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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz Ryzen 5 3600X 6-Core 3.8GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 63% 58%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 51% 44%
Genshin Impact 72% 68%
FIFA 21 66% 61%
eFootball PES 2021 61% 55%
Watch Dogs Legion 51% 44%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 52% 46%
Marvel's Avengers 52% 46%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 59% 53%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 61% 55%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz is massively better than the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 6-Core 3.8GHz 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 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz and the Ryzen 5 3600X 6-Core 3.8GHz 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 Ryzen 7 3700X has 2 more cores than the Ryzen 5 3600X. 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 5 3600X is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Ryzen 7 3700X, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Ryzen 7 3700X has 4 more threads than the Ryzen 5 3600X. Both the Ryzen 7 3700X and the Ryzen 5 3600X use hyperthreading. The Ryzen 7 3700X has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Ryzen 5 3600X 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 7 3700X and the Ryzen 5 3600X 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 0.2 GHz faster base clock rate, the Ryzen 5 3600X manages to provide marginally better performance than the Ryzen 7 3700X. However, the manages to eke 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 Ryzen 7 3700X has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Ryzen 5 3600X, and the two CPUs have the same L3 cache size, so the Ryzen 7 3700X wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

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 7 3700X has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Ryzen 5 3600X (though they were created with the same size 7 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Ryzen 7 3700X 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).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZen 2Zen 2
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket AM4
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date07 Jul 201907 Jul 2019
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores8vs6
CPU Threads16vs12
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs3.8 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.4 GHzvs4.4 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs95 W
Lithography7 nmvs7 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs3072 KB
L3 Cache Size32 MBvs32 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz is a high-end CPU based on AMD's 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. It offers 8 physical cores (16 logical), initially clocked at 3.6GHz, 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 3700X 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 65W. It is power efficient compared to 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 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.