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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen 5 PRO 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 59% 46%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 44% 27%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 46% 29%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 55% 42%
eFootball PES 2021 55% 42%
Genshin Impact 69% 59%
FIFA 21 61% 49%
Death Stranding 49% 34%
Watch Dogs Legion 44% 27%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 53% 39%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz is massively better than the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 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 PRO was released over a year more recently than the Ryzen 5 2600X, and so the Ryzen 5 PRO 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 PRO and the Ryzen 5 2600X both have 6 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz and the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz have the same number of threads. Both the Ryzen 5 PRO and the Ryzen 5 2600X use hyperthreading. The Ryzen 5 PRO has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Ryzen 5 2600X 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 5 PRO and Ryzen 5 2600X 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 PRO and the Ryzen 5 2600X both have the same clock frequency, this is by no means an indicator that the two CPUs will provide the same level of performance. As such, we need to look elsewhere for more reliable comparisons.

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 PRO and the Ryzen 5 2600X have the same L2 cache size, but the Ryzen 5 PRO has a 16 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Ryzen 5 2600X.

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 PRO has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Ryzen 5 2600X, and was created with a 5 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Ryzen 5 PRO 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 2Zen+
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket AM4
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 Sep 201919 Apr 2018
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs6
CPU Threads12vs12
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs3.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.2 GHzvs4.2 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs95 W
Lithography7 nmvs12 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs54 Bit
Max Temperature95°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size384 KBvs-
L2 Cache Size3072 KBvs3072 KB
L3 Cache Size32 MBvs16 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs4
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen 5 PRO 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz 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 3.6GHz, which may go up to 4.2 GHz using Precision Boost. It has a locked multiplier, therefore, it cannot 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.The Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz is a mid to high-range CPU based on AMD's 12nm Zen+ microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (12 logical), initially clocked at 3.6GHz, which may go up to 4.2GHz 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. It has 3MB of L2 cache, 512KB per core. 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, Simultaneous Multithreading, Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled. This CPU is likely to offer excellent computational performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC.