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Game Ryzen R3 1200 Core i5-7640X 4.0GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 7% 11%
Control 37% 14%
eFootball PES 2020 3% 14%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 37% 14%
Grand Theft Auto VI 71% 42%
Borderlands 3 7% 11%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 71% 42%
Red Dead Redemption 2 43% 19%
FIFA 20 10% 25%
F1 2019 43% 19%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-7640X 4.0GHz is massively better than the AMD Ryzen R3 1200 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 R3 1200 was released less than a year after the Core i5-7640X 4.0GHz, 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 R3 1200 and the Core i5-7640X 4.0GHz both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the AMD Ryzen R3 1200 and the Intel Core i5-7640X 4.0GHz have the same number of threads. Both CPUs have one thread 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 1200 and Core i5-7640X 4.0GHz 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 Core i5-7640X 4.0GHz 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 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 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 R3 1200 has a 47 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i5-7640X 4.0GHz (though they were created with the same size 14 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Ryzen R3 1200 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).

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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename-Kaby Lake-X
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Not sure
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date27 Jul 201730 Jun 2017
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed3.1 GHzvs4 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.4 GHzvs4.2 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs112 W
Lithography14 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen R3 1200 is an entry-level CPU based on AMD's 14nm, Zen microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical), initially clocked at 3.1GHz, which may go up to 3.4GHz using XFR 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 Intel Core i5-7640X 4-Core 4.0GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 14nm Kaby Lake-X micro architecture. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical), initially clocked at 4.0GHz, which may go up to 4.2GHz with boost, and 8MB of L3 Cache. Among its many features, Turbo Boost 3.0 and Virtualization are activated and the processor has its multiplier unlocked. The Core i5-7640X is the only new seventh generation 'X' CPU without multithreading support, running with a quad-core / 4 Threads and an 8MB L3 Cache. It has a base clock of 4.0GHz and a boost of 4.2GHz. 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.

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