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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen 7 3700 8-Core 3.6GHz Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 58% 46%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 43% 27%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 45% 29%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 55% 42%
Genshin Impact 68% 59%
eFootball PES 2021 55% 42%
FIFA 21 61% 49%
Watch Dogs Legion 43% 27%
Death Stranding 48% 34%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 52% 39%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 7 3700 8-Core 3.6GHz is massively better than the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz 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 7 3700 was released over a year more recently than the Ryzen 5 2600X, and so the Ryzen 7 3700 is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for 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 3700 has 2 more cores than the Ryzen 5 2600X. 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 2600X is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Ryzen 7 3700, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Ryzen 7 3700 has 4 more threads than the Ryzen 5 2600X. Both the Ryzen 7 3700 and the Ryzen 5 2600X use hyperthreading. The Ryzen 7 3700 has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Ryzen 5 2600X 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 7 3700 and Ryzen 5 2600X 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 7 3700 and the Ryzen 5 2600X 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 Ryzen 7 3700 and the Ryzen 5 2600X have the same L2 cache size, and the same L3 cache size, so in terms of cache-related gaming performance, the two CPUs are practically identical.

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 7 3700 has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Ryzen 5 2600X, and was created with a 5 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Ryzen 7 3700 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).

The Ryzen 7 3700 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 2600X, 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 Radeon RX Vega 11, 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 2Zen+
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket AM4
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 Apr 201919 Apr 2018
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores8vs6
CPU Threads16vs12
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs3.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.4 GHzvs4.2 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs95 W
Lithography7 nmvs12 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs54 Bit
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size512 KBvs-
L2 Cache Size3072 KBvs3072 KB
L3 Cache Size16 MBvs16 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs4
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon RX Vega 11
Base GPU Frequency1063 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1190 MHzvs-
DirectX12vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen 7 3700 is a mid to high-range CPU based on AMD's 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. It offers 8 physical cores (16 logical), initially clocked at 3.6GHz, which may go up to 4.6GHz using Precision 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 65W. 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. It features an integrated AMD Radeon Vega GPU with 11 Compute Units that offers low-end graphical performance.The 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.