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 79.6%
Speed 84%
Productivity 76%
Gaming 93%
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 79.6 %
Speed Score 84 %
Productivity Score 76 %
Gaming Score 93 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 17.3 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 8.7 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 4.3 %
Overall Score 53/100

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 93% 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 2020, 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 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 5.9 254.9 FPS
207.7 FPS
129.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 3.1 222.1 FPS
181 FPS
113.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 2.9 169.9 FPS
138.5 FPS
86.6 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 16 156 FPS
131.3 FPS
82.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 8.6 151.9 FPS
127.8 FPS
80.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 5.1 137.8 FPS
114.8 FPS
71.9 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 22.7 132.1 FPS
111.2 FPS
71.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 5.4 130.3 FPS
107.4 FPS
66.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 6.2 122.1 FPS
102.5 FPS
64.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 4.1 121.4 FPS
98.9 FPS
61.8 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 10 119.7 FPS
98.9 FPS
63.3 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 5.8 119.7 FPS
98.2 FPS
60.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 3.4 116.6 FPS
95.6 FPS
58.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 4.3 115 FPS
92.4 FPS
58.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 3.7 108.9 FPS
86 FPS
53.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 3.3 106.9 FPS
87.6 FPS
53.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 4.8 103.7 FPS
83.8 FPS
51.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 3.4 102.5 FPS
79.1 FPS
48.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 2.8 100.8 FPS
82 FPS
50.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 15.4 97.2 FPS
77.4 FPS
50.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 5.1 96.9 FPS
79.5 FPS
48.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 4.3 96.1 FPS
77.6 FPS
47.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 10.7 93.5 FPS
74.6 FPS
45.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 3.1 91.4 FPS
73.9 FPS
45.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 4.4 90.9 FPS
74.4 FPS
45.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 4.5 88.5 FPS
70.8 FPS
43.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 2.7 86.2 FPS
69.7 FPS
42.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 8 81.3 FPS
65.3 FPS
40.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 2.7 81.1 FPS
65.5 FPS
40.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 3.6 77 FPS
60.4 FPS
36.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 8.8 73.9 FPS
62.1 FPS
39.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 2.3 70.7 FPS
56.9 FPS
34.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 2.8 70 FPS
54.9 FPS
32.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 7.9 69.7 FPS
55.4 FPS
34.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 3.4 68.3 FPS
53.5 FPS
31.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 9.7 67.2 FPS
55.5 FPS
34.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 15.3 65.1 FPS
51.3 FPS
33.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 8.6 63.5 FPS
52.2 FPS
32.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 4 63.3 FPS
50 FPS
30.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 2.7 62.8 FPS
49.3 FPS
29.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 7 61.1 FPS
50.1 FPS
31.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 2.8 60.1 FPS
47.6 FPS
29.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 5.6 59.1 FPS
46.3 FPS
29.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 7 57.4 FPS
46.7 FPS
29.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 5.8 57.1 FPS
45.8 FPS
26.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 3 56.3 FPS
45.1 FPS
27.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 2.8 53.8 FPS
43.1 FPS
26.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 3.6 50.3 FPS
40.5 FPS
24.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 5.4 42.3 FPS
33.7 FPS
21.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 6.6 38 FPS
30.3 FPS
17.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 5.3 37.7 FPS
30 FPS
17.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 4.6 37.1 FPS
29.7 FPS
18.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 7.6 36.8 FPS
29.6 FPS
17.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 5.5 36.3 FPS
28.8 FPS
17.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 5.3 31.6 FPS
25.1 FPS
15.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 3.4 29.2 FPS
22.9 FPS
13.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 5.5 28.7 FPS
22.4 FPS
14 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 5.3 28.1 FPS
21.1 FPS
13.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 5.3 27.9 FPS
20.4 FPS
12.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 5.4 25.8 FPS
20.3 FPS
12.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 6 24.9 FPS
17.4 FPS
11.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 3.9 20.4 FPS
16.1 FPS
9.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 4.1 19.5 FPS
15.3 FPS
8.9 FPS

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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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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.

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STRIX B450-F audio "crackling" issue

So I have a bit of a problem, I hear weird "crackling" noises from my headphones when im doing anything in windows. The issue started happening after I changed my from an Asrock motherboard to a Strix b450-f.

Here is a list of things i have tried: I tried reseating the front audio connector, tried unpluging it, tried reseating the GPU, set the pcie16_1 in the uefi to Gen 3, tried reinstalling the Audio drivers from the ASUS website tried uninstalling ASUS Sonic suite, tried unpluging different usb cables from the back of the mobo, tried reinstalling Windows 10, tried changing CPU Infinity fabric voltages, tried changing CPU SoC voltages, tried reseating the ram, tried installing older Audio drivers, tried disabling enhancements in Windows, tried disabling AMD High definition audio device, tried changing exclusive mode settings in windows, tried using different formats in Windows, tried installing uninstalling Realtek drivers and using High Definition Audio drivers from Windows instead,I also tried disabling D.O.C.P, I have also tried disabling Fast boot in the UEFI. But the problem still persists, it hasn't gotten worse or better still the same thing. I also checked Audio latency and the results showed that my mobo perfectly deals with real-time Audio.

After a little bit of digging I've noticed, when my pc is using a lot of GPU the "crackling" or "static" noise becomes worse. I tried pluging in my speakers into the mobo and I selected "Front Speaker out" in SupremeFX control panel. The speakers didn't pick up the static or "crackling that my headphones did, but the noise started to come out out of my GPU!?!? I have no idea what is happening in my system, but im guessing there is some kind of electrical current leaking from my pciE slot? I have also noticed that my headphones don't pick up any static noises until Windows is almost at the desktop......

I don't know if these will help, but here are my specs:

CPU: Ryzen 5 3600x (no overclocks)


GPU: RX 5700 XT Gigabyte Windforce OC

MoBo: ASUS ROG Strix b450-f gaming

Case: NZXT H500

Headset: HyperX Cloud II
memekys July 29, 2020

If anyone wants to know how I fixed the issue, I just had to update the BIOS and Chipset drivers. Now the problem is compeletely fixed!
KiwiBlitz July 29, 2020
Which fan would be the best for the AMD Ryzen 9 3900x (also no temps in Speccy?)

So my new desktop has a AMD Ryzen 9 3600X and which it is a really nice cpu if you ask me (at least compared to my old i5) i managed to allow myself to be convinced to keep the stock cooler the wraith prism and i deeply regret this. The freaking thing sounds like a jet engine at seemingly ANY load so is there a more quiet cpu cooler that does not tank the cpu with poor cooling?

Also why does speccy not show the temp of the cpu? Do i need another program?
Ralsei October 01, 2018
Fractal Design Meshify C is a perfect case for airflow and my personal recommendation to many.

However, airflow still depends on your case fan placements. The most efficient placement is 2x 140mm/3x 120mm intakes and one 120mm or 140mm rear exhaust. No fans on top. Cool air from the outside goes into the CPU cooler, and hot air from the CPU/GPU leaves out the back. Streamlined front to back airflow.

I personally use 2x 140mm intakes and 1x 140mm exhaust, quieter and moves the same amount of air as 3x 120mm intakes on the front.

Anyhow, the Dark Rock Pro 4 can definitely keep a 3900X cool, it's a high end CPU cooler which is on par with the Noctua NH-D15/NH-D15S. I am recommending against it because of the installation, and the fan clips which are a nightmare to remove.

I am recommending the Noctua coolers mentioned above because they have an extended warranty of 6 years compared to the Dark Rock Pro 4's 3 years (which means that Noctua sends you fan replacements free of charge if one of them happens to die out, which is extremely rare with Noctua fans), Noctua provides you with free mounting kit upgrades in case you want to keep using the cooler on another motherboard, and the coolers come with an entire tube of high-end NT-H1 thermal paste, compared to the measly amount of paste the Dark Rock Pro 4 gives you.

But, this is just a recommendation. You can still go with the Dark Rock Pro 4 if you want. If you DO go with any of the Noctua coolers, be sure to check motherboard compatibility and case clearance on Noctua's website.

Lastly, RPM barely matters on a fan. What matters is the static pressure (if mounted on a CPU cooler heatsink) and the CFM (amount of air it moves). My Noctua fans are so efficient I don't even need to bring them past 1000 RPM even under load.
Regev July 27, 2020
Which of these is the best CPU+cooler+motherboard combo?
Hey guys!

So, I got a 1TB NVMe, a 700W Platinum+ SFX-L, and a kit of 32GB 3200. Thanks to your advice, I was gonna get the i9-9900 (at 50% off from a family member working for Intel), but when I went to find an ITX motherboard the only one I found in my country that can sustain an i9 is the Phantom, which costs $258. I also read that I'd need to buy a cooler cause the Intel 9th gen stock one sucks, so it's another $59 for the L12S.

I'm reconsidering options before ordering. Here are possible combinations I found (all with mITX motherboards). I do not need a video card at all, it's purely for productivity uses (lots of text, very heavy browser use, web developing, and some programming). When necessary, I factored in the cheapest 1030 that I found. Also, I used the stock cooler (hope it's enough) on all builds (except the 9900). Listed in order of price:

  • Ryzen 5 3400G = $271 (B350) or $301 (B450)
  • i3 10100 = $300 (B460) or $336 (Z490)
  • i5 10400 = $390 (B460) or $426 (Z490)
  • Ryzen 7 2700 = $396 (B350) or $427 (B450) or $497 (X470/B550)
  • Ryzen 5 3600 = $402 (B350) or $419 (B450) or $493 (X470/B550)
  • i5 10500 = $412 (B460) or $448 (Z490)
  • i5 10600 = $427 (B460) or $463 (Z490)
  • Ryzen 7 2700X = $430 (B350) or $461 (B450) or $531 (X470/B550)
  • Ryzen 5 3600X = $432 (B350) or $463 (B450) or $533 (X470/B550)
  • i5 10600K = $482 (B460) or $518 ( Z490)
  • Ryzen 5 3600XT = $490 (B350) or $521 (B450) or $591 (X470/B550)
  • Ryzen 7 3700X = $529 (B350) or $560 (B450) or $630 (X470/B550)
  • i7 10700 = $568 (B460) or $604 (Z490)
  • Ryzen 7 3800X = $574 (B350) or $605 (B450, $675 (X470/B550)
  • i9 9900 = $590 (50% off on CPU, pricey Z390 + Noctua L12S)
  • i7 10700K = $628 (B460) or $664 (Z490)
  • Ryzen 7 3800XT = $653 (B350) or $684 (B450) or $754 (X470/B550)
  • Which configuration gives the best bang for the buck for the uses I listed (without suffering any productivity setback)? Still the i9?

    Thanks <3
    Karadjgne December 26, 2012
    Things take time. It takes a cpu a certain amount of time to render anything, game frame, web page etc. A stronger cpu can do things in less time as it has more available resources to work with. A 3700x might render a page in 1 second, a 3400G might take 2 seconds. To a cpu that's a huge improvement, massive really. To you, you blinked and it was over with. Can't really say just exactly how much of a difference there is on such a small scale. But when it comes to large scale, that's a different story. Play gta5 on a 3400G and 3700x, there's a fps difference, then add in streaming and the 4 cores of the 3400G just got swamped and fps drops like a bad habit. The 8/16 of the 3700x doesn't even blink.

    Mmorpgs online are even worse. All that AI can be seriously detrimental to fps. I play swtor and in single player ultra have no issues on an i7-3770K with getting 90fps+. 8man op and I'm into 60-90fps range, 16man op and I'm averaging 30fps with all cpu details disabled/min and a 24man world boss fight is miserable at 5-10fps and everything disabled. Just way too much, too intensive, too cpu challenging for even a 8thread i7 at 4.6GHz to handle. 3400G will be far worse as it has no Lcache and not nearly the same resources, even if it does have better IPC. Fastest runner in the world is useless if he has a ball and chain around 1 ankle. Make him stronger, make the chain longer and he'll just lick it up and run.

    B450m-H is a value motherboard. More tailored towards the 3600 or lesser cpus. It'll handle a 3700x just fine under normal circumstances, but Ryzens are dynamic cpus, they boost according to voltages, temps, loads. With no heatsink the VRM's will run hotter and will limit the boosting ability of the cpu. They won't overheat, but instead of seeing nice high boosts, you'll be relegated to more minimal boosts. The cpu will protect itself and the motherboard from excessive power draws.
    TM1172 July 23, 2020
    5-second delay after power button
    Hey everyone, I’ve seen one or two posts about this but none of them seemed to resolve the issue. My deal is, when I hit the power button on my system, the LED’s in my RGB fans come on immediately. However, there’s about a 5-second delay before the fans start spinning and the computer posts. The system seems to be running stable, I noticed this issue right after I upgraded to a Ryzen 5 3600X.
    System specs:
    Ryzen 5 3600X
    ASRock B450M Steel Legend with UEFI v3.2 (released 9 July 2020)
    Asus ROG Strix GTX 1080ti
    G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4 3600MHz
    EVGA Supernova 850G3
    Crucial P1 1TB NVMe SSD (boot)

    Anyone have an idea why I get lights but no movement for that time just prior to booting?
    geofelt October 09, 2006
    Sometimes it takes a bit of time for the motherboard to adjust ram settings.
    Possibly, the motherboard waits for a time out to know that an active adapter has no device attached.

    FWIW, do not normally power off.
    Use sleep to ram instead(no hibernate)
    That puts the pc and monitor into a very low power state similar to a full power off.
    Sleep and wake then are only a matter of a few seconds.
    forgetfulzee July 21, 2020
    Patriot Viper Steel 16gb 2x8 3733 for Ryzen 5 3600x on MSI B450 Tomahawk Max
    I just want to make sure that the ram is compatible for my setup. I read that 3733mhz is the sweet spot. Is this ram good? I don't have any plans for oc atm. Will this run at 3733 when I enable the xmp profile on my board? I can get this ram for 87.99 atm. If it is not good can you recommend the best one with the same budget? Tia!
    Lutfij October 07, 2009
    Either kit will do, just that G.Skill's tend to be more friendly when it comes to wiggle room, either undervolting or tightening timings with reduced frequency or perhaps bumping the volts a little to get tight timings and that high frequency. I'm speaking from my experience on the matter with rams and overclocking them, Corsair's tend to be a little picky on how much can be tuned on their kits outside of their Dominator series.
    kurdtnz July 16, 2020
    Swapping CPU's
    This evening I'll be swapping out my 3400G to a 3600X, obviously everything has got to come out and will be giving everything a clean with a can of compressed gas. Any advice or 'take special care' info would be much appreciated. Both excited and near soiling myself at the same time
    sizzling October 18, 2006
    Are you keeping the same cooler? If yes you will need something to clean off the old paste and some new paste.

    When you try to take of the cooler do not just pull it. Twist it gentle from side to side to break the bond of the thermal paste. If you just pull it hard you risk pulling the cpu out the socket with it. I don’t want to make this sound difficult, it really is easy if you take your time. Just don’t use too much force when removing the cooler.
    Tenceto July 15, 2020
    Best PSU possible with limited availability
    Hi everyone!

    I'm planning to build a new PC. I've bought all the components except for the power supply. The components I have are these:
    • CPU: Ryzen 5 3600X
    • GPU: ASRock RX 5500TX Challenger 8GB
    • Mother: ASUS Prime A320M-K
    • RAM: 2x8GB 3000MHz
    • Storage: 1xSSD 240GB and 1xHDD 500GB
    The thing is that where I live in (Argentina) it is not that easy to find a Corsair or Seasonic power supply, let alone at a reasonable price. The brands I see the most are Gamemax, Aerocool, Thermaltake, LNZ, Noganet, Sentey. Are they any good? I don't plan to do overclocking or anything, I just want my components to be safe and the computer to have a lifetime as long as possible.

    Could you please help me pick a decent PSU? I'd be happy spending less than ARS10,000 (to give you some idea, that's around a third of the price I paid for the CPU), because anything above that would be too expensive for my current budget. Some of the available PSUs in my country may be found here , here , here or here . I can try to find some more websites if you need.

    Thanks in advance!
    King_V November 01, 2014
    The Seasonic M12ii is an older design, but solid. I've never purchased a used PSU, though.

    I believe that the GQ is one of the good models from EVGA, so that would be worthwhile.
    kurdtnz July 14, 2020
    3200 or 3600?
    I'll be upgrading my system and as above, what will be the best speed RAM for my system,3200 or 3600? Will be dual 2x8 (16gb) Thanks

    Ryzen 5 3600X
    X570 I aorus pro wifi
    asus rog strix rx 570
    seasonic 550w psu
    500gb adata m.2 ssd
    500gb crucial ssd
    jeremyj_83 August 23, 2017
    As long as the difference in price isn't more than 5%, go with 3600MHz. If it is more than 5% then your price/performance ratio starts being affected too much. Reason is the Ryzen with 3600MHz is about 2-3% than with 3200MHz.
    kurdtnz July 13, 2020
    Changing CPU's
    I'll be changing my CPU from a Ryzen 3400G to a 3600X,(i already use the 3400G with a asus rog strix rx570,) but i'll be stripping everything else out and giving it a clean but will I have to do a clean install of windows 10 or should I be ok after the cpu change?
    CountMike October 31, 2015
    No. not on the account of CPU.
    Koushal Saini July 12, 2020
    Can you run a 5700 XT on a 550 Watt PSU
    My Specs are
    R5 3600X - StockCooler
    2*8g of ram, G.Skill Trident
    6x 120MM RGB fans
    1*30LEDs Strip
    1 Hdd 5400 one
    1 SSD SU650

    can i use the 5700 XT on a Cooler Master MWE 550W, 80+ White ?

    I dont OverClock, i keep everything stock.

    im planning to get a Power Color RedDevil 5700 XT.
    siaan312 June 15, 2017
    While certification is a good indicator, along with recognizable brands
    The best way is to look at the psu tier list (just google psu tier list)
    anything above a B should be good and not cause any issues, with higher tiers more for, more efficiency, less noise, sizes maybe, and if youre looking at a higher end system maybe getting a higher tier+higher wattage psu is a good idea. or all of the above.
    SideHw July 10, 2020
    Choosing a Mobo for My Setup
    Hi folks,

    First of all, I want to thank all of you in advance.

    I have bought a Asus ROG Strix 2070 8G Gaming (not advanced or oc , plain gaming version) with a good discount. I am planning to buy Ryzen 5 3600 or 3600X. However, I could not decide on the mobo. I though that MSI B450 Tomahawk Max may be a good idea. But Since my GPU is Asus ROG Strix, I started to think that maybe one of the Asus Rog Strix MOBO would be better.

    Do you guys have any suggestions?
    Djoza April 05, 2020
    ryzen 5 3600x is a waste of money compared to ryzen 5 3600,it has bassically no performance difference compared to the non-x 3600.With no doubt MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX is a very good option for ryzen 5 3600,but it doesnt have some features B550 has,such as PCIe Gen 4.0 and better future proofing.Asus ROG makes good B550 ones and since you want ROG board heres some good ones:
    -Asus ROG STRIX B550-F GAMING (190$)
    -Asus ROG STRIX B550-F GAMING (WI-FI) (200$)
    -Asus ROG STRIX B550-E GAMING (220$)
    niklas.volkweib July 10, 2020
    MSI B450 Tomahawk Max stuck after starting to Boot
    [SOLVED] To figure out how this was solved read through this thread


    I've just built this PC :

    MSI B450 Tomahawk Max
    Ryzen 3600X
    MSI GTX 1660
    Corsair Vengeance 16 GB DDR4 3100
    BeQuiet 600W PSU
    + Some Fans/Coolers and one SSD with WIN 10 on it and a few HDDs

    So, when I put it all together, the first time there was a standoff left stuck in the case from the previous mATX Mainboard which i only noticed after trying to boot once already. I removed that and the same problem still arises.
    I have already used the Flashback+ feature to update the Bios to the latest version and when i spam DEL on startup i do get into the BIOS where I can see that my update worked. I am also able to get into the Boot Menu if i spam F11 on startup, but the moment i choose a drive to boot from the system freezes. If i do not choose a drive manually it freezes once it tries to boot. It also does not work with booting from a USB pen that has been formatted and made into a WIN 10 bootdrive with the Rufus program. In that case it freezes aswell.

    No error LEDs light up. All fans are spinning, and all the drives and the RAM are detected by the mainboard, which I can check when I get into the Bios.

    I have cleared the CMOS once and that was the first time i got into the BIOS but it didnt help with my problem.

    I have tried booting with only one of the two RAM sticks in.

    I dont know what to try next and if i should just send the mainboard back.

    Ty in advance for any help.

    EDIT: I tried booting from the WIN10 SSD and USB pen on a different machine, and it boots just fine.
    InvalidError May 18, 2007
    Was worth a shot. The next thing you could try before declaring the board bricked is disabling all non-essential IO to see if you can bypass whatever is causing the board to hang before loading the OS/memtest.
    Zellweger July 09, 2020
    Dont know what to pick between these 3 specs
    Morning everyone, first time being here, but heard is a good place to ask stuff.
    So, as the title says, i have to choose between these 3 specs:
    Spec number 1:
    CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 Ghz
    GPU: GTX 1660 Ti
    16GB RAM DDR4 3200 Mhz
    512 GB SSD
    MOBO: AMD B450
    Spec number 2:
    CPU: I5-10400F 2.9 Ghz
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB
    16 GB RAM DDR4 2400 MHz
    HDD 1Tb + SSD 256 GB
    MOBO: H410
    Spec number 3:
    CPU: Intel Core i5-9400F 2.9 GHz
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
    16 GB RAM DDR4 2666 Mhz
    SSD 512 GB
    MOBO: B360 intel

    I have to mention that my intention is to buy a PC just for gaming and watching stuff online (so no programming, no multitasking). Some friends told me to buy the rig with amd cpu, but arent amd cpus overheating at some point, or being way hotter than intel cpus? If yes, how can i avoid it?
    Please use arguments when answer this. Thanks a lot!