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Gaming Performance Comparison

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Game Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz Ryzen R5 1600
Cyberpunk 2077 57% 29%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 43% 4%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 44% 7%
Genshin Impact 68% 46%
eFootball PES 2021 54% 23%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 54% 23%
Watch Dogs Legion 43% 4%
FIFA 21 60% 33%
Marvel's Avengers 44% 7%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 52% 19%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz is massively better than the AMD Ryzen R5 1600 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 5 3600 was released over a year more recently than the Ryzen R5 1600, and so the Ryzen 5 3600 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 5 3600 and the Ryzen R5 1600 both have 6 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz and the AMD Ryzen R5 1600 have the same number of threads. Both the Ryzen 5 3600 and the Ryzen R5 1600 use hyperthreading. The Ryzen 5 3600 has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Ryzen R5 1600 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 3600 and Ryzen R5 1600 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 3600 has a 0.4 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 .

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 5 3600 and the Ryzen R5 1600 have the same L2 cache size, but the Ryzen 5 3600 has a 16 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Ryzen R5 1600.

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 3600 and the Ryzen R5 1600 have the same TDP of 65 Watts, but the Ryzen 5 3600 has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZen 2Zen
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket AM4
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date07 Jul 201911 Apr 2017
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs6
CPU Threads12vs12
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs3.2 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.2 GHzvs3.6 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs65 W
Lithography7 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs4096 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz is a mid to high-range CPU based on AMD's 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (12 logical), initially clocked at 3.6GHz, which may go up to 4.2 GHz using Precision Boost. It has an unlocked multiplier, therefore, it can be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 32MB 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 are Simultaneous Multithreading, Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled.The Ryzen R5 1600 is a high-end CPU based on AMD's 14nm, Zen microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (12 logical), initially clocked at 3.2GHz, which may go up to 3.6GHz 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 doesn't feature an integrated GPU. This CPU is likely to offer excellent computational performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC.