Average Bench: 81.8% (162nd of 1363)

Based on 150,267 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]

Very good average bench

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X averaged just 18.2% 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 Speed 134Pts
Avg. Dual Core Speed 260Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X is 30.4%. 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 Speed 1,014Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 799Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 150,267 samples)
Min Avg Max
63.1 Memory 74.2 85.1
80.7 1-Core 134 148
172 2-Core 260 291
84.6% 156 Pts
Min Avg Max
285 4-Core 480 554
598 8-Core 799 892
77.9% 639 Pts
Min Avg Max
776 64-Core 1,014 1,125
62.8% 1,014 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 4.45 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 87.5
1-Core 148
2-Core 287
95% 174 Pts
4-Core 547
8-Core 949
90% 748 Pts
64-Core 1,168
72% 1,168 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 81.1
1-Core 147
2-Core 286
93% 171 Pts
4-Core 524
8-Core 817
83% 671 Pts
64-Core 1,027
64% 1,027 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 74.5
1-Core 141
2-Core 279
88% 165 Pts
4-Core 497
8-Core 812
80% 655 Pts
64-Core 1,042
64% 1,042 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $250 @ launch in Jul '19
AmazonUS $24514 mins
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Gaming 98%
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Desktop 87%
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Workstation
Workstation 93%
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Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX (MS-7C02) - $128

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 Comments

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

Added 3 years ago.

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7 days ago.

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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

2 months ago.

i5 and i3 12th gen have better price to performance

Comment 

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


Liked

15 days ago.

Comment 

its sucks its also expenive i7 9700f more better and cheaper—Feb '21


Good

3 years ago.


Excellent

21 months ago.

Comment 

Scam, would recommend the 3600 instead. —Jan '21


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Good

2 months ago.

Both Ryzen 5 Skus is Very Impressive.


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

Ver nice!


Good

2 years ago.

Sztosiks ale kupcie 3600 zamiast tego ok?


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