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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen 5 3600XT 6-Core 3.8GHz Core i5-9500 6-Core 3.0GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 59% 40%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 45% 19%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 47% 21%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 56% 35%
Genshin Impact 69% 54%
eFootball PES 2021 56% 35%
FIFA 21 62% 43%
Watch Dogs Legion 45% 19%
Death Stranding 50% 26%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 54% 32%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT 6-Core 3.8GHz is massively better than the Intel Core i5-9500 6-Core 3.0GHz 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 3600XT was released over a year more recently than the Core i5-9500 6-Core, and so the Ryzen 5 3600XT 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 5 3600XT and the Core i5-9500 6-Core both have 6 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

The Ryzen 5 3600XT has 6 more threads than the Core i5-9500 6-Core. The Core i5-9500 6-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Ryzen 5 3600XT 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 3600XT and Core i5-9500 6-Core 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 3600XT has a 0.8 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 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 3600XT has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-9500 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 i5-9500 6-Core has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Ryzen 5 3600XT. However, the Ryzen 5 3600XT was created with a 7 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Core i5-9500 6-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by a small amount.

The Core i5-9500 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 5 3600XT, 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 CodenameZen 2Coffee Lake R
MoBo SocketSocket AM4LGA 1151
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date07 Jul 202023 Apr 2019
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs6
CPU Threads12vs6
Clock Speed3.8 GHzvs3 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.5 GHzvs4.4 GHz
Max TDP95 Wvs65 W
Lithography7 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature95°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size512 KBvs384 KB
L2 Cache Size3072 KBvs1536 KB
L3 Cache Size32 MBvs9 MB
Max Memory Size-vs128 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630
Base GPU Frequency-vs350 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs1150 MHz
DirectX-vs12
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs37.5mm x 37.5mm
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen 5 3600XT 6-Core 3.8GHz is a mid to high-range CPU based on AMD's 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (12 logical), initially clocked at 3.8GHz, which may go up to 4.5GHz using Precision Boost. It has an unlocked multiplier, therefore, it can be overclocked using traditional methods. As an AMD 'XT' CPU, the Ryzen 5 3600XT 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 95W. It is on par with 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.The Core i5-9500 6-Core 3.0GHz is a mid-range CPU based on a refinement of the 14nm++ Coffee Lake microarchitecture. It is identical to the Core i5-9500F except it features integrated graphics. It offers 6 physical cores (6 logical), initially clocked at 3.0GHz, which may go up to 4.4GHz using 6 cores with Turbo Boost. The i5-9500 has 9MB of L3 Cache. This chip supports up to 128GB DDR-2666 MHz memory and features Intel UHD 630 integrated graphics. Among its many features, Turbo Boost 2.0, Optane Memory Support, and Virtualization are activated, and its multiplier is not unlocked. This Core i5-9500 CPU offers above average gaming performance and should not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC in 2019. It will be able to play all modern games at 60fps comfortably on ultra graphics performance at any supported resolution without being a hindrance to the accompanying GPU. However, performance may become bottlenecked if playing at 144Hz.