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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Ryzen R5 1600
Cyberpunk 2077 56% 29%
Hitman 3 41% 4%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 41% 4%
The Medium 25% 23%
Resident Evil 8 51% 21%
FIFA 21 59% 33%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 57% 31%
Grand Theft Auto VI 28% 17%
Genshin Impact 67% 46%
Far Cry 6 31% 13%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz is massively better than the AMD Ryzen R5 1600 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 Ryzen 5 5600 and the Ryzen R5 1600 both have 6 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the AMD Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz and the AMD Ryzen R5 1600 have the same number of threads. Both the Ryzen 5 5600 and the Ryzen R5 1600 use hyperthreading. The Ryzen 5 5600 has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Ryzen R5 1600 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 Ryzen R5 1600 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 0.3 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. 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 R5 1600 has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Ryzen 5 5600, but on the other hand, it is the Ryzen 5 5600 that has a 16 MB bigger L3 cache than the Ryzen R5 1600. In this case, the L2 size is probably what counts, so the Ryzen R5 1600 is likely superior in this area.

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.

Both the Ryzen 5 5600 and the Ryzen R5 1600 have the same TDP of 65 Watts, but the Ryzen 5 5600 has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZen 3Zen
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket AM4
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 Mar 202111 Apr 2017
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Cores6vs6
CPU Threads12vs12
Clock Speed3.5 GHzvs3.2 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.4 GHzvs3.6 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs65 W
Lithography7 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size3072 KBvs4096 KB
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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. The Ryzen R5 1600 is a high-end CPU based on AMD's 14nm, Zen microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (12 logical), initially clocked at 3.2GHz, which may go up to 3.6GHz 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 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 excellent computational performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC.