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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen R5 1600 Core i5-2500S 2.7GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 29% 27%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 4% 71%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 7% 66%
Genshin Impact 46% 4%
eFootball PES 2021 23% 37%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 23% 37%
Watch Dogs Legion 4% 71%
FIFA 21 33% 19%
Marvel's Avengers 7% 66%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 19% 44%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen R5 1600 is massively better than the Intel Core i5-2500S 2.7GHz 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 Core i5-2500S 2.7GHz, 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 Core i5-2500S 2.7GHz 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 has 2 more cores than the Core i5-2500S 2.7GHz. 6 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 Core i5-2500S 2.7GHz is more than enough for gaming purposes.

The Ryzen R5 1600 has 8 more threads than the Core i5-2500S 2.7GHz. The Core i5-2500S 2.7GHz has one thread per physical core, whereas the Ryzen R5 1600 uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads per physical core.

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 Core i5-2500S 2.7GHz 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 0.5 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 R5 1600.

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 3072 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-2500S 2.7GHz, 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.

Both the Ryzen R5 1600 and the Core i5-2500S 2.7GHz have the same TDP of 65 Watts, but the Ryzen R5 1600 has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

The Core i5-2500S 2.7GHz has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Ryzen R5 1600, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Intel HD Graphics 2500 Desktop, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZenSandy Bridge
MoBo SocketSocket AM4LGA 1155/Socket H2
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date11 Apr 201709 Jan 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs4
CPU Threads12vs4
Clock Speed3.2 GHzvs2.7 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.6 GHzvs3.7 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs65 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 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size16 MBvs6 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 2500 Desktop
Base GPU Frequency-vs650 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs11
Displays Supported-vs-
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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.Core i5-2500S 2.7GHz is an energy efficient CPU based on the 32nm, Sandy Bridge architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.7GHz, which may go up to 3.7GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates weak Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 2000, with 6 Execution Units, initially clocked at 850MHz and that go up to 1100MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 65W.

It is a powerful Quad Core whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.