Average Bench: 84% (102nd of 1307)

Based on 753,232 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 257Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is just 18%. 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 1,049Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 803Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 753,232 samples)
Min Avg Max
68 Memory 78.2 86.4
117 1-Core 131 137
224 2-Core 257 272
87.2% 156 Pts
Min Avg Max
404 4-Core 482 538
718 8-Core 803 874
81.2% 642 Pts
Min Avg Max
938 64-Core 1,049 1,133
70.4% 1,049 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 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 81
1-Core 140
2-Core 279
93% 166 Pts
4-Core 547
8-Core 882
91% 715 Pts
64-Core 1,156
78% 1,156 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 79.1
1-Core 136
2-Core 270
90% 161 Pts
4-Core 499
8-Core 802
83% 651 Pts
64-Core 1,060
71% 1,060 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 80
1-Core 132
2-Core 262
89% 158 Pts
4-Core 488
8-Core 829
83% 658 Pts
64-Core 1,060
71% 1,060 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 69.3
1-Core 136
2-Core 267
86% 157 Pts
4-Core 500
8-Core 817
84% 659 Pts
64-Core 1,104
74% 1,104 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 65.5
1-Core 96.8
2-Core 216
70% 126 Pts
4-Core 391
8-Core 667
67% 529 Pts
64-Core 894
60% 894 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $200 @ launch in Jul '19
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Desktop 88%
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Workstation 86%
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Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX (MS-7C02) - $125

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 Comments

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

Added 22 months ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

6 hrs ago.

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Would not recomend for gaming, latency too high—Jan '21

Comment 

AMD are great at selling junk. They pee in the well with fake comments, glorified cheerleaders on youtube and paid magazine reviews. My POS PC still crashes randomly. Everybody needs to call the rats out instead of letting them get away with it.—Apr '21


Excellent

1 day ago.

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Don't fall for AMD's marketing BS, save your money and get a better GPU which will actually make a difference—Feb '21


Excellent

1 day ago.

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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

22 months ago.


Excellent

4 days ago.

I use one and it's better than my mam


Liked

4 hrs ago.

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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


Liked

3 months ago.

Comment 

Creates a gaming bottleneck, avoid.—Jan '21


Good

4 months 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.


Excellent

2 months ago.

I absolutely love this chip. Runs everything without complaint since 2019.


Excellent

2 months ago.

best all rounder cpu, would pair it up with a 1660 or a 5700


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