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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen 5 2400G Core i7-5960X 8-Core 3.0GHz
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2% 32%
Borderlands 3 2% 32%
Cyberpunk 2077 13% 42%
FIFA 20 27% 52%
eFootball PES 2020 16% 44%
Gears 5 47% 2%
Ghost Recon Breakpoint 13% 25%
GreedFall 27% 51%
Control 6% 38%
NBA 2K20 26% 51%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-5960X 8-Core 3.0GHz is massively better than the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G 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 5 2400G was released over three years more recently than the Core i7-5960X 8-Core, and so the Ryzen 5 2400G is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i7-5960X 8-Core 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 Core i7-5960X 8-Core has 4 more cores than the Ryzen 5 2400G. 8 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 5 2400G is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Core i7-5960X 8-Core, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Core i7-5960X 8-Core has 8 more threads than the Ryzen 5 2400G. Both the Ryzen 5 2400G and the Core i7-5960X 8-Core use hyperthreading. The Ryzen 5 2400G has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i7-5960X 8-Core 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 5 2400G and Core i7-5960X 8-Core 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 5 2400G has a 0.6 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 Core i7-5960X 8-Core.

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 5 2400G and the Core i7-5960X 8-Core have the same L2 cache size, but the Core i7-5960X 8-Core has a 12 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Ryzen 5 2400G.

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 5 2400G has a 40 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-5960X 8-Core, and was created with a 8 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Ryzen 5 2400G 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).

The Ryzen 5 2400G 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 Core i7-5960X 8-Core, 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 Radeon RX Vega 11, 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 Codename-Haswell-E
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket 2011-3 / R3 / LGA2011-3
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date12 Feb 201829 Aug 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs8
CPU Threads8vs16
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs3 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.9 GHzvs3.5 GHz
Max TDP100 Wvs140 W
Lithography14 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs67°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs2048 KB
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs20 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs4
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon RX Vega 11
Base GPU Frequency1063 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1190 MHzvs-
DirectX12vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen 5 2400G is a mid-range CPU based on AMD's 14nm Zen microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (8 logical), initially clocked at 3.6GHz, which may go up to 3.9GHz 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 100W. 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 features an integrated AMD Radeon Vega GPU with 11 Compute Units that offers low-end graphical performance. This CPU is likely to offer excellent computational performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC. [Please be aware that GD data is constantly refined as more information and reports are made available.]Core i7-5960X 8-Core 3.0GHz is an extreme processor based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture.

It offers 8 Physical Cores (16 Logical), initially clocked at 3.0GHz, which may go up to 3.5GHz and 20MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated and the processor has multiplier unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 140W.

It proves to be over 10% faster than Core i7-4960K. Its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.

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