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Gaming Performance Comparison

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Game Core i7-9700 8-Core 3.0GHz Ryzen R5 1600
Cyberpunk 2077 50% 29%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 33% 4%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 35% 7%
Genshin Impact 62% 46%
eFootball PES 2021 47% 23%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 47% 23%
Watch Dogs Legion 33% 4%
FIFA 21 53% 33%
Marvel's Avengers 35% 7%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 44% 19%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-9700 8-Core 3.0GHz 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 Core i7-9700 8-Core was released over a year more recently than the Ryzen R5 1600, and so the Core i7-9700 8-Core 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 Core i7-9700 8-Core has 2 more cores than the Ryzen R5 1600. 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 R5 1600 is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Core i7-9700 8-Core, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Ryzen R5 1600 has 4 more threads than the Core i7-9700 8-Core. The Core i7-9700 8-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Ryzen R5 1600 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 Core i7-9700 8-Core 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 R5 1600 has a 0.2 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 R5 1600 has a 2048 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-9700 8-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.

Both the Core i7-9700 8-Core and the Ryzen R5 1600 have the same TDP of 65 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 14 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameCoffee Lake RZen
MoBo SocketLGA 1151Socket AM4
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date23 Apr 201911 Apr 2017
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores8vs6
CPU Threads8vs12
Clock Speed3 GHzvs3.2 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.7 GHzvs3.6 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs65 W
Lithography14 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs4096 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i7-9700 8-Core 3.0GHz is a mid to high-end CPU based on a refinement of the 14nm++ Coffee Lake microarchitecture. It offers 8 physical cores (8 logical), initially clocked at 3.0GHz, which may go up to 4.7GHz using 8 cores with Turbo Boost. The i7-9900 has 12MB of L3 Cache. This chip supports up to 128GB DDR-2666 MHz memory and utilises Intel UHD Graphics 630 onboard graphics. Among its many features, Turbo Boost 2.0, and Virtualization are activated, although this processor does not have its multiplier unlocked. This Core i7-9700 CPU offers fast gaming performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC. It will be able to play all modern games comfortably on ultra graphics performance at any supported resolution without being a hindrance to the accompanying GPU.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.