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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Zen+ Ivy Bridge
MoBo Socket Socket AM4 LGA 1356
Notebook CPU no no
Release Date 19 Apr 2018 09 Jan 2014
CPU Link GD Link GD Link

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores 6 10
CPU Threads 12 20
Clock Speed 3.6 GHz 2.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency 4.2GHz 3.2 GHz
Max TDP 95 W 95 W
Lithography 12 nm 22 nm
Bit Width 54 Bit 64 Bit
Voltage Range - 0.65-1.30V KB
Max Temperature - 80°C
Virtualization Technology no no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size - -
L2 Cache Size 3072 KB 256 KB
L3 Cache Size 16 MB 25 MB
Memory Types
Max Memory Size 64 GB -
Memory Channels 4 -
ECC Memory Support no no

CPU Graphics

Integrated Graphics no no

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. Intel Xeon E5-2470 v2 is a Server CPU part of the Xeon E5 v2 Series. It was released by Intel on 9th January 2014. <br/> It's based on the Ivy Bridge architecture and the memory controller supports DDR3-800, DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600. <br/> It has 10 cores each with 2 threads, making a total of 20. Xeon E5-2470 v2 Turbo Boost is also available at 3.2GHz <br/> It is a high performing processor.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz is massively better than the Intel Xeon E5-2470 v2 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 Xeon E5-2470 v2 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 10 has 4 more cores than the Ryzen 5 2600X. 10 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 10, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Xeon E5-2470 v2 has 8 more threads than the Ryzen 5 2600X. Both the Ryzen 5 2600X and the Xeon E5-2470 v2 use hyperthreading. The Ryzen 5 2600X has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Xeon E5-2470 v2 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 2600X and Xeon E5-2470 v2 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 10 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 2816 KB bigger L2 cache than the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Xeon E5-2470 v2</span>, but on the other hand, it is the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Xeon E5-2470 v2</span> that has a 9 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.

Both the Ryzen 5 2600X and the Xeon E5-2470 v2 have the same TDP of 95 Watts, but the Ryzen 5 2600X has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.