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AMD Ryzen 5 3600X vs Ryzen 5 2600

We compared two 6-core desktop CPUs: the 3.8 GHz AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 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.

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 Efficiency
The efficiency score of electricity consumption
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating

Key Differences

What are the key differences between 2600 and 3600X
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
  • Has 16 MB larger L3 cache size
  • Supports up to 128 GB DDR4-3200 RAM
  • More modern manufacturing process – 7 versus 12 nanometers
  • Newer - released 10-months later
  • Newer PCI Express version – 4.0
  • 28% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 1268 vs 993 points
  • 13% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.4 GHz vs 3.9 GHz)
  • Around 3.97 GB/s (9%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 2600
  • Consumes up to 32% less energy than the Ryzen 5 3600X – 65 vs 95 Watt

Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
1316
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
9402
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
2656
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
18123
13089
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
1252
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
7002

Specifications

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

General

Vendor AMD AMD
Released July 7, 2019 September 11, 2018
Launch price 249 USD 199 USD
Type Desktop Desktop
instruction set x86-64 x86-64
Codename Zen 2 Zen+
Socket AM4 AM4
Integrated GPU No No

Performance

Cores 6 6
Threads 12 12
Base Frequency 3.8 GHz 3.4 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 4.4 GHz 3.9 GHz
Bus frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 38x 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

Power

Transistors 3.8 billions 4.8 billions
Fabrication process 7 nm 12 nm
TDP 95 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

Misc

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

Cast your vote

Choose between two processors
37 (72.5%)
14 (27.5%)
Total votes: 51

Comments

So which CPU will you choose: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 or Ryzen 5 3600X?