AMD Ryzen 5 3600
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AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Review
The 3-Minute AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Review
Features & Design: 3/5 ● Performance: 4/5 ● Value: 4/5
The Ryzen 5 3600 is the most cost-efficient Zen 2 processor out there. Even with such a competitive price, it manages to come with 6 cores and 12 threads. This is great considering Intel only provides you with 6 cores since HyperThreading can only be found for the more costly models. AMD also managed to fix the drawbacks in their Zen design with Zen 2, which improves the IPC drastically. When compared with all the normal performance benchmarks, the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 comes out as the top dog against the Core i5-9600K, by a good 20% lead.
Overclocking is pointless with the Ryzen 5 3600. Once the product has been unboxed, the processor is able to boost to 4.2 GHz every time, regardless of whether a single core or all the other ones are active or not. That said, manual overclocking manages to only get 4.125 GHz out of the CPU all-core since temperatures will mostly rise up to about 100°C once completely loaded with elevated voltage. It seems that the CPU's own clock and power system can do an even better job at best performance than someone will ever be able to get through current overclocking choices.
Is it for you?
Short answer – yes. As a CPU, the AMD Ryzen 5 series manages to work for every basic CPU use. So, if your sole purpose in life is simple gaming, the 3600 is a budget-friendly choice, with great performance at resolutions up to 1080p, even if it is loaded with any heavier applications. For anyone looking for a more affordable alternative than an Intel processor, this is the ideal choice.
What we like
AMD’s Ryzen 5 2600 has managed to improve its memory subsystem over the Ryzen 3000. This is great since it really helps in terms of memory compatibility, tweaking, and even overclocking. Because of the innovativeness of the entire platform, you’ll still have to deal with some problems that will have to be worked out in the BIOS and CPU drivers, but AMD manages to hold steady ground with BIOSes always coming out so frequently.
What we don’t like
In terms of gaming, things change significantly. While the main gaming performance is pretty good, Intel definitely excels here. The Core i5-9600K, for example, is about 5% more speed-efficient at 1080p. That said, as you increase the resolution, that difference is lowered to only 1%. This means that you get a similar gaming performance from the Ryzen 5 3600 as an Intel counterpart at resolutions of 1440p and above.
Should you buy it?
The ‘should you buy’ question is very much dependent on what you are focusing on. In terms of budgeting, it is the ideal processor money can get you. Along with the performance the ZEN2 provides, these all make the Ryzen 5 a great mainstream series. While other gamers would prefer eight cores, six cores are still plenty for pretty much any typical workload and usage. This affordable product range provides you with the benefits of the ZEN2 while being more efficient than the Intel CPU in performance with its IPC and Turbo bins. Ultimately, it's a well-designed processor, provided at a great value.
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- The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is manufactured by AMD and was added in March 2019 in the Processors section
- This product has a rating of 4.0 out of 5
- The best price of the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 in Canada is $255.62 at B&H Photo
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