AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Review

Mid-range Desktop processor released in 2019 with 6 cores and 12 threads. With base clock at 3.8GHz, max speed at 4.4GHz, and a 95W power rating. Ryzen 5 3600X is based on the Matisse 7nm family and part of the Ryzen 5 series.
Price 77%
Speed 69%
Productivity 48%
Gaming 89%
Category Desktop
Target mid-range
Socket Compatibility AM4
Integrated Graphics None
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 2 %
Year 2019 Model
Price 237 USD
Number of Cores 6 Cores
Number of Threads 12 Threads
Core Frequency 3.8 GHz
Boost Frequency 4.4 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.5 GHz
Power Consumption 95 W
Manufacturing Process 7 nm
L3 Cache 32 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 128 GB
Price-Value Score 77 %
Speed Score 69 %
Productivity Score 48 %
Gaming Score 89 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 21.5 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 10.8 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 5.4 %
Overall Score 48/100

The Ryzen 5 3600X is one of AMD's mid-range Desktop processors. It was released in 2019 with 6 cores and 12 threads. With base clock at 3.8GHz, max speed at 4.4GHz, and a 95W power rating. The Ryzen 5 3600X is based on the Matisse 7nm family and is part of the Ryzen 5 series.

Ryzen 5 3600X is also the successor of AMD's last gen Ryzen 5 2600X processor that was based on the Zen+ and 12nm process and was released in 2018.

In our mind, the best processors are the ones that deliver outstanding performance at a reasonable price point. And, the Ryzen 5 3600X absolutely nails this concept.

Now, we're asking ourselves whether or not the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X finally dethrones the Core i5-9600K as the de facto ruler of the mainstream processors. Ultimately, it depends: the Ryzen 5 3600X 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 3rd Generation, and the Zen 2 architecture itself, is notable because it leads 7nm 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.

Increased IPC improvements, along with the massive turbo boost of 4.4GHz mean that even in single core performance – long a weak link of AMD’s processors – comes within reaching distance of rival chips.

One thing that the switch to 7nm silicon has allowed for however, is an increase in cache size. AMD is now describing its L3 and L2 cache in a combined spec of 6 x 512 kB and 32. But, because the 7nm CPU cores are contained within their own chiplets, AMD was able to pack much more in – with a whopping 6 x 512 kB and 32. This is a really big deal, as it allows for much faster performance, especially when you’re shooting for high framerates in 1080p games, and will be especially effective in old esports titles like Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

Finally, the shrink down to 7nm allows for much better energy efficiency. Because of the Zen 2 architecture, AMD Ryzen 5 3 Generation processors like the Ryzen 5 3600X and Ryzen 5 3500 should be up to 58% more efficient than comparable Intel processors. This isn’t the most noteworthy feature here, but, hey, it should translate to lower electricity bills, and in today’s economy every little bit helps, right?

AMD's Zen 2 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.

The Ryzen 5 3600X takes the basic ingredients of the Zen 2 microarchitecture, which brings an average of 15% more instructions per cycle (IPC) throughput, and 7nm 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 the higher-priced version of the Ryzen 5 3500, the Ryzen 5 3600X has higher base and Boost frequencies of 3.8 and 4.4 GHz, respectively. That's an increase in base frequency and a bump to boost clocks, but the real advantage should lay in the higher Package Power Tracking (PPT) envelope, which is a measurement of the maximum amount of power delivered to the socket. The Ryzen 5 3500's PPT tops out at 95W, while the motherboard can pump up to 142W to the Ryzen 5 3600X at peak performance. That opens up much more aggressive boost behavior, on both single and multiple cores, that could widen the performance gap beyond what we see on the spec sheet.

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 3600X offers a better mixture of performance in single- and multi-threaded applications. The Ryzen 5 3600X offers twice the threads of the price-comparable Core i5-9600K, 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 3500 for roughly equivalent performance to the Ryzen 5 3600X, particularly if gaming factors heavily into the buying decision. That could save you money, reinforcing our decision to give the Ryzen 5 3500 an Editor's Choice award.

AMD Ryzen 5 3 Generation is finally here, and the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 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 2600X. However, with the new 7nm manufacturing process, it delivers a far better performance at lower power consumption.

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X was rolled out on Jul 2019 for $237, which puts it in the same general price range as the last-generation Ryzen 5 2600X. 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 3600X to its main competitor. The Intel Core i5-9600K is available for $198, an 6-core processor with no hyperthreading, which means that the Ryzen 5 3600X 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 3600X is the absolute beast.

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X, like the rest of AMD's Matisse processors, is built on a 7nm manufacturing node – the smallest in a commercially available CPU. What this means for most people is lower power consumption and much improved performance at the same time.

This decision to 7nm has brought a beefy 15% boost to IPC (instructions per clock) performance. Effectively, compared to a Ryzen 5 2-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 3600X 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 3600X.

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X is another impressive release from AMD and its 3 Generation of Ryzen 5 chips. With it, you’re getting 6-cores and 12-threads, with a boost clock of 4.4GHz. 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 $237 buck.

Bear in mind, however, that if you already have something like the Ryzen 5 2600X, this generation doesn't offer the biggest boost in performance. You might want to wait another year or so before dropping a few hundred bucks, or even opt to splurge on a higher-end but pricier chip.

AMD has been having some trouble as of late which has made it even harder to compete with the incoming wave of Core i5 processors. That has forced the chip maker to be a little more creative and make do with their current product lines. Today we have the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X on hand, which in itself isn’t anything new. It’s basically a refreshed Ryzen 5 2600X with a clock speed boost. We say basically because it’s not a straight refresh however, there’s another change.

If you're mostly playing games on your PC, you will be happy buying either processor. Both proved to be solid options and are evenly matched with a slight advantage to the Intel chip if you don't tune up the Core i5 processor. The base performance we showed for the Ryzen 5 3600X can be achieved with $90 memory, while the Core i5-9600K will require $110 - $120 memory in order to enable the frame rates shown here. It’s not a big cost difference and right now with anything less than an RTX 2070 or Vega 64 you’ll more than likely become GPU limited.

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 6-core desktop processor that was released in Jul 2019. AMD offers the Ryzen 5 3600X without integrated graphics. It runs $237 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 3600X processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X up for $237 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 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 3600X seems to be a decent performing chip that is readily available for $237 at your favorite retailer. The main competition for this processor is the Core i5-9600K 6-Core unlocked desktop processor with Intel UHD Graphics 630 graphics ($198 shipped).

For a 6-core processor, AMD’s $237 flagship Ryzen 5 3600X 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 $198 6-core Intel Core i5-9600K.

If extended overclocking and boost frequencies are trivial matters to you, AMD also offers the Ryzen 5 3500 at $240.76. It’s still outfitted with 6-cores and 6-threads, but clocks in at a slower 3.6GHz and maxes out at only 4.1GHz.

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 89% in our benchmarks.

Regardless of those external factors, the Ryzen 5 3600X 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 3600X clocks up to 4.4Ghz just as it promises on the box, and with AMD’s software you can take one of the cores all the way up to 4.5GHz. 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 3600X processors, which the company is making available as of Jul 2019.

Although the 95W-rated cooler doesn't feature a copper base or the LEDs found on AMD's higher-end thermal solutions, it does handle Ryzen 5's heat output deftly enough to facilitate XFR-triggered frequencies. This gives you an extra 200 MHz. We were even able to overclock the Ryzen 5 3600X to 4.6 GHz within a reasonable temperature range. The fan also blows down onto the motherboard, which provide additional cooling around the socket. If you need more bling, AMD recently announced that it now offers the LED-equipped cooler separately.

Like all other Matisse 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 2023, so upgrading to future models shouldn't require a new motherboard.

Which GPU to Pick for AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

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 3600X.

Graphics Card Price Cost Per Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 24GB $ 1,599 $ 5.1 310.6 FPS
270.1 FPS
181.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Ti 20GB $ 799 $ 2.8 289.8 FPS
252 FPS
169.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX 24GB $ 999 $ 3.6 280.3 FPS
239.3 FPS
146.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 16GB $ 1,199 $ 4.5 269.2 FPS
233.9 FPS
157.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12GB $ 799 $ 3.1 258.6 FPS
224.7 FPS
150.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT 20GB $ 899 $ 3.5 254.9 FPS
217.5 FPS
133 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 6.2 242 FPS
202.9 FPS
128.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT 16GB $ 1,099 $ 4.7 231.6 FPS
197.7 FPS
120.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB $ 1,999 $ 8.8 227.7 FPS
197.9 FPS
133.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB $ 999 $ 4.4 226.8 FPS
191.3 FPS
119 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB $ 649 $ 3 213.5 FPS
180.1 FPS
112 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 20GB $ 799 $ 3.8 210.9 FPS
180.4 FPS
118.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 3.3 210.8 FPS
176.8 FPS
111.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 12GB $ 599 $ 2.9 203.6 FPS
172.6 FPS
114.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 10GB $ 599 $ 3.3 180.9 FPS
152.9 FPS
98.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6800 16GB $ 579 $ 3.4 169.1 FPS
142.6 FPS
88.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 3.1 161.3 FPS
135.3 FPS
85.6 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 16.9 148.1 FPS
128.2 FPS
81.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 9 144.2 FPS
124.9 FPS
79.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB $ 479 $ 3.4 142.3 FPS
120.9 FPS
74.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8 GB 8GB $ 399 $ 2.9 140 FPS
120.2 FPS
78.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB $ 399 $ 3 132.1 FPS
113.8 FPS
73.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 5.3 130.8 FPS
112.2 FPS
71.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 3.2 126.2 FPS
107.7 FPS
67.4 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 23.9 125.4 FPS
108.6 FPS
70.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 8GB $ 299 $ 2.4 125.3 FPS
108.2 FPS
70.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7600 8GB $ 269 $ 2.1 125.3 FPS
107 FPS
66.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 5.7 123.7 FPS
105 FPS
65.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT 8GB $ 379 $ 3.2 118.4 FPS
100.6 FPS
62.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 6.5 115.9 FPS
100.1 FPS
63.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 4.3 115.2 FPS
96.6 FPS
61.1 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 10.5 113.7 FPS
96.6 FPS
62.5 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 6.1 113.7 FPS
95.9 FPS
59.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 3.6 110.7 FPS
93.4 FPS
58 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 4.6 109.2 FPS
90.3 FPS
57.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 8GB $ 200 $ 1.8 109.2 FPS
93.4 FPS
60.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB $ 329 $ 3 108.4 FPS
91.2 FPS
58.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 3.9 103.4 FPS
84 FPS
52.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 3.4 101.4 FPS
85.6 FPS
53.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 5.1 98.5 FPS
81.9 FPS
51 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 3.6 97.3 FPS
77.3 FPS
47.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 2.9 95.7 FPS
80.1 FPS
49.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 16.2 92.3 FPS
75.6 FPS
50.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 5.4 92 FPS
77.7 FPS
48.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 4.5 91.2 FPS
75.8 FPS
47.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 6GB $ 249 $ 2.8 89.2 FPS
73.6 FPS
46.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 11.3 88.7 FPS
72.8 FPS
45.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 3.2 86.8 FPS
72.2 FPS
44.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 4.6 86.3 FPS
72.6 FPS
45.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 4.8 84 FPS
69.2 FPS
42.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 2.8 81.8 FPS
68.1 FPS
42.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 8.4 77.2 FPS
63.8 FPS
39.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 2.9 77 FPS
64 FPS
39.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 3.8 73.1 FPS
59 FPS
35.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 9.3 70.1 FPS
60.7 FPS
38.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 2.4 67.1 FPS
55.6 FPS
34.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 3 66.5 FPS
53.6 FPS
32.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 8.3 66.2 FPS
54.1 FPS
33.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 3.5 64.8 FPS
52.2 FPS
31.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 10.2 63.8 FPS
54.2 FPS
34.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 16.2 61.8 FPS
50.2 FPS
32.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 9.1 60.3 FPS
51 FPS
32 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 4.2 60.1 FPS
48.9 FPS
30.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 2.8 59.6 FPS
48.2 FPS
29.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 7.4 58 FPS
49 FPS
30.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 3 57 FPS
46.5 FPS
28.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 5.9 56.1 FPS
45.2 FPS
29.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 7.3 54.5 FPS
45.6 FPS
29 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 6.1 54.2 FPS
44.7 FPS
26.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 3.2 53.5 FPS
44.1 FPS
26.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 2.9 51.1 FPS
42.1 FPS
26.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 3.8 47.7 FPS
39.5 FPS
24.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 5.7 40.1 FPS
32.9 FPS
20.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 6.9 36 FPS
29.6 FPS
17.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 5.6 35.8 FPS
29.3 FPS
17.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 4.8 35.2 FPS
29 FPS
18 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 8 34.9 FPS
28.9 FPS
16.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 5.8 34.5 FPS
28.1 FPS
17.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 5.6 30 FPS
24.5 FPS
14.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 3.6 27.7 FPS
22.4 FPS
13.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 5.8 27.2 FPS
21.9 FPS
13.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 5.6 26.7 FPS
20.6 FPS
13.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 5.6 26.5 FPS
19.9 FPS
12.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 5.7 24.5 FPS
19.8 FPS
12.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 6.3 23.6 FPS
17 FPS
10.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 4.1 19.4 FPS
15.8 FPS
9.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 4.3 18.5 FPS
15 FPS
8.8 FPS

Related Discussions and Issues

Superb_Landscape_968 July 28, 2020

Ryzen 5 3600x + x570-p = BSoD Help!

Hey all, I'm running into trouble with my planned build.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600x Asus Prime x570-p Crucial Ballistix DDR4 3200 8gb x 2 rgb

My PSU is 1000 watts and my GPU is an old nvidia strix 960? from 2015ish. SSD are samsung 500gb and a 250gb (for the os installation)

Now that you have the background, I've placed and wired everything up according to plan. (This is my 3rd build in 15 years). I plugged in the psu, turned it on, popped in the windows 10 disk from 2015, and had a fresh os install in minutes. Then the problems started...

A few minutes later, while installing drivers and apps, bsod struck. CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT over and over again...

I can boot up but a few minutes later, it happens again. Even windows updater won't download and install anymore.

I've ran a memtest via windows, no negative results. Ran with RAM in different spots and with 1 stick in. Nothing. Reinstalled windows a few times and same results again. I updated bios to the recent one too and nothing. Not overclocking anything either.

Please help! Thank you!

Ybashb July 28, 2020

Did you end up managing to get the gpu drivers installed?

Superb_Landscape_968 July 28, 2020

Hi, thanks for the reply. I was unable to get the gpu drivers installed. Do you think that is the reason for my troubles?

EzayIcey July 31, 2020

Ryzen 5 3600x won't post. Please help


I have bought some parts and want to build a PC. I put them together and now the computer won't post.. Here's a picture of the PC with the bare minimum parts in:

I use a Ryzen 5 3600x, ASRock B450 Gaming K4 (on the box it says Ryzen 3000 ready), gskill F4-3200C16S-16GIS, Corsair vs550 and a Msi 2060 Super..

The ram, PSU and GPU are known good, as I tried them in my previous pc. Both the CPU and Mobo have been rma'ed so they should be good as well.. (the monitor and cable are also known good)

When I try to boot up the pc, the fans on the GPU spin, the Mobo lights up and the CPU gets hot, yet it says 'No signal' on the monitor.

If you have any suggestions please do post them.. Thanks in advance :)

EDIT: Tried with my old 960 and still no post

EDIT: Found out that the ram might not be compatible with this mobo, and therefore gonna go buy some new ram

Short-Bow July 31, 2020

Plug in the cpu fan to the board. I’m fairly certain there’s a defense mechanism preventing post without a cpu cooler present

EzayIcey July 31, 2020

Yes, the cable you can see is another cable we tried

Trivo3 July 31, 2020

and the CPU gets hot

Are you trying to boot without a cooler? This used to work for a short duration on some old Intel systems I played with but I've seen once or twice on subs here people trying it with zen2 and it not working. Could be a quick protection trigger. If you don't want to mount the cooler and just test, you can just use a small amount of paste and press it (the cooler) down without screwing it (plug the fans still).

strongr_togethr July 31, 2020

Either the ram or the mobo. I had to exchange 3 mobos at microcenter before I got one that worked.

Zellius_01 July 21, 2020

Rtx 2060 Super + Ryzen 3600x or Ryzen 3600 | HELP

I want to buy a PC with an RTX 2060 Super, and 16gb of ram (2x8), the point here is that I don't know what CPU choose, I'm between the Ryzen 3600X and the Ryzen 3600. What would you recommend me to buy?

VitalSuit July 21, 2020

3600, the X version is barely above it for a higher price.

CurlyHairJosuke July 21, 2020

3600, honestly if your willing to pay more for a 3600x just go with the 3700, it’s actually worth the increase, but I’d still say go with the 3600 since the increase isn’t hat much it’s just better than the 3600x

Arcylamide July 21, 2020

You probably won't notice a difference with a 2060S and you can probably OC the 3600 to around the 3600X so just get the 3600

eliminateAidenPierce July 21, 2020

Wait for 4 but now 3600 but if u r willing to pay for x then go 3700

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13900K vs 3900X: Specs, 80+ Game Benchmarks, Bottleneck, and Streaming Analysis

May 21, 2020 - 10 cores vs 12 cores. Top-of-the-line very high-end cpus duke it out.

2500K vs 3570K vs 4670K vs 6600K vs 7600K vs 8600K vs 9600K vs 10600K: Should you consider upgrading?

May 21, 2020 - In this massive comparison across 8 generations of Intel Core i5 series CPUs, we explore the performance improvements by generation and whether it is reasonable or not to upgrade to Intel's latest.

Critics Reviews

The Ryzen 5 3600XT ($249) is a midrange refresh of a winning desktop CPU that's just today reaching its one-year anniversary on shelves: the Ryzen 5 3600X.The lowest-end of AMD's new-for-2020 ...
The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X takes the spot of the Ryzen 5 2600X, already one of the best processors on the market for gaming. However, it takes that budget-minded stage of performance to another level ...
The Ryzen 5 3600X did admirably here, besting all comers except for the Ryzen 7 3700X on the all-cores Cinebench test. When running on just a single core, the Ryzen 5 3600X was a tad slower than ...
The Ryzen 5 3600X does have higher clock speeds with its 3.8 GHz base and 4.4 GHz Precision Boost 2 frequencies, an advantage of 200 MHz in both measurements over the previous-gen 2600X and the ...
You can pick the Ryzen 5 3600 up for around $172, and it offers the same six cores and 12 threads as its namesakes, albeit at a slightly slower base clock of 3.6GHz and boost of 4.2GHz (the 3600X ...
The Ryzen 5 3600XT ($249) is a midrange refresh of a winning desktop CPU that's just today reaching its one-year anniversary on shelves: the Ryzen 5 3600X.The lowest-end of AMD's new-for-2020 ...
The Ryzen 5 3600X poses a solid one-size-fits-all solution for gamers. It’s undoubtedly a convincing upgrade over previous generation chips and the competition’s fare, capable of both ...
Bought the Ryzen 3600X and comparing it to my last cpu which was the i7 6700k @4.7ghz, 3 games i play alot are cod4 remasterd ,Gta 5, and red dead 2 at 3440x 1440p. 2x8 ram at 3600mhz and 1080 ti ,in my honest opinion the highest fps are higher by about 5-10 % depending on game,the real difference is the lower frame rate,the dips are much less ...
The Ryzen 5 3600XT in this review is a 6-core/12-thread processor clocked at 3.80 GHz—same as the 3600X, but with increased boost frequency of 4.50 GHz (compared to the 4.40 GHz of the 3600X). As we will explain later in this review, there's more to these processors than just a 100 MHz speed bump.
The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz Six-Core AM4 Processor is a powerful six-core processor with 12 threads, designed for socket AM4 motherboards. Built with Zen 2 architecture, the third-generation 7nm Ryzen processor offers increased performance compared to its predecessor. It has a base clock speed of 3.8 GHz and can reach a max boost clock speed of 4.4 GHz.