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.


General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Efficiency
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
  • More modern manufacturing process – 7 versus 12 nanometers
  • Newer PCI Express version – 4.0
  • Newer - released 10-months later
  • 21% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 1252 vs 1038 points
  • 8% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.2 GHz vs 3.9 GHz)
  • Around 3.97 GB/s (9%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth


Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
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Full technical specification of AMD Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 2600


Vendor AMD AMD
Released July 7, 2019 September 11, 2018
Type Desktop Desktop
instruction set x86-64 x86-64
Codename Matisse Zen+
Socket AM4 AM4
Integrated GPU No No


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 64K (per core) 96K (per core)
L2 Cache 512K (per core) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache 32MB (shared) 16MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier Yes Yes


Transistors 3.8 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
ECC Support Yes Yes


Official site AMD Ryzen 5 3600 official page AMD Ryzen 5 2600 official page
PCI Express Version 4.0 3.0
PCI Express Lanes 16 20

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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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Wayne 07 November 2021 11:27
I have just read your comment and it has set my mind at ease. I have two sons. One has a r5 2600 with stock cooler, runs around 50 degrees in game. The other has a r5 3600 with a h100i aio, runs around 62 in games. That's just how it is right? Is there something in the reported temps of the 3600? Coolant temps are around 30.
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