AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU Review & Benchmarks: Strong Recommendation


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Published: 3 months ago
We benchmarked & reviewed AMD's new R5 3600 Ryzen CPU to test performance in games, Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, Blender, compression, & more.
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Article: https://www.gamersnexus.net/hwreviews/3489-amd-ryzen-5-3600-cpu-review-benchmarks-vs-intel

NEW RYZEN CPU LISTINGS:

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (Amazon): https://geni.us/vtPUE
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X (Amazon): https://geni.us/uxr8
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (Amazon): https://geni.us/uPxxADC
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X (Amazon): https://geni.us/kHxcq
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X (Amazon): https://geni.us/sdVDHO
AMD Ryzen 5 3400G (Amazon): https://geni.us/IWN0c
AMD Ryzen 3 3200G (Amazon): https://geni.us/AxJmDW
Or grab an affordable R7 2700X on Amazon: https://geni.us/HPeV or R7 2700 https://geni.us/CHQ0B
Intel's i9-9900K (Amazon): https://geni.us/eNRPu

In this review of AMD's new Ryzen 5 3600 CPU, we look at the remainder of Intel's i5 lineup -- primarily composed of the i5-9600K -- and run generational benchmarks versus AMD's older R5 2600/2600X and R5 1600 CPUs. All modern CPUs on the chart also have overclock numbers accompanying them. Memory was 3200MHz CL14 with manually configured secondary and tertiary timings for all bench platforms, ensuring data accuracy and consistency. 3200MHz is the highest frequency that works on everything we benchmarked in this list, allowing us to control a variable while still using a reasonable memory speed. We'll do separate benchmarking on memory scaling. In the meantime, this benchmark tests the AMD R5 3600 for power consumption, Blender performance, Premiere, Photoshop, 7-Zip, V-Ray, GCC code compiling, and more, alongside gaming benchmarks versus Intel. Our reviews of the AMD R9 3900X, R7 3700X, AMD RX 5700 XT, and AMD RX 5700 are forthcoming or have already been published, depending on when you check this video. Be sure to check back regularly to catch all of the reviews -- they're mostly done! AMD vs. Intel 2019 has officially started.

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Editorial & Test Lead: Steve Burke
Editorial, Testing, Data Validation: Patrick Lathan
Video: Andrew Coleman, Josh Svoboda, Keegan Gallick
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3 months ago

I just picked up one of these today, very happy with it so far, got it @4.2ghz @1.35v using a deep cool captain 240ex AIO .
replaced my 2700x , staying alot closer to 144fps to match monitors refresh rate in BFV everything ultra @1440p .
Excellent chip for the money , may get a 3900x in the future

2 months ago

@Alex Gabriel Definitely. Games that would use only 4 cores will see noticeable improvements due to the higher IPC of each core in the 3600, games that utilize more than 4 cores/threads will ofc see improvements due to the 2 extra cores (8 extra threads in total cause the 6500 isn't hyperthreaded). Plus the extra cores/threads also give more headroom to run discord / play youtube music vids without noticeably impacting FPS

2 months ago

so how does it compare to my 200$ i5 6500 that i got like 3 years ago? :) worth upgrading to 3600?

2 months ago

the link to your 5700xt review is actually this video

3 months ago

0:35 lol wtf

2 days ago

Streaming benchmarks? :)

1 week ago

was going to grab an R7 2700x and this is literally the same price with slightly better performance. ok I'm Sold!

1 week ago

Is it worth upgrading from a 2600? For a 144hz gamer that plays basically everything. I have quite a few instances when the cpu cant keep up and i get frame drops down to the low 50's

2 weeks ago

See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nXoblGMu98 and also search for processor monitoring software to see how the 2600 really performs.

Someone made a good point: AMD architecture is going to drive the next-generation consoles. Microsoft worked with AMD for the new Xbox.

1 week ago

@cwli1 that makes alot of sense. Thanks for all the info!

1 week ago

It's not that the 2600 isn't good enough. It's that so many gamers don't want DirectX12 since they hate Windows 10 and only like the games they already play and who never play multi-player online games. Directx11 was designed for old processors, not the modern Ryzens. Even the new MS flight sim uses 11.

Someone said that one of the Tomb Raider games play well on DX12 but is crippled by 11.

You can see a list of vulkan-supported games https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulkan_(API) which suit the 2600 more.

New games will never progress as so many gamers are stuck in the past, and who also feel that their old Intel processor will never need upgrading. Game writers have to cater to those idiots.

For help https://community.amd.com/community/support-forums/general-discussion

1 week ago

@cwli1 yup

1 week ago

Are you playing mainly directx 11 games?

1 week ago

50+ degrees on idle with temp spikes into 60s. Under load into high 80s. Stock cooler. Repasted and reseated. Fresh install windows install, latest chipset and bios. Is there an issue with my CPU or is an aftermarket cooler a prerequisite?

2 weeks ago

The Wraith Stealth is a bad cooler. Try the Cooler Master 212 evo or the smaller Antec a40 pro. Thermal Grizzly Hydronaut is a very good paste.

“My ONLY point of frustration came from some instability I experienced that took me a while to troubleshoot, first thinking it was probably some sort of memory incompatibility. It ended up being an incompatibility with the Windows 10 Ryzen power plan that was installed. Switched to the regular "Performance" plan and its been rock solid ever since.”

If the processor idles at a high temperature: disable all 3 bios options for Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO). Set Windows Power Plan (not AMD's one) for "Balanced".

For help https://community.amd.com/community/support-forums/general-discussion

1 week ago

What is the SMT off on the R 5 3600 CPU ?

2 weeks ago

Rhyzen doesn't support DDR3 so... FAIL. Not upgrading.

2 weeks ago

Rhyzen doesn't support DDR3 so... FAIL. Not upgrading.

2 weeks ago

@Kden DDR3 is 2014.... back in the 80's we were using SIPP... and then SIMM sticks.

1 week ago

who the hell still uses ddr3 go back to 80´s

1 week ago

Db?

2 weeks ago

I found the 3600x same price than 3600.. 200dlls

3 weeks ago

HUMNAHUMNAHUMNA ONE HUNDREEEED, HUMNAHUMNAHUMNA WHO'LL GIVE ME A HUNNID FIDDY, HUMNAHUMNAHUMNAHUMNA TWOOOOO HUNDRED!!!! I GOT TWO HUNDRED HUMNAHUMNAHUMNA... Damn dude, take a break here and there.

3 weeks ago

probably a stupid question but does the CPU come with thermal paste?

3 weeks ago

Preapplied on the included cooler.

3 weeks ago

Will the ryzen 5 3600 run obs good, and keep the streams and recordings from being pixelated and laggy

3 weeks ago

Yes. It's very powerful.

Ryzen only installs on Windows 10. For help https://community.amd.com/community/support-forums/general-discussion

You can use a small screwdriver to put one rice-grain-size blob of thermal paste on the CPU near the center and it will cover the two or three areas where the processor dies are as the paste will spread out when the cooler is placed on it. Thermal paste was designed to fill in the tiny cracks between the heatspreader (CPU casing) and the cooler, not as a primary heat-transfer compound. Too much paste does more harm than good so it's not needed in the corners. Use the small screwdriver to straighten any bent pins too. Renew the paste every 12–18 months. See https://binged.it/2ZL6INa

2 weeks ago

that cat seem bored with intel chips XD

3 weeks ago

I just built a system with the ryzen 5 3600 and it runs quite hot... When seriously gaming - 85 degrees Celsius. Is that normal?

3 weeks ago

My R5 3600 was topping out around 85c under load with the Wraith Stealth cooler - switching that out for a Noctua NH-U12S dropped peak temps by 15-20c, now peak temps hover around 67-68c. Idle temps also dropped by roughly 15c. I expect you can get within spitting distance of those results with cheaper but decent aftermarket coolers like CM Hyper 212 Evo as well.

2 weeks ago

If you get the 3600, 2600, 2200g, or 2400G the Wraith Stealth is a bad cooler. Try the Cooler Master 212 evo or the smaller Antec a40 pro. Thermal Grizzly Hydronaut is a very good paste.

You can use a small screwdriver to put one rice-grain-size blob of thermal paste on the CPU near the center and it will cover the two or three areas where the processor dies are as the paste will spread out when the cooler is placed on it. Thermal paste was designed to fill in the tiny cracks between the heatspreader (CPU casing) and the cooler, not as a primary heat-transfer compound. Too much paste does more harm than good so it's not needed in the corners. Use the small screwdriver to straighten any bent pins too. Renew the paste every 12–18 months. See https://binged.it/2ZL6INa

For help https://community.amd.com/community/support-forums/general-discussion

3 weeks ago

I really want to get this with my Gtx 1660ti
The only thing that’s holding me back is if this cpu has any heating issues?

4 weeks ago

cwli1 this is a late reply, but I have my build finished
I’ve just paired up the 3600 with the Corsair h100i pro cooler
The cooling is really good
It goes under 50 during idle
And under 70 when gaming (and also streaming/recording) with default settings for 1080 without overclocking (not planning on overclocking my pc in the first place anyways)
I’m pretty satisfied with the temps

18 hours ago

None but if you get the 3600, 2600, 2200g, or 2400G the Wraith Stealth is a bad cooler. Try the Cooler Master 212 evo or the smaller Antec a40 pro. Thermal Grizzly Hydronaut is a very good paste.

You can use a small screwdriver to put one rice-grain-size blob of thermal paste on the CPU near the center and it will cover the two or three areas where the processor dies are as the paste will spread out when the cooler is placed on it. Thermal paste was designed to fill in the tiny cracks between the heatspreader (CPU casing) and the cooler, not as a primary heat-transfer compound. Too much paste does more harm than good so it's not needed in the corners. Use the small screwdriver to straighten any bent pins too. Renew the paste every 12–18 months. See https://binged.it/2ZL6INa

For help https://community.amd.com/community/support-forums/general-discussion

A new Ryzen user wrote: “make sure windows 10 allocates enough space for virtual memory because my computer was stuttering for a while”. (I think they mean the page file/swap file. It really means they didn't do so with their old processor.)

“My ONLY point of frustration came from some instability I experienced that took me a while to troubleshoot, first thinking it was probably some sort of memory incompatibility. It ended up being an incompatibility with the Windows 10 Ryzen power plan that was installed. Switched to the regular "Performance" plan and its been rock solid ever since.”

If the processor idles at a high temperature: disable all 3 bios options for Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO). Set Windows Power Plan (not AMD's one) for "Balanced".

3 weeks ago

ok ok hold on, what cheaper micro atx motherboard would be compatible with this cpu???

1 month ago

I just picked up the 2700x it was on sale for 197 and I had an extra 15 off. I was debating the 3600 but I just couldnt pass up the 2700x for that price. Do you guys think I made a good choice? I plan to game and stream and edit videos.

1 month ago

It's amazing for running software and operating systems at the same time now and into the far future.

For help https://community.amd.com/community/support-forums/general-discussion

Tuning Ryzen for better performance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTT5mhqmjJc

A new Ryzen user wrote: “make sure windows 10 allocates enough space for virtual memory because my computer was stuttering for a while”. (I think they mean the page file/swap file. It really means they didn't do so with their old processor.)

“My ONLY point of frustration came from some instability I experienced that took me a while to troubleshoot, first thinking it was probably some sort of memory incompatibility. It ended up being an incompatibility with the Windows 10 Ryzen power plan that was installed. Switched to the regular "Performance" plan and its been rock solid ever since.”

1 month ago

What is a decent motherboard to go with this cpu? I also have a gtx 1660 ti.

1 month ago

B450 tomahawk is good

1 month ago

Is it enough to stream Fortnite at 1080p 60fps at 10k bitrate while keeping a frame rate of 144fps at competitive settings?

1 month ago

Please tell me the regime for your hair care! Diet and Shampoos Too!

1 month ago

28:32 That is what you need to know

1 month ago

So..I should go with the 2700X over the 3600 if I do more than game right?

1 month ago

Got a 2600 and 3600. Lovely cpu's. I don't oc them, Its not needed,

1 month ago

Really goot quality presentation with plenty of information, even if it's a bit dense and monotonous.
There, I reviewed the review.

1 month ago

Will ryzen 3600 be enough for streaming and gaming or I should buy ryzen 2700x

1 month ago

why the fuck would buy a Zen+ plus anything over a zen 2 anything?

No, the 3600 is a better deal than the 2700.

The is X sku cpus are just a marketing scam.

1 month ago

hey guys just wondering what temps you are getting for ryzen 3600. I just got it recently but my temp seems to be on the high side.

1 month ago

AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Boost Clock Investigation:
http://www.youtubesmov.com/mov/EaMiI3FzS2o/vid.html

an Asrock AB350M Pro4 card at 70 euros, will give better performance on cinebench R20 compare to a Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme, the card to 800 euros.

1 month ago

why is the passmark scores for the Ryzen 3rd gen so high compared to 2nd gen


take the 3600 vs 2600.


score is like 20,000 vs 13,500.

no way the difference is that much?

1 month ago

@Steve Smith like, for example, the Floating Point Math benchmark score should expectedly be much higher on Zen 2, because (quote from AnandTech) "AMD has increased the execution unit width from 128-bit to 256-bit, allowing for single-cycle AVX2 calculations, rather than cracking the calculation into two instructions and two cycles."

1 month ago

@Steve Smith it's not randomly high, it's the collection of tests they use that make it look so high.

1 month ago

@gary but the scores hitting like 45% improvement

none of these tech review videos or articles I've read with synthetic benchmarks hit improvement percentages like that

why is the improvement so randomly high in passmarks tests

1 month ago

Passmark CPU benchmark has multiple different test, not just one, Ryzen 3000 has lots of architectural improvements that boost scores in them.

1 month ago