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Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen R7 1700 Xeon Processor X5680
Cyberpunk 2077 39% 2%
Watch Dogs Legion 18% 32%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 18% 32%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 41% 5%
Genshin Impact 54% 26%
FIFA 21 43% 8%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 31% 11%
eFootball PES 2021 35% 5%
Ghostrunner 31% 11%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 31% 11%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen R7 1700 is massively better than the Intel Xeon Processor X5680 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 1700 was released over three years more recently than the Xeon Processor X5680, and so the Ryzen R7 1700 is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Xeon Processor X5680 when 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 1700 has 2 more cores than the Xeon Processor X5680. 8 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 Xeon Processor X5680 is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Ryzen R7 1700, it would seem to be a decent choice.

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 1700 and Xeon Processor X5680 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 Xeon Processor X5680 has a 0.33 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 enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the Ryzen R7 1700.

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 1700 has a 2560 KB bigger L2 cache than the Xeon Processor X5680, 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 R7 1700 has a 65 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon Processor X5680, and was created with a 18 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Ryzen R7 1700 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 CodenameZenWestmere-EP
MoBo SocketSocket AM4LGA 1366/Socket B
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date02 Mar 201716 Mar 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores8vs6
CPU Threads16vs-
Clock Speed3 GHzvs3.33 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.7 GHzvs-
Max TDP65 Wvs130 W
Lithography14 nmvs32 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size512 KBvs192 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs1536 KB
L3 Cache Size16 MBvs12 MB
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe AMD Ryzen 7 1700 8-Core 3.7GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 14nm Zen micro architecture. It offers 8 physical cores (16 threads), initially clocked at 3.0 GHz base clock, rising to 3.7 GHz with boost clock. It has an unlocked multiplier for overclocking, and 16MB of L3 Cache. Among its many features are Simultaneous Multithreading, Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX), Pure Power and Precision Boost. This CPU is likely to offer exceptional computational performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC. It will be able to play all modern games comfortably on high/ultra graphics performance without being a hindrance to the accompanying GPU.Intel Xeon Processor X5680 is a Server CPU part of the Xeon Series continuously released by Intel.
It's based on the Nehalem architecture and the memory controller supports memory controller supports DDR3-800, DDR3-1066 and DDR3-1333.
The performance is quite impressive and surpasses most Ivy Bridge based desktop CPUs but comes at an extremely high price.