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Front view of AMD Ryzen 5 Ryzen™ 5 1600

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AMD Ryzen 5 Ryzen™ 5 1600

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Much newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 130 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much more l3 cache 16 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 16 MB l3 cache is just OK
Much more l2 cache 3 MB vs 1 MB 3x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 35% higher clock speed
More cores 6 vs 1 5 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 12 vs 1 11 more threads
Much more l3 cache per core 2.67 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 2.67 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
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AMD Athlon 3700+

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Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core

Features Key features of the Ryzen 5 Ryzen™ 5 1600  vs Athlon 3700+ 

clock speed

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Ryzen 5 Ryzen™ 5 1600  vs
Athlon 3700+ 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Hexa core Single core
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has virtualization support Yes No
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
FMA3
3DNow!
AES
AVX 2.0

details

Ryzen 5 Ryzen™ 5 1600  vs
Athlon 3700+ 
Threads 12 1
L2 cache 3 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 16 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 2.67 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 14 nm 130 nm

power consumption

Typical power consumption N/A 72.31W
AMD Ryzen 5 Ryzen™ 5 1600
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