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Game Ryzen 5 3600X 6-Core 3.8GHz Core i3-7101E 2-Core 3.9GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 32% 40%
eFootball PES 2020 34% 35%
Control 13% 79%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 13% 79%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 9% 124%
Borderlands 3 32% 40%
Grand Theft Auto VI 9% 124%
Red Dead Redemption 2 9% 88%
F1 2019 9% 87%
Doom Eternal 34% 35%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 6-Core 3.8GHz is massively better than the Intel Core i3-7101E 2-Core 3.9GHz 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 3600X was released over three years more recently than the Core i3-7101E 2-Core, and so the Ryzen 5 3600X is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i3-7101E 2-Core 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 Ryzen 5 3600X has 4 more cores than the Core i3-7101E 2-Core. With 6 cores, the Ryzen 5 3600X is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The Ryzen 5 3600X has 12 more threads than the Core i3-7101E 2-Core. Both the Ryzen 5 3600X and the Core i3-7101E 2-Core use hyperthreading. The Ryzen 5 3600X has 2.6666666666667 logical threads per physical core and the Core i3-7101E 2-Core 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 3600X and Core i3-7101E 2-Core 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 Core i3-7101E 2-Core has a 0.1 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. As such, we need to look elsewhere for more reliable comparisons.

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 3600X has a 2560 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-7101E 2-Core, 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 Core i3-7101E 2-Core has a 41 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Ryzen 5 3600X. However, the Ryzen 5 3600X was created with a 7 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Core i3-7101E 2-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZen 2Kaby Lake
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Not sure
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date07 Jul 201930 Nov -0001
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs2
CPU Threads16vs4
Clock Speed3.8 GHzvs3.9 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.3 GHzvs-
Max TDP95 Wvs54 W
Lithography7 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size512 KBvs64 KB
L2 Cache Size3072 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size32 MBvs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen 5 3600X 6-Core 3.8GHz 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 3.8GHz, which may go up to 4.4GHz using Precision Boost. It has an unlocked multiplier, therefore, it can be overclocked using traditional methods. As an AMD 'X' CPU, the Ryzen 5 3600X can use eXtended Frequency Range (XFR) for automated overclocking. 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 95W. It is on par with competitor processors. Among its many features are Simultaneous Multithreading, Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFR), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled. The Core i3-7101E 2-Core 3.9GHz is a Middle-Class CPU based on Intel's 7th Gen 14nm, Kaby Lake microarchitecture. It offers 2 physical cores (4 logical), clocked at 3.9GHz. It doesn't have an unlocked multiplier therefore it can't be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 3MB 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 54W. It is on par with competitor processors. Among its many features, Intel Enhanced Speedstep, HyperThreading and Virtualization are activated. It integrates Intel HD Graphics 630 on board. It has a base frequency of 350MHz which can go up to 1GHz as well as offering DirectX 12 support. This CPU is likely to offer good computational performance but may suffer from performance dips on higher resolutions and demanding applications.

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