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Game Ryzen R3 Pro 1100 Ryzen R5 1600
Cyberpunk 2077 27% 29%
Watch Dogs Legion 71% 4%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 71% 4%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 23% 31%
Genshin Impact 4% 46%
FIFA 21 19% 33%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 44% 19%
eFootball PES 2021 36% 23%
Ghostrunner 44% 19%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 44% 19%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen R5 1600 is massively better than the AMD Ryzen R3 Pro 1100 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 less than a year after the Ryzen R3 Pro, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance 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 Ryzen R3 Pro. 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 Ryzen R3 Pro is more than enough for gaming purposes.

The Ryzen R5 1600 has 8 more threads than the Ryzen R3 Pro. The Ryzen R3 Pro 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 R3 Pro and the Ryzen R5 1600 are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. That isn't particularly helpful, however, as the Ryzen R3 Pro and the Ryzen R5 1600 provide identical clock rates and thus extremely similar performance.

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 2048 KB bigger L2 cache than the Ryzen R3 Pro, 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 R3 Pro and the Ryzen R5 1600 have the same TDP of 65 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 14 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZenZen
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket AM4
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date02 Mar 201711 Apr 2017
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs6
CPU Threads4vs12
Clock Speed3.2 GHzvs3.2 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs3.6 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs65 W
Lithography14 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size256 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs4096 KB
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs16 MB
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen R3 Pro 1100 is a high-end CPU based on AMD's 14nm, Zen microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical), initially clocked at X.XXGHz, which may go up to X.XGHz using Turbo Boost. It has an unlocked multiplier therefore it can be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 8MB 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.The 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.