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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen R5 1600 AF Ryzen 7 2700X
Hitman 3 18% 37%
Cyberpunk 2077 39% 53%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 18% 37%
FIFA 21 43% 56%
Grand Theft Auto VI 0% 23%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 41% 54%
Resident Evil 8 32% 48%
Genshin Impact 54% 64%
Far Cry 6 4% 26%
The Medium 4% 19%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X is massively better than the AMD Ryzen R5 1600 AF 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 R5 1600 was released over a year more recently than the Ryzen 7 2700X, and so the Ryzen R5 1600 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 2700X has 2 more cores than the Ryzen R5 1600. 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 R5 1600 is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Ryzen 7 2700X, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Ryzen 7 2700X has 4 more threads than the Ryzen R5 1600. Both the Ryzen R5 1600 and the Ryzen 7 2700X use hyperthreading. The Ryzen R5 1600 has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Ryzen 7 2700X 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 R5 1600 and Ryzen 7 2700X 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 2700X has a 0.5 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 Ryzen 7 2700X.

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 R5 1600 and the Ryzen 7 2700X have the same L2 cache size, and the same L3 cache size, so in terms of cache-related gaming performance, we have to look back to the clock rate, where the Ryzen 7 2700X wins out.

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 R5 1600 has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Ryzen 7 2700X (though they were created with the same size 12 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Ryzen R5 1600 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 CodenameZenZen+
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket AM4
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date21 Dec 201930 Apr 2018
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs8
CPU Threads12vs16
Clock Speed3.2 GHzvs3.7 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.7 GHzvs4.3 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs95 W
Lithography12 nmvs12 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature105°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs4096 KB
L3 Cache Size16 MBvs16 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs4
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen R5 1600 AF is an entry-level CPU based on AMD's 12nm Zen+ microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (12 logical), initially clocked at 3.2GHz, which may go up to 3.7GHz using Turbo Boost. The 'AF' variant of the Ryzen 1600 was first introduced in December 2019. It is based on newer, improved Zen+ microarchitecture and offers more consistent boost speeds which are 100 MHz faster than the Ryzen 1600. You can spot an 'AF' chip by looking at the model number of the CPU. IF it's an AF CPU it will contain 'AF', such as YD1600BBAFBOX. 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, Simultaneous Multithreading, Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled. It doesn't feature an integrated GPU. This CPU is likely to offer decent computational performance and shouldn't be a bottleneck is most gaming applications in 2020.The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8-Core 3.7GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 12nm Zen+ microarchitecture. It offers 8 physical cores (16 threads), initially clocked at 3.7GHz base clock and 4.3GHz boost with an unlocked multiplier for overclocking, and 16MB of L3 Cache. Among its many features are Simultaneous Multithreading, Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX) 2.0, Pure Power and Precision Boost 2.0. This CPU is likely to offer exceptional computational performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC. It will be able to play all modern games comfortably on high/ultra graphics performance without being a hindrance to the accompanying GPU.