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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Zen+ Interlagos
MoBo Socket Socket AM4 Socket G34
Notebook CPU no no
Release Date 19 Apr 2018 04 Jun 2012
CPU Link GD Link GD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

{
CPU Cores 6 16
CPU Threads 12 -
Clock Speed 3.6 GHz 2.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency 4.2GHz -
System Bus - 6400 MHz
Max TDP 95 W 115 W
Lithography 12 nm 32 nm
Bit Width 54 Bit -
Max Temperature - 69°C
Virtualization Technology no yes

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size - 48 KB
L1 Cache Count - 16
L2 Cache Size 3072 KB 1000 KB
L2 Cache Count - 16
L2 Cache Speed - 2400 MHz
L3 Cache Size 16 MB 16000 MB
Memory Types
Max Memory Size 64 GB -
Memory Channels 4 -
ECC Memory Support no no

CPU Graphics

Integrated Graphics no no
Base GPU Frequency - -
Max GPU Frequency - -
DirectX - -
Displays Supported - -

CPU Mini Review

Mini Review The Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz is a mid to high-range CPU based on AMD's 12nm Zen+ microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (12 logical), initially clocked at 3.6GHz, which may go up to 4.2GHz 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. It has 3MB of L2 cache, 512KB per core. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 95W. 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. This CPU is likely to offer excellent computational performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC. Opteron Hexadeca Core 6274 is a 16-Core Server CPU part of the Opteron 6200 Series released by AMD in 2011/2012. <br/> Each Core is clocked at 2.2 and features one thread, making a total of 16. <br/> Obviously not designed for gaming, due to its tremendous price, it will deliver great performance for those crazy enough to use for extreme gaming performance.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz is massively better than the AMD Opteron 6278 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 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz and the Opteron 6278 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 16 has 10 more cores than the Ryzen 5 2600X. 16 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 6 cores in the Ryzen 5 2600X is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the 16, it would seem to be a decent choice.

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 2600X and Opteron 6278 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 2600X has a 1.2 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. In this case, however, the difference is probably a good indicator that the 16 is superior.

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 <span class='gpu1Mention'>Ryzen 5 2600X</span> has a 2072 KB bigger L2 cache than the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Opteron 6278</span>, but on the other hand, it is the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Opteron 6278</span> that has a 15984 MB bigger L3 cache than the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Ryzen 5 2600X</span>. In this case, the L2 size is probably what counts, so the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Ryzen 5 2600X</span> is likely superior in this area.

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.