Average Bench: 84% (88th of 1276)

Based on 703,010 user benchmarks.  Device: 178BFBFF00870F10 Model: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core Processor

AMD’s Ryzen 5 3600 is a 6-core, 12-threaded processor which succeeds the Ryzen 5 2600 improving upon it by 13% in terms of overclocked performance. The 3600 is in competition with Intel’s 6-core i5-9600K. AMD continues to push the multi-core performance envelope: benchmarks show that the 3600 has a 27% overclocked 64-core lead over the 9600K but that the i5-9600K leads by 14% on single to hex core workloads which translates to 10% higher EFps in most of the today’s top games (e.g. PUBG, GTAV and CSGO). Additionally, the 3600's memory controller, although significantly improved over previous Ryzen iterations, still has limited bandwidth and high latency which adversely impacts gaming. Weaknesses in memory architecture are not readily picked up by CPU benchmarks but they are apparent whilst gaming. Cheaper CPUs such as the 9400F deliver better gaming performance in nearly all of today’s popular games. At $190 USD, the 3600 offers good value for purely workstation tasks such as film production but streamers should look elsewhere. Streaming with dedicated hardware such as NVENC or a separate stream PC will nearly always result in fewer dropped frames. The masterfully hyped Ryzen 3600 may well be the best CPU for multimedia producers on a tight budget but in today's market there are faster and less expensive alternatives for gamers, streamers and general desktop users. [Jun '19 CPUPro]

Very good average bench

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 averaged just 16.0% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 131Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 258Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is just 16.9%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,042Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 801Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 703,010 samples)
Min Avg Max
67.7 Memory 78 86.9
119 1-Core 131 137
231 2-Core 258 272
87.2% 156 Pts
Min Avg Max
416 4-Core 483 539
727 8-Core 801 872
81.2% 642 Pts
Min Avg Max
908 64-Core 1,042 1,131
69.9% 1,042 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.5 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.3
1-Core 145
2-Core 290
96% 172 Pts
4-Core 583
8-Core 986
99% 784 Pts
64-Core 1,216
82% 1,216 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.4
1-Core 136
2-Core 265
91% 162 Pts
4-Core 542
8-Core 867
90% 704 Pts
64-Core 1107
74% 1107 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.3
1-Core 134
2-Core 265
90% 160 Pts
4-Core 484
8-Core 780
80% 632 Pts
64-Core 1,080
72% 1,080 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.95 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.9
1-Core 133
2-Core 251
89% 156 Pts
4-Core 443
8-Core 800
78% 622 Pts
64-Core 1,037
70% 1,037 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Memory 68.4
1-Core 126
2-Core 258
83% 151 Pts
4-Core 388
8-Core 526
60% 457 Pts
64-Core 805
54% 805 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $200 @ launch in Jul '19
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Gaming
Gaming 93%
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Desktop
Desktop 88%
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Workstation
Workstation 88%
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Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX (MS-7C02) - $124

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 72% - Very good Total price: $852

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 Comments

3rd generation AMD Ryzen processor, built to perform, designed to win...

Added 19 months ago.

Disliked

2 days ago.

Comment 

Actually terrible value for money as of october 2020. If you're spending 200usd on a CPU you might as well stretch it to 300 and get a 3700X which will be far more future proof as it's likely the same CPU the new consoles use and offers you two extra cores. And what's worse is that this is handly beaten by the i5-10400F on 1080p gaming which is about 20usd cheaper and doesn't get as gimped by using lower ram speeds, so really makes very little sense right now at the 200usd mark, only get it for under 150usd and cheaper if used.—Nov '20


Good

5 days ago.

Excellent price to performance and great for creative applications


Excellent

3 days ago.

Is very fast for videogames.I like it.


Average

8 days ago.

very great value performs really well for the 220€ price tag


Good

19 months ago.


Good

1 day ago.

Looking for the best combo with the 2070 super


Excellent

1 month ago.

I use one and it's great for the price.


Excellent

2 months ago.

Comment 

Great for GTX 1660 ti or below. Higbly do not recommend to pair this with any RTX GPU as the 3600 will bottleneck them noticeably. For instance, an RTX 2060 super will be utilized at 90% most of the time if paired with the 3600. For video editing it performs almost the same as the 8700k and the 9700k. All in all, you have to choose the right CPU depending on your own usage, not based on benchmarks or what other people recommend. Although significantly improved over previous generations, the 3600 is still picky with RAM and refuses to run the Corsair Vengeance LPX at the rated speed of 3200Mhz, only allowing it to run at 2933 MHz after long days of tweaking and testing for stability.—Dec '19


Excellent

2 months ago.

great value for money along with excellent performance... highly recommend it


Good

7 days ago.

this is one of the best cpus in 2020 but u need a good cooler for it cause its temperature increases quickly...


Very poor

15 months ago.

optimal performance/$


Excellent

15 months ago.

AWESOME PRICE TO PERFORMANCE CPU WITH VERY WELL BALANCED SINGLE AND MULTICORE PERFORMANCE RIVALING AND BEATING MOST OF ITS COMPETITORS!!


Excellent

17 months ago.

y e s


Excellent

4 months ago.

Excellent CPU at this price.


Excellent

19 months ago.

Info  cpu.userbenchmark.com/...

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 vs. Intel Core i7-8700K


Excellent

15 months ago.

love it


Very poor

15 months ago.

bestbuy2019


Very poor

15 months ago.

ok cpu for me


Excellent

15 months ago.

best


Excellent

11 months ago.

The CPU to game and a little work on the side. Get the Tomahawk MAX to pair with it.


Excellent

19 months ago.

best


Excellent

4 months ago.

If you are looking for a desktop CPU in 2020 the Ryzen 5 3600 is hard to beat. Well priced and sporting 6 cores with 12 threads and up to 4.2GHz clockspeeds, this is a chip that just won't quit. Memory support is much improved and multithread workloads using the 3600 are very competitive. Whats even better is that it sips power - a standard gaming workload will see it float around 50W, and a full synthetic workload will have it pushed up to around 80W. The included cooler is effective, but aftermarket air or small AIO solutions are also good viable solutions for maximising clockspeeds. A long story cut short, this is a brilliant value CPU.


Excellent

1 month ago.

A 6core-12threaded processor with better performance in almost all workloads than the 8core-16threaded Ryzen 7 2700X except for some video editing and rendering tasks for around the same money


Excellent

16 months ago.

This chip is a monster and for less than 200 euro


Good

30 days ago.

I have one and it works great. I am probably going to upgrade to a ryzen 5000 series CPU but this has served as a great place holder in my pc build while I wait to get enough money to do the full upgrades to get a ryzen 9 5900x (I need a new cooler as well). My good friend also has one and it works extremely well for him.


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