Today we take a look at the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X, one of the best prices for mini processors that AMD currently offers. The company’s best-sellers today include the Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 7 3700X, with only 3600 Intel outselling its full range of processors.
While the AMD Ryzen 3000 processor is gaining traction, AMD is already responsible for 80% of new processor sales, with Intel having nothing to answer for. Although the platform was launched in a slightly greener color, AMD is slowly consolidating and stabilizing new chips with new BIOS.
Although the Ryzen 9 range based on the Zen 2 is also selling fast, keep in mind that the 3900X is priced at 550 euros, and the 3950X will be priced at 7 750 euros (price in euro is still unknown). Although they perform slightly better in games, people who buy a PC to play are looking at chips like the 3700X, which a few years ago offered unimaginable performance for its price, or 3600, which That’s enough for advanced graphics. Cards like RX 5700 XT or RTX 2080 And it will cost only 200 euros, with the performance reaching around 9600K in games.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X: Architecture and technical features
After analyzing the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 7 3700X, today we are going to analyze the other cheapest processor we can buy with 7nm Zen 2 architecture: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X. This chip has 6 cores and 12 threads and is based on Zen 2 architecture.
Like its older siblings, the cover has Matisse architecture, while another 14nm chipset is the one that has all the I / O stuff. With this distribution, they can save costs and improve the scalability of their processors.
One of the improvements that Zen2 architecture has received is that it reduces delays between catches. Infinity Fabric has improved it’s FCLK and UCLK, improving the frequencies to 3,733 MHz. We also have an increase of 32 MB in cash, which has resulted in reduced latency.
In general, architecture helps improve gaming performance by up to 21% over previous generations, dangerously damaging Intel within the same price range:
- The processor socket uses AM4, which is currently the most advanced platform on the market due to its compatibility with PCIe 4.0. All Zen 2 processors have the same number of PCIe lanes, for a total of 44 in the 20 + 4 + 16 configuration. The cache is 384 KB L1, 3 MB L2, and 32 MB L3, which is double that of 16 MB. L3 of 2600X.
- We also went from 2,933 MHz to 3,200 MHz of RAM memory frequency.
- This chip is in a situation similar to the 3800X with respect to the 3700X, because we get the same number of cores as the cheaper version, but in return for a slight increase in frequency and higher consumption.
- In the case of the Ryzen 5 3600, we have 6 cores and 12 threads, with a maximum frequency of 4.2 GHz and a TDP of 65 watts. The Ryzen 5 3600X has the same number of threads and cores, with a maximum frequency of 4.4 GHz (200 MHz higher, equivalent to 3700X) and consumption up to 95 watts (30 watts more).
- All this for 57 euros more; The price difference that can be recommended to spend on the graphics card, with which we will get better performance if our budget is tight.
- Thus, from 3.6 and 4.2 GHz to 3.8 and 4.4 GHz, we have a lot better than 2600X.
Inboxing and external analysis
The Ryzen 5 3600X’s box contains the same content we find in the company’s mid-range processors, with the Wraith Spire as the heat sink. This cooling solution has also started to be included with some APUs like 3400G. The Spire extends up to 95 watts, which makes the addition of this chip a logical solution. The Ryzen 5 3600, with its 65 watts, includes Wraith Stealth.
The processor, like other AMD chips, is protected with a hard plastic that prevents the pins from twisting, as well as a sticker on the top. The chip itself, like other ranges, has pinout features, including a pin on the processor itself instead of a socket. The IHS is still soldered, and we have a large surface area for easy cooling and cleaning of thermal paste, thanks to which it is flat without any strange corners and cranes.
Exterior design and encapsulation of AMD Ryzen 5 3600
This is the AMD Ryzen 5 3600, we have a comfortable version of the 3600X which has a 200 MHz clock boost in both base and turbo mode. For that, and for some other reason, we have a slightly cheaper processor than the “X” model, which costs around 50 or 60 euros, depending on where we want to buy it. The question is to know if one will cost more than the other, so it seems we will have to dedicate ourselves to testing both equally, and that will be exactly our job.
Well, at least we didn’t go down without explaining ourselves first, because when it comes to aesthetics, we don’t have any, because apart from the things on the heat sink, some details can be extracted from the CPU. For those of you who haven’t seen these other reviews of Ryzen Zen2, know that we have an encapsulation or IHS made of aluminum and copper that occupies practically the entire substrate and is quite thick As you can see in the pictures.
Heat sink design
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the other factor that this AMD Ryzen 5 3600 brings to us, which would be its corresponding heat sink. AMD has three different stock coolers, from the best to the worst computers, Wraith Prism, Wraith Spire, and Wraith Stealth. Well, as we feared, this model brings the lowest, being Wraith Stealth, it is very quiet, yes, but also smaller for the 6 and 12 CPUs inside.
It is then a simple block, made entirely of aluminum, with a system of vertical wings starting from the central column of hollow aluminum inside so that no heat can be stored. At the contact level, we have a good layer of pre-applied thermal paste from the factory, so it will just be packed and installed. The thickness of the aluminum block will be about 25 mm, we must say.
On top of that, we have a fan mounted without RGB lighting and consisting of 7 blades of traditional design and 4 pin headers for PWM control from the motherboard. With a circular outer shield, we have a diameter of 100 mm, but the efficient blades are 85 mm, just like a weird spire.
This AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is proving to be a wonderful option for gamers who want to upgrade their platform for the new generation but can’t afford the 3700. It operates at a frequency of 3.6/4.2 GHz, which is only 200 MHz. In 6 cores and 12 threads, it is less powerful than version X.
TDP is also low, however, this isn’t reflected in consumption statistics, which are very high in terms of comfort, but it still places itself in the proper spot. The test platform is still mostly green, and it’s plagued by high voltages and uneven consumption.