AMD Ryzen 9 5900X vs Ryzen 5 3600

We compared two desktop CPUs: the 3.7 GHz AMD Ryzen 9 5900X with 12-cores against the 3.6 GHz Ryzen 5 3600 with 6-cores. 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 3600 and 5900X
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
  • Has 6 more physical cores
  • Has 32 MB larger L3 cache size
  • Newer - released 1-year and 3-months later
  • 31% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 1644 vs 1252 points
  • 14% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.8 GHz vs 4.2 GHz)
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • Consumes up to 38% less energy than the Ryzen 9 5900X – 65 vs 105 Watt

Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
1582
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
20744
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
3524
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
39521
17911
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
1647
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
14214
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Specifications

Full technical specification of AMD Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 5 3600

General

Vendor AMD AMD
Released October 8, 2020 July 7, 2019
Type Desktop Desktop
instruction set x86-64 x86-64
Codename Vermeer Matisse
Socket AM4 AM4
Integrated GPU No No

Performance

Cores 12 6
Threads 24 12
Base Frequency 3.7 GHz 3.6 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 4.8 GHz 4.2 GHz
Bus frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 37x 36x
L1 Cache 64K (per core) 64K (per core)
L2 Cache 512K (per core) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache 64MB (shared) 32MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier Yes Yes

Power

Transistors - 3.8 billions
Fabrication process 7 nm 7 nm
TDP 105 W 65 W
Max. temperature 90°C 95°C

Memory support

Memory types DDR4-3200 DDR4-3200
Memory Size 128 GB 128 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 47.68 GB/s 47.68 GB/s
ECC Support Yes Yes

Misc

Official site AMD Ryzen 9 5900X official page AMD Ryzen 5 3600 official page
PCI Express Version 4.0 4.0
PCI Express Lanes 20 16

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Comments

So which CPU will you choose: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 or Ryzen 9 5900X?
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