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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 41% 31%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4% 49%
Cyberpunk 2077 19% 41%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 55% 23%
Halo: Reach 42% 71%
Borderlands 3 41% 31%
FIFA 20 1% 50%
eFootball PES 2020 16% 43%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 23% 62%
Detroit: Become Human 20% 41%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz is massively better than the Intel Core i3-9100F 4-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 Core i3-9100F 4-Core was released over a year more recently than the Ryzen 5 2600X, and so the Core i3-9100F 4-Core 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 5 2600X has 2 more cores than the Core i3-9100F 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 i3-9100F 4-Core is more than enough for gaming purposes.

The Ryzen 5 2600X has 8 more threads than the Core i3-9100F 4-Core. The Core i3-9100F 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 Core i3-9100F 4-Core 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 Core i3-9100F 4-Core 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 5 2600X has a 2048 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-9100F 4-Core, but on the other hand, it is the Core i3-9100F 4-Core that has a 6128 MB bigger L3 cache than the Ryzen 5 2600X. In this case, the L2 size is probably what counts, so the Ryzen 5 2600X is likely superior in this area.

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 i3-9100F 4-Core has a 30 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 Core i3-9100F 4-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameCoffee Lake RZen+
MoBo SocketLGA 1151Socket AM4
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date23 Apr 201919 Apr 2018
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs6
CPU Threads4vs12
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs3.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.2 GHzvs4.2 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs95 W
Lithography14 nmvs12 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs54 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs-
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs3072 KB
L3 Cache Size6144 MBvs16 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs4
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz is a low-end desktop CPU based on a refinement of the 14nm++ Coffee Lake microarchitecture. It is identical to the Core i3-9100 except it does not feature integrated graphics. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical), initially clocked at 3.6GHz, which may go up to 4.2GHz using 4 cores with Turbo Boost. The i3-9100F has 6MB of L3 Cache. This chip supports up to 64GB DDR-2666 MHz memory. Among its many features, Turbo Boost 2.0, Optane Memory Support, and Virtualization are activated. It does not feature an unlocked multiplier and therefore cannot be overclocked using traditional methods. This Core i3-9100F CPU offers average gaming performance in 2019 and may be a minor bottleneck in a modern gaming PC. It should be able to play most modern games at 60fps on High graphics performance at any supported resolution without being a hindrance to the accompanying GPU, although may struggle with the most demanding AAA titles. Performance may become bottlenecked if playing at 144Hz and 1080p or lower screen resolution.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.

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