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Game Ryzen R5 1600 Xeon E5-2669 v3
Cyberpunk 2077 29% 36%
Watch Dogs Legion 4% 13%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 4% 13%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 31% 38%
Genshin Impact 46% 51%
FIFA 21 33% 40%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 19% 27%
eFootball PES 2021 23% 31%
Ghostrunner 19% 27%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 19% 27%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon E5-2669 v3 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 R5 1600 was released over a year more recently than the Xeon E5-2669 v3, and so the Ryzen R5 1600 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 Xeon E5-2669 v3 has 6 more cores than the Ryzen R5 1600. 12 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 R5 1600 is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Xeon E5-2669 v3, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Xeon E5-2669 v3 has 12 more threads than the Ryzen R5 1600. Both the Ryzen R5 1600 and the Xeon E5-2669 v3 use hyperthreading. The Ryzen R5 1600 has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Xeon E5-2669 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 R5 1600 and Xeon E5-2669 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 R5 1600 has a 0.9 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 E5-2669 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 R5 1600 has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Xeon E5-2669 v3, but on the other hand, it is the Xeon E5-2669 v3 that has a 14 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.

The Ryzen R5 1600 has a 55 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon E5-2669 v3, and was created with a 8 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Ryzen R5 1600 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 CodenameZenHaswell-EP
MoBo SocketSocket AM4LGA 2011/Socket R
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date11 Apr 201701 Sep 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs12
CPU Threads12vs24
Clock Speed3.2 GHzvs2.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.6 GHzvs-
Max TDP65 Wvs120 W
Lithography14 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size512 KBvs768 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs3072 KB
L3 Cache Size16 MBvs30 MB
Memory Channels-vs4
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe 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.Xeon E5-2669 v3 is an upcoming server processor based on the 22nm, Haxwell microarchitecture.