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 • 2 411

  • Gamers Nexus
    Gamers Nexus   5 months back

    AMD RX 5700 XT review:
    Check back a few times today for the other videos! CPU links in description.
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    • deminybs
      deminybs  4 months back

      I just picked up one of these today, very happy with it so far, got it @4.2ghz @1.35v using a deep cool captain 240ex AIO .
      replaced my 2700x , staying alot closer to 144fps to match monitors refresh rate in BFV everything ultra @1440p .
      Excellent chip for the money , may get a 3900x in the future

    • Beast Mode Off
      Beast Mode Off  4 months back

      @Alex Gabriel Definitely. Games that would use only 4 cores will see noticeable improvements due to the higher IPC of each core in the 3600, games that utilize more than 4 cores/threads will ofc see improvements due to the 2 extra cores (8 extra threads in total cause the 6500 isn't hyperthreaded). Plus the extra cores/threads also give more headroom to run discord / play youtube music vids without noticeably impacting FPS

    • Alex Gabriel
      Alex Gabriel  4 months back

      so how does it compare to my 200$ i5 6500 that i got like 3 years ago? :) worth upgrading to 3600?

    • Beast Mode Off
      Beast Mode Off  5 months back

      the link to your 5700xt review is actually this video

  • Eric Faries
    Eric Faries  1 days back

    Would it be worth upgrading from the 2600 to the 3600? I've been editing with 4k footage lately, even though i still render at 1080, and i've noticed my computer starting to struggle with it. So i'm wondering if goin from the 2600 to the 3600 would be enough of an upgrade to at least ease the workload, or if i would need to jump up to the 3700? I'd also be going from an RX580 to the 1660 Ti. Ram would go from 3200 to 3600 as well for the build, 2x8gb. I'm trying to stay just under 1k, but also don't want to make these efforts pointless.

    • Norbert Nagy
      Norbert Nagy  5 days back

      Is there anybody here now? i am thinking between 3600(200 euro) and 2700(150 euro) which one is better for gaming in 1440p with a 5700? on the long run the 8 core can have the same advantage as the 6 has the advantage now ower the 4 core intel processors or the IPC and clock advantages make it better and worth the extra 30% price in this case? Mobo B450 tomahawk good be quiet cooler so only perf is what metters.

      • Russian butcher
        Russian butcher  5 days back

        Отлично .

        • denvera1g1
          denvera1g1  6 days back

          Hear me out, what if windows could be told which games dont like hyper threading, and then only ever schedule one thread per physical core

          • CruZer0
            CruZer0  1 weeks back

            everyone who still buys intel at this price range is, how should i say it without offending them, retarded.

            • FictionPC
              FictionPC  1 weeks back

              Switching from 3570k to 3600. Bye Intel, we had a good run.

              • OneMic yeehaw
                OneMic yeehaw  1 weeks back

                yo is this Bucky

                • Jacob Herrera
                  Jacob Herrera  2 weeks back

                  Your intro is the ONLY intro I wish was longer. Love the graphic. Looks super crispy and shocking. Did you ever do a quick vid on it? For those of us that don't know anything about graphics or why yours looks super sharp where others look bland and grainy by comparison.

                  • 13DeAdgOLdFisH
                    13DeAdgOLdFisH  2 weeks back

                    What's that black tape on it?

                    • chimp poser
                      chimp poser  1 weeks back

                      They could lift the serial and know who gave it to him.

                  • Taken4GrantD
                    Taken4GrantD  2 weeks back

                    Got linked here from reddit over a post upgrading my build and I'm honestly really impressed by the quality of this review. The name made me think it was just going to be a small channel but this entire review is very well done!

                    • MRJ2012
                      MRJ2012  1 weeks back

                      Well generally he has the most in-depth reviews

                    • MRJ2012
                      MRJ2012  1 weeks back

                      Well he is known as Tech Jesus

                  • bence:D
                    bence:D  2 weeks back

                    is it an AM4 socket??

                  • Soney Liston
                    Soney Liston  2 weeks back

                    4:30 lets get strait into it!!! so boring

                    • Canadian Atheist
                      Canadian Atheist  2 weeks back

                      one of the best reviews ever on the 3600. I tend to go with Intel by default but seeing these results, it's a no-brainer, at least in the 3600 price range. True the 9600k does better in gaming, but the 3600 is such a great value and equals the 9700k in benchmarks, that the 9600k becomes irrelevant. I just wish AMD's cpus could boost as well in freq as Intel, then AMD would dominate.

                      • Daniel Yeaman
                        Daniel Yeaman  3 weeks back

                        Now the graphs are why I watch GN reviews - in this case it’s telling me that my own 3600 wasn’t as good as Steve’s sample 😢

                        • Harkov Dent
                          Harkov Dent  2 weeks back

                          @Daniel Yeaman
                          Looks like you got some tinkering to do, my friend. Start with a voltage offset.

                        • Daniel Yeaman
                          Daniel Yeaman  2 weeks back

                          Harkov Dent silicon or mobo voltage defaults cause I’ve got a Dark Rock Slim cooling the chip

                        • Harkov Dent
                          Harkov Dent  2 weeks back

                          @Daniel Yeaman
                          Do you think it's the stock cooler or silicon lottery or both?

                        • Daniel Yeaman
                          Daniel Yeaman  2 weeks back

                          Harkov Dent both stock and PBO were using up to 1.46v and therefore clocks would stabilise at 4GHz due to increased thermals along with bouncing around all over the place vs fixed when under load - could probably tune it some more myself

                        • Harkov Dent
                          Harkov Dent  2 weeks back

                          @Daniel Yeaman oh nvm then. I thought you were one of those.

                          Wouldn't letting it boost on its own give you better performance if you got ABBA or or you're old school and prefer all core OC

                      • SUB HDR
                        SUB HDR  3 weeks back

                        do you even breath when you talk ?

                        • Melv Beatz
                          Melv Beatz  3 weeks back

                          But i5 9600k is mutch better for less price ?

                          • Tiagraj I
                            Tiagraj I  3 weeks back

                            I looked all over for such a review. Thanks

                            • MrNightmarekill
                              MrNightmarekill  3 weeks back

                              I know this is late, but another difference between the 3600X and 3600 is that the X variant comes with a wraith spire cooler, where as the default comes with a wraith stealth cooler.

                              • 80BCCAVEMAN
                                80BCCAVEMAN  3 weeks back

                                Regret buying 3600... Idle temperature 50 to 60 degree, play game easily over 80 to 90+
                                Stock cooler not really good for Ryzen 3000 series even with good thermal paste...

                                • 80BCCAVEMAN
                                  80BCCAVEMAN  3 weeks back

                                  @JayzBeerz Yea bro... need to change cooler because Ryzen 3000 series is even hotter than older series.

                                • JayzBeerz
                                  JayzBeerz  3 weeks back

                                  Same here idle with stock crap cooler is between 55-61C and gaming it goes as high as 91C. I replaced the stock cooler with a Scythe Mugen 5 and temps dropped to 40-55C idle and no higher than 70C while gaming.

                              • David Boggs
                                David Boggs  3 weeks back

                                IN many titles, even NEW ones the 8600k destroys the 3600 sometimes by such a large margin it's damn near a gpu upgrade.
                                20-50 fps lol. I made the right choice.

                                • David Boggs
                                  David Boggs  3 weeks back

                                  The 9600k is an AMAZING killer gaming cpu. EASILY overclocked to 5ghz. And it destroys all amd cpus atm, by 20-to sometimes 50 fps like in world of warcraft (my main game).
                                  who the fuck cares about compressing archives? encrypting, and rendering 2 minutes faster? LMAOO

                                  it doesn't matter at all to a gamer. Someone who wants mainly a workflow, likely has the money to get an i9 or a 3900x ect.

                                  • David Boggs
                                    David Boggs  3 weeks back

                                    @Ayy Yo You will never get a 3600 to 4.5.
                                    And games run awesome now on the 3600, I'm not taking away from the 3600. It's a great cpu, and will continue to go nicely into the future.

                                    For me personally, for what I play, the 9600k at 5ghz just wipes the floor, absolutey wipes it. I bought a 3600x first! had to return it tho. It requires too much high speed ram, memory tightenings and things to squeez that performance out that I wanted.

                                    I just wanted a WoW (world of warcraft, and skyrim modding) killer machine, and intel is just the way to go for that.

                                    Enjoy your cpu! :D

                                  • Ayy Yo
                                    Ayy Yo  3 weeks back

                                    @David Boggs Ehh i just want to play BF5 at a decent framerate, thats why i bought a 3600 and a new motherboard pairing it with a 1060. Intel boys always brag about their precious 5ghz but you dont really need it. ill just overclock my 3600 to 4.5ghz and still games will run awesome.

                                  • David Boggs
                                    David Boggs  3 weeks back

                                    ​@Ayy Yo No one cares what things sound like to you.

                                    Get over yourself.

                                  • Ayy Yo
                                    Ayy Yo  3 weeks back

                                    You sound like a child honestly. Let people enjoy things

                                • J M
                                  J M  4 weeks back

                                  0:36 OH GOD WHAT HAVE I DONE!!!

                                  • Comp Wiz2007
                                    Comp Wiz2007  4 weeks back

                                    Most titles... 9600K slaps the shit out of it... Oh wait Stock clocks... Nobody runs that at 3200 mhz RAM.. Go home amd, SLEEP IT OFF.

                                    • cortedemico
                                      cortedemico  1 months back

                                      i have no idea what half of the words/acronyms mean, so it's a testament to you that i still understand the gist of it.

                                      • Alittle Looney
                                        Alittle Looney  1 months back

                                        I can get the 2700k for about the same as a 3600, I have a RX 580 and game at 1080p. Which is a better buy?

                                        • Luis Ramirez
                                          Luis Ramirez  4 weeks back

                                          some people say 3600 for gaming but from what i'm seeing its the same as the 2700x sometimes. i guess it depends on price.

                                      • J W
                                        J W  1 months back

                                        So what I’m seeing is that Intel lowered prices by $50 or so and is still faster. With slower RAM. At least AMD isn’t trash anymore, though, and definitely has application in the space. They’re here to stay now.

                                        • ChrisKadaver
                                          ChrisKadaver  1 months back

                                          Please include the result from the i7 2600K testing.

                                          • Rohan Mobarrat
                                            Rohan Mobarrat  1 months back

                                            i just game i currently have 7600k should i upgrade to 3600 ?

                                            • AztecsMyth | FJPS3Lead
                                              AztecsMyth | FJPS3Lead  1 months back

                                              Running a 3600 lately which seems to have a problem in idle because it would randomly heat up to 66-67 degrees for no reason. Any ideas why?

                                              • Davi
                                                Davi  1 months back

                                                Really odd results on power consumption. Tought having less cores/threads and also tech improvment advertised i was expecting 3600 to consume much less power than a 2700 but it actually consumes that same to more . Hope my cheap b350 can handle it.

                                                • N0 XxM3RCYxX
                                                  N0 XxM3RCYxX  1 months back

                                                  that cat skit where he or she looks like shes yelling to the gods after slaying that devil cpu. ill give it a like.

                                                  • Fusion1x
                                                    Fusion1x  1 months back

                                                    Ur mums gay

                                                    Greta thunberg gave u a hand job
                                                    Like to undo it


                                                    • AmpEdition
                                                      AmpEdition  1 months back

                                                      for the money, you just cant beat the 3600

                                                      • Zach Connor
                                                        Zach Connor  2 months back

                                                        There are 2 types of people who watch Gamers Nexus (GN).
                                                        1: People who know what GN is talking about, and appreciate the straight forward, scientific analysis and reviews.
                                                        2: The people who don't know what GN is talking about, but pretend to and feel smarter for making it through to the end without saying, I have no idea what those guys were talking about.

                                                        I'm number 2 :)

                                                        • keokio7
                                                          keokio7  2 months back

                                                          0:35 lol wtf

                                                          • Austin Oligario
                                                            Austin Oligario  2 months back

                                                            Streaming benchmarks? :)

                                                            • The AfroPlaylist(Fro-Tho)

                                                              was going to grab an R7 2700x and this is literally the same price with slightly better performance. ok I'm Sold!

                                                              • ThatBlueFA5
                                                                ThatBlueFA5  2 months back

                                                                Is it worth upgrading from a 2600? For a 144hz gamer that plays basically everything. I have quite a few instances when the cpu cant keep up and i get frame drops down to the low 50's

                                                                • cwli1
                                                                  cwli1  2 months back

                                                                  See and also search for processor monitoring software to see how the 2600 really performs.

                                                                  Someone made a good point: AMD architecture is going to drive the next-generation consoles. Microsoft worked with AMD for the new Xbox.

                                                                • ThatBlueFA5
                                                                  ThatBlueFA5  2 months back

                                                                  @cwli1 that makes alot of sense. Thanks for all the info!

                                                                • cwli1
                                                                  cwli1  2 months back

                                                                  It's not that the 2600 isn't good enough. It's that so many gamers don't want DirectX12 since they hate Windows 10 and only like the games they already play and who never play multi-player online games. Directx11 was designed for old processors, not the modern Ryzens. Even the new MS flight sim uses 11.

                                                                  Someone said that one of the Tomb Raider games play well on DX12 but is crippled by 11.

                                                                  You can see a list of vulkan-supported games which suit the 2600 more.

                                                                  New games will never progress as so many gamers are stuck in the past, and who also feel that their old Intel processor will never need upgrading. Game writers have to cater to those idiots.

                                                                  For help

                                                                • ThatBlueFA5
                                                                  ThatBlueFA5  2 months back

                                                                  @cwli1 yup

                                                                • cwli1
                                                                  cwli1  2 months back

                                                                  Are you playing mainly directx 11 games?

                                                              • Andrew S
                                                                Andrew S  2 months back

                                                                50+ degrees on idle with temp spikes into 60s. Under load into high 80s. Stock cooler. Repasted and reseated. Fresh install windows install, latest chipset and bios. Is there an issue with my CPU or is an aftermarket cooler a prerequisite?

                                                                • cwli1
                                                                  cwli1  2 months back

                                                                  The Wraith Stealth is a bad cooler. Try the Cooler Master 212 evo or the smaller Antec a40 pro. Thermal Grizzly Hydronaut is a very good paste.

                                                                  “My ONLY point of frustration came from some instability I experienced that took me a while to troubleshoot, first thinking it was probably some sort of memory incompatibility. It ended up being an incompatibility with the Windows 10 Ryzen power plan that was installed. Switched to the regular "Performance" plan and its been rock solid ever since.”

                                                                  If the processor idles at a high temperature: disable all 3 bios options for Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO). Set Windows Power Plan (not AMD's one) for "Balanced".

                                                                  For help

                                                              • Emilio Ayoub
                                                                Emilio Ayoub  2 months back

                                                                What is the SMT off on the R 5 3600 CPU ?

                                                                • 50caliberFistFK
                                                                  50caliberFistFK  2 months back

                                                                  Rhyzen doesn't support DDR3 so... FAIL. Not upgrading.

                                                                  • Ayy Yo
                                                                    Ayy Yo  3 weeks back

                                                                    Lmfao imagine using ddr3 in 2019. I think you're the fail here. I think upgrading your ram is more important right now

                                                                • 50caliberFistFK
                                                                  50caliberFistFK  2 months back

                                                                  Rhyzen doesn't support DDR3 so... FAIL. Not upgrading.

                                                                  • 50caliberFistFK
                                                                    50caliberFistFK  2 months back

                                                                    @Kden DDR3 is 2014.... back in the 80's we were using SIPP... and then SIMM sticks.

                                                                  • Kden
                                                                    Kden  2 months back

                                                                    who the hell still uses ddr3 go back to 80´s

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                                                                  COD Mobile I Kled Ger  2 months back


                                                                  • Charly Hernandez
                                                                    Charly Hernandez  2 months back

                                                                    I found the 3600x same price than 3600.. 200dlls

                                                                    • Compton Japan
                                                                      Compton Japan  2 months back

                                                                      HUMNAHUMNAHUMNA ONE HUNDREEEED, HUMNAHUMNAHUMNA WHO'LL GIVE ME A HUNNID FIDDY, HUMNAHUMNAHUMNAHUMNA TWOOOOO HUNDRED!!!! I GOT TWO HUNDRED HUMNAHUMNAHUMNA... Damn dude, take a break here and there.

                                                                      • KJW Fifa
                                                                        KJW Fifa  2 months back

                                                                        probably a stupid question but does the CPU come with thermal paste?

                                                                        • jb602
                                                                          jb602  2 months back

                                                                          Preapplied on the included cooler.

                                                                      • Harry_Bird
                                                                        Harry_Bird  2 months back

                                                                        Will the ryzen 5 3600 run obs good, and keep the streams and recordings from being pixelated and laggy

                                                                        • cwli1
                                                                          cwli1  2 months back

                                                                          Yes. It's very powerful.

                                                                          Ryzen only installs on Windows 10. For help

                                                                          You can use a small screwdriver to put one rice-grain-size blob of thermal paste on the CPU near the center and it will cover the two or three areas where the processor dies are as the paste will spread out when the cooler is placed on it. Thermal paste was designed to fill in the tiny cracks between the heatspreader (CPU casing) and the cooler, not as a primary heat-transfer compound. Too much paste does more harm than good so it's not needed in the corners. Use the small screwdriver to straighten any bent pins too. Renew the paste every 12–18 months. See