Ryzen 5 3600 review

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10/20/2020 Update:  The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is still an impressive CPU, but it will soon be supplanted by newer Ryzen 5000 processors. If you find the 3600 processor on sale at a steep discount during Black Friday or over the holidays, it's still worth considering. Just know that this CPU does not include AMD's latest Zen 3 architecture. So if you want the best single-core performance and other features that come with AMD's newest CPUs, you should probably spend more for a Ryzen 5 5600X when it arrives in late 2020. Those new chips have now taken over the top ranks on our CPU Benchmark Hierarchy.

AMD's value proposition has always been straightforward -- more for less. While we typically think of AMD offering more CPU cores than Intel for less money, the strategy also applies to the company's unrestrained feature sets for each processor, regardless of price. That includes in-box coolers, Hyper-Threading (AMD calls it SMT), and unlocked multipliers that enable easy overclocking, all of which are features that Intel either leaves out or disables on some of its chips in the name of segmentation.

Instead of squeezing out extra dollars from its customers, AMD gives you the same basic underlying features with the $199 six-core 12-thread Ryzen 5 3600 that it gives you with its full-fledged counterpart, the $249 Ryzen 5 3600X that we recently named the best mid-range processor on the market. That means the Ryzen 5 3600 has the same six-core 12-thread design, 32MB of L3 cache, and access to 24 lanes of PCIe 4.0, with the only tradeoff being a step back to the 65W Wraith Stealth cooler, while the 3600X comes with the more-capable 95W Wraith Spire cooler.

What does that mean to you? While the Ryzen 5 3600 is a great processor that packs a wonderful amount of performance into a 65W TDP envelope, a boon for small form factor enthusiasts, you can also overclock it and attain similar performance in many applications, like gaming, to the Ryzen 5 3600X (one of our best CPUs). But you save fifty bucks in the process while still getting class-leading features, like the PCIe 4.0 interface.

This follows the same AMD trend we’ve seen in the past, with overclockability making the non-X models a better value for enthusiasts than the pricier X-series models. But if you’re chasing the absolute highest frame rates you can get out of a six-core processor, be aware that the Ryzen 5 3600 chips might not reach the peak overclocking speeds of 3600X models. In either case, the solid blend of features and overclockability makes the Ryzen 5 3600 the clear choice for enthusiasts looking for a great value on a mid-range processor.

AMD isn't sitting still though: The company recently released its own new flagship, the 16-core 32-thread Ryzen 9 3950X, to fend off Intel's new challengers. That chip slots into a much higher tier than the 3950X, but it brings competitive gaming performance and much more threaded horsepower for those looking for the ultimate in performance. 

Ryzen 5 3600

Like the other Ryzen 3000 chips, the six-core 12-thread Ryzen 5 3600 comes with a 7nm compute die (with two disabled physical cores) paired with a 12nm I/O die. These two components come together into a single package that fits inside a 65W TDP envelope, making it physically identical to the 95W Ryzen 5 3600X.

SEP (USD)Cores / ThreadsTDP (Watts)Base / Boost Frequency (GHz)L3 Cache (MB)PCIe 4.0 Lanes
Ryzen 9 3950X$74916 / 32105W3.5 / 4.76424
Ryzen 9 3900X$49912 / 24105W3.8 / 4.66424
Ryzen 7 3800X$3998 / 16105W3.9 / 4.53224
Ryzen 7 3700X$3298 / 1665W3.6 / 4.43224
Ryzen 5 3600X$2496 / 1295W3.8 / 4.43224
Ryzen 5 3600$1996 / 1265W3.6 / 4.23224

The Ryzen 5 3600 has slightly lower clock speeds than the 3600X, with its 3.6 GHz base and 4.2 GHz Precision Boost 2 frequencies, a difference of 200 MHz in both measurements.

The 3600’s 4.2 GHz boost frequency is lower than the $192 Core i5-9500’s 4.4 GHz boost, but its 3.6 GHz base frequency equates to a 600 MHz advantage that, paired with AMD's drastic improvement to its instruction per cycle (IPC) throughput, will equate to higher performance in heavy workloads, not to mention the six additional threads of the AMD part. It’s notable that, unlike the previous-gen Ryzen models and Intel’s chips, AMD only guarantees the peak boost frequency on one core, while other cores could have lesser capabilities. Head to our Not All Ryzen 3000 Cores are Created Equal article for more information on that front.

Compared to the $182 Core i5-9400F, the 3600 has an 800 MHz base and 100 MHz boost frequency advantage. The Ryzen 5 3600 comes with a bundled 65W Wraith Stealth cooler, and while both the Core i5-9500 and -9400F come with stock coolers, they are of significantly lower quality. However, both of the Intel processors come with integrated graphics, while the Ryzen 5 3600 requires a discrete graphics card. If you’re not planning on incorporating a discrete GPU in your build, the Intel processors are the obvious choice.

SEP / RCP (USD)Cores / ThreadsTDP (Watts)Base Frequency (GHz)Boost Frequency (GHz)Total Cache (MB)PCIe 4.0 LanesPrice Per Thread
Core i5-9600K$2626 / 695W3.74.6~1116$43.67
Ryzen 5 3600X$2496 / 1295W3.84.43524$20.75
Ryzen 5 2600X$2296 / 1295W3.64.2~19.520$19.08
Core i5-9500$1926 / 665W3.04.4~1116$32
Ryzen 5 3600$1996 / 1265W3.64.23524$16.58
Core i5-9400/F$1826 / 665W2.94.1~1116$30.33
Ryzen 5 2600$1996 / 1295W3.64.3~19.529$16.58

The Ryzen 5 3600 comes with a healthy 32MB of total L3 cache, a neat doubling of capacity over its predecessor and more than three times the cache of the -9500 and -9400F. That does come with a few caveats, however, as cache performance and efficiency has a big impact on how much cache capacity benefits the processor in typical applications. As usual, our benchmarks will tell the tale.

The Ryzen 5 3600 drops into the AM4 CPU socket on the new X570 motherboards, which you'll need for official support for the PCIe 4.0 interface. But those new boards are more expensive than previous-gen models and aren't a good fit for value chips like the Ryzen 5 3600. Luckily, you can also use an older 400-series motherboard (B450 is a good fit) as a value alternative. But if you go that route you'll lose access to PCIe 4.0, which is one of the key selling points of the new processors.

Ryzen 3000 chips officially support dual-channel DDR4-3200, a step up from the previous-gen's support for DDR4-2966. AMD has greatly improved its memory compatibility and overclocking capabilities, but you still have to abide by rules that dictate the maximum supported frequency based on DIMM type and slot population. Ryzen 3000 also supports memory overclocking, either by hand-tuning or one-click A-XMP profiles with pricier kits, to skirt those rules.

DIMM ConfigMemory RanksOfficial Supported Transfer Rate (MT/s)
2 of 2SingleDDR4-3200
2 of 4DDR4-3200
4 of 4DDR4-2933
2 of 2DualDDR4-3200
2 of 4DDR4-3200
4 of 4DDR4-2667

AMD also has its Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO) feature on offer, which is an automated overclocking tool that will tune your processor to its maximum achievable performance based on its cooling, motherboard, and power delivery accommodations. The quality of your cooling solution, and the vagaries of the silicon lottery, have a big impact on how well PBO can auto-tune your processor.

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Our Verdict

The Ryzen 5 3600 tends to show its not a top-tier CPU, but its low price and high gaming performance hit a value sweet spot.


  • Top-tier gaming performance
  • Easy upgrade path
  • High value


AMD’s Ryzen 5 3600 replaces 2018’s Ryzen 5 2600, bringing even more performance and options to the mid-range CPU market. It sits just below the Ryzen 5 3600X, which is essentially a slightly faster version of the same processor.

Where the Ryzen 5 3600 shines is the the frugal gamers desktop. In general, it has performance below its faster siblings, but its lower specs and lower price don’t translate so directly to gaming performance. And, the extra savings can just as well go to a better graphics card or extra RAM, making the Ryzen 5 3600 an extra compelling option for gamers who want to optimize for value.

Price and availability

The Ryzen 5 3600, with its included Wraith Stealth cooler, will set you back $199 (£199, AU$315) if you don’t manage to snag it with any processor deals. But, that still makes it one of the cheaper, new, mid-range processors on the market. It undercuts the 3600X by a sizable gap but still offers an identical feature set.

When it comes to competition from Intel’s Core i5 Coffee Lake Refresh processors, the Ryzen 5 3600 maintains lower pricing against all but the cheaper SKUs. It also offers higher (with the exception of the Core i5-9600k) base clock speeds combined with Simultaneous Mutithreading, a feature Core i5 desktop chips simply don’t support. All that plus a free cooler make for a solid value package.

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Features and chipset

While the update from the Ryzen 5 1600 to the Ryzen 5 2600 may have been iterative, the Ryzen 5 3600 is a bigger leap thanks to AMD’s Zen 2 architecture. The shift moves the CPU from a 12nm manufacturing process onto a 7nm process, which lets AMD improve efficiency, boost instructions-per-clock (or IPC) and push up the clock speeds. It makes these leaps all while staying in the Ryzen 5 2600’s same 65W TDP.

Helping push performance further along are increases to the memory immediately available to the processor cores. AMD has bumped up the cache with 384KB of L1, 3MB of L2, and 32MB of L3 cache — the same as that found in the Ryzen 5 3600X. That lump of cache can have an impact in both system responsiveness as well as gaming performance.

The Ryzen 5 3600 also makes the move to the X570 chipset, which comes with support for the new PCIe 4.0 standard. This offers a big bump in bandwidth for PCIe SSDs and AMD’s latest Navi graphics cards. But, for computer users who don’t need the extra features of the X570 chipset, older motherboards are a viable option thanks to the Ryzen 5 3600’s continued support for the AM4 CPU socket. In other words, upgrading from a PC with a Ryzen 1000-series processor will likely be as cheap and easy as just installing the new processor with no motherboard swap needed.

Test system specs

CPU: 3.6GHz AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (6-core, 35MB cache, up to 4.2GHz)
Motherboard: Aorus X570 Master
RAM: 16GB HyperX Fury RGB @ 3,000 MHz
SSD: Samsung 860 Evo 250 GB
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
PSU: Phanteks Revolt X 1200
Case: Praxis Wetbench

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In general performance, the Ryzen 5 3600 shows that it’s a more modest processor than other Ryzen 3000-series chips, but it still has some gusto that can compete in some ways with even the Intel Core i7-8700K.

Predictably, the Ryzen 5 3600 lands just shy of the 3600X in both single- and multi-core performance, though it’s performance in our Handbrake benchmark saw it offer a close match for the X variant. That said, it’s performance is still strong. It trades blows with the 6-core/12-thread Intel Core i7-8086K, out-pacing it in the Cinebench R15 multi-core test and nearly tying in single-core speeds. It falls short of the Core i7-8086K in GeekBench 4’s single-core test, but jumps above that chip in the multi-core test.

Another nice piece of its performance is efficiency. Thanks to the shift to the 7nm process, the Ryzen 5 3600 manages a substantially lower level of power draw under load than the Intel Core i7-8086K and Core i7-8700K, which hit 110.68W and 100.63W, respectively. Meanwhile, the Ryzen 5 3600 pulled just 86.17W from the wall in our testing.

Where the Ryzen 5 3600 really shows its mettle is in gaming, with some results that even stomp on the big boys. Running Total War: Warhammer II at 1080p on our test system, which uses a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

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AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Review: Best All-Round Value CPU

The successor to our favorite best value CPU, the Ryzen 5 3600 is AMD's new $200 6-core, 12-thread processor. The chip clocks between 3.6 GHz and 4.2 GHz, features a 32MB L3 cache and a 65 watt TDP. Included in the package is the Wraith Stealth cooler and a MSRP that matches the price the R5 2600 launched at.

Direct competition for the R5 3600 should come from Intel's Core i5-9600 which is listed at $213, but we don’t have that part on hand and it doesn’t appear to be on sale either, so the more expensive 9600K will have to do. It costs $255 and doesn’t include a box cooler, so it's not the exact match we were going for, but it will be interesting to see how they stack in terms of raw power.

For testing the new Ryzen processor we used the MSI X570 Creation, configured with DDR4-3200 CL14 memory and the stock cooler. The 8th and 9th-gen Intel Core processors were tested on the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Ultra, using the same RAM modules, but cooled using the Corsair H115i RGB Platinum AIO liquid cooler. The Intel CPUs are not TDP restricted, so we're showing the best case scenario for out of the box performance, but we will factor in the cost of an aftermarket cooler for them when we go through our cost analysis at the end of the review. Our graphics card of choice was the MSI Trio GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.

For simplicity sake we removed a number of high-end more expensive CPUs from our performance graphs such as the R9 3900X, 9700K, 9900K, Threadripper 2920X and Core i9-7900X as they aren’t relevant when looking at a $200 CPU. But you can easily cross reference the results posted today with our Ryzen 3900X and 3700X review.


We’ll start off with Cinebench R20’s multi-core test and right away we’re blown away by the R5 3600’s output. Here it matched the Ryzen 7 1800X with just over 3600 pts. This made it 4% faster than the 8700K, almost 20% faster than the 2600X and 28% faster than the model it’s replacing, the R5 2600.

Then when compare to the R5 1600, the new 3600 is 45% faster. That’s an insane jump. In 2 years AMD has increased performance at the $200 price point by almost 50%.

The single core performance is equally impressive, here the 3600 was just 4% slower than the 3700X and that meant it was able to match the Core i5-9600K and just edge out the 8700K.

Moving on to WinRAR, the R5 3600 looks very good, falling just short of the 8700K by a mere 4% margin. That made it 45% faster than the Core i7-7700K and Ryzen 7 2700X.

Testing with 7-zip we see the R5 3600 beating the 2700X. The compression performance is great, offering 14% more performance than the 8700K. It did fall behind the 8-core Ryzen processors in the decompression test, but even so it was still 16% faster than the 8700K.

For budding content creators the Ryzen 5 3600 will be a godsend, for just $200 it completed our 4K workload 4% faster than the 8700K and while that’s far from a significant margin, remember the 8700K is a $360 processor.

Compared to the R5 2600 it was 17% faster and a whopping 32% faster than the R5 1600 in V-Ray. The 3600 does come up short against the 8700K in the latest version of the V-Ray benchmark by a 6% margin.

AMD’s new 6-core CPU trailed the 8700K by a small margin in the Corona benchmark, but given the difference in price this remains a solid showing for the R5 3600.

The mainstream 3600 CPU managed to pull ahead on the Blender test, matching the 8700K and easily winning against the previous generation Ryzen equivalents and the 9600K that is relegated to the bottom of the table.

Power Consumption

Perhaps more impressive are the total system power consumption figures we recorded when running the Blender benchmark. As you can see the R5 3600 consumed the same amount of power as the quad-core Core i7-7700K and only slightly more than the i5-9600K.

Now you might think consuming slightly more power than the 9600K isn’t that impressive, but remember, the 3600 was almost 40% faster than the Core i5 processor in this test. So in terms of power efficiency it’s very impressive.

Gaming Benchmarks

Our first gaming test is Assassin's Creed: Odyssey where the R5 3600 slightly edges out the 8700K’s 1% low result despite being a few frames slower on average. Still you can very much call what we see here, 8700K-like performance from the new Ryzen 5 3600.

Similar to what we saw in the R9 3900X and 3700X review, the 3rd-gen Ryzen processors slip a little in this title at 1440p and this is also true of the R5 3600. Here it’s 6% slower than the 8700K, not a massive margin but normally you’d expect things to close up at 1440p.

The Battlefield V results are a little disappointing, though I have to remind myself, the 3600 isn’t competing with the 8700K. Its main target should be the 9600K and here it improves 1% low performance by 23%.

Even at 1440p, despite the 9600K appearing quicker when looking at the average frame rate, the 1% low performance of the 3600 was 18% higher and this allowed it to deliver a smoother and more consistent gaming experience.

Next up we have Shadow of the Tomb Raider and here the 3600 matched the 9600K, which is a good result given the 9600K costs more. The 1440p results were much the same, the 9600K creeped ahead by a few frames but overall performance was competitive and the 1% low performance of the 3600 was a good bit faster than any of the 2nd gen Ryzen parts.

Moving on to The Division 2. At 1080p the R5 3600 edged out the 9600K and made a significant step forward from not just the 2600X, but also the 2700X. Interestingly, this time at 1440p the Ryzen 3600 was able to pull further ahead of the 9600K when looking at the 1% low performance. The R5 3600 was a good bit faster than the 2700X and 8700K here as well, as it matched the 8-core 3700X.

As we’ve come to expect from Ryzen, the performance in Far Cry New Dawn was not great relative to the competing Intel CPUs, overall gameplay was still smooth nonetheless. Even at 1440p the R5 3600 is still well down on the 9600K, particularly when looking at the 1% lows.

Performance in World War Z was also low relative to the Intel CPUs, but with well over 100 fps, it probably doesn’t matter too much in this instance. The Ryzen CPUs create some kind of performance bottleneck in this title and we see what looks to be a 135 fps cap at 1440p, very odd considering the Intel CPUs pushed up to 150 fps.

The Ryzen 5 3600 was solid in Rage 2, averaging 160 fps and that meant it wasn’t a great deal slower than the 9600K. Moreover, the R5 3600 was fast enough to find the limits of the RTX 2080 Ti at 1440p, though this was true of almost all CPUs tested.

When testing with Hitman 2 we see that the R5 3600 was 7% slower than the i5-9600K when looking at the average frame rate, this isn’t a great title for Ryzen CPUs.

We find similar results at 1440p, though here the 3600 matches the 1% low performance of the 9600K.

Finishing up the gaming benchmarks we have Total War: Three Kingdoms and here the R5 3600 offered stronger 1% low performance than the 9600K with a slightly lower average frame rate. But once we jump up to 1440p with the RTX 2080 Ti the performance margins are neutralized between the 9600K and 3600.


As was the case with the 3700X and 3900X, there’s very little overclocking headroom to speak of with the Ryzen R5 3600. The best we could do with an all-in-one liquid cooler was a 4.2 GHz all-core overclock. Again, you’re best off enabling the PBO + AutoOC feature in the Ryzen Master software. This boosted the Cinebench R20 multi-core score by a mere 4%.

Here we see the PBO + AutoOC improved the single core score by 1.6%, so I suspect most won’t bother with overclocking as it’s not really worth the added heat. Speaking of which, let’s check out the thermal performance of the included Wraith Stealth box cooler.


With the Wraith Stealth installed the R5 3600 maintained a 4 GHz clock speed out of the box during our 1 hour long Blender stress test. This is an extreme stress test, so having it peaking at just 80 degrees is pretty good, especially given it was virtually silent.

You can enable PBO with the box cooler, but it won’t do much as you’re already near the thermal limit. Basically we gained 25 MHz for a 4 degree increase in temperature... needless to be said, we don’t recommend using PBO with the box cooler.

With a decent cooler installed, temperatures dropped quite significantly. You don’t need something as extreme as the Corsair Hydro H115i, but we used this for the 3700X and we wanted a direct comparison. Anyway, with the AIO liquid cooler installed stock temps dropped to 62 degrees and now by default the 3600 ran at 4125 MHz, so a 3% auto overclock. Then with PBO enabled we got another 85 MHz and this increased the load temp to 68 degrees, which is still very cool.

Cost per Frame Analysis

For the cost per frame data we’re adding the cost of a cooler to Intel systems. We decided a $40 budget for the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition is very reasonable. With those adjustments made the Core i5-9600K comes in at a total cost of $295 and that means the cost per frame figure is $2.18 which places it on par with the Ryzen 7 2700X.

The Ryzen 5 3600 comes out significantly more affordable at just $1.53 per frame as it delivers a similar level of performance, but costs almost $100 less. This makes the R5 3600 better value than the 2600X at its current $195 asking price, though it is 18% more costly than the vanilla R5 2600. Even so given the efficiency improvement and the absolutely monstrous uplift in productivity performance, we feel it’s going to be easy to justify the small price premium.

Wrap Up

As predicted the Ryzen 5 3600 offers a tremendous value and because it sips power it’ll work on even the most basic B350 motherboard, provided it receives the necessary BIOS update. Alternatively, for brand new builds you can grab our favorite B450 board, the MSI Tomahawk and you’ll have a killer combo for a smidgen over $300. Basically what you’ll pay for the 9600K with a mid-range cooler.

Then in the future your options are aplenty: Ryzen 7 3700X, Ryzen 9 3900X or maybe even a 16-core 3950X, who knows what second hand deals will be available on these parts in a few years' time. This is why we’ve been big proponents of AMD’s AM4 platform. Those who bought in two years ago with an affordable B350 motherboard and say the Ryzen 5 1600, for example, you now have the option of slotting in the R5 3600 for up to a 35% performance boost in games and at least a 45% boost in applications, though as we saw in WinRAR it can be over a 100% boost.

But as we alluded to a moment ago, even for those building a new PC from the ground up, the R5 3600 looks like the best option. It smoked the Core i5-9600K in every single application benchmark we ran and worst case matches its single core performance. You get 12 threads opposed to just 6, so it’s no doubt going to age better, but this time you don’t have to roll the dice on Ryzen's longevity, as it’s already faster today.

The Intel Core i5 was a little faster in a few of the games tested, but the R5 3600 was miles faster where you’ll notice it. So this one's pretty cut and dry unless Intel decides to cut pricing heavily.

Later on we plan to test 3rd-gen Ryzen with some B350 motherboards to see just how well these new processors work on entry-level boards.

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AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Review: Why Is This Amazon's Best Selling CPU?

Every so often there comes a processor that captures the market. It ends up being that right combination of price, cores, frequency, performance, features and compatibility when added to the right sort of motherboard that makes it fly off the shelves. The main CPU this cycle seems to be the Ryzen 5 3600, offering six high-performance Zen 2 cores and 24 lanes of PCIe 4.0 for only $199. It currently sits at #1 on the Amazon best seller list, so we put one through the paces just to see if the hype was actually real.

At $199, the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 has been one the cheapest way to get ahold of AMD’s latest Zen2 microarchitecture. In our reviews of the lead generation Ryzen products, as well as Zen2 on Threadripper, Zen2 in EPYC, and Zen2 in Renoir, this microarchitecture is pushing new performance boundaries clock-for-clock against Intel’s other desktop offerings. In fact, until the latest launch of the Ryzen 3 line of processors, the Ryzen 5 was the cheapest Zen 2 processor on the market.

(On 5/18, Amazon's price was down to $189. Newegg was $172, but sold out).



With six cores and twelve threads, the comparative Intel options vary between something like the Core i7-9600KF with six cores and no hyperthreading, or to the i7-9700KF with eight cores and no hyperthreading. The downside is that both of these processors are more expensive: where the Ryzen 5 3600 is $199, the i5-9600KF is $263 and the i7-9700KF is $385. Frequencies between the three are competitive, however the AMD has a TDP of 65 W, compared to 95 W, and it comes with DDR4-3200 support with 24 lanes of PCIe 4.0, rather than DDR4-2666 and 16 lanes of PCIe 3.0.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 vs Overclockable Intel Equivalents
Ryzen 5 3600
AnandTechIntel Core
Intel Core
$199 / $189Price$263$385
Zen 2ArchitectureCoffee Lake-R
Coffee Lake-R
6C / 12TCores6C / 6T8C / 8T
3600 MHzBase Freq3700 MHz3600 MHz
4200 MHzTurbo Freq4600 MHz4900 MHz
65 WTDP95 W95 W
2 x DDR4-3200DDR42x DDR4-26662x DDR4-2666
PCIe 4.0 x24PCIePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16

Just by going with these on-paper specifications, it’s not hard to see why the Ryzen 5 3600 has been so popular. Even at the $199 price point, the i5-9400F is a $182 processor with the same memory/PCIe downsides, as well as being lower in frequency, despite matching the power rating. The Ryzen 5 3600 is also an unlocked processor, for anyone that wants to overclock.

Intel has announced its newest 10th Generation processor line, however the official launch date of the processors has not been officially announced yet. Out of the processor lineup however, the closest match would be the Core i5-10500.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 vs Intel 10th Gen
at ~$200
Ryzen 5 3600
AnandTechIntel Core
Intel Core
$199 / $189Price$192$213
Zen 2ArchitectureComet Lake
Comet Lake
6 C / 12 TCores6 C / 12 T6 C / 12 T
3600 MHzBase Freq3100 MHz3300 MHz
4200 MHzTurbo Freq4500 MHz4800 MHz
65 WTDP65 W65 W
2x DDR4-3200DDR42x DDR4-26662x DDR4-2666
PCIe 4.0 x24PCIePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16

This processor matches the six cores and twelve threads, is near in price, doesn’t quite match the base frequency but does exceed in the turbo. It is 65 W, the same as AMD, and on the plus side it does have integrated graphics. But again, it is only DDR4-2666 and only has 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes, compared to AMD’s DDR4-3200 and 24 PCIe 4.0 lanes.

Not only this, but our recent trips to brick-and-mortar stores (before the lockdown) looking for Intel mid-range 9th processors have been relatively fruitless. Intel is still facing increased demand for its high-end silicon, and is still focusing on making those parts that command the highest margins, like the Xeons. We also understand that Intel might be staggering the exact release of some of this hardware, focusing on the 10th Gen K processors first, so it might be a while before we see the mid-range CPUs at retail.

The AMD Ryzen 3 3300X and 3100 CPU Review: A Budget Gaming Bonanza

The third angle in the competition for the Ryzen 5 3600 will be with AMD’s own hardware. Having recently launched the Ryzen 3 3300X for only $120, users will have to decide if the extra $80 is worth the two extra cores in the processor. The Ryzen 5 3600 may only be popular because of it being the cheapest Zen 2 processor on the market, and if that is the case then the Ryzen 3 3300X could easily fill that role (or the Ryzen 3 3100, at $99). We tested the Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 very recently, and that review is well worth a read.

Ryzen 5 3600
Ryzen 3 3300X
$199 / $189Price$120
Zen 2MicroarchitectureZen 2
6 C / 12 TCores4 C / 8 T
3600 MHzBase Freq3800 MHz
4200 MHzTurbo Freq4300 MHz
65 WTDP65 W
2 x DDR4-3200DDR42 x DDR4-3200
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This is one area where the Ryzen 5 3600 is in a bit of an awkward position, especially with the recent announcement relating to B550.

The Ryzen 5 3600 is a popular mid-range processor, meaning that it should be paired with a good mid-range motherboard. For the longest time, that was the B450 motherboard line, with an expectation of a possible upgrade to Ryzen 4000 later this year or next year. Unfortuantely AMD has stated that it will be locking the possible CPUs on B450 to Ryzen 3000 and below, meaning that the highest processor that a B450 owner can use is the Ryzen 9 3950X.

As is perhaps understandable, B450 owners with mid-range CPUs looking for an upgrade path are not too happy. With the announcement of B550 offering an upgrade path, there will be a lot of potential mid-range customers now waiting for the B550 motherboards to come to market.

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For those that have some money burning a hole in the pocket, X570 is always an option, with the cheapest boards available being around $150. We have performed a large round-up of all the X570 boards in the market, with specific one-off reviews for some of the more impressive models. I suspect however that potential Ryzen 5 3600 customers might be waiting for a good $120 B550 board, should one come to market.

This Review

At the request of a number of our readers, we sourced the Ryzen 5 3600 to put it through its paces in our updated test suite. Based on the responses on social media, it looks like potential Ryzen 5 3600 customers are into gaming and/or workflow on reasonably priced systems, so we’ll tackle both areas.

In our review, there are two key comparisons to look out for:

  • Ryzen 5 3600 vs Ryzen 3 3300X
  • Ryzen 5 3600 vs Core i5-8400 / 9400

Unfortunately we don’t have an i5-9400F for comparison, however the i5-8400 is basically the same chip by 100 MHz, with the same memory support and microarchitecture design. To make the graphs easier to understand, we've listed the results as 8400/9400. If we get a 9400 or 9400F in for testing, we will update the graphs as necessary.

Sours: https://www.anandtech.com/show/15787/amd-ryzen-5-3600-review-amazons-best-selling-cpu

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Should I buy an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor?

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is a six-core chip that we're very fond of here at PC Gamer, and it just so happens that it soon might be cheaper than ever. A new wave of processors from the red team are set to land just ahead of Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day, so perhaps we'll also see significant discounts on the fantastic Ryzen 5 3600, too.

AMD and its retail partners are often keen to cut prices and add value to the red team's CPUs and GPUs during the end of year retail free-for-all. With the Ryzen 5 3600 already offering such fantastic value-for-money as a modern six-core processor for under $200, it's likely to be a good time to snap up a steal.

There's the little matter of AMD Zen 3 processors to think about going into the end of 2020, too. While these are sure to improve on the Zen 2 architecture in the Ryzen 5 3600, it's also sure to see prices come crashing even further down for those Zen 2 chips still awaiting a good home in a gaming PC.

What is the AMD Ryzen 5 3600?

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 specs

Cores: 6
Threads: 12
Base clock: 3.6GHz
Max boost clock: 4.2GHz
Socket: AM4
TDP: 65 W
Cooler: Wraith Stealth
Launch price: $199

Gone are the days of four-core processors ruling everything from the entry-level to the high-end. Nowadays you can get plenty more cores for your money, and the Ryzen 5 3600 is prime example of that.

A six-core, 12-thread processor, the Ryzen 5 3600 is built using AMD's innovative Zen 2 chiplet architecture. This chip will boost from a base clock of 3.6GHz to 4.2GHz, which ensures plenty of speed for gaming and you'll have plenty of cores to hand to pick up the slack in productivity or creative applications. It's a solid mix of everything you need for a great all-round gaming PC, and still holds a spot in our best CPU for gaming guide.

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 also comes with an included CPU cooler, the Wraith Stealth. It's a good piece of kit too, which means you can save spending money on another cooler for your PC build.

What are the alternatives to the Ryzen 5 3600?

When talking about direct competition, the Intel Core i5 10400 is a good match for the AMD Ryzen 5 3600. The Intel chip is similarly a six-core and 12-thread processor, and with a max turbo frequency up to 4.3GHz, it's able to offer gaming performance more-or-less in line with the AMD chip. This chips base frequency of 2.9GHz does see it slip behind the Ryzen 5 3600 at times, however, so we're still team AMD on this one.

But even within AMD's stack there's close competition for the Ryzen 5 3600. Most of all the Ryzen 5 3600X. It's only a touch more expensive, but offers an increase in clock speed from 3.6GHz and 4.2GHz to 3.8GHz and 4.4GHz. It also comes with a slightly larger and more capable cooler, the Wraith Spire.

There's also the Ryzen 5 3600XT, another moderate clock speed bump over the Ryzen 5 3600 and 3600X. Worth keeping an eye on.

Should I buy the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 and at what price?

Even with AMD's Zen 3 processors looming overhead, we still think the Ryzen 5 3600 is a smashing chip. It's got everything you could want for a great gaming PC build, and won't hold your graphics card back from its full potential. Most importantly, it won't break the bank.

There's likely to be some wiggle room on Ryzen 5 3600 pricing come Black Friday, so make sure to keep a close eye on this one. We've seen this chip drop as low as $165 in the past, and frankly anything around that mark is well worth it.

Oh, and don't forget an AM4 motherboard too.

Jacob earned his first byline writing for his own tech blog from his hometown in Wales in 2017. From there, he graduated to professionally breaking things at PCGamesN, where he would later win command of the kit cupboard as hardware editor. Nowadays, as senior hardware editor at PC Gamer, he spends his days reporting on the latest developments in the technology and gaming industry. When he's not writing about GPUs and CPUs, you'll find him trying to get as far away from the modern world as possible by wild camping.

Sours: https://www.pcgamer.com/should-i-buy-amd-ryzen-5-3600/
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