1) Most games aren't going to take advantage of more than 6 threads anyway. More commonly that limit is 4 threads. IPC is still king. We can see that in the Ryzen 1800X reviews. Despite having twice the cores as the i7-7700K it still loses. Even the quad core i5s hold their own against the lineup with their only significant downfall being their slightly lower clocks. Regardless, I'd bet AMD is distributing threads out evenly over L3 pools to maximize cache availability.
2) Check out this review
of the illusive i7-5775C and it's 128MB L4 cache. More cache can make a difference.
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