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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i5-8500T 6-Core 2.1GHz Ryzen R9 Threadripper 1900X
Cyberpunk 2077 28% 31%
Call of Duty Warzone 11% 52%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 4% 44%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 28% 31%
Valorant 39% 67%
Hyper Scape 4% 44%
Grand Theft Auto VI 74% 7%
Doom Eternal 42% 23%
Death Stranding 12% 40%
F1 2020 61% 13%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen R9 Threadripper 1900X is massively better than the Intel Core i5-8500T 6-Core 2.1GHz 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 i5-8500T 6-Core was released less than a year after the Ryzen R9 Threadripper, 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 R9 Threadripper has 2 more cores than the Core i5-8500T 6-Core. 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 Core i5-8500T 6-Core is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Ryzen R9 Threadripper, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Ryzen R9 Threadripper has 10 more threads than the Core i5-8500T 6-Core. The Core i5-8500T 6-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Ryzen R9 Threadripper 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 i5-8500T 6-Core and Ryzen R9 Threadripper 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 R9 Threadripper has a 1.7 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 Ryzen R9 Threadripper 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 R9 Threadripper has a 2560 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-8500T 6-Core, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

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 i5-8500T 6-Core has a 145 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Ryzen R9 Threadripper (though they were created with the same size 14 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Core i5-8500T 6-Core 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).

The Core i5-8500T 6-Core has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Ryzen R9 Threadripper, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Intel UHD Graphics 630, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameCoffee Lake SThreadripper
MoBo SocketLGA 1151Socket TR4
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date02 Apr 201810 Aug 2017
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs8
CPU Threads6vs16
Clock Speed2.1 GHzvs3.8 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.5 GHzvs4 GHz
Max TDP35 Wvs180 W
Lithography14 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs68°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size384 KBvs768 KB
L2 Cache Size1536 KBvs4096 KB
L3 Cache Size9 MBvs16 MB
Max Memory Size-vs128 GB
Memory Channels-vs4
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630
Base GPU Frequency350 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1150 MHzvs-
DirectX12vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size149 mm˛vs-
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Intel Core i5-8500T 6-Core 2.1GHz is a low to mid-range power-efficient CPU based on Intel's 8th Gen 14nm Coffee Lake S microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (6 logical), initially clocked at 2.1GHz across all six cores, rising to a maximum of 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 enabled. The i5-8500T does not have an unlocked multiplier and therefore cannot be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 9MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. The Core i3-8500T has support for up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR4-2400 memory. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 35W, making it a very power efficient processor. Among its many features are Intel Enhanced Speedstep, Turbo Boost 2.0, Virtualization, SSE3, AVX2 and SSE 4.2. This CPU is likely to offer average computational performance and could become a bottleneck in some of the most CPU-intensive AAA games from 2018 onward.The Ryzen R9 Threadripper 1900X is a very high-end CPU based on AMD's 14nm, Zen microarchitecture. It offers 8 physical cores (16 logical), initially clocked at 3.8GHz, which may go up to 4.0GHz 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. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 128GB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 180W. It is on par with competitor processors. Among its many features, Enmotus FuzeDrive for AMD Ryzen, AMD SenseMI Technology, AMD Ryzen VR-Ready Premium, Virtualization, AES, AVX2, FMA4, XFR (Extended Frequency Range) It doesn't feature an integrated GPU. The AMD Ryzen 9 1900X's high core count and high clock speed make it a great but expensive option for gamers. It will run AAA games very well. While a high clock speed is a priority for gaming, 8 cores is excessive for most gaming applications.