6 Cores, 12 Threads @3.6GHz, Zen2.
Release date: Q3 2019.


Release date ≤ Q4 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 1,073,748 user samples
1,072,639 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 92% Base clock 4.45 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 73% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Poor: 73% Great: 92%
SPEED RANK: 201st / 1442
Gaming 83%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 77%
1,109 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 54% Base clock 2.8 GHz
Worst Bench: 37% Base clock 2.8 GHz, turbo 2.75 GHz (avg)
Poor: 37% Great: 54%
SPEED RANK: 854th / 1442
Gaming 48%
Desktop 50%
Workstation 34%
Sail boat
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
83.1 % Much faster effective speed.
47.9 %
Avg. Memory Latency
76.3 Pts Lower memory latency.
69.3 Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed
133 Pts Hugely faster single-core speed.
42.1 Pts
Avg. Dual Core Speed
259 Pts Hugely faster dual-core speed.
83.5 Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed
483 Pts Hugely faster quad-core speed.
155 Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed
792 Pts Hugely faster octa-core speed.
158 Pts
OC Memory Latency
87.5 Pts Lower OC memory latency.
79.1 Pts
OC Single Core Speed
141 Pts Hugely faster OC single-core speed.
45.3 Pts
OC Dual Core Speed
281 Pts Hugely faster OC dual-core speed.
90 Pts
OC Quad Core Speed
546 Pts Hugely faster OC quad-core speed.
177 Pts
OC Octa Core Speed
869 Pts Hugely faster OC octa-core speed.
177 Pts
Market Share
Based on 67,672,439 CPUs tested
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.28 % Insanely higher market share.
0 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
95 % Hugely more popular.
50 %
57 Months Much more recent.
124+ Months
OC Multi Core Speed
1091 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
177 Pts
Avg. Multi Core Speed
999 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
161 Pts

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]


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