Max TDP95 Wvs91 W
Lithography12 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width54 Bitvs64 Bit
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz is a mid to high-range CPU based on AMD's 12nm Zen+ microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (12 logical), initially clocked at 3.6GHz, which may go up to 4.2GHz 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. It has 3MB of L2 cache, 512KB per core. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 95W. 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. This CPU is likely to offer excellent computational performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC.The Intel Core i3-8350K 4-Core 4.0GHz is a high-end CPU based on Intel's 8th Gen 14nm, Coffe Lake microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical), clocked at 4.0GHz. It is the first ever Intel Core i3 quad-core CPU. It also has an unlocked multiplier and can therefore be overclocked to higher clock speeds. It has 6MB 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 91W. It is on par with competitor processors. Among its many features, Intel Enhanced Speedstep, HyperThreading and Virtualization are activated. It integrates Intel HD Graphics 630 on board. It has a base frequency of 350MHz which can go up to 1GHz as well as offering DirectX 12 support. This CPU is likely to offer good computational performance but may suffer from performance dips on higher resolutions and demanding applications. As of 2017 it is the most powerful Core i3 CPU Intel has ever released, while its four-cores make it an excellent choice budget choice for gaming.