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Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen 5 3500X 6-Core 3.6GHz Opteron 6276
Cyberpunk 2077 50% 17%
Hitman 3 33% 11%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 33% 11%
Resident Evil 8 45% 8%
FIFA 21 54% 23%
Grand Theft Auto VI 18% 36%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 52% 20%
The Medium 15% 42%
Genshin Impact 62% 37%
Far Cry 6 22% 30%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 5 3500X 6-Core 3.6GHz is massively better than the AMD Opteron 6276 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 Opteron 6276, 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 Opteron 6276 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 Opteron 6276 has 10 more cores than the Ryzen 5 3500X. 16 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 Opteron 6276, it would seem to be a decent choice.

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 Opteron 6276 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 5 3500X has a 1.3 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 probably a good indicator that the Opteron 6276 is superior.

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 3500X has a 3096 KB bigger L2 cache than the Opteron 6276, but on the other hand, it is the Opteron 6276 that has a 16352 MB bigger L3 cache than the Ryzen 5 3500X. In this case, the L2 size is probably what counts, so the Ryzen 5 3500X 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 50 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Opteron 6276, 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 2Interlagos
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket G34
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date09 Oct 201914 Nov 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs16
CPU Threads6vs-
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs2.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.1 GHzvs-
System Bus -vs6400 MHz
Max TDP65 Wvs115 W
Lithography7 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature100°Cvs55°C
Virtualization Technologynovsyes
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L1 Cache Size512 KBvs48 KB
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L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs1000 KB
L2 Cache Count-vs16
L2 Cache Speed-vs2300 MHz
L3 Cache Size32 MBvs16384 MB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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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.Opteron Hexadeca Core 6274 is a 16-Core Server CPU part of the Opteron 6200 Series released by AMD in 2011/2012.
Each Core is clocked at 2.2 and features one thread, making a total of 16.
Obviously not designed for gaming, due to its tremendous price, it will deliver great performance for those crazy enough to use for extreme gaming performance.

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AMD Power ManagementAMD Power Management
AMDBusiness ClassAMD Business Class
AMD Black EditionAMD Black Edition