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Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen 5 2600 Core i7-965 Quad 3.2GHz Extreme
Borderlands 3 26% 43%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 19% 56%
Cyberpunk 2077 37% 22%
eFootball PES 2020 39% 18%
FIFA 20 47% 2%
Gears 5 7% 107%
GreedFall 47% 3%
Ghost Recon Breakpoint 18% 58%
NBA 2K20 47% 3%
Control 32% 31%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 is massively better than the Intel Core i7-965 Quad 3.2GHz Extreme 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 2600 was released over three years more recently than the Core i7-965 Quad, and so the Ryzen 5 2600 is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i7-965 Quad 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 5 2600 has 2 more cores than the Core i7-965 Quad. 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 i7-965 Quad is more than enough for gaming purposes.

The Ryzen 5 2600 has 4 more threads than the Core i7-965 Quad. Both the Ryzen 5 2600 and the Core i7-965 Quad use hyperthreading. The Ryzen 5 2600 has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i7-965 Quad 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 2600 and Core i7-965 Quad 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 2600 has a 0.2 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. As such, we need to look elsewhere for more reliable comparisons.

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 2600 has a 2048 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-965 Quad, 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.

The Ryzen 5 2600 has a 65 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-965 Quad, and was created with a 33 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Ryzen 5 2600 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).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZen+Bloomfield
MoBo SocketSocket AM4LGA 1366/Socket B
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 Apr 201814 Nov 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs4
CPU Threads12vs8
Clock Speed3.4 GHzvs3.2 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.8 GHzvs3.46 GHz
System Bus -vs1066 MHz
Max TDP65 Wvs130 W
Lithography12 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs67.9°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size512 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size3072 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size16 MBvs8 MB
Max Memory Size-vs24 GB
Max Memory Bandwidth-vs25.6 GB/s
Memory Channels-vs3
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen 5 2600 is a mid to high-range CPU based on AMD's 12nm Zen+ microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (12 logical), initially clocked at 3.4GHz, which may go up to 3.8GHz 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 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.Core i7-965 Quad 3.2GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 45nm, Nehalem architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 3.2GHz, which may go up to 3.46GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics and has a rated board TDP of 130W.

Its performance is very good and sufficient for any of today's games.

Vendor-Specific Features

AMD Power ManagementIntel Quick Sync Video
AMDBusiness ClassIntel InTru 3D
AMD Black EditionIntel Insider
Intel Wireless Display
Intel Flexible Display
Intel Clear Video HD
Intel vPro
Intel Hyper-Threading
Intel Virt. Tech. for Directed I/O
Intel Trusted Execution
AES New Instructions
Intel Anti-Theft
Idle States
Intel SpeedStep
Thermal Monitoring
Execute Disable Bit
Intel VT-x with EPT
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