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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen R7 Pro 1700 Core i7-5960X 8-Core 3.0GHz
PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds 44% 50%
Kingdom Come: Deliverance 38% 44%
Assassins Creed: Origins 38% 44%
Far Cry 5 16% 25%
Call of Duty: WWII 49% 55%
Grand Theft Auto VI 35% 42%
Sea of Thieves 43% 49%
Monster Hunter World 35% 42%
DRAGON BALL FighterZ 34% 41%
Dynasty Warriors 9 34% 41%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-5960X 8-Core 3.0GHz is massively better than the AMD Ryzen R7 Pro 1700 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 R7 Pro was released over a year more recently than the Core i7-5960X 8-Core, and so the Ryzen R7 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 R7 Pro and the Core i7-5960X 8-Core both have 8 cores. Games are not yet able to harness this many cores, so it is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games; however, if you intend on running a server with this CPU, it would seem to be a decent choice.

Both the AMD Ryzen R7 Pro 1700 and the Intel Core i7-5960X 8-Core 3.0GHz have the same number of threads. Both the Ryzen R7 Pro and the Core i7-5960X 8-Core use hyperthreading. The Ryzen R7 Pro has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i7-5960X 8-Core 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 R7 Pro and Core i7-5960X 8-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 R7 Pro has a 0.7 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 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 R7 Pro has a 2048 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-5960X 8-Core, but on the other hand, it is the Core i7-5960X 8-Core that has a 4 MB bigger L3 cache than the Ryzen R7 Pro. In this case, the L2 size is probably what counts, so the Ryzen R7 Pro 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.

The Ryzen R7 Pro has a 75 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-5960X 8-Core, and was created with a 8 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Ryzen R7 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).

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZenHaswell-E
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket 2011-3 / R3 / LGA2011-3
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date02 Mar 201729 Aug 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores8vs8
CPU Threads16vs16
Clock Speed3.7 GHzvs3 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs3.5 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs140 W
Lithography14 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs67°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs2048 KB
L3 Cache Size16 MBvs20 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs4
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen R7 1700 Pro is a high-end CPU based on AMD's 14nm, Zen microarchitecture. It offers 8 physical cores (16 logical), initially clocked at XX.XGHz, which may go up to XX.XGHz 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. The Ryzen R7 Pro 1700 is likely to offer excellent computational performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC.Core i7-5960X 8-Core 3.0GHz is an extreme processor based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture.

It offers 8 Physical Cores (16 Logical), initially clocked at 3.0GHz, which may go up to 3.5GHz and 20MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated and the processor has multiplier unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 140W.

It proves to be over 10% faster than Core i7-4960K. Its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.