AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Review Overview
The 6-core Ryzen CPUs have always been the budget gamers choice offering tremendous performance for the price. The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 continues this fashion and in gaming, it outperforms the R7 2700X in all the reviews that have been done. Its only downfall is in high core count favourable applications.
Overall - 95%
Update 8th of July 2019 – The CPUs have now launched and reviews have come out for the 3700X and 3900X and they are living up to the hype.
Update 18th of July 2019 – more reviews added from gamersnexus.net and techspot.com
The Ryzen 5 3600 is available to buy now with immediate shipping. While the Ryzen 5 3600 is available for pre-order on most websites.
TLDR – Ryzen 5 3600 Review Overview
From all the reviews I have seen, the Ryzen 5 3600 comfortably outperforms the Ryzen 7 2700X across all games, while being considerably more power-efficient. In general, it is chomping at the heels of the i5 9600K for most games and outperforms it in a few.
For none gaming tasks, it depends how much the app favours cores, for core dependent tasks, the 2700X inevitably pushes out ahead. However, the 9600K falls significantly behind.
Current pricing has the 3600 around £60 cheaper than the 2700X though at around the same price as the 2700 and if you are willing to overclock it a bit you could get 2700X performance. In general, the Intel Core i5 9600K has been made to look redundant.
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Latest Reviews of the AMD Ryzen 5 3600
Now the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 has been available to buy for a few days they have been more reviews released, this time form well-known sites in English.
First up is the Gamer Nexus results. The first game test was in Total War: Warhammer 2 which is a good CPU-intensive game, two benchmarks were done, one in battle and the other campaign map.
Here a stock R5 3600 comfortable outperforms the R7 2700X both at stock and overclocked. This also puts it within hairs distance of the Intel 9600K which costs £70 more than the R5 3600.
For F1 2018 Benchmarks the CPU again showed a comfortable lead over the R7 2700X both at stock and overclocked.
In Assassin’s Creed: Origins the R5 3600 has even more impressive results, not only does it comfortably beat the old R7 2700X but a stock R5 3600 outperforms the stock Intel i5-9600K – sadly overclocking is less successful on the AMD compared to the Intel.
This trend continued for all the games Gamers Nexus tested with the R5 3600 beating the R7 2700X in everything tested and generally coming very close to the i5-9600K for most tests.
Moving onto other benchmarks they found that the R5 3600 didn't quite beat the 2700X stock CPU for compression with 7-Zip which is likely due to it having fewer cores. However, it is very close and a 3600 at 4.3GHz all-core performs about where a 5.1GHz 9700K. It performed a little worse for the decompression but still admirably.
Just to make this overview less biassed towards the R5 3600, the CPU does not fair as well in the Blender 2.79 test where the application is very much core count biassed. Here the 3600 finishes around 2 mins slower than the 2700X but comfortably outperforming the 9700K and representing a 20% improvement over the R5 2600 or 30% over the 1600.
Moving on to the Techspot Review we can see how it performs in some different benchmarks.
As you might expect in Cinebench R20’s multi-core test the 6-core 3600 doesn't beat the 8-core 2700X but it is not far off only being 8% behind, and it almost matches the 8-core 1800X.
In the single-core test, again, as you might expect, this jumps ahead easily outperforming the 2700X with a 12% lead.
In Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019 it also suffers from a lack of core with a 24% difference.
If low powered PCs are your thing, perhaps due to case size constraints, then you will be glad to know this sips power. Coming in at 71W lower than the 2700X at load during the Blender benchmark. That's almost a third less power.
TechSpot graphs are a little easier to read than Gamer Nexus, but the results are reflected between the reviews. For gaming, this is a superior chip both at 1080p and 1440p.
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