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Gaming Performance Comparison

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Game Ryzen 5 2600E 6-Core 3.1GHz Ryzen 7 2700X
Cyberpunk 2077 35% 53%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 13% 37%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 37% 54%
Grand Theft Auto VI 6% 23%
FIFA 21 39% 56%
Genshin Impact 51% 64%
Far Cry 6 2% 26%
Hitman 3 13% 37%
Watch Dogs Legion 13% 37%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1% 27%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X is massively better than the AMD Ryzen 5 2600E 6-Core 3.1GHz 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 2600E was released less than a year after the Ryzen 7 2700X, 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 7 2700X has 2 more cores than the Ryzen 5 2600E. 8 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 Ryzen 5 2600E is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Ryzen 7 2700X, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Ryzen 7 2700X has 4 more threads than the Ryzen 5 2600E. Both the Ryzen 5 2600E and the Ryzen 7 2700X use hyperthreading. The Ryzen 5 2600E has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Ryzen 7 2700X has 2.

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 2600E and the Ryzen 7 2700X are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. With this in mind, it is safe to say that with a 0.6 GHz faster base clock rate, the Ryzen 7 2700X manages to provide significantly better performance than the Ryzen 5 2600E. What is more, the Ryzen 7 2700X also manages to eke 0.3 GHz higher frequency when being stressed by CPU-intensive applications.

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 Ryzen 5 2600E has a 50 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Ryzen 7 2700X (though they were created with the same size 12 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Ryzen 5 2600E will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZen+Zen+
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket AM4
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date12 Sep 201830 Apr 2018
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs8
CPU Threads12vs16
Clock Speed3.1 GHzvs3.7 GHz
Turbo Frequency4 GHzvs4.3 GHz
Max TDP45 Wvs95 W
Lithography12 nmvs12 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size-vs512 KB
L2 Cache Size-vs4096 KB
L3 Cache Size16 MBvs16 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs4
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen 5 2600E 6-Core 3.1GHz is a mid to high-end, energy efficient CPU based on AMD's 12nm Zen+ microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (12 logical), initially clocked at 3.1GHz, 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. It has 3MB of L2 cache, 512KB per core. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. As an 'E' series processor, it has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 45W. This makes it far more energy efficient than competing 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 AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8-Core 3.7GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 12nm Zen+ microarchitecture. It offers 8 physical cores (16 threads), initially clocked at 3.7GHz base clock and 4.3GHz boost with an unlocked multiplier for overclocking, and 16MB of L3 Cache. Among its many features are Simultaneous Multithreading, Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX) 2.0, Pure Power and Precision Boost 2.0. This CPU is likely to offer exceptional computational performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC. It will be able to play all modern games comfortably on high/ultra graphics performance without being a hindrance to the accompanying GPU.