AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT Review

Mid-range Desktop processor released in 2020 with 6 cores and 12 threads. With base clock at 3.8GHz, max speed at 4.5GHz, and a 95W power rating. Ryzen 5 3600XT is based on the Matisse Refresh 7nm family and part of the Ryzen 5 series.
Price 75%
Speed 70%
Productivity 48%
Gaming 89%
Category Desktop
Target mid-range
Socket Compatibility AM4
Integrated Graphics None
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 1 %
Year 2020 Model
Price 249 USD
Number of Cores 6 Cores
Number of Threads 12 Threads
Core Frequency 3.8 GHz
Boost Frequency 4.5 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.7 GHz
Power Consumption 95 W
Manufacturing Process 7 nm
L3 Cache 32 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 128 GB
Price-Value Score 75 %
Speed Score 70 %
Productivity Score 48 %
Gaming Score 89 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 20.3 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 10.1 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 5.1 %
Overall Score 50/100

The Ryzen 5 3600XT is one of AMD's mid-range Desktop processors. It was released in 2020 with 6 cores and 12 threads. With base clock at 3.8GHz, max speed at 4.5GHz, and a 95W power rating. The Ryzen 5 3600XT is based on the Matisse Refresh 7nm family and is part of the Ryzen 5 series.

Ryzen 5 3600XT 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 3600XT absolutely nails this concept.

Now, we're asking ourselves whether or not the AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT finally dethrones the Core i5-9600K as the de facto ruler of the mainstream processors. Ultimately, it depends: the Ryzen 5 3600XT 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 4.5GHz 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 3600XT 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 3600XT 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 3600XT has higher base and Boost frequencies of 3.8 and 4.5 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 3600XT 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 3600XT offers a better mixture of performance in single- and multi-threaded applications. The Ryzen 5 3600XT 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 3600XT, 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 3600XT 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 3600XT was rolled out on Jul 2020 for $249, 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 3600XT 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 3600XT 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 3600XT is the absolute beast.

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT, like the rest of AMD's Matisse Refresh 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 3600XT 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 3600XT.

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT 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 4.5GHz. 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 $249 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 3600XT 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 3600XT 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 3600XT 6-core desktop processor that was released in Jul 2020. AMD offers the Ryzen 5 3600XT without integrated graphics. It runs $249 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 3600XT processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT up for $249 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT 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 3600XT seems to be a decent performing chip that is readily available for $249 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 $249 flagship Ryzen 5 3600XT 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 3600XT 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 3600XT clocks up to 4.5Ghz just as it promises on the box, and with AMD’s software you can take one of the cores all the way up to 4.6GHz. 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 3600XT processors, which the company is making available as of Jul 2020.

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 3600XT to 4.7 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 Refresh 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 3600XT

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 3600XT.

Graphics Card Price Cost Per Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 24GB $ 1,599 $ 5.1 315.3 FPS
272.2 FPS
182.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Ti 20GB $ 799 $ 2.7 294.3 FPS
254 FPS
170 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX 24GB $ 999 $ 3.5 284.6 FPS
241.1 FPS
146.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 16GB $ 1,199 $ 4.4 273.3 FPS
235.7 FPS
157.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12GB $ 799 $ 3 262.6 FPS
226.4 FPS
151.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT 20GB $ 899 $ 3.5 258.8 FPS
219.3 FPS
133.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 6.1 245.7 FPS
204.5 FPS
128.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT 16GB $ 1,099 $ 4.7 235.1 FPS
199.3 FPS
121.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB $ 1,999 $ 8.6 231.2 FPS
199.5 FPS
133.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB $ 999 $ 4.3 230.2 FPS
192.8 FPS
119.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB $ 649 $ 3 216.8 FPS
181.5 FPS
112.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 20GB $ 799 $ 3.7 214.1 FPS
181.8 FPS
118.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 3.3 214 FPS
178.2 FPS
112.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 12GB $ 599 $ 2.9 206.7 FPS
173.9 FPS
114.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 10GB $ 599 $ 3.3 183.7 FPS
154.1 FPS
98.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6800 16GB $ 579 $ 3.4 171.7 FPS
143.7 FPS
89 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 3 163.7 FPS
136.3 FPS
85.8 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 16.6 150.4 FPS
129.3 FPS
81.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 8.9 146.4 FPS
125.9 FPS
79.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB $ 479 $ 3.3 144.5 FPS
121.9 FPS
74.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8 GB 8GB $ 399 $ 2.8 142.1 FPS
121.2 FPS
78.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB $ 399 $ 3 134.2 FPS
114.7 FPS
73.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 5.3 132.8 FPS
113.1 FPS
71.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 3.1 128.1 FPS
108.6 FPS
67.6 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 23.6 127.3 FPS
109.5 FPS
70.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 8GB $ 299 $ 2.3 127.3 FPS
109.1 FPS
70.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7600 8GB $ 269 $ 2.1 127.2 FPS
107.9 FPS
67 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 5.6 125.6 FPS
105.8 FPS
66.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT 8GB $ 379 $ 3.2 120.3 FPS
101.4 FPS
62.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 6.4 117.7 FPS
100.9 FPS
63.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 4.3 117 FPS
97.4 FPS
61.3 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 6.1 115.4 FPS
96.7 FPS
59.9 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 10.4 115.4 FPS
97.4 FPS
62.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 3.5 112.4 FPS
94.1 FPS
58.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 4.5 110.9 FPS
91 FPS
58 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 8GB $ 200 $ 1.8 110.9 FPS
94.1 FPS
61.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB $ 329 $ 3 110.1 FPS
91.9 FPS
58.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 3.8 104.9 FPS
84.7 FPS
53 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 3.4 103 FPS
86.3 FPS
53.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 5 100 FPS
82.5 FPS
51.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 3.5 98.7 FPS
77.9 FPS
47.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 2.9 97.1 FPS
80.7 FPS
49.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 16 93.7 FPS
76.2 FPS
50.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 5.3 93.4 FPS
78.3 FPS
48.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 4.4 92.6 FPS
76.4 FPS
47.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 6GB $ 249 $ 2.7 90.6 FPS
74.2 FPS
46.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 11.1 90.1 FPS
73.4 FPS
45.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 3.2 88.1 FPS
72.7 FPS
44.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 4.6 87.6 FPS
73.2 FPS
45.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 4.7 85.3 FPS
69.7 FPS
42.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 2.8 83.1 FPS
68.6 FPS
42.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 8.3 78.4 FPS
64.3 FPS
39.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 2.8 78.2 FPS
64.5 FPS
39.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 3.8 74.2 FPS
59.4 FPS
36 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 9.1 71.2 FPS
61.1 FPS
38.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 2.3 68.1 FPS
56 FPS
34.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 2.9 67.5 FPS
54 FPS
32.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 8.2 67.2 FPS
54.5 FPS
34 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 3.5 65.8 FPS
52.6 FPS
31.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 10 64.7 FPS
54.6 FPS
34.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 15.9 62.8 FPS
50.5 FPS
32.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 9 61.2 FPS
51.4 FPS
32.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 4.2 61 FPS
49.2 FPS
30.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 2.8 60.5 FPS
48.5 FPS
29.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 7.3 58.9 FPS
49.3 FPS
30.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 2.9 57.9 FPS
46.8 FPS
29 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 5.8 56.9 FPS
45.5 FPS
29.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 7.2 55.3 FPS
45.9 FPS
29.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 6 55 FPS
45 FPS
26.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 3.1 54.3 FPS
44.5 FPS
26.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 2.9 51.9 FPS
42.5 FPS
26.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 3.7 48.4 FPS
39.9 FPS
24.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 5.6 40.7 FPS
33.2 FPS
20.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 6.8 36.6 FPS
29.9 FPS
17.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 5.5 36.3 FPS
29.6 FPS
17.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 4.7 35.8 FPS
29.3 FPS
18 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 7.9 35.4 FPS
29.2 FPS
17 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 5.7 35 FPS
28.4 FPS
17.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 5.5 30.5 FPS
24.7 FPS
15 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 3.5 28.2 FPS
22.6 FPS
13.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 5.8 27.6 FPS
22.1 FPS
13.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 5.5 27.1 FPS
20.8 FPS
13.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 5.5 26.9 FPS
20.1 FPS
12.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 5.6 24.9 FPS
20 FPS
12.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 6.2 24 FPS
17.2 FPS
11 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 4 19.7 FPS
15.9 FPS
9.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 4.2 18.8 FPS
15.1 FPS
8.9 FPS

Related Discussions and Issues

GreyJumperKindaGuy July 17, 2020

Please Help, I'm Very Confused

I'm trying to upgrade my PC,

I'm looking to spend around £500 - £600

So I have found a CPU and RAM upgrade, however when I use PC Part Picker I can't find any Graphics Card that are compatible? I was hoping for a graphics card to run games like Red Dead, however if it pushes me over my budget, I'd be happy for just a slight upgrade, at least something to be able to keep up with the next gen of strategy games like Crusader Kings 3. Can anyone help? Thanks

My current specs:

Graphics Card: Radeon RX 570 Series

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 Quad-Core Processor

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4 PC4-24000C16 3000MH

Motherboard: Gigabyte B450M DS3H

HD: SanDisk SSD PLUS 480 GB Sata III 2.5 Inch Internal SSD, Up to 535 MB/s

Upgrades I was looking at:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory

Graphics Card**: ???**

Paapuli July 17, 2020

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor £172.97 @ CCL Computers Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 CL16 Memory £44.82 @ CCL Computers Video Card Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC Video Card £389.45 @ CCL Computers Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts Total £607.24 Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-07-17 11:09 BST+0100
Paapuli July 17, 2020

Note that the 3600 processor might not work on your motherboard without a bios update.

You'll need to do the update using the 1200 if that's the case.

Ceasnov July 17, 2020

I really doubt that there are graphics cards out there incompatible. Perhaps the mining ones but other then that I cant think of anything. Your CPU and your motherboard might not be compatible, make sure you look more into it.

GreyJumperKindaGuy July 17, 2020

PC Part Picker says they should be, it might just need a BIOS update, not sure how easy or hard that is to do though

Paapuli July 17, 2020

If you're using Pcpartpicker on your phone, the parts list might some times give no results.

You fix this by opening the 'sort' tab and then closing it.

Can't think of other reasons why you wouldn't be given any gpu options.

m1iles July 18, 2020

Just go ahead save up 500$ more and buy good parts so you don't need to upgrade for a year.

1ogo13 July 31, 2020

Help me, I’m stuck in the loop of never ending parts to choose

Hey guys,just wanted some advice on parts and everything. So I’ve been looking into building a pc for months and started getting some pieces together and such. But now I’m at a crossroads because originally I was going to go for the Ryzen 5 3600 with a b450 motherboard and a 1660 super for graphics and then the new amds came out and the b550s so I was left with more choices to make and ended up going with the 3600xt and the new msi mag 550 but now I’m worried that my 1660 will be the bottle neck now. So I guess my question is now that I went bigger do I just sacrifice my bank account and go for a bigger gpu or should I be fine? (I’ll be using it mainly for league,Starcraft and forex trading but will probably be playing more aaa titles in the future cough cyberpunk cough

Anxietyfuckedmeup July 31, 2020

3600xt isnt worth it. It is like 5% faster for 80 dollars

Shap6 July 31, 2020

you want to be GPU bottlenecked. thats not a problem. 1660S is great for 1080p

akboi444 July 31, 2020

You're gpu will be the bottleneck regardless of whether you go for 3600 or 3600xt. You're initial is fine but if you're looking to upgrade, go for an rtx gpu rather than looking at your cpu.

1ogo13 July 31, 2020

Oh yeah? I’m super new to pc and this my first build. What would you recommend on a gpu?

K4770 July 31, 2020

Just get the 3600 because the performance of the 3600xt isn't worth the price increase.

1ogo13 July 31, 2020

Thanks for the help guys too really appreciated 😋

Resune22 July 22, 2020

Need help with overclocking Samsung ddr4 2GB E-Die.

I got 4x 2GB Samsung E-Die sticks for my new R5 3600XT cpu and X570 tomahawk motherboard. I have no clue how to overclock but I want to, since these sticks are only 2400mhz. DRAM CALCULATOR FOR RYZEN VERSION 1.7.1 doesn't have 2GB E-DIE, can some one help me out?

mrawesomelemons July 22, 2020

Just look up a ram overclocking guide. They're quite universal..

Resune22 July 22, 2020

I looked at Hardware Unboxed's guide, but I can't find 2GB E-Die in dram calculator.

luls4lols July 22, 2020

Read this and do a manual OC

In short raise voltage, loosen timings, increase frequency (see the highest you can go) and after that try to tighten the timings

Benchmark to see if changing settings improves anything (I use Aida64) and stress test the memory after increasing frequency or tightening timings (I use hci memtest(s))

Also look up how to reset cmos for when your pc will end up in bootloop (you can connect case reset switch to clear cmos jumper, while doing ram OC)

Stosh95 July 27, 2020

Is it time to upgrade my CPU or wait? Help me out PCMR

So it’s been a while and I’m looking for an upgrade. I jumped to a 5700xt earlier this year and it’s being held back by my i5 6500 CPU. After looking around I was about to scoop the mobo+cpu combo from microcenter and go with the r5 3600xt. I’m not looking to spend more than $300 on the processor but I want to know I’m making the right choice lol. Should I pull the trigger or wait for 4th gen. I know this is the classic dilemma here but I just wanted some outside opinions. Thanks!

Charles9612 July 28, 2020

If you can get a great deal on the 3600xt then go for it, otherwise I'd wait for Zen 3

5olara July 27, 2020

Pull if you want to. The answers boils down to your patience.

Stosh95 July 27, 2020

Yeah I figured I’ve waited this long and gen 4 is close. I wish we knew price points though

KetchupLord37 July 27, 2020

The 3600 or the 3600xt (same shit) will be great, if you wanna wait there will probably be a better value for money

Stosh95 July 27, 2020

Is there not a noticeable jump between the two for games? I couldn’t really find a clear answer.

Psycoustic July 31, 2020

Help with CPU Choice - 9700k / 9900k / 3600XT

So I am finally retiring my 3570 that has served me well for 8 years. I am not from the US so pricing will be in South African rands.

My options are 9700k for R5 000 (Getting this from a trusted small dealer, roughly R2500 cheaper than general price)

Ryzen 5 3600 xt for R5 500 on sale from a big PC store.

9900k for R7 600 (Roughly 50% more expensive than the other two options, same dealer as 9700k)

The new 10600k retails for about R5999 but the motherboards are all about +- R1000 more for the same as the z390 version, this just does not seem worth it.

I've read a lot of reviews and it seems the 9700k is generally not the most advised but at this price is it worth it?

I will mainly be gaming, recording some guitar and I am studying machine / deep learning so eventually I do plan on getting a nice GPU for the build.

Any advice will be appreciated!

BmanUltima July 31, 2020

If you can get a 9700K for that much less than a 3600, I'm not sure why you're even considering the 3600.

Usually it's much more expensive.

Psycoustic July 31, 2020

I wasn't but saw it mentioned in a lot of review vids so decided to add it to the comparison. I assume it get's recommended due to the value which in my case makes it obsolete. Will be going for one of the Intels then thanks!

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