A little while ago, the folks over at AMD sent over their brand new Ryzen 5 3600x for me to test and review. So in a little over a week i spent all my time bench marking and testing exactly what this new CPU can do, boy was i suprised…
Big thanks to AMD for sending this out for review!
Design and First Impressions
Normally i would go through the design and my first impressions on the product, but it’s a CPU, there isn’t much more to say about it. It is the same as all Ryzen CPUs and about the same as any CPU after 2005. But for some extra detail, this CPU is a PGA CPU meaning that it uses a Pin-Grid-Array which means the pins are on the CPU instead of LGA or Land-Grid-Array.
On the top of the CPU is the standard laser etched AMD Ryzen Logo and the CPU specs.
The Ryzen 3600x takes on the same amount of cores as the previous 2600x with 6 cores and 12 threads but the 3600x does have a higher IPC and clock speed with a base clock of 3.8Ghz and the 2600x with a base clock of 3.6Ghz.
There isn’t too much difference between the pricing of the 3600x compared to the previous 2600x.
The Ryzen 3600x comes in at $389 AUD on PCCG and the 2600x comes in at $309 AUD, so only an $80 difference.
The 3600X features AMD’s Zen 2 architecture, which means it was made of AMD’s 7nm architecture. This new architecture pushes performance up, through higher clock speeds and IPC performance.
The 3600x is able to do this while driving power consumption down over the 2600X, with a TDP of 65W, where the 2600xs TDP is rated at 95W. Not only does this lead to a somewhat lower electricity bill, but will also help keep temperatures down, which will help prevent thermal throttling, keeping performance to the max.
Cache sizes also see a boost with the 3600X, made possible by the use of 7nm. The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X featured 16MB of L3 and 3MB of L2 cache, for a combined total of 19MB of cache. With the 3600X, the total cache, is now boosted to 35MB, 32MB of which is L3 and 3MB of L2. This has massive impact for gaming performance, especially in older titles like Counter Strike: Global Offensive at 1080p.
Mistake: Ryzen 9 3600x should say Ryzen 9 3900x
Technical Specs from the AMD website.
I had a great time trying the Ryzen 5 3600x. And i think it is clear that this is definitely the gaming option for 2019! I highly recommend this for anyone looking to build a gaming PC.
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Note: I know this is a really short review, my NAS has been playing up and i lost a lot of my info.(For techy people, the RAID config failed)
Read my review of the Crucial Elite Ballistix 3600. P.S. They pair really well.