AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Review

Mid-range Desktop processor released in 2018 with 6 cores and 12 threads. With base clock at 3.6GHz, max speed at 4.2GHz, and a 95W power rating. Ryzen 5 2600X is based on the Pinnacle Ridge 12nm family and part of the Ryzen 5 series.
Price 82.2%
Speed 81%
Productivity 75%
Gaming 88%
Category Desktop
Target mid-range
Socket Compatibility AM4
Integrated Graphics None
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 2 %
Year 2018 Model
Price 229 USD
Number of Cores 6 Cores
Number of Threads 12 Threads
Core Frequency 3.6 GHz
Boost Frequency 4.2 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.3 GHz
Power Consumption 95 W
Manufacturing Process 12 nm
L3 Cache 15.99 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 64 GB
Price-Value Score 82.2 %
Speed Score 81 %
Productivity Score 75 %
Gaming Score 88 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 31 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 15.5 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 7.8 %
Overall Score 47/100

The Ryzen 5 2600X is one of AMD's mid-range Desktop processors. It was released in 2018 with 6 cores and 12 threads. With base clock at 3.6GHz, max speed at 4.2GHz, and a 95W power rating. The Ryzen 5 2600X is based on the Pinnacle Ridge 12nm family and is part of the Ryzen 5 series.

Ryzen 5 2600X is also the successor of AMD's last gen Ryzen 5 1600X processor that was based on the Zen and 14nm process and was released in 2017.

In our mind, the best processors are the ones that deliver outstanding performance at a reasonable price point. And, the Ryzen 5 2600X absolutely nails this concept.

Now, we're asking ourselves whether or not the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X finally dethrones the Core i5-8600K as the de facto ruler of the mainstream processors. Ultimately, it depends: the Ryzen 5 2600X doesn't reach the same single-core performance as Intel, but we're starting to see more games adopt multi-threaded CPUs, so that doesn't matter as much.

AMD Ryzen 5 2nd Generation, and the Zen+ architecture itself, is notable because it leads 12nm processors to the mainstream for the first time. But, there’s a lot more going on under the hood than just a smaller manufacturing node.

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X really shows what it’s made of when it comes to multi-threaded workloads. For instance, in both Geekbench and Cinebench R15, the 6-core processor scored a whopping 22745 and 1380, respectively. Compared to the Core i5-8600K, which scores 20638 and 1040 in the same tests, it’s a night and day difference. For about the same price point, the Ryzen 5 2600X is faster than the Core i5-8600K in multi-threaded loads.

AMD's Zen+ series has landed, upping the ante with Intel in its high-stakes game for desktop PC market dominance with a well-rounded lineup of new chips that push mainstream platforms to higher core counts and more raw compute than we've ever seen. As a result, Intel's commanding presence in the enthusiast space is threatened in a way we haven't seen in over a decade.

That something is the Ryzen 5 2600X. AMD cranks the TDP dial up to 95W on this 6-core 12-thread chip, making it the high-performance counterpart to the 65W Ryzen 5 2500X, which is basically the same 12nm chip built with the Zen+ microarchitecture, but with a lower TDP rating. That chip came away from our first look at the Zen+ series with an Editor's Choice award, going toe-to-toe with Intel's Core i5-8600K, so it's fair to say we have high hopes for the higher-performance model. AMD still hasn't sampled the chip to the press, so we bought one at retail to put it under the microscope.

The Ryzen 5 2600X takes the basic ingredients of the Zen+ microarchitecture, which brings an average of 15% more instructions per cycle (IPC) throughput, and 12nm process and melds them into a high-performance chip that is impressive across our test suite, especially when we factor in the competitive pricing, backward compatibility with most AM4 socket motherboards, unlocked overclocking features, and bundled cooler.

As we've seen, gaming remains an advantage for Intel, so if squeezing out every last frame is all you care about, Intel's processors are a good choice. Much of that performance advantage will be less noticeable when gaming at higher resolutions, or if you pair the processors with a lesser graphics card.

But, like most humans, if you do things other than gaming, the Ryzen 5 2600X offers a better mixture of performance in single- and multi-threaded applications. The Ryzen 5 2600X offers twice the threads of the price-comparable Core i5-8600K, and it wields them to great effect in threaded workloads. As such, rendering and encoding remain a strong suit of the Ryzen 5 chips, and AMD's improvements to AVX throughput have yielded impressive results.

Value seekers who aren't afraid to press the Precision Boost Overdrive button and have sufficient cooling should look to the Ryzen 5 2500X for roughly equivalent performance to the Ryzen 5 2600X, particularly if gaming factors heavily into the buying decision. That could save you money, reinforcing our decision to give the Ryzen 5 2500X an Editor's Choice award.

Out of the box, the Ryzen 5 2600X is a better all-arounder than the Core i5-8600K and offers incrementally higher performance than its downstream counterpart. The bundled cooler reduces platform costs, and a wide array of motherboards offers plenty of choices for builders.

AMD Ryzen 5 2 Generation is finally here, and the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X might just be the poster child for what this generation of processors has in store for consumers. Sure, it might have stuck with the 6-core, 12-thread setup, which it inherited from its predecessor, the Ryzen 5 1600X. However, with the new 12nm manufacturing process, it delivers a far better performance at lower power consumption.

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X was rolled out on Apr 2018 for $229, which puts it in the same general price range as the last-generation Ryzen 5 1600X. This means that at least we're not seeing any considerable price jumps from generation to generation.

It gets more interesting, however, when you compare the Ryzen 5 2600X to its main competitor. The Intel Core i5-8600K is available for $257, an 6-core processor with no hyperthreading, which means that the Ryzen 5 2600X offers twice the processing threads at a lower price tag. Intel is still king when it comes to single-core performance, but when it comes to multi-core ones, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X is the absolute beast.

This decision to 12nm has brought a beefy 15% boost to IPC (instructions per clock) performance. Effectively, compared to a Ryzen 5 1-Generation processor at the same clock speed, you will get a straight 15% increase in performance. That’s not big enough to be evident in day-to-day workloads, but it does still mean something.

What this all means is that the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X is an absolute beast when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially at this price point. If you're counting on doing some video editing or compiling one hell of an Excel spreadsheet, you're going to see firsthand a performance boost with the Ryzen 5 2600X.

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X is another impressive release from AMD and its 2 Generation of Ryzen 5 chips. With it, you’re getting 6-cores and 12-threads, with a boost clock of 4.2GHz. It may not be the strongest contender ever made on paper, but when you see and feel the actual performance gains it offers, you’re certainly getting a lot of bang for your $229 buck.

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6-core desktop processor that was released in Apr 2018. AMD offers the Ryzen 5 2600X without integrated graphics. It runs $229 shipped and is ideal for those that plan on using it a system with a dedicated graphics card.

One of the nice things about the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X up for $229 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X retail boxed processor comes with the traditional ‘pancake’ CPU cooler. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done on this processor which is rated at 95W TDP. You do not need to have an aftermarket cooling solution unless you want to.

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X seems to be a decent performing chip that is readily available for $229 at your favorite retailer. The main competition for this processor is the Core i5-8600K 6-Core unlocked desktop processor with Intel UHD Graphics 630 graphics ($257 shipped).

For a 6-core processor, AMD’s $229 flagship Ryzen 5 2600X processor seems downright cheap. On paper, the cost of those 0 extra cores is almost an afterthought when you stack it up against its direct competitor, the $257 6-core Intel Core i5-8600K.

Now the biggest question is can AMD’s Ryzen 5 processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 88% in our benchmarks.

Regardless of those external factors, the Ryzen 5 2600X proves it has the chops to be your main gaming system and a just as effective media creation platform – two things that are becoming intrinsically connected in this age of live-streaming, eSports and uploading gameplay videos.

The Ryzen 5 2600X clocks up to 4.2Ghz just as it promises on the box, and with AMD’s software you can take one of the cores all the way up to 4.3GHz. However, don’t expect to get much beyond that without seriously upgrading your cooling solution and manually tweaking voltages behind the operating system level.

If you’ve been looking for an affordable, powerhouse CPU that both works and parties hard, this is it.

Fresh from a successful roll-out of mainstream Ryzen 5 CPUs, AMD's attack on Intel now extends down into the mid-range with its Ryzen 5 2600X processors, which the company is making available as of Apr 2018.

Like all other Pinnacle Ridge chips, the Ryzen 5-series CPUs drop into any Socket AM4 motherboard. But most will find a home on boards equipped with the A320 chipset, which has provisions for overclocking and offers plenty of connectivity options. Unlike Intel, AMD plans to utilize its current socket until 2020, so upgrading to future models shouldn't require a new motherboard.

Which GPU to Pick for AMD Ryzen 5 2600X

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X.

Graphics Card Price Cost Per Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 7 212.7 FPS
192.2 FPS
125.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 3.8 185.3 FPS
167.5 FPS
109 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 3.5 141.8 FPS
128.2 FPS
83.4 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 19.2 130.2 FPS
121.5 FPS
79.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 10.3 126.7 FPS
118.3 FPS
77.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 6.1 115 FPS
106.3 FPS
69.3 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 27.2 110.2 FPS
102.9 FPS
68.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 6.4 108.7 FPS
99.4 FPS
64.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 7.4 101.9 FPS
94.8 FPS
61.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 4.9 101.3 FPS
91.5 FPS
59.5 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 12 99.9 FPS
91.5 FPS
61 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 7 99.9 FPS
90.9 FPS
58.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 4.1 97.3 FPS
88.4 FPS
56.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 5.2 96 FPS
85.5 FPS
56.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 4.4 90.8 FPS
79.6 FPS
51.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 3.9 89.2 FPS
81.1 FPS
51.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 5.8 86.6 FPS
77.6 FPS
49.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 4.1 85.5 FPS
73.2 FPS
46.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 3.3 84.1 FPS
75.9 FPS
48.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 18.5 81.1 FPS
71.6 FPS
48.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 6.2 80.9 FPS
73.6 FPS
46.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 5.1 80.2 FPS
71.8 FPS
45.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 12.8 78 FPS
69 FPS
44.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 3.7 76.3 FPS
68.4 FPS
43.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 5.3 75.8 FPS
68.8 FPS
43.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 5.4 73.8 FPS
65.5 FPS
41.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 3.2 71.9 FPS
64.5 FPS
41.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 9.6 67.8 FPS
60.5 FPS
38.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 3.2 67.7 FPS
60.7 FPS
38.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 4.3 64.2 FPS
55.9 FPS
34.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 10.5 61.6 FPS
57.5 FPS
37.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 2.7 59 FPS
52.7 FPS
33.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 3.4 58.4 FPS
50.8 FPS
31.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 9.4 58.2 FPS
51.3 FPS
33 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 4 57 FPS
49.5 FPS
30.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 11.6 56 FPS
51.4 FPS
33.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 18.4 54.4 FPS
47.5 FPS
31.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 10.4 53 FPS
48.4 FPS
31.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 4.8 52.8 FPS
46.3 FPS
29.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 3.2 52.4 FPS
45.6 FPS
28.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 8.4 51 FPS
46.4 FPS
30 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 3.4 50.1 FPS
44 FPS
28.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 6.7 49.3 FPS
42.8 FPS
28.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 8.4 47.9 FPS
43.2 FPS
28.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 6.9 47.6 FPS
42.3 FPS
25.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 3.6 47 FPS
41.8 FPS
26.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 3.3 44.9 FPS
39.9 FPS
25.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 4.3 41.9 FPS
37.5 FPS
23.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 6.5 35.3 FPS
31.2 FPS
20.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 7.9 31.7 FPS
28.1 FPS
17.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 6.3 31.4 FPS
27.8 FPS
17.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 5.5 31 FPS
27.5 FPS
17.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 9.1 30.7 FPS
27.4 FPS
16.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 6.6 30.3 FPS
26.7 FPS
16.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 6.4 26.4 FPS
23.2 FPS
14.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 4.1 24.4 FPS
21.2 FPS
13.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 6.7 23.9 FPS
20.7 FPS
13.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 6.3 23.5 FPS
19.5 FPS
12.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 6.4 23.3 FPS
18.9 FPS
12.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 6.5 21.5 FPS
18.8 FPS
11.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 7.2 20.8 FPS
16.1 FPS
10.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 4.6 17 FPS
14.9 FPS
9.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 4.8 16.3 FPS
14.2 FPS
8.6 FPS

Related Discussions and Issues

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InYourUterus July 17, 2020

Ryzen 5 2600x OC help

I have an Asus prime x570 pro. I read somewhere that ryzen CPU's automatically boost clock speeds as they are needed. I used the EZ tuner to bring it up to 3.7 Ghz, however when I run Cinebench r20 my cpu monitor shows it running at 3.7 the entire time. Is there something I need to enable to effectively OC this cpu?

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canned_pho July 16, 2020

Reset everything back to stock.

EZ tuner is manual OC....

Stock already boosts to 4.25GHz by itself.

If you want to elevate the multicore boost clocks, you can simple use ASUS Performance enhancer levers

AI Tweaker --> Performancer Enhancer --> Level 2 or 3

It's not recommended to go beyond level 3, might be unsafe.

And it's recommended to use a negative voltage offset along with enhancer levels. Because the algorithm tends to overvolt

Use an offset of -0.05v

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InYourUterus July 16, 2020

Thanks! So does the stock OC only do single core OC? What is the performance enhancer doing that the stock setting don't?

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PCUpgraded July 10, 2020

$800 budget for Upgrades. Need help on a good cost effective upgrade for this build! Ryzen 5 2600x- 32gb ram 3000MHz- MSI B450 Tomahawk- Geforce 1660 TI. The case is a Corsair Crystal Series 460X RGB. I'm looking for performance for than looks. Thank you!

As I stated in the title I'm looking for suggestions on upgrades. I'm not exactly up to date with the best performance/cost effective parts nowadays. I built this pc not too long ago, mostly watching YouTube videos and learning from how to's. I'm willing to go a bit above budget for better performance as well. Don't get me wrong, this build has been great, but I just want something that'll give me those extra frames when I'm playing tactical shooters. Thanks for the help redditors

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bazilmilne July 15, 2020

Look into some new gpus if your really interested in perfomance upgrades, like a 2070 super or 5700Xt

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PCUpgraded July 14, 2020

Would my system support something like that? I thought the supers were pretty high end

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bazilmilne July 09, 2020

Well, you shouldnt be afraid of any bottlenecking from your cpu and gpu, especially since you have 32 gigs of solid memory, you could even squeeze in a 2080 if you really want to push the limits haha.

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Jojobois July 14, 2020

2600x heat issue please help

hi i have a 2600x with a stock cooler, i had heat issues and assumed it was my case no having enough fans so i bought a case that can seat 6, i rebuilt the pc, replaced the thermal paste and instead of improving it actually got worse. on idle i get a minimum 46 degrees and a max of 63 and they jump up and down from 40 to 59 wildly

i tried playing assassins creed odyssey for an hour and i bluescreened (uncorrectable error)

i tried flipping the two top fans so that they were intakes (saw something online about positive pressure) and that made no difference im still getting horrible temps

update: i bought a shadow rock 3 and im very very happy with my purchase, it's a shame though cos i was told that stock was enough

please help im investing alot of time and money into trying to fix this and i feel im at my wits end

maybe i didn't use enough thermal paste? i wasn't very liberal i think i used less than a pea

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B00STc July 14, 2020

Those are average temps for a stock cooler tho. It’s well under that 80 degree mark too.

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Flinsanity July 26, 2020

Help with HWMonitor: Will 1080ti + Ryzen5 2600x survive a 500W psu?

My new 850W psu is severely delayed, and I'm trying to decide how my 1080Ti/2600X works with a 500W (80+ bronze) PSU. I’m getting significantly less FPS by like 50 and I have no clue why.

Could you tell me you thoughts on my screenshots of HWMonitor? And what this tells you about performance? This is after playing a game for 1hr under full load:

https://preview.redd.it/cmh8ggdvl3d51.png?width=552&format=png&auto=webp&s=85cc9e02d1b217a144cca4ea95aac5b829a66eb4

Love you guys!

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AndmccReborn July 26, 2020

If it’s stable after an hour under full load, you’re all good to go

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Flinsanity July 26, 2020

so why would I be getting 30-50fps lower than with my 1070 Ti? Any ideas?

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twiggums July 26, 2020

If it's running it's running. My system rarely gets over 500 watts.

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Flinsanity July 26, 2020

Any ideas why it’s averaging 30-50fps lower than with the 1070 Ti?

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nick-105 July 31, 2020

I have ryzen 2600x and I’m trying to overclock manually any help or info

I have a gigabyte B450M DS3H motherboard and for the cpu to handle my cosair ddr4 3200mhz with XMP profile turned on I need to overclock my cpu to handle the band width but I have never done overclocking and suggestions or help would be great 👍

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NikoliChechnov July 31, 2020

Wrong board for overclocking, it will already autoboost so just keep it stock and set xmp, your power delivery will already be as far as I'd push it from that

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nick-105 July 31, 2020

Well I’m able to manually set the Ram speed to 3000mhz without games crashing

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xxFaytus July 31, 2020

I have the same board. It does automatically overclock, just try to manually overclock your RAM instead. There was a time when I was using ryzen master to overclock my CPU but it just isn't worth it. If you watch your resources in task manager or ryzen master you can watch your cpu ramp to max frequency when it's needed. I wouldn't recommend manually overclocking though. Let the board do what it's supposed to or buy another board.

I cheaped out when I got my mobo and I shouldn't have. I'm definitely regretting it. A better mobo will be my next purchase.

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nick-105 July 31, 2020

So next time speed more money on like gigabyte auros mother?

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AMD's Ryzen 5 2600 pushes six execution cores into a $200 price point. But it's only $20 less expensive than the 95W Ryzen 5 2600X. As a result, Ryzen 5 2600's 65W TDP seems to be the CPU's main ...
With the Ryzen 5 2600X ($229), AMD offers a mild performance step down from its flagship mainstream Ryzen 7 2700X ($329) processor, but at a rather significant 30 percent cut in price. The trade ...
Six Cores and 65W . The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 contains 6 distinct cores and has the ability to execute 2 separate threads for each of its core, which is just like the company’s more expensive Ryzen 5 2600X.The 2600 functions at its lower base and the boost frequencies in contrast to the X-class model (it is, after all, supposed to be $30 cheaper).
The Ryzen 5 2600X ‘s price is a little high for budget builds, and the high-power draw and temperatures also add to the long-term costs of running this particular chip.
For Ryzen 5 2600X, AMD turns two off, creating a six-core, 12-thread configuration with an unlocked ratio multiplier. As mentioned, Ryzen 5 2600X sells for $230, replacing the $220 Ryzen 5 1600X.
The Ryzen 5 2600X isn't the fastest processor, even from AMD—that would be the Ryzen 7 2700X, or for multi-threaded workloads the Threadripper 1950X.It's also not faster than the Core i7-8700K ...
The Ryzen 5 2600X is the deserving sequel to one of our favourite gaming chips of the last twelve months, the Ryzen 5 1600X.These AMD Ryzen 2 processors are delivering us the second-generation ...
Today we're checking out the $200 Ryzen 5 2600, the most affordable chip of AMD's 2nd-gen processors. It's a bit cheaper than the 2600X we tested on launch day, but the real competition comes from ...

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tomas42 July 11, 2020
Can I use this memory
Hey, I have msi x370 gaming plus motherboard, ryzen 5 2600x cpu and want to buy 4 sticks of 8GB 3200Mhz trident's z exactly this 16GB KIT DDR4 3200MHz CL16 Trident Z RGB.
Will it work?
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kanewolf May 29, 2013
If you want 32GB, buy a 2x16GB kit. Your CPU only has two memory controller channels. Two DIMMs is optimal. Buying two 2-DIMM kits is not guaranteed to work as a set. It might, it might not, it might only work at 2133Mhz. There is no way to predict it. I don't recommend four DIMMs with Ryzen.
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wogfor July 09, 2020
Would I benefit from any additional RAM?
Currently running Ryzen 5 2600X on ASUS Prime X470-pro board and an EVGA GTX 1660 Ultra XC GPU. My current memory is 2 sticks of G.Skill 8GB TridentZ DDR4 (F4-3200C16D-16GTZR).

I really don't overclock much and the system runs fine. My concern is availability. The last time I decided I needed some more memory on my last build, DDR3 was winding down and I could not find matches to my existing hardware. Prices for these sticks are decent right now and seem to be in stock many places. Prices range from around $80 US to $109. Would I gain anything at all? I mainly game on it.
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Mrgr74 September 02, 2019
Hi @wogfor

For general gaming, there is a very slim difference moving up from 16 to 32GB & beyond. Do you "need" to? Not really. Do you "Want" to? Well that's a question only you can answer.

Keep in mind though, it's never a good idea to mix & match RAM. Even if you were to buy another exact set of the 2x8GB G.skill you have now, there is a chance, though granted it's a slim chance, but you could have issues such as the RAM not wanting to play well together with the RAM you already have installed and so would want to buy a 32GB KIT to maximize compatibility and performance.

Gaming Tests 1 - 2

If you are a content creator or you have a ton of brower tabs open for whatever reason, then I would say yes to bumping up to 32GB+ but for the hardware you have now and the current games on the market, you'd not get your money-to-FPS worth. Your DDR4-3200 is the sweet spot as far as RAM speed & your 2600x which is still a very nice CPU. Coupled with your 1660U, you have a very solid system. You're on an SSD I take it right?

Make sure your temps are kept in check and you're gold. If you wanted a few more FPS, you could always get a 3k series later on when on sale once the 4k series are released. The X470 can easily handle a 3K. By the time the 1660U can't push out enough FPS to satisfy you, it would be time to do a full upgrade anyways...
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darkking791 June 27, 2020
Cooling setup upgrade -correct fan installation - motherboard connectors - number of fans on each connector -safe limit-install options -Long post.
Hi guys this summer im gonna upgrade my Cooling setup
I have a carbide spec 01 case and a x470 prime pro Motherboard.
(rest of the system r5 2600x , rx 580 nitro+ ,16gb 3200 c14, 1tb SSd, 2tb Sshd,550w psu)

Because of slot/case Limitations ,I decided to buy
4 case fans bionix P120/140 2 exhaust – 2 intake 2 intake Typical Voltage of each fan: 0.15A / 12 V DC - PWM control signal 4-pin connector + 4-pin socket.
and the Asus ROG Strix LC 120 (my first AIO) – damn asus u sure are expensive.

Case slots Location
Back exhaust- Asus ROG Strix LC 120
Top exhaust – 2 Bionix P120 fans - 0.15A / 12 V DC 4-pin connector + 4-pin socket PWM
Front intake - 2 Bionix P140 fans - 0.15A / 12 V DC 4-pin connector + 4-pin socket PWM
My case Have 5 fans slots and Radiator Compatibility 120mm
also is compatible with H55, H60, H75, H80i corsair AIO so my asus AIO I dont think is gonna be a problem it’s a single fan radiator after all (correct me if im wrong)

My motherboards connector :
1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin) - 1A/12W/Q-Fan Controlled/Shared Control
1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin) - 1A/12W/Q-Fan Controlled/Shared Control
3 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (2 x 4 -pin) - 1A/12W/Q-Fan Controlled
1 x AIO_PUMP connector (1 x 4 -pin) - 1A/12W/ Full Speed
1 x W_PUMP+ connector (1 x 4 -pin) - 3A/36W/ Full Speed

So my First question and one of the reason I made this long post
Does that 3 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (2 x 4 -pin) mean that the 3 chassis fan connector of my motherboard can take 2 fans each?
1 fan = 4 pin
2 fans = 2 x4 -pin with splitter right?

My Second question
IF my reasoning in the first question is correct that means I can connect my 4 case fans
on 2 chassis fan connector safely? 2x120 exhaust together with spliter on a chassis fan connector and 2x140 intake together with spliter on chassis fan another connector ?

And my Third question
Assuming that everything I said Is correct I have 3 installs option which do u think is the best one?

Option 1 (I like this option the best)
Install the AIO on the back
connect the AIO on the AIO_PUMP connector
AIO fan on the CPU Fan connector
2x 120 Top exhaust fans together with spliter on the nearest Chassis Fan connector (near the top side of the rams)
2 x140 Front intake fans together with spliter on the nearest Chassis Fan connector (bottom of the motherboard)
Leave the last chassis fan connector empty (near the back) and the water pump connector empty (at the bottom)

Option 2
Install the AIO on the back
connect the AIO on the AIO_PUMP connector
AIO fan on the CPU Fan connector
1x 120 Top exhaust fan on the Chassis Fan connector (near the back)\
1x120 Top exhaust fan (on the CPU OPT Fan connector)
1x140 Front intake fan on the Chassis Fan (near the top side of the rams)
1x140 Front intake fan on the Chassis Fan (bottom of the motherboard)

Option 3
Install the AIO on the back
connect the AIO on the AIO_PUMP connector
2x 120 Top exhaust fans together with spliter on the Chassis Fan connector (near the back)
1x140 Front intake fan on the Chassis Fan (near the top side of the rams)
1x140 Front intake fan on the Chassis Fan (bottom of the motherboard)

Last question
If I install the option 1 then on the bios im gonna see :
1- pump connector information
2- x1 cpu fan connector information
3- 1 chassis fan connector information ((and that information is for 2 fans the same right?)
4- 2 chassis fan connector information (and that information is for 2 fans the same right?)

PS. I have my Pc 2 years now and I have 6 fans on it right now 5 case and 1 cpu fan
I have connected them on all my connectors (except the CPU OPT Fan connector) and
although 2 of my fans working 100% all the time from day one , I don’t have any problems with the cooling. the only minus is the noise and the bios information ( i see the pump and water information on bios in place of my 2 fans).

Edit some typos.
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alexbirdie February 20, 2020
Because each fan-connector can provide 1 A and your fans only have 0.15 A, you can safely connect with splitter 3 fans to 1 fanheader.

AIO fan to CPU-Fan-header, AIO-pump to AIO-PUMP header.
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TakeoverGabe June 10, 2020
CPU Temps increasing overtime with AIO
Hey everyone! I recently got an Arctic Freezer 240 AIO which is working great, but over time I have noticed that temps have started to increase during idle and gaming. Now before I go any further, I'd like to mention that the AIO cable that powers the whole thing is slightly damaged, it has a rip and to be perfectly honest I'm not sure how it happened. It may have gotten stuck somewhere on the motherboard and when I pulled it out it ripped, but either way its damaged. So, my idle used to be 25C-31C and gaming would never really go over 40C. Now, my idle is around 35C-38C, and also sometimes jumps to 41C. Gaming slightly increased to 41C-43C. These aren't huge increases, but I'm pretty confused and a bit upset. Does anyone know why this would be happening? Also, if it helps to mention, there is only 1 cable for the whole AIO. Thank you in advance!

CPU: Ryzen 5 2600X OCed to 3.8GHz
AIO: Arctic Liquid Freezer II 240
Motherboard: Asus B450-F ROG Strix
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jay32267 March 16, 2017
I'm thinking the cable is either connected or it isn't and if the AIO is working I think it's connected.....so I don't think it's the cable.

It may be something as simple as...the pump is just not spinning as fast as it used to due to age.

It may be a slight buildup of debris in the lines etc causing resistance.

It may be the fans aren't spinning as fast as they used to.

It may be air in the system.

It may be dust in the radiator.....etc.
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Raaj Kumar June 03, 2020
Stock Cooler for gaming?
Greetings Everyone,

I have AMD Ryzen 5 2600x processor and RX 580 8GB and Corsair Carbide Spec 05 Case. Can I use the stock Cooler and CM MasterFan Pro 3 in 1 Pack for gaming or Should I go with Liquid Cooler?


I have heard that using Liquid Cooler may lead in leak. So, I am just confused.
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jay32267 March 16, 2017
I would try it with the stock cooler and monitor the temps and see what you get.
I'm using a stock cooler for gaming and it keeps my CPU cool enough.
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bodylobster May 24, 2020
ASUS ROG B450-I here, I can't find an option to use onboard gpu
I've read to use vga inside ryzen 5 2600x (and things get confused here anyway, I also read it has NO video output at all) you have to upgrade bios to the latest. Which I've done.

But as titles says, I can't find that option. Any help, please?
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siaan312 June 15, 2017
That cpu has not integrated gpu
meaning without a dedicated graphics card, you wont get any output.
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Duckie504 May 20, 2020
Need some advice on my build
I need some help from people who know what they are doing. Is this build a decent build for playing rainbow six siege? I also wanted the ability to play Grand Theft Auto V, but I wasn't confident. If anything, those are my two benchmark games, and I need a keyboard and mouse and a monitor. My budget is $1,000.


PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/H98YYH

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB Video Card ($157.69 @ Amazon)
Case: Aerocool Cylon ATX Mid Tower Case ($46.43 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 500 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($53.96 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($108.78 @ Other World Computing)
Monitor: MSI Optix G241 23.8" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor ($189.99 @ Best Buy)
Keyboard: Corsair K55 + HARPOON RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard With Optical Mouse ($59.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $914.81
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-20 22:00 EDT-0400
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Hellfire13 April 20, 2016
You should wait for the new Intel processors launching in about a weeks time.

Here is how to get Windows cheap...
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/get-windows-10-free-or-cheap,5717.html
You can also activate it later as there is no difference in performance...
https://www.howtogeek.com/244678/you-dont-need-a-product-key-to-install-and-use-windows-10/

Modified the build with better parts...

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor | $172.39 @ Newegg
Motherboard | MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard | $114.99 @ Best Buy
Memory | G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory | $82.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Crucial P2 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $64.99 @ B&H
Video Card | Asus GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB Phoenix OC Video Card | $229.99 @ B&H
Case | Zalman S2 ATX Mid Tower Case | $44.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply | Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply | $69.99 @ Newegg
Monitor | MSI Optix G24C4 23.6" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor | $179.99 @ Best Buy
Keyboard | Thermaltake Commander Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard With Optical Mouse | $32.99 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $993.31
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-20 22:32 EDT-0400 |
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Carbowix May 14, 2020
RTX 2060 GPU usage doesn't go above 45%
Recently I bought an RTX 2060 OC and i cleanly installed the drivers and i switched high performance power plan. When testing games it doesn't use the GPU's full potential. I can see games using an average of 40% to 45%. I don't think its a CPU bottleneck at all since I have a R5 2600x which worked well with my ex 980ti...
My specs are listed in my signature
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Carbowix October 29, 2019
CPU cooler wasn't working due to not being plugged into motherboard and i noticed the cpu over heating after the last minute of giving up lol. Anyways running better now.
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advancedmixedgaming May 11, 2020
What do I upgrade to?
Hi, currently I'm playing at 1080p @ 75hz with my RX 580. My friend is building a new computer, so I offered to sell him the 580 for ~$90. Obviously, this would leave me out of a GPU, but I was planning on an upgrade semi-soon. The rest of my rig is as follows:

Ryzen 5 2600x with Precision Overdrive on, cooled with a Scythe Ninja 5
ASRock B450m Pro4
16 gb DDR4 @ 3200mhz
some random HDDs
Samsung 970 Evo Plus for Windows and some games

I would like to keep the price of the GPU for under $300 and I don't mind buying used as long as it's a verified seller. Would grabbing a 1070 for ~$250 be a good option?
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Djoza April 05, 2020
acutally good thing u mentioned that.I was watching a video between those 2 cards and it looks like the 5600xt is getting 10 more fps while still managing 10C less than the 1660super.I would go for 5600xt but if it is drastically more expensive go for 1660super.
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Yahia Mohamed May 07, 2020
My PC crashes while gaming for like 3 minutes
So a few weeks ago my system started to crash while gaming for like 3 minutes until I rebuilt my whole PC. I uninstalled every single thing that could come to mind and rebuilt my PC again. My PC was working fine for like 1 week until it started crashing again for no reason. What could the problem be?

My PC:
Motherboard: ASUS B450M TUF Gamging PLUS

CPU: Ryzen 5 [email protected] Stock speed

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition

GPU: Gigabyte Aorus RX 5700XT

Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB [email protected] MHz

SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus 250 GB

600W PSU that comes with the cougar MX350 case and some used 1 TB HDD

Additional notes:

1) All of my temps are fine

2)My airflow is good since I have 5 fans plus the 2 CPU cooler fans

3)I tried re-installing windows
4)When uninstalling my PC I cleaned all the dust off

5)I tried old and new GPU drivers

6)I installed AMD motherboard chip sets
When the windows crashes I rarely get to see the blue screen so I used my mobile to record it and get the stop code and the stop code is CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED
I also got a few pictures to of my psu and before the pc crashes
MSI Afterburner overlay before crash: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/shares/3NYRe9
PSU: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/shares/813Z32
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bignastyid June 19, 2011
Given the lower quality parts used to make the PSU it likely has poor heat tolerance, cleaning it may have allowed it to keep cool enough to remain stable, but once dust started to build up you were back to square 1.
A common story with the 5700xt has been 5700xt + a low quality psu= unstable system.
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Exkryptt May 02, 2020
Should i overclock my 2600x or is it too dangerous?
I would like to overclock my AMD Ryzen 2600x to around 4.2 GHz which is the max Clock speed this CPU will go to but i ament really experienced with overclocking so i ask for help
MY PC
CPU - AMD Ryzen 2600x
GPU - PowerColor RX 580 Red Devil 8GB
MOBO - Asus B450-a
RAM - 2x 8GB Corsair Vengeance 3000MMhz
HDD - 1TB Toshiba
SSD - 120 Crucial
PSU - 600W EVGA 80 Plus White
For cooling i have the standard WRAITH AMD cooler for CPU and an extra 3 120mm fans 2 on front 1 on back
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k1114 May 02, 2010
Can you use the turbo feature with the stock cooler? Yes, plus it's on by default.

Can you oc above 4.2ghz with the stock cooler? Yes, just don't expect to get as high as others with better coolers.
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Luke2323 April 30, 2020
Is it safe for my CPU to run at about 95degrees for a couple hours at a time?
Basically title. I have an AMD 5 2600X. Thanks
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Math Geek October 15, 2014
that cooler should be fine as it's rated for 200w which is more than you'll ask it to do by a long shot.

as for thermal paste, i still use good old Artic Silver 5 which can be had for about $6 and will last forever since you use so little at a time.

https://www.newegg.com/arctic-silver-as5-3-5g/p/N82E16835100007

if you want to spend a bit more, the Grizzly Krynaut is a bit better but 2x the cost. good for a couple degrees cooler if that makes you sleep better at night

https://www.newegg.com/thermal-grizzly/p/13C-003E-00004
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Mantas Krutkevičius April 30, 2020
RX 5700 XT with i5 9400F or RYZEN 5 2600x
Im planing to buy computer with RX 5700 XT and I cant decide which CPU should I get the i5 9400F or AMD RYZEN 5 2600X . The i5 9400F will bottleneck I think 15% but I will get better frames.
And Ryzen 5 2600X bottleneck 5%. and I will get lower frames I think.
Please help me decide which cpu and which PC should I buy for future, gaming and and so forth.
Or should I pick 2060 super or RX 5700 instead of RX 5700 XT




Specs for future pc with RYZEN 5 2600X

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
16GB (2x 8GB) DDR4 ADATA XPG SPECTRIX D41 3200MHz
Radeon RX5700XT 8GB GDDR6
AMD B350 SAM4 GA-A320M-S2H V2
EVGA 650 BQ 650W — 80 PLUS® Bronze Semi-Modular

Or future pc with I5 9400F

MSI H310M PRO-M2 PLUS
Intel® Core i5-9400F
Radeon RX5700XT 8GB GDDR6
16GB (2x 8GB) DDR4 ADATA XPG SPECTRIX D41 2666MHz
EVGA 650 BQ 650W — 80 PLUS® Bronze Semi-Modular

THANK YOU SORRY FOR ENGLISH