AMD Ryzen 5 2600X vs Intel Xeon E5-2658 v3

Compare AMD Ryzen 5 Desktop 6 core CPU vs Intel Xeon E5 v3 Family 12 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

52 %
8% slightly better overall score
48 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

69 %
91% significantly better gaming score
36 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

46 %
53 %
15% slightly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

45 %
54 %
20% slightly better heavy workload score

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Number of physical processing units

100% significantly more cores


Number of logical processing units

100% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

4 GHz
63% significantly higher clock speed
2 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4 GHz
46% significantly higher turbo speed
3 GHz


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

95 W
10% slightly lower TDP
105 W

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

100% significantly more memory channels

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

315th of 1,337
350th of 1,337


The product line

Ryzen 5 Desktop
Xeon E5 v3 Family

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

April 2018
August 2014

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked


Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory


Ryzen 5 2600X vs Xeon E5-2658 v3 benchmarks

In our benchmarks, the Ryzen 5 2600X beats the Xeon E5-2658 v3 in overall performance. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Xeon E5-2658 v3 in all gaming tests too.

In terms of the number of cores of each of these CPUs, the Xeon E5-2658 v3 has significantly more cores than the Ryzen 5 2600X. Indeed, the Xeon E5-2658 v3 has 12 cores compared to 6 cores found in the Ryzen 5 2600X. It also has more threads than the Ryzen 5 2600X. Our comparison shows that the Ryzen 5 2600X has a significantly higher clock speed compared to the Xeon E5-2658 v3. Also, the Ryzen 5 2600X has a significantly higher turbo speed. A Ryzen 5 2600X CPU outputs less heat than a Xeon E5-2658 v3 CPU because of its slightly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

Modern CPUs generally have more logical cores than physical cores, this means that each core is split into multiple virtual cores, improving efficiency for parallel workloads. Indeed, the Ryzen 5 2600X has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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