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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen 5 3600X 6-Core 3.8GHz Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 41% 9%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 56% 33%
Halo: Reach 76% 63%
Cyberpunk 2077 50% 23%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 35% 0%
Borderlands 3 41% 9%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 45% 15%
Detroit: Become Human 49% 23%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 36% 2%
FIFA 20 58% 35%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 6-Core 3.8GHz is massively better than the Intel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz 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 3600X was released over three years more recently than the Core i7-6700K 4-Core, and so the Ryzen 5 3600X is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i7-6700K 4-Core 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 3600X has 2 more cores than the Core i7-6700K 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 i7-6700K 4-Core is more than enough for gaming purposes.

The Ryzen 5 3600X has 4 more threads than the Core i7-6700K 4-Core. Both the Ryzen 5 3600X and the Core i7-6700K 4-Core use hyperthreading. The Ryzen 5 3600X has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i7-6700K 4-Core 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 3600X and Core i7-6700K 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 i7-6700K 4-Core has a 0.2 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. 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 Ryzen 5 3600X has a 2048 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-6700K 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 i7-6700K 4-Core has a 4 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Ryzen 5 3600X. However, the Ryzen 5 3600X was created with a 7 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Ryzen 5 3600X is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

The Core i7-6700K 4-Core 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 5 3600X, 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 HD i7 6700K, 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 CodenameZen 2Skylake-S
MoBo SocketSocket AM4LGA 1151
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date07 Jul 201905 Aug 2015
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs4
CPU Threads12vs8
Clock Speed3.8 GHzvs4 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.3 GHzvs4.2 GHz
Max TDP95 Wvs91 W
Lithography7 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size512 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size3072 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size32 MBvs8 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsnoHD i7 6700K
Base GPU Frequency-vs350 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs1150 MHz
DirectX-vs12.0
Displays Supported-vs-
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Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen 5 3600X 6-Core 3.8GHz is a mid to high-range CPU based on AMD's 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (12 logical), initially clocked at 3.8GHz, which may go up to 4.4GHz using Precision Boost. It has an unlocked multiplier, therefore, it can be overclocked using traditional methods. As an AMD 'X' CPU, the Ryzen 5 3600X can use eXtended Frequency Range (XFR) for automated overclocking. It has 32MB 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 95W. It is on par with competitor processors. Among its many features are Simultaneous Multithreading, Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFR), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled. Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 14nm, Skylake MicroArchitecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 4.0GHz, which may go up to 4.2GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization are activated and the processor has its multiplier unlocked.

The processor integrates Powerful Graphics called HD i7 6700K, with 24 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1150MHz, 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 91W.

Its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.

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