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Game Ryzen 7 2700X Ryzen 5 2600
Borderlands 3 36% 26%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 31% 19%
Cyberpunk 2077 46% 37%
eFootball PES 2020 48% 39%
FIFA 20 54% 47%
Gears 5 8% 7%
GreedFall 54% 47%
Ghost Recon Breakpoint 30% 18%
NBA 2K20 54% 47%
Control 42% 32%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X is massively better than the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 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.

Both the Ryzen 7 2700X and the Ryzen 5 2600 were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

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 7 2700X has 2 more cores than the Ryzen 5 2600. 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 2600 is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Ryzen 7 2700X, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Ryzen 7 2700X has 4 more threads than the Ryzen 5 2600. Both the Ryzen 7 2700X and the Ryzen 5 2600 use hyperthreading. The Ryzen 7 2700X has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Ryzen 5 2600 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 7 2700X and the Ryzen 5 2600 are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. With this in mind, it is safe to say that with a 0.3 GHz faster base clock rate, the Ryzen 7 2700X manages to provide slightly better performance than the Ryzen 5 2600. What is more, the Ryzen 7 2700X also manages to eke 0.5 GHz higher frequency when being stressed by CPU-intensive applications.

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 7 2700X has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Ryzen 5 2600, and the two CPUs have the same L3 cache size, so the Ryzen 7 2700X wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

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 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Ryzen 7 2700X (though they were created with the same size 12 nm 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+Zen+
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket AM4
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 Apr 201830 Apr 2018
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores8vs6
CPU Threads16vs12
Clock Speed3.7 GHzvs3.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.3 GHzvs3.8 GHz
Max TDP95 Wvs65 W
Lithography12 nmvs12 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs3072 KB
L3 Cache Size16 MBvs16 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs4
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8-Core 3.7GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 12nm Zen+ microarchitecture. It offers 8 physical cores (16 threads), initially clocked at 3.7GHz base clock and 4.3GHz boost with an unlocked multiplier for overclocking, and 16MB of L3 Cache. Among its many features are Simultaneous Multithreading, Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX) 2.0, Pure Power and Precision Boost 2.0. 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.The 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.

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