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AMD Ryzen 5 3600 vs Ryzen 5 2600

We compared two 6-core desktop CPUs: the 3.6 GHz AMD Ryzen 5 3600 against the 3.4 GHz Ryzen 5 2600. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.

NanoReview Review

General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Performance
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Consumption
The efficiency score of electricity consumption
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating

Key Differences

What are the key differences between 2600 and 3600
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • Has 16 MB larger L3 cache size
  • Supports up to 128 GB DDR4-3200 RAM
  • Newer - released 10 months later
  • More modern manufacturing process – 7 versus 12 nanometers
  • Newer PCI Express version – 4.0
  • 8% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.2 GHz vs 3.9 GHz)
  • Around 3.97 GB/s (9%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth

Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)
482
Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)
3550
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
2818
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
20231
13307
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
1230
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
6995

Specs

Full technical specification of AMD Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 2600

General

Vendor AMD AMD
Released July 7, 2019 September 11, 2018
Launch price 199 USD 199 USD
Type Desktop Desktop
Codename Zen 2 Zen+
Socket AM4 AM4
Integrated GPU No No

Performance

Cores 6 6
Threads 12 12
Base Frequency 3.6 GHz 3.4 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 4.2 GHz 3.9 GHz
Bus frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 36x 34x
L1 Cache 96K (per core) 96K (per core)
L2 Cache 512K (per core) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache 32MB (shared) 16MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier Yes Yes

Power

Transistors 4.9 billions 4.8 billions
Fabrication Process 7 nm 12 nm
TDP 65 W 65 W
Max. temperature 95°C 95°C

Memory support

Memory types DDR4-3200 DDR4-2933
Memory Size 128 GB 64 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 47.68 GB/s 43.71 GB/s
EEC Support No Yes

Misc

Official site AMD Ryzen 5 3600 official page AMD Ryzen 5 2600 official page
PCI Express Version 4.0 3.0
PCI Express Lanes 20 20

Cast your vote

Choose between two processors
10 (62.5%)
6 (37.5%)
Total votes: 16

Comments

So which CPU will you choose: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 or Ryzen 5 3600?
Karl dela Cruz 19 July 2020 18:49
If you are a power user and has extra money, then go with 3600 . If you care more on lesser CPU power consumption and lesser CPU temperature, then go with 2600. Performance wise, in paper, 3600 is better than 2600 but in real world, almost no difference will be noticed. I can assure you that my claims are true because I am currently using 3600 while my gf has 2600.
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