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Game Ryzen 3 2300X 4-Core 3.5GHz Ryzen R7 1700
Cyberpunk 2077 1% 39%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 36% 18%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 32% 20%
Genshin Impact 23% 54%
eFootball PES 2021 9% 35%
Marvel's Avengers 32% 20%
Watch Dogs Legion 36% 18%
FIFA 21 5% 43%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 9% 35%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 15% 31%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen R7 1700 is massively better than the AMD Ryzen 3 2300X 4-Core 3.5GHz 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 3 2300X was released over a year more recently than the Ryzen R7 1700, and so the Ryzen 3 2300X is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for 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 R7 1700 has 4 more cores than the Ryzen 3 2300X. 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 3 2300X is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Ryzen R7 1700, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Ryzen R7 1700 has 12 more threads than the Ryzen 3 2300X. The Ryzen 3 2300X has one thread per physical core, whereas the Ryzen R7 1700 uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads per physical core.

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 3 2300X and Ryzen R7 1700 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 3 2300X has a 0.5 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 enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the Ryzen R7 1700.

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 R7 1700 has a 2048 KB bigger L2 cache than the Ryzen 3 2300X, 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.

Both the Ryzen 3 2300X and the Ryzen R7 1700 have the same TDP of 65 Watts, but the Ryzen 3 2300X has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZen+Zen
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket AM4
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date12 Sep 201802 Mar 2017
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs8
CPU Threads4vs16
Clock Speed3.5 GHzvs3 GHz
Turbo Frequency4 GHzvs3.7 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs65 W
Lithography12 nmvs14 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs4096 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen 3 2300X 4-Core 3.5GHz is a mid to low-end CPU based on AMD's 12nm Zen+ microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical), initially clocked at 3.5GHz, which may go up to 4.0GHz using Turbo Boost. It has an unlocked multiplier, therefore, it can be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 8MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. It has 2MB 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 65W. It is on par with competitor processors. Among its many features it includes Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled. This CPU is likely to offer decent computational performance and should not become a bottleneck except in the most demanding AAA titles in 2018.The AMD Ryzen 7 1700 8-Core 3.7GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 14nm Zen micro architecture. It offers 8 physical cores (16 threads), initially clocked at 3.0 GHz base clock, rising to 3.7 GHz with boost clock. It has 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), Pure Power and Precision Boost. 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.