AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU Review & Benchmarks: Strong Recommendation

  • Published: 07 July 2019
  • We benchmarked & reviewed AMD's new R5 3600 Ryzen CPU to test performance in games, Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, Blender, compression, & more.
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    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (Amazon):
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600X (Amazon):
    AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (Amazon):
    AMD Ryzen 7 3800X (Amazon):
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X (Amazon):
    AMD Ryzen 5 3400G (Amazon):
    AMD Ryzen 3 3200G (Amazon):
    Or grab an affordable R7 2700X on Amazon: or R7 2700
    Intel's i9-9900K (Amazon):

    In this review of AMD's new Ryzen 5 3600 CPU, we look at the remainder of Intel's i5 lineup -- primarily composed of the i5-9600K -- and run generational benchmarks versus AMD's older R5 2600/2600X and R5 1600 CPUs. All modern CPUs on the chart also have overclock numbers accompanying them. Memory was 3200MHz CL14 with manually configured secondary and tertiary timings for all bench platforms, ensuring data accuracy and consistency. 3200MHz is the highest frequency that works on everything we benchmarked in this list, allowing us to control a variable while still using a reasonable memory speed. We'll do separate benchmarking on memory scaling. In the meantime, this benchmark tests the AMD R5 3600 for power consumption, Blender performance, Premiere, Photoshop, 7-Zip, V-Ray, GCC code compiling, and more, alongside gaming benchmarks versus Intel. Our reviews of the AMD R9 3900X, R7 3700X, AMD RX 5700 XT, and AMD RX 5700 are forthcoming or have already been published, depending on when you check this video. Be sure to check back regularly to catch all of the reviews -- they're mostly done! AMD vs. Intel 2019 has officially started.

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    Editorial & Test Lead: Steve Burke
    Editorial, Testing, Data Validation: Patrick Lathan
    Video: Andrew Coleman, Josh Svoboda, Keegan Gallick
    Quality Control: Keegan Gallick, Steve Burke
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Comments • 2 195

  • Gamers Nexus
    Gamers Nexus   2 weeks back

    AMD RX 5700 XT review:
    Check back a few times today for the other videos! CPU links in description.
    Accompanying article:
    If you want to support the exhausting effort that was this week, please consider buying something from the GN Store:

    • Beast Mode Off
      Beast Mode Off  2 weeks back

      the link to your 5700xt review is actually this video

    • JoseitoEdlVodao
      JoseitoEdlVodao  2 weeks back

      Your 5700 XT review points to THIS video....

    • Mr. VP
      Mr. VP  2 weeks back

      What happen for 3800 X processor ????

    • Panagiotis Goulas
      Panagiotis Goulas  2 weeks back

      @Sonic Speed 9700k

  • Gaied Mahdi
    Gaied Mahdi  8 hours back

    is it worth buying the 3600 vs 2600 , RX 580 for 60hz Pure gaming ?? it costs 75€ more but i don't see it worth, any thoughts ?

    • Mihailo Anđelić
      Mihailo Anđelić  17 hours back

      What temperature this CPU have? I slao have ryzen 5 3600 and temps are 50-75c is this ok?

      • Kimz Sama
        Kimz Sama  1 days back

        will this chip gaem and stream no problem?

        • Gizmo Ground
          Gizmo Ground  1 days back

          Hey folks! I needed some help choosing a PSU.

          The components:-
          1) Ryzen 5 3600
          2) Asus ROG strix Vega 56 OC 8 GB
          3) Vengence LPX DDR4 3000 MHz (8x2)
          4) WD Blue M.2 480 GB SSD
          5) MSI B450 Gaming PRO Carbon AC

          I already have a Coarsair VS650 from my previous build which is surely an overkill for the i3 build with no GPU. Should I just use that?

          Recommended PSU on AMD's website is for the VEGA 56 is 650W and ASUS recommends 750W. Really could use some advice. Thanks.

          • jimmicrackhead12
            jimmicrackhead12  14 hours back

            Try pc parts picker. It is to buy a pc but checks power and compatability.

        • Martin Weber
          Martin Weber  2 days back

          I have one thing that disturbs me a bit, but it might just a sample problem:
          My 3600 is getting really warm, means around 50°+ idle, 75° gaming (with dark rock 4).
          This is something I would have liked to know before purchase because I would have considered the 9600k (my old 7600k had lower idle Temps when overclocked)

          • 1GTX1
            1GTX1  2 days back

            It should be fixed with a bios/windows update, alot of people have that problem, including me

        • Major Disaster
          Major Disaster  3 days back

          I functionally agree

          • CaptainCosmic
            CaptainCosmic  3 days back

            r5 3600
            MSI b450 pro carbon gaming
            Corsair Vengeance RGB pro
            NZXT h700

            what would be a good air cooler in this, that would keep it below 70c

            • Andrew P
              Andrew P  2 days back

              CM Hyper 212 is pretty good.

          • Joe Thomson
            Joe Thomson  3 days back

            Will a ryzen 3600 bottleneck a RTX2080?

            • noName yet
              noName yet  15 hours back

              Not by much, especially if you run at ultra settings or high resolution

          • KEEP CALM
            KEEP CALM  3 days back

            My thoughts on Ryzen 5 3600 with B450 MB
            (Spoiler alert: MSI totaly failed!!!)

            I bought the 3600 (non X) CPU right when it came out, on 7.7.,
            bc of very helpful vids from Buildzoid I upgraded my MB from
            Asus Prime B450 Plus to MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon,
            I hoped to be "well prepared" with the new hardware to tweak the 3600 optimal.

            1st big surprise: OC doesnt make sense at all at the ne Ryzen 3600!
            thanks GN / Steve for your helpful vids on that! (Well, for what did I upgrade to a better MB then?)
            2nd big surprise: MSI only released a BETA BIOS for Ryzen 3000 CPUs,
            which was lacking many many features, such as Fan control, Voltage- and other
            Power-settings (of course mainly needed for OC (which doesnt make sense anymore as mentioned already above)).
            And why did MSI give me "enhanced PBO"-settings that toast my Ryzen with 1.5 Volts? r u serious??
            My Benchmark results with MSI MB was in CB20 3793 points (will be important if you plan to read further;).

            So with MSI now I missed beeing able to adjust my fans (in Windows directly via ASUS software possible or in BIOS),
            and I was now the owner of a MSI MB that included featuers that I wouldnt need (again: bc no OC needed!)
            Then I said to myself: Well, lets install the 3600 back on the ASUS MB,
            and see what the "cheaper" MB with less power delivery and features can do with the CPU.
            Guess what... My CB20 score went even up to 3812 :)) haha, I was so surprised and happy with that,
            and yes, ASUS has an official BIOS version, no "click"-BETA, and ALL FEATURES are available to me.
            Even better, the ASUS Ryzen 3000 BIOS was already in JUNE ready for Ryzen 3000,
            when compared to MSI: not even a "fully functional" BIOS ready WEEKS AFTER release????

            I couldnt belive it.. I will stick with the ASUS MB,
            PBO enabled, Temperatures and Voltage are perfect (1.25-1.38V @ 4,2 Ghz).
            MSI got in my opinion a HUGE MINUS point, for not beeing
            able to deliver in time, or maybe not delivering AT ALL:
            MSI plans to release new B450 MBs bc for the BIOS they need more memory capacity in order to get the BIOS running:)))
            Haha, well, good luck MSI, I like your GPUs, but never again will I by a MB of yours!

            How about you? reading to the end..did you experience similar things?
            Lets share!

            PS. I´m not a fonboy or a hater of any kind, just was surprised how less info I
            was able to find about my "MSI"-situation, seems like not many people are complaining about it?

            • AomiN
              AomiN  3 days back

              no temperature test, really?

              • Randell Jesup
                Randell Jesup  4 days back

                For the Compile benchmarks, building Mozilla would be an excellent test - Mozilla build times are strongly CPU bound; currently I use an Intel 7920 14/28-core and it takes around 18+ minutes (on Linux; typically Windows builds are considerably slower, but I don't have both OSes on the same machine). Note that Mozilla defaults to clang (including on Windows), but can still build with GCC on linux (though I'm not sure if that works on Windows; we moved from MSVC to clang last year on Windows). If you do a "normal" opt build, almost all the compile is 100% on all threads. If you do a "release" or profiling build, it has to do a long single-threaded LTO pass that adds around 5 minutes (on the 7920). Ryzen 3900x will be a strong option for us for desktop build machines going forward..... Contact me if you want any tips on how to set up a test using Mozilla

                • renzo beggia
                  renzo beggia  5 days back

                  Turns out it was my memory timings ! + I also put LLC a step higher , no more freezes ! yeay !

                  • StormSorry
                    StormSorry  5 days back

                    Im really new to pc building so if i get the ryzen 5 3600 what motherboard and amount of ram should i get (budget)

                    • StormSorry
                      StormSorry  4 days back

                      Oke thanks a lot

                    • Pabensil
                      Pabensil  4 days back

                      StormSorry it all depends on your budget. I’d recommend an x570 unless you’re gonna “rent” a CPU. If you’re gonna “rent” a CPU, then get an x470, as they don’t come with the software to use a gen 3 and you need to update it to run a 3600. For RAM, if you’re on a budget, then try either 16 gb of 3000 MHz or 3200 MHz

                  • Rizky Dzilarsy Putra
                    Rizky Dzilarsy Putra  5 days back

                    I can only stable overclock at 4.1GHz @ 1,365v (MSI B450 Mortar T.), above that it can't

                    anyone has the same problem with me?

                    • PC Rx
                      PC Rx  5 days back

                      When are you going to start talking about the insane amount of people having issues with idle voltage and WHEA BSOD issues for both AMD and Nvidia cards- no one on YT is mentioning all these glaring launch issues meanwhile Reddit is on fire. Robert from AMD and Manuel from Nvidia have started posts and surveys to try and fix all these issues that are keeping us from even using our new chips

                      • Ben Grogan
                        Ben Grogan  5 days back

                        They usually avoid talking about something unless they have something provable that they can add to the conversation

                    • nintendo play pre beta

                      you need to test this in 4k, and what is the use of an octa core besides gaming ,there is not much videos about this

                      • Renzo Beggia
                        Renzo Beggia  6 days back

                        hi, I bought a 3600 but win10 hangs (pauses) a lot and hangs when cpu Monitoring tools run ! Also idle voltage is way to high !! Latest win10, drivers and bios to solve ?

                        • 1GTX1
                          1GTX1  5 days back

                          From AMD reddit
                          As a temporary workaround, you can use the standard Windows Balanced plan. Edit this plan to use 85% minimum processor state, 100% maximum processor state. (Example). This will chill things out as we continue to work this issue. Your 1T and nT scores shouldn't change at all (+/- the usual run-to-run variance). This will preserve boost, retain cc6 core sleeping, preserve idle downclocking/downvolting, but make the CPU more relaxed about boosting under light loads.

                      • Super Sonico
                        Super Sonico  6 days back

                        Dude, I stop paying attention 2 minutes into review, he sounds like static noise! 💩👍

                        • Dungeons Heroes
                          Dungeons Heroes  6 days back

                          i see a cat i like! 😻

                          •   6 days back

                            what was the cb single? i skipped around but couldn't find it. the 8700 non k stock gets around 185-190, so if it meets the 8700 stock for stock, then that's pretty damn good.

                            • John Vanderbeck
                              John Vanderbeck  6 days back

                              So pretty much all the games I like to play like SMT, and the games I don't play hate SMT. Is there a deeper meaning here life?

                              • Paycheck Suicide
                                Paycheck Suicide  7 days back

                                Yeah, I have one in the mail already. When you're building for someone that would sell body parts for 30fps the 3600 is the way to go. Got the whole system including monitor and x570/5700xt for $1500. Could have gone cheaper but had to have a nice case. Compare to the cost of my 2700x system at $2100 without monitor a year ago when video and memory was almost double the price.

                                • I should get 1000 subs

                                  I want to build pc with this Chipset, but they said the temperature is bad?

                                  • Ryan C
                                    Ryan C  1 weeks back

                                    You should really get an award for your coverage of this gen of ryzen, not just this video but the combined whole of all your work in regards to this release.

                                    • Dennis Matamoros
                                      Dennis Matamoros  1 weeks back

                                      The 3600 just popped on Amazon France and holy shit the value of this chip cannot be matched! Literally hovering 199 euros at the moment! Not only that, the 2600 dropped straight to ~119 euros and the 1200 hovering the 60 euros! So if you want the best chips for your money don't even consider on looking elsewhere!

                                      I am legit amazed, the 3600 was announced first at around 250 euros, but these mad lads released it at ~199 euros and dropped the price of some of their best 2nd gen chips !

                                      • Rw Nourse
                                        Rw Nourse  1 weeks back

                                        2700X just went doewn to $199 on Amazon. Now I'm torn between it and the 5 3600.

                                        • InfinityPCs
                                          InfinityPCs  1 weeks back

                                          Newegg has the regular 2700 for $149.

                                      • Troy
                                        Troy  1 weeks back

                                        Tbh i'm dissapointed in the 3600.. mine wont even hit 4.3 its fine at 4.25 at 1.4 but even going to 4.275 it just wont do it no matter how much volts i give it tried up to 1.6 and just crashes cinebench.
                                        I hope that it has something to do with the shitty glitched out bios msi spat out and that they will update it soon but idk.

                                        • Mathew McDonald
                                          Mathew McDonald  1 weeks back

                                          What temps is everyone getting? my 3600 is idleing at 40C with the stock cooler. I feel like this is to high?

                                          • Wagon V
                                            Wagon V  1 weeks back

                                            Mathew McDonald is fine

                                        • Tobias Lauruschkat
                                          Tobias Lauruschkat  1 weeks back

                                          Steve you training to become a doubletime rapper? (: WIE GEHTS

                                          • falcon985
                                            falcon985  1 weeks back

                                            That Civilization VI test is interesting, as that's a real world example of how long does a thing take with a new CPU. Wish there was at least 1 more example of such a calculation. Well done! :)

                                            • Pedro Bona
                                              Pedro Bona  1 weeks back

                                              I see you also overclocked your CPU with a piece of tape.

                                              • Horazon
                                                Horazon  2 weeks back

                                                great review... could you make a test on gaming while redering video / watching youtubE? etc.

                                                • Gaming With Warning
                                                  Gaming With Warning  2 weeks back

                                                  Hello can you answer my question?Are ryzen 5 3600 and rx590 are bottleneck???NEED ANSWER ASAP TO BUILD MY PC.(SORRY FOR MY ENGLISH😢😢😢)

                                                  • 1GTX1
                                                    1GTX1  1 weeks back

                                                    It's fine

                                                • Donald Weldon
                                                  Donald Weldon  2 weeks back

                                                  It will be interesting as applications and games begin to use more cores in the near future if even the older gen Ryzen chips narrow or move ahead of the ≈ Intel chips.

                                                  • James
                                                    James  2 weeks back

                                                    Yea, awesome chip.... 7nm 3600 6C/12T equal to or SLOWER than 14nm 9600K 6C.

                                                    • sjoerd berends
                                                      sjoerd berends  2 weeks back

                                                      Overall workload is the big difference, 3600 is around 50 percent in games when the 9600k goes up to 75 to 80 percent

                                                  • A Tem
                                                    A Tem  2 weeks back

                                                    this cpu is the best all rounder this season.

                                                    • Westane
                                                      Westane  2 weeks back

                                                      SLOW DOWN! ... Just me?

                                                      • Johnny Wong
                                                        Johnny Wong  2 weeks back

                                                        I want to know if the 3600x extra $50 price tag is worth it. Especially considering the OC headroom is zilch.

                                                        • r Negoro
                                                          r Negoro  1 weeks back

                                                          It is definitely more worth it vs 2600 x. 2600x was shit improvement.

                                                      • iyaramonk
                                                        iyaramonk  2 weeks back

                                                        Is there any reason to suspect 3600x's PBO singlethread performance is better than the 3600 overclocked?

                                                        • JaayOnPC
                                                          JaayOnPC  2 weeks back

                                                          Get a good motherboard start off with 3600 eventually get a 3900x when wanting to do more or just for bragging rights..

                                                          •   2 weeks back

                                                            Help me decide please I beg you 2200g for 90$, 2400g for 140$, 3200g for 120$ or 3400g for 190$ Im not that competent about PC builds, I tried to read a lot in forums, but cant make final decision

                                                            • Sheikh Usamah
                                                              Sheikh Usamah  2 weeks back

                                                              Please Overclock the R5 3600 & R5 3600x and compare the performance using a RX 5700 XT 8GB and please also include the RAM variation of 2666MHz & 3200MHz

                                                              • tyson505
                                                                tyson505  2 weeks back

                                                                Do you think this CPU is a better value for gaming and single-threaded workloads than an Intel Core i5 9400f which is only $157?

                                                                • lfa F
                                                                  lfa F  2 weeks back

                                                                  Pcpartpicker says the Ryzen 5 3600 is selling for 199.00, and the intel processor that is the closes to it price wise is the i5-7500 which is selling for 199.59.. So that is the processor that Ryzen 5 3600 is competing with and should be compared to.
                                                                  The Ryzen 5 3600X is selling for 248.00 and the i5-9600K is going for 249.69, so those are the comparisons that should be happening at this time.

                                                                  • MarkZeds
                                                                    MarkZeds  2 weeks back

                                                                    So let me get this right. The 3600 is the best cpu for gaming AMD has currently? This will be my last build I do. My previous one was almost 10 years ago with the Phenom 2 X4 955.

                                                                    • pc centric
                                                                      pc centric  2 weeks back

                                                                      I AM SOLD

                                                                      • Vidal Cuevas
                                                                        Vidal Cuevas  2 weeks back

                                                                        too much talking dudes out of breath 95% of the time