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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen R5 1600 AF Ryzen R7 1700
Cyberpunk 2077 39% 39%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 18% 18%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 20% 20%
Genshin Impact 54% 54%
eFootball PES 2021 35% 35%
Marvel's Avengers 20% 20%
Watch Dogs Legion 18% 18%
FIFA 21 43% 43%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 35% 35%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 31% 31%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Ryzen R5 1600 and the Ryzen R7 1700 are equal when it comes to running the latest games. This means they will be about the same in terms of bottlenecking (or not bottlenecking) GPUs.

The Ryzen R5 1600 was released over a year more recently than the Ryzen R7 1700, and so the Ryzen R5 1600 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 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 Ryzen R7 1700, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Ryzen R7 1700 has 4 more threads than the Ryzen R5 1600. Both the Ryzen R5 1600 and the Ryzen R7 1700 use hyperthreading. The Ryzen R5 1600 has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Ryzen R7 1700 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 R5 1600 and the Ryzen R7 1700 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 R5 1600 manages to provide slightly better performance than the Ryzen R7 1700. 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 R5 1600 and the Ryzen R7 1700 have the same L2 cache size, and the same L3 cache size, so in terms of cache-related gaming performance, we have to look back to the clock rate, where the Ryzen R5 1600 wins out.

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 R5 1600 and the Ryzen R7 1700 have the same TDP of 65 Watts, but the Ryzen R5 1600 has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZenZen
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket AM4
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date21 Dec 201902 Mar 2017
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs8
CPU Threads12vs16
Clock Speed3.2 GHzvs3 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.7 GHzvs3.7 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs65 W
Lithography12 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature105°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs4096 KB
L3 Cache Size16 MBvs16 MB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen R5 1600 AF is an entry-level CPU based on AMD's 12nm Zen+ microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (12 logical), initially clocked at 3.2GHz, which may go up to 3.7GHz using Turbo Boost. The 'AF' variant of the Ryzen 1600 was first introduced in December 2019. It is based on newer, improved Zen+ microarchitecture and offers more consistent boost speeds which are 100 MHz faster than the Ryzen 1600. You can spot an 'AF' chip by looking at the model number of the CPU. IF it's an AF CPU it will contain 'AF', such as YD1600BBAFBOX. 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 decent computational performance and shouldn't be a bottleneck is most gaming applications in 2020.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.