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In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Threadripper 2970WX 24-Core 3.0GHz 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.

The Threadripper 2970WX 24-Core was released less than a year after the Ryzen 5 2600, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance 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 Threadripper 2970WX 24-Core has 18 more cores than the Ryzen 5 2600. 24 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 Threadripper 2970WX 24-Core, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Threadripper 2970WX 24-Core has 36 more threads than the Ryzen 5 2600. Both the Threadripper 2970WX 24-Core and the Ryzen 5 2600 use hyperthreading. The Threadripper 2970WX 24-Core 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 Threadripper 2970WX 24-Core 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 0.4 GHz faster base clock rate, the Ryzen 5 2600 manages to provide slightly better performance than the Threadripper 2970WX 24-Core. However, the Threadripper 2970WX 24-Core manages to eke 0.4 GHz higher frequency when being stressed.

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 Threadripper 2970WX 24-Core has a 9216 KB bigger L2 cache than the Ryzen 5 2600, 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 185 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Threadripper 2970WX 24-Core (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).

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZen+Zen+
MoBo SocketSocket TR4Socket AM4
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 Oct 201830 Apr 2018
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores24vs6
CPU Threads48vs12
Clock Speed3 GHzvs3.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.2 GHzvs3.8 GHz
Max TDP250 Wvs65 W
Lithography12 nmvs12 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
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L1 Cache Size2304 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size12288 KBvs3072 KB
L3 Cache Size64 MBvs16 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs4
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Mini ReviewThe AMD Threadripper 2970WX 24-Core 3.0GHz is a very high-end CPU based on AMD's 12nm Zen+ microarchitecture. It offers 24 physical cores (48 logical), initially clocked at 3.0Hz, 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 64MB 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 1TB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 250W, making it one of the most power intensive processors on the market. Among its many features, Enmotus FuzeDrive for AMD Ryzen, AMD SenseMI Technology, AMD Ryzen VR-Ready Premium, Virtualization, AES, AVX2, FMA4, XFR (Extended Frequency Range) It doesn't feature an integrated GPU. The Threadripper 2970WX 24-Core 3.0GHz's high core count and middling clock speed make it a decent but extremely expensive option for gamers. It will run AAA games very well. While a high clock speed is a priority for gaming, 24 cores is excessive for all gaming applications in 2018.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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