Average Bench: 91.4% (23rd of 1206)

Based on 39,726 user benchmarks.  Device: 178BFBFF00870F10 Model: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 6-Core Processor

Early Q3 of 2019 sees the release of the new Ryzen 5 3600X: a hex-core, 12-thread processor. AMD are releasing five new CPUs based on their latest Zen 2 microarchitecture which delivers approximately 13% better IPC than the previous 12nm Zen+. For workstation builds the 3600X is viable, however, the $200 USD Ryzen 5 3600 represents a far better value proposition. The additional $40 USD for the 3600X basically buys a better cooler (Spire vs Stealth). This allows for an extra 200 MHz of extra base and boost clock: 3.8 / 4.4 GHz on the 3600X vs 3.6 / 4.2 GHz on the 3600, this translates to approximately 2% higher overclocked performance for 20% more money. Neither of the stock coolers on the 3600 or 3600X are as effective as a $20 USD aftermarket cooler such as the Gammaxx 400. The 3600 with a Gammaxx 400 outperforms the 3600X with a Spire cooler and when both use a Gammaxx 400 they are more or less identical. The 3600X SKU is basically a marketing gimmick designed to milk unsuspecting consumers. Comparing the 3600X to Intel’s overclocked flagship i5-9600K shows that although the 3600X has 29% faster 64-core speed, it is around 11% worse for gaming (sub eight core performance). Additionally, the 3600X's memory controller, although significantly improved over previous Ryzen iterations, still has limited bandwidth and high latency which can also impact gaming. The arrival of Zen 2 marks the end of the "Sandy Bridge (i5-2500K)" era, Intel can no longer rely exclusively on their single-core advantage to dominate the market, they must also compete on price. [Jul '19 CPUPro]

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Excellent average bench

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X averaged just 8.5% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 135Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 266Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X is just 15.9%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,080Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 833Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 39,726 samples)
Min Avg Max
123 1-Core 135 141
234 2-Core 266 280
94.6% 201 Pts
Min Avg Max
431 4-Core 509 551
767 8-Core 833 897
85% 671 Pts
Min Avg Max
979 64-Core 1,080 1,144
72.5% 1,080 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.15 GHz (avg)
1-Core 137
2-Core 271
96% 204 Pts
4-Core 534
8-Core 870
89% 702 Pts
64-Core 1108
74% 1108 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
1-Core 136
2-Core 273
96% 204 Pts
4-Core 496
8-Core 855
85% 676 Pts
64-Core 1,077
72% 1,077 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
1-Core 136
2-Core 267
95% 202 Pts
4-Core 474
8-Core 827
82% 650 Pts
64-Core 1,064
71% 1,064 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
1-Core 135
2-Core 240
90% 188 Pts
4-Core 460
8-Core 792
79% 626 Pts
64-Core 977
66% 977 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
1-Core 113
2-Core 216
78% 164 Pts
4-Core 455
8-Core 808
79% 631 Pts
64-Core 1,066
72% 1,066 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $250 @ launch in Jul '19
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Typical Ryzen 5 3600X Builds (Compare 12,990 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 98%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 89%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 77%
Battleship

Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX (MS-7C02) - $115

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $886

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 Comments

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

Added 7 months ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

10 hrs ago.

Pro gamers avoid AMD for a reason...


Good

4 days ago.

on average the Ryzen 5 3600x is ~38% faster than the Core i5-9600K (Intel price some higher)


Poor

10 days ago.

it's worth it. powerfull and fast. suggest it


Excellent

20 days ago.

Amazing performance in all aspects, and great price


Excellent

23 days ago.

Pro gamers avoid AMD for a reason...


Good

23 days ago.

Hope this ends Intels overpriced offerings here in South Africa. According to site price is R3608[zar] for 3600X, I can tell you even if its R5600 for the 3600X, it's still better than 9900K pricing at R9300 [reseller price, listed at R7000 on site] here in SA.


Excellent

2 months ago.

It's even better than 3600 (non X)


Poor

4 days ago.

haha


Poor

29 days ago.

Scam, would recommend the 3600 instead.


Good

7 months ago.


Good

1 month ago.

max boost 4,2ghz 0,2ghz less then advertised 4,4ghz


Excellent

4 months ago.

Both Ryzen 5 Skus is Very Impressive.


Excellent

7 months ago.

We're looking at a possible complete comeback by AMD in the consumer/gaming CPU market!


Good

7 months ago.

Where was Gondor when AMD caught up with Intel on single core performance ?


Excellent

3 months ago.

dope


Excellent

1 month ago.

Not only do you get equal performance, but you get twice the threads for only $30 more. perfect for doing more than just gaming


Excellent

6 months ago.

Really powerful CPU, ideal for most uses. Really nice IPC and frequency.


Excellent

6 months ago.

What a beast this CPU is, absolutely love owning this.


Excellent

7 months ago.

Ver nice!


Excellent

7 months ago.

Awesome!!


Excellent

6 months ago.

it is truly fast, no more lag, no more micro-stuttering, it is efficient, powerful, it does it all. 5 stars processors,


Excellent

18 days ago.

Has powered through everything I've thrown at it. Love this CPU. A lot for the price!


Poor

1 month ago.

bad


Excellent

6 months ago.

love it


Excellent

7 months ago.

RIP Intel


Excellent

5 months ago.

3600x oc all cores in bios 4350 mhz boost 4433 mhz 1,360v h100v2 30c max 60c g skill flare x 3200 cl14 oc 1900 = 3800 1.360v b450 msi tomahawk gtx 1070.


Excellent

5 months ago.

better than my 1600x it replaced. 10-20 fps more in most games with my Vega 56


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