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Game Ryzen 5 2600 Core i3-7320 2-Core 4.1GHz
Borderlands 3 26% 37%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 19% 49%
Cyberpunk 2077 37% 17%
eFootball PES 2020 39% 13%
FIFA 20 47% 2%
Gears 5 7% 98%
GreedFall 47% 1%
Ghost Recon Breakpoint 18% 52%
NBA 2K20 47% 1%
Control 32% 26%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 is massively better than the Intel Core i3-7320 2-Core 4.1GHz 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 a year more recently than the Core i3-7320 2-Core, and so the Ryzen 5 2600 is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for 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 4 more cores than the Core i3-7320 2-Core. With 6 cores, the Ryzen 5 2600 is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The Ryzen 5 2600 has 8 more threads than the Core i3-7320 2-Core. Both the Ryzen 5 2600 and the Core i3-7320 2-Core use hyperthreading. The Ryzen 5 2600 has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i3-7320 2-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 2600 and Core i3-7320 2-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 Core i3-7320 2-Core has a 0.7 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 5 2600.

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 2560 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-7320 2-Core, 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 Core i3-7320 2-Core has a 14 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Ryzen 5 2600. However, the Ryzen 5 2600 was created with a 2 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Core i3-7320 2-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZen+Kaby Lake
MoBo SocketSocket AM4LGA 1151
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 Apr 201806 Jan 2017
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs2
CPU Threads12vs4
Clock Speed3.4 GHzvs4.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.8 GHzvs-
Max TDP65 Wvs51 W
Lithography12 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size512 KBvs64 KB
L2 Cache Size3072 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size16 MBvs4 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
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.The Core i3-7320 2-Core 4.1GHz is a high-end CPU based on Intel's 7th Gen 14nm, Kaby Lake microarchitecture. It offers 2 physical cores (4 logical), clocked at 4.1GHz. It doesn't have an unlocked multiplier therefore it can't be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 4MB 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, Intel Enhanced Speedstep, HyperThreading and Virtualization are activated. It integrates Intel HD Graphics 630 on board. It has a base frequency of 350MHz which can go up to 1GHz as well as offering DirectX 12 support. This CPU is likely to offer good computational performance but may suffer from performance dips on higher resolutions and demanding applications.

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