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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen 5 3500X 6-Core 3.6GHz FX-8350
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 13% 64%
Doom Eternal 23% 45%
Half-Life: Alyx 30% 30%
Cyberpunk 2077 45% 3%
Grand Theft Auto VI 6% 77%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 39% 14%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 30% 30%
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 37% 19%
Ori and the Will of the Wisps 48% 3%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered 87% 76%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 5 3500X 6-Core 3.6GHz is massively better than the AMD FX-8350 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 3500X was released over three years more recently than the FX-8350, and so the Ryzen 5 3500X is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the FX-8350 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 FX-8350 has 2 more cores than the Ryzen 5 3500X. 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 3500X is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the FX-8350, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The FX-8350 has 2 more threads than the Ryzen 5 3500X. Both CPUs have one thread 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 3500X and FX-8350 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 FX-8350 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 FX-8350.

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 FX-8350 has a 4096 KB bigger L2 cache than the Ryzen 5 3500X, but on the other hand, it is the Ryzen 5 3500X that has a 24 MB bigger L3 cache than the FX-8350. In this case, the L2 size is probably what counts, so the FX-8350 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 Ryzen 5 3500X has a 60 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the FX-8350, and was created with a 25 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Ryzen 5 3500X 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 2Vishera
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket AM3+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date09 Oct 201923 Oct 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs8
CPU Threads6vs8
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs4 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.1 GHzvs4.2 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs125 W
Lithography7 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs8192 KB
L3 Cache Size32 MBvs8 MB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen 5 3500X 6-Core 3.6GHz is a mid-range CPU based on AMD's 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (6 logical), initially clocked at 3.6GHz, which may go up to 4.1 GHz using Precision Boost. It has an unlocked multiplier, therefore, it can be overclocked using traditional methods. 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 65W. It is on par with competitor processors. Among its many features are Simultaneous Multithreading, Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled. AMD's Ryzen 5 3500X is currently exclusively available in China.FX-8350 is a high-end CPU based on the 32nm Piledriver architecture.

It offers 8 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, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated and the clock multiplier is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 125W.

Compared to its competitor Core i7-3770K it performs around 12% worse. Still, its performance is very good and sufficient for extreme gaming.