AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU Review & Benchmarks: Strong Recommendation

  • Published: 07 July 2019
  • We benchmarked & reviewed AMD's new R5 3600 Ryzen CPU to test performance in games, Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, Blender, compression, & more.
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    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (Amazon):
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600X (Amazon):
    AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (Amazon):
    AMD Ryzen 7 3800X (Amazon):
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X (Amazon):
    AMD Ryzen 5 3400G (Amazon):
    AMD Ryzen 3 3200G (Amazon):
    Or grab an affordable R7 2700X on Amazon: or R7 2700
    Intel's i9-9900K (Amazon):

    In this review of AMD's new Ryzen 5 3600 CPU, we look at the remainder of Intel's i5 lineup -- primarily composed of the i5-9600K -- and run generational benchmarks versus AMD's older R5 2600/2600X and R5 1600 CPUs. All modern CPUs on the chart also have overclock numbers accompanying them. Memory was 3200MHz CL14 with manually configured secondary and tertiary timings for all bench platforms, ensuring data accuracy and consistency. 3200MHz is the highest frequency that works on everything we benchmarked in this list, allowing us to control a variable while still using a reasonable memory speed. We'll do separate benchmarking on memory scaling. In the meantime, this benchmark tests the AMD R5 3600 for power consumption, Blender performance, Premiere, Photoshop, 7-Zip, V-Ray, GCC code compiling, and more, alongside gaming benchmarks versus Intel. Our reviews of the AMD R9 3900X, R7 3700X, AMD RX 5700 XT, and AMD RX 5700 are forthcoming or have already been published, depending on when you check this video. Be sure to check back regularly to catch all of the reviews -- they're mostly done! AMD vs. Intel 2019 has officially started.

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    Editorial & Test Lead: Steve Burke
    Editorial, Testing, Data Validation: Patrick Lathan
    Video: Andrew Coleman, Josh Svoboda, Keegan Gallick
    Quality Control: Keegan Gallick, Steve Burke
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Comments • 2 151

  • Gamers Nexus
    Gamers Nexus   1 weeks back

    AMD RX 5700 XT review:
    Check back a few times today for the other videos! CPU links in description.
    Accompanying article:
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    • Beast Mode Off
      Beast Mode Off  4 days back

      the link to your 5700xt review is actually this video

    • JoseitoEdlVodao
      JoseitoEdlVodao  5 days back

      Your 5700 XT review points to THIS video....

    • Mr. VP
      Mr. VP  5 days back

      What happen for 3800 X processor ????

    • Panagiotis Goulas
      Panagiotis Goulas  7 days back

      @Sonic Speed 9700k

    • Stephen Stine
      Stephen Stine  1 weeks back

      @Gamers Nexus your link to the AMD 5700 XT review redirects to this video, just thought you should know

  • Ryan C
    Ryan C  13 hours back

    You should really get an award for your coverage of this gen of ryzen, not just this video but the combined whole of all your work in regards to this release.

    • Dennis Matamoros
      Dennis Matamoros  16 hours back

      The 3600 just popped on Amazon France and holy shit the value of this chip cannot be matched! Literally hovering 199 euros at the moment! Not only that, the 2600 dropped straight to ~119 euros and the 1200 hovering the 60 euros! So if you want the best chips for your money don't even consider on looking elsewhere!

      I am legit amazed, the 3600 was announced first at around 250 euros, but these mad lads released it at ~199 euros and dropped the price of some of their best 2nd gen chips !

      • Rw Nourse
        Rw Nourse  17 hours back

        2700X just went doewn to $199 on Amazon. Now I'm torn between it and the 5 3600.

        • InfinityPCs
          InfinityPCs  14 hours back

          Newegg has the regular 2700 for $149.

      • Troy
        Troy  1 days back

        Tbh i'm dissapointed in the 3600.. mine wont even hit 4.3 its fine at 4.25 at 1.4 but even going to 4.275 it just wont do it no matter how much volts i give it tried up to 1.6 and just crashes cinebench.
        I hope that it has something to do with the shitty glitched out bios msi spat out and that they will update it soon but idk.

        • Mathew McDonald
          Mathew McDonald  1 days back

          What temps is everyone getting? my 3600 is idleing at 40C with the stock cooler. I feel like this is to high?

          • Wagon V
            Wagon V  1 days back

            Mathew McDonald is fine

        • Tobias Lauruschkat
          Tobias Lauruschkat  2 days back

          Steve you training to become a doubletime rapper? (: WIE GEHTS

          • falcon985
            falcon985  2 days back

            That Civilization VI test is interesting, as that's a real world example of how long does a thing take with a new CPU. Wish there was at least 1 more example of such a calculation. Well done! :)

            • Pedro Bona
              Pedro Bona  3 days back

              I see you also overclocked your CPU with a piece of tape.

              • Horazon
                Horazon  3 days back

                great review... could you make a test on gaming while redering video / watching youtubE? etc.

                • Gaming With Warning
                  Gaming With Warning  3 days back

                  Hello can you answer my question?Are ryzen 5 3600 and rx590 are bottleneck???NEED ANSWER ASAP TO BUILD MY PC.(SORRY FOR MY ENGLISH😢😢😢)

                  • 1GTX1
                    1GTX1  3 days back

                    It's fine

                • Donald Weldon
                  Donald Weldon  3 days back

                  It will be interesting as applications and games begin to use more cores in the near future if even the older gen Ryzen chips narrow or move ahead of the ≈ Intel chips.

                  • James H
                    James H  4 days back

                    Yea, awesome chip.... 7nm 3600 6C/12T equal to or SLOWER than 14nm 9600K 6C.

                    • sjoerd berends
                      sjoerd berends  3 days back

                      Overall workload is the big difference, 3600 is around 50 percent in games when the 9600k goes up to 75 to 80 percent

                  • A Tem
                    A Tem  4 days back

                    this cpu is the best all rounder this season.

                    • Westane
                      Westane  4 days back

                      SLOW DOWN! ... Just me?

                      • Johnny Wong
                        Johnny Wong  4 days back

                        I want to know if the 3600x extra $50 price tag is worth it. Especially considering the OC headroom is zilch.

                        • r Negoro
                          r Negoro  3 days back

                          It is definitely more worth it vs 2600 x. 2600x was shit improvement.

                      • iyaramonk
                        iyaramonk  4 days back

                        Is there any reason to suspect 3600x's PBO singlethread performance is better than the 3600 overclocked?

                        • JaayOnPC
                          JaayOnPC  4 days back

                          Get a good motherboard start off with 3600 eventually get a 3900x when wanting to do more or just for bragging rights..

                          • Sevenhills
                            Sevenhills  4 days back

                            Help me decide please I beg you 2200g for 90$, 2400g for 140$, 3200g for 120$ or 3400g for 190$ Im not that competent about PC builds, I tried to read a lot in forums, but cant make final decision

                            • Sheikh Usamah
                              Sheikh Usamah  4 days back

                              Please Overclock the R5 3600 & R5 3600x and compare the performance using a RX 5700 XT 8GB and please also include the RAM variation of 2666MHz & 3200MHz

                              • tyson505
                                tyson505  5 days back

                                Do you think this CPU is a better value for gaming and single-threaded workloads than an Intel Core i5 9400f which is only $157?

                                • lfa F
                                  lfa F  5 days back

                                  Pcpartpicker says the Ryzen 5 3600 is selling for 199.00, and the intel processor that is the closes to it price wise is the i5-7500 which is selling for 199.59.. So that is the processor that Ryzen 5 3600 is competing with and should be compared to.
                                  The Ryzen 5 3600X is selling for 248.00 and the i5-9600K is going for 249.69, so those are the comparisons that should be happening at this time.

                                  • MarkZeds
                                    MarkZeds  5 days back

                                    So let me get this right. The 3600 is the best cpu for gaming AMD has currently? This will be my last build I do. My previous one was almost 10 years ago with the Phenom 2 X4 955.

                                    • pc centric
                                      pc centric  5 days back

                                      I AM SOLD

                                      • Vidal Cuevas
                                        Vidal Cuevas  5 days back

                                        too much talking dudes out of breath 95% of the time

                                        • gamer34551
                                          gamer34551  5 days back

                                          For the first time, you guys really missed the mark. Where's the 3900 and 3700 in the graphs? No direct comparison between entire AMD Ryzen3 lineup and Intel? Reeeedooooo!

                                          • TheOriginalMomos
                                            TheOriginalMomos  5 days back

                                            Each is added to the graph per review so you'll see all 3 in the 3700X whenever that comes out.

                                        • Dakota Mike
                                          Dakota Mike  5 days back

                                          Thanks for including the TW: Warhammer II benchmarks! Really appreciate it!

                                          • Angus Young
                                            Angus Young  5 days back

                                            How fast do you speak?

                                            • Kai Kong Cheng
                                              Kai Kong Cheng  5 days back

                                              May I ask what should be the normal temperature of the X570 chipset? Cause my MSI MPG X570 Gaming Pro Carbon shows that the chipset is at 65C-66C in the BIOS, even the PC is just being switched on, is this normal? Thanks for any answering.

                                              • 8Firesoul8
                                                8Firesoul8  5 days back

                                                Mumble, Mumble, Mumble

                                                • Melissa Youtube
                                                  Melissa Youtube  5 days back

                                                  Ryzen 5 2600 with rx 5700 XT or ryzen 5 3600 with rx 5700 ? Im planning to build a pc and i dont have access to used parts here

                                                  • Gabriel MacCallum
                                                    Gabriel MacCallum  5 days back

                                                    Depends on what type of games you play, if they're more cpu bound or gpu bound.

                                                • THE OHH FACE
                                                  THE OHH FACE  5 days back

                                                  Eww Gross, More homeless people chips.. Go home AMD, take your hobo silicon with you!
                                                  ... I think.. I think all the poor people are gonna make me _(´ཀ`」 ∠)_

                                                  • kgonepostl
                                                    kgonepostl  5 days back

                                                    It's cheaper and it comes with a actually quite decent basic heatsink...............................I'll go AMD

                                                    • kgonepostl
                                                      kgonepostl  5 days back

                                                      I love you computer Jesus!! Thanks for all the hard work!!!

                                                      • Kansasistheman
                                                        Kansasistheman  5 days back

                                                        It probably isn’t said enough, but the i5-9600k is $250 AND requires a heatsink fan to be sold separately, so add another $20 minimum, and it’s now $270 compared to the $200 Ryzen 5-3600.

                                                        The i5 at best matches the 3600 in most games and at worst gets obliterated in multithreaded benchmarks, while again having a $70 price difference. Need to identify these price/performance gains more clearly. The i5-9600k is obsolete.

                                                        Everyone is dazzled by the 3900X, but most gamers look at $200-$250 CPUs.

                                                        • JaayOnPC
                                                          JaayOnPC  4 days back

                                                          Yeah the 3600 is like the best value cpu out there and comes with a GOOD cpu cooling solution. Intel just like it cost MOAR coz BETTAR *cpucoolingsoldseperatelynoresponsibilitytakenforpeoplewhoexpectedonetocomeinthebox*

                                                      • aikenhsiang
                                                        aikenhsiang  5 days back

                                                        How about the steaming performance between 3600 and 3700x? Please

                                                        • Fox
                                                          Fox  4 days back

                                                          Hopefully neither will be hot enough to boil water /s

                                                      • kubikolos
                                                        kubikolos  5 days back

                                                        If you can OC 3600 to 5.0 or 5.1 GHz 9900k is going down LOL

                                                        • Mike S
                                                          Mike S  5 days back

                                                          "I'd like go outside now, I hate you all" -- Tech Jesus LOL... seriously though, it's crappy how folks tend to brigade the media over this situation when they don't realise how hard it is to put together a review for so many SKUs and taking all the varying factors into account, especially on a holiday weekend.

                                                          • bigfellaoo7
                                                            bigfellaoo7  6 days back

                                                            I have a 1600 at stock. How much better does the 3600 do?

                                                            • Esteban Menchaca
                                                              Esteban Menchaca  6 days back

                                                              How does it stack against Ryzen 5 2600???

                                                              • CarryBrah HighlightReel

                                                                Did you get WHEA Errors?

                                                                • speedydraw
                                                                  speedydraw  6 days back

                                                                  can anyone recommend a good x470 with bios flash so i can just get the 3600??

                                                                  • 4M4D3U5 M0Z4RT
                                                                    4M4D3U5 M0Z4RT  4 days back

                                                                    Just use a b450

                                                                  • Zachary
                                                                    Zachary  5 days back

                                                                    speedydraw x470 crosshair vii hero (wifi) or non wifi one

                                                                • Karma
                                                                  Karma  6 days back

                                                                  Full Zen.

                                                                  • Mo11 Salah
                                                                    Mo11 Salah  6 days back

                                                                    Hey, so is 3600 betten then ryzen 2700x? Should I upgrade from my 2700x to 3600?

                                                                    • DRajtify
                                                                      DRajtify  6 days back

                                                                      This is what I'm trying to figure out, but no one has really done a comprehensive match-up between the two.

                                                                  • smash461986
                                                                    smash461986  6 days back

                                                                    I saw " Strong Recommendation" and immediately bought it. Running it on a B350 mobo but it's sending the fans mental. Massive temp spikes and sudden drops after swapping out my 1600. Reinstalled Windows. HWMonitor isn't showing CPU temps. My 1600 was dead silent. Looks like it's going to be a rocky start for me.

                                                                    • erwin malimban
                                                                      erwin malimban  3 days back

                                                                      My Ryzen 3600 on my B450m is idling at 55C on stock coolers. This chip is runs HOT.

                                                                  • Lord Vermintide
                                                                    Lord Vermintide  6 days back

                                                                    Haven't upgraded since my i5 3750k. It's been a real tough sell for the performance gains over the last few years, but I think either this or the 3700 might finally give the value for money I've been hoping for to take the plunge.

                                                                    I think the problem is that i5 was just one of the best processors ever and has held its own for far too long.

                                                                    • Florian KRUSE
                                                                      Florian KRUSE  6 days back

                                                                      RIP AMD Intel is safe Ryzen 3600 can't beat i5 9600k rip

                                                                      • eltano06
                                                                        eltano06  6 days back

                                                                        ryzen 5s, making i5s obsolete since 2017