AMD Ryzen 5 3600 vs Ryzen 5 3600X

General info

Comparing Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 3600X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

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Value for money (0-100)
10.83
 
9.60
Market segment
Desktop processor
 
Desktop processor
Series
AMD Ryzen 5
 
AMD Ryzen 5
Architecture codename
Matisse
 
Matisse
Launch date
7 July 2019 (1 year ago)
 
7 July 2019 (1 year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$199
 
$249
Price now
$268 (1.3x MSRP)
 
$310 (1.2x MSRP)

Technical specs

Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 3600X basic parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of CPU speed, though for more precise assessment you have to consider their test results.

Physical cores
6 (Hexa-Core)
 
6 (Hexa-Core)
Threads
12
 
12
Base clock speed
3.6 GHz
 
3.8 GHz
Boost clock speed
4.2 GHz
 
4.4 GHz
L1 cache
96K (per core)
 
96K (per core)
L2 cache
512K (per core)
 
512K (per core)
L3 cache
32 MB (shared)
 
32 MB (shared)
Chip lithography
7 nm, 12 nm
 
7 nm
Number of transistors
4,800 million
 
4,800 million
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked multiplier
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 3600X compatibility with other computer components: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration
1 (Uniprocessor)
 
1 (Uniprocessor)
Socket
AM4
 
AM4
Thermal design power (TDP)
65 Watt
 
95 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 3600X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 3600X are enumerated here.

AMD-V
+
 
+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 3600X. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory types
DDR4 Dual-channel
 
DDR4 Dual-channel
Maximum memory size
128 GB
 
no data
Max memory channels
2
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
51.196 GB/s
 
51.196 GB/s

Graphics specifications

General parameters of integrated GPUs, if any.

Integrated graphics card
-
 
-

Benchmark performance

Various benchmark results of the processors in comparison. Overall score is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

Ryzen 5 3600 20.35
Ryzen 5 3600X 20.88 +2.6%

Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Ryzen 5 3600 17864
Ryzen 5 3600X 18328 +2.6%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 3600X are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately. Also, your gaming PC must have a decent enough GPU to perform well.

Ryzen 5 3600 satisfies the 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%

Ryzen 5 3600X satisfies the 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%

Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 3600

Cheaper ($268 vs $310)

Lower power consumption (65W vs 95W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

2.6% better performance in benchmarks

Higher boost clock speed (4400 vs 4200 MHz)

Higher base clock speed (3800 vs 3600 MHz)

So, which one is the better CPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between AMD Ryzen 5 3600 and AMD Ryzen 5 3600X. The differences in performance seem too small.

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