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In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 is noticeably better than the Intel Core i7-3930K 6-Core 3.20GHz 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 i7-3930K 6-Core, 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 i7-3930K 6-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 Ryzen 5 2600 and the Core i7-3930K 6-Core both have 6 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 and the Intel Core i7-3930K 6-Core 3.20GHz have the same number of threads. Both the Ryzen 5 2600 and the Core i7-3930K 6-Core use hyperthreading. The Ryzen 5 2600 has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i7-3930K 6-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 i7-3930K 6-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 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 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-3930K 6-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 Ryzen 5 2600 has a 65 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-3930K 6-Core, and was created with a 20 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).

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZen+Sandy Bridge-E
MoBo SocketSocket AM4LGA 2011/Socket R
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 Apr 201814 Nov 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs6
CPU Threads12vs12
Clock Speed3.4 GHzvs3.2 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.8 GHzvs3.8 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs130 W
Lithography12 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs67°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size512 KBvs384 KB
L2 Cache Size3072 KBvs1536 KB
L3 Cache Size16 MBvs12 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs4
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 i7-3930K 6-Core 3.2GHz is an extreme processor based on the 32nm, Sandy Bridge architecture.

It offers 6 Physical Cores (12 Logical), initially clocked at 3.2GHz, which may go up to 3.8GHz and 12MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated and the processor has multiplier unlocked.

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

Compared to Core i7-3770K there's an overall 24% performance boost. Its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.

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