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Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen R5 1600 Xeon Processor L5640
Cyberpunk 2077 29% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 4% 76%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 7% 71%
Genshin Impact 46% 1%
eFootball PES 2021 23% 40%
Marvel's Avengers 7% 71%
Watch Dogs Legion 4% 76%
FIFA 21 33% 22%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 23% 40%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 19% 48%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen R5 1600 is massively better than the Intel Xeon Processor L5640 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 three years more recently than the Xeon Processor L5640, and so the Ryzen R5 1600 is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Xeon Processor L5640 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 R5 1600 and the Xeon Processor L5640 both have 6 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the AMD Ryzen R5 1600 and the Intel Xeon Processor L5640 have the same number of threads. Both the Ryzen R5 1600 and the Xeon Processor L5640 use hyperthreading. The Ryzen R5 1600 has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Xeon Processor L5640 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 Processor L5640 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 0.974 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 Xeon Processor L5640 has a 8192 KB bigger L2 cache than the Ryzen R5 1600, and although the Xeon Processor L5640 does not appear to have an L3 cache, its larger L2 cache means that it wins out 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 Xeon Processor L5640 has a 5 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Ryzen R5 1600. However, the Ryzen R5 1600 was created with a 18 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Ryzen R5 1600 is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZenWestmere-EP
MoBo SocketSocket AM4LGA 1366/Socket B
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date11 Apr 201716 Mar 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs6
CPU Threads12vs12
Clock Speed3.2 GHzvs2.226 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.6 GHzvs2.8 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs60 W
Lithography14 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs69°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size512 KBvs384 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs12288 KB
L3 Cache Size16 MBvs-
Max Memory Size-vs288 GB
Memory Channels-vs3
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 Processor L5640 is a Low Voltage Server Processor based on the 32nm, Westmere Architecture.

It offers 6 Physical Cores (12 Logical), Clocked at 2.26GHz that go up to 2.8GHz, in Turbo Mode and 12MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor DOES NOT Integrate any Graphics and has a rated board TDP of 60W.

It offers average performance. It will therefore become a bottleneck in today's demanding games.