AMD Ryzen 5 3600 vs Ryzen 5 5600X

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General info

Comparing Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 5600X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

Place in performance rating381274
Place by popularity622
Value for money52.7946.17
Market segmentDesktop processorDesktop processor
SeriesAMD Ryzen 5AMD Ryzen 5
Architecture codenameMatisse (2019−2020)Vermeer (Zen3) (2020)
Release date7 July 2019 (3 years ago)8 October 2020 (1 year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$199$299
Current price$192 (1x MSRP)$289 (1x MSRP)
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Technical specs

Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 5600X 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 cores6 (Hexa-Core)6 (Hexa-Core)
Threads1212
Base clock speed3.6 GHz3.7 GHz
Boost clock speed4.2 GHz4.6 GHz
L1 cache96K (per core)64K (per core)
L2 cache512K (per core)512K (per core)
L3 cache32 MB (shared)32 MB
Chip lithography7 nm, 12 nm7 nm
Die sizeno data2x 80.7 + 125 (I/O) mm2
Maximum case temperature (TCase)no data95 °C
Number of transistors4,800 millionno data
64 bit support++
Windows 11 compatibility++
Unlocked multiplier++

Compatibility

Information on Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 5600X 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 configuration1 (Uniprocessor)1
SocketAM4AM4
Thermal design power (TDP)65 Watt65 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 5600X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsno data86x MMX(+), SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, SSE4A,-64, AMD-V, AES, AVX, AVX2, FMA3, SHA, Precision Boost 2
AES-NI++
AVX++

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 5600X are enumerated here.

AMD-V++

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 5600X. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR4 Dual-channelDDR4-3200
Maximum memory size128 GB128 GB
Max memory channels22
Maximum memory bandwidth51.196 GB/s51.196 GB/s
ECC memory support--

Graphics specifications

General parameters of integrated GPUs, if any.

Integrated graphics card--

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 5600X.

PCIe versionno data4.0

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 17.67
Ryzen 5 5600X 21.79
+23.3%
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  • GeekBench 5 Single-Core
  • GeekBench 5 Multi-Core
  • Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core
  • Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core

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.

Benchmark coverage: 68%

Ryzen 5 3600 17816
Ryzen 5 5600X 21972
+23.3%

GeekBench 5 Single-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses only a single CPU core.

Benchmark coverage: 37%

Ryzen 5 3600 1204
Ryzen 5 5600X 1612
+33.9%

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses all available CPU cores.

Benchmark coverage: 37%

Ryzen 5 3600 6660
Ryzen 5 5600X 8149
+22.4%

Cinebench Release 15 Multi Core (sometimes called Multi-Thread) is a variant of Cinebench R15 which uses all the processor threads.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

Ryzen 5 3600 1568
Ryzen 5 5600X 1968
+25.5%

Cinebench R15 (standing for Release 15) is a benchmark made by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version (sometimes called Single-Thread) only uses a single processor thread to render a room full of reflective spheres and light sources.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

Ryzen 5 3600 192
Ryzen 5 5600X 254
+32.3%

Gaming performance

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 17.67 21.79
Novelty 7 July 2019 8 October 2020
Cost $199 $299
Boost clock speed 4200 4600
Base clock speed 3600 3700

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X


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Competitors of Ryzen 5 3600 by Intel

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Ryzen 5 3600 from Intel is Core i5-11500B, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 2 positions in our rating.

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Competitors of Ryzen 5 5600X by Intel

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Ryzen 5 5600X by Intel is Core i9-9900X, which is slower by 1% and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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