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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen 5 3500X 6-Core 3.6GHz Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz
Halo: Reach 73% 78%
Red Dead Redemption 2 35% 47%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 52% 60%
Borderlands 3 35% 47%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 29% 41%
Cyberpunk 2077 45% 55%
FIFA 20 54% 62%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 35% 47%
eFootball PES 2020 47% 56%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 65% 71%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz is massively better than the AMD Ryzen 5 3500X 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 5 3500X was released less than a year after the Ryzen 7 3700X, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance 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 7 3700X 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 Ryzen 7 3700X, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Ryzen 7 3700X has 10 more threads than the Ryzen 5 3500X. The Ryzen 5 3500X has one thread per physical core, whereas the Ryzen 7 3700X 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 Ryzen 5 3500X and the Ryzen 7 3700X are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. That isn't particularly helpful, however, as the Ryzen 5 3500X and the Ryzen 7 3700X provide identical clock rates and thus extremely similar performance.

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 and the Ryzen 7 3700X 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.

Both the Ryzen 5 3500X and the Ryzen 7 3700X have the same TDP of 65 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 7 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZen 2Zen 2
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket AM4
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date09 Oct 201907 Jul 2019
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs8
CPU Threads6vs16
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs3.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.1 GHzvs4.4 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs65 W
Lithography7 nmvs7 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs4096 KB
L3 Cache Size32 MBvs32 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs4
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.The Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz is a high-end 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 4.4GHz using Precision Boost. It has an unlocked multiplier, therefore, it can be overclocked using traditional methods. As an AMD 'X' CPU, the Ryzen 5 3700X 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 65W. It is power efficient compared to 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.

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