Average Bench: 84.8% (94th of 1316)

Based on 261,643 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 15.2% 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 Mixed Speed 133Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 260Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X is just 17.8%. 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 1,057Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 810Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 261,643 samples)
Min Avg Max
67.8 Memory 78.7 87.4
118 1-Core 133 141
227 2-Core 260 280
88% 157 Pts
Min Avg Max
414 4-Core 488 545
713 8-Core 810 876
82.1% 649 Pts
Min Avg Max
922 64-Core 1,057 1,128
70.9% 1,057 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 4.4 GHz, turbo 4.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 87.4
1-Core 142
2-Core 284
96% 171 Pts
4-Core 569
8-Core 893
93% 731 Pts
64-Core 1,196
80% 1,196 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.9
1-Core 142
2-Core 281
97% 171 Pts
4-Core 534
8-Core 848
88% 691 Pts
64-Core 1,110
74% 1,110 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.1
1-Core 140
2-Core 272
92% 165 Pts
4-Core 534
8-Core 856
88% 695 Pts
64-Core 1,086
73% 1,086 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.25 GHz, turbo 4.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 85.8
1-Core 136
2-Core 256
91% 159 Pts
4-Core 483
8-Core 816
82% 649 Pts
64-Core 1,105
74% 1,105 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 81.6
1-Core 135
2-Core 264
90% 160 Pts
4-Core 474
8-Core 800
80% 637 Pts
64-Core 1,044
70% 1,044 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.2 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 73.2
1-Core 133
2-Core 265
87% 157 Pts
4-Core 516
8-Core 864
87% 690 Pts
64-Core 1,097
74% 1,097 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 69
1-Core 138
2-Core 268
87% 159 Pts
4-Core 486
8-Core 833
83% 659 Pts
64-Core 1069
72% 1069 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Memory 74.3
1-Core 132
2-Core 255
86% 154 Pts
4-Core 450
8-Core 795
78% 623 Pts
64-Core 1,014
68% 1,014 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 3.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 71.5
1-Core 122
2-Core 245
81% 146 Pts
4-Core 451
8-Core 767
77% 609 Pts
64-Core 1,028
69% 1,028 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $250 @ launch in Jul '19
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Typical Ryzen 5 3600X Builds (Compare 77,572 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 87%
Aircraft carrier

Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX (MS-7C02) - $110

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 69% - Good Total price: $981

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 Comments

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

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13 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


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12 days 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


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30 days ago.

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


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2 years ago.


Excellent

7 months ago.

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


Excellent

10 months ago.

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


Excellent

13 months ago.

Both Ryzen 5 Skus is Very Impressive.


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

Ver nice!


Good

16 months ago.

Sztosiks ale kupcie 3600 zamiast tego ok?


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