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 arround £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.
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.
El Chapuzas & MadBox PC Reviews of the AMD Ryzen 5 3600
The two reviews original reviews that went live were not in English, one is from elchapuzasinformatico.com the other madboxpc.com neither review has benchmarked in Geekbench we can't confirm the original leaks.
The results indicate that the Ryzen 5 3600 doesn't quite destroy the Ryzen 7 2700X but it certainly trades blows and it comes out ahead in some important benchmarks.
In the El Chapuzas review, the Ryzen 5 3600 comes out ahead in every single gaming benchmark in comparison to the 2700X.
Furthermore, it is ahead in 3DMark Fire Strike and Unigine Heaven 4.0 while only being fractionally behind in Time Spy and Port Royal.
It is also ahead in both Cinebench 15 and 20 single-threaded tests but understandably falls behind in the multi-threaded test. This is similar to wPrime single and multi-threaded tests.
In the MadBoxPC tests, the R5 3600 doesn't fare as well in some tests. In the Sisoft Sandra Arithmetic Test in is a fair bit behind. Similarly, in Handbrake and Aida 64 it falls behind.
Things improve by the time they get to the PCMark10 and Super Pi tests, with the Ryzen 5 3600 outperforming the 2700X.
In gaming both CPUs perform at a similar level with the Ryzen 5 3600 almost identical to the 2700X in Battlefield 1 for both 1080p and 4K gaming.
Battlefield V has the 3600 behind in the 4K test by 1 fps but then 4 fps higher in 1080p.
Doom put the 3600 2 fps behind in both resolutions.
In Resident Even 2 it is ahead by 2fps at 4K then being by 3 fps at 1080p.
Finally, in the Witcher 3 the Ryzen 5 3600 is 3fps behind at 4K but 3fps ahead at 1080p.
In power consumption, the 7nm 6-core 3600 has a clear advantage idling at 18w and peaking at 87 when at load. The MadBoxPC review doesn't state the 2700X power but their earlier review of the 2700X indicated 13w at idle and 128.5 at load.
Similarily termperature range from 33 to 68 with the R5 3600 while the 2700X ranged from 32 to 73.
The leaked benchmarks perhaps painted a slightly optimistic picture, I guess it wouldn't be as interesting if they revealed it was around the same or slightly behind the 2700X.
However, for gaming, you are getting almost identical performance from a £189.98 CPU compared to the (discounted) £249.98 Ryzen 2700X.
Furthermore, there is no requirement to opt for the very expensive X570 chipset. Reviews have indicated that the X57- motherboards offer almost identical performance to the X470 and you should have no issues with the more affordable B450 chipset which has options for as little as £87.
Old Benchmark Leaks
Ok, so GeekBench is only one benchmark and doesn't represent real-world performance in all scenarios.
However, AMD's 6-core Ryzen 5 3600 has appeared on Geekbench showing a score of 5220 on a single core and 27276 over multi-core.
This Geekbench result comes from a PC with a BIOSTAR X570 GT8 motherboard, operating with what appears to be 2133MHz DDR4 memory and stock clock speeds, running with a base clock speed of 3.6GHz and a boost clock speed of 4.2GHz.
In comparison, last years Ryzen 7 2700X is listed as having 4801 on a single core and 26693 for multi-core.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Review Overview
- Overall - 95%95%
SummaryThe 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.