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Game Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Xeon E5-2628L v3
Cyberpunk 2077 56% 22%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 41% 5%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 57% 24%
FIFA 21 59% 27%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 50% 12%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 32% 21%
Watch Dogs Legion 41% 5%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 50% 12%
Grand Theft Auto VI 28% 28%
Genshin Impact 67% 41%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz is massively better than the Intel Xeon E5-2628L v3 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 5600 has not been released yet, so any comparisons on this page are likely to be unreliable.

The Xeon E5-2628L v3 has 4 more cores than the Ryzen 5 5600. 10 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 5600 is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Xeon E5-2628L v3, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Xeon E5-2628L v3 has 8 more threads than the Ryzen 5 5600. Both the Ryzen 5 5600 and the Xeon E5-2628L v3 use hyperthreading. The Ryzen 5 5600 has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Xeon E5-2628L v3 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 5600 and Xeon E5-2628L v3 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 5600 has a 1.5 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 probably a good indicator that the Xeon E5-2628L v3 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 5600 has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Xeon E5-2628L v3, 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 Ryzen 5 5600 has a 10 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon E5-2628L v3, and was created with a 15 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Ryzen 5 5600 will consume slightly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill slightly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZen 3Haswell-EP
MoBo SocketSocket AM4LGA 2011/Socket R
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 Mar 202101 Sep 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Cores6vs10
CPU Threads12vs20
Clock Speed3.5 GHzvs2 GHz
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Max TDP65 Wvs75 W
Lithography7 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size3072 KBvs2560 KB
L3 Cache Size32 MBvs25 MB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz is a mid to high-range CPU based on AMD's 7nm+ Zen 3 microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (12 logical), initially clocked at 3.5GHz, 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 5600 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 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. Xeon E5-2628L v3 is an upcoming server processor based on the 22nm, Haxwell microarchitecture.