AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (100-000000031)
- 6 Cores & 12 Threads
- Base Clock: 3.6GHz, Max Boost Clock: up to 4.2GHz, 35MB Cache, TDP: 95W. Platform : Boxed Processor
- System Memory Specification: 3200MHz, System Memory Type: DDR4, Memory Channels: 2
CPU Review: AMD Ryzen 5 3600
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is a mid-range processor for desktop powered by 6 cores and 12 thread processor with a base clock of 3.6 GHz and a boost clock of 4.2 GHz. Based on the Zen 2 microarchitecture is manufactured on a 7nm FinFET process by TSMC with two CCX-clusters and 12 nm (I/O die) at GLobalfoundries. According to AMD the TDP of the Ryzen 5 3600 is 65 Watt and comes packed with a Wraith Stealth cooling solution. Other Key features include dual-channel memory support of up to 3200 MHz and 24 PCIe Gen 4 lanes. Ryzen 5 3600 will work with even the most basic B350 motherboard that being said it may need a bios update. On the other hand, if you are building a new system, we recommend going for a B450 Motherboard. AMD’s AM4 platform promises backward compatibility so futureproofing the system.
Compared with its intel counterpart i5 9600 the Ryzen 5 3600 is not only cheaper but also comes with a CPU cooler. Perhaps this might be the reason why the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 even in early 2021 is one of the most popular CPUs out there which was released in July of 2019.
Wraith Stealth Cooler | Good Enough for Ryzen 5 3600.
Wraith Stealth cooler is sufficient for the 65-watt TDP of the AMD Ryzen 5 3600. However, there are better cooling solutions out there such as the DeepCool Gammaxx PBO which can give you a performance boost of up to 15 percent in games such as GTA V.
3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors are based on Zen 2 microarchitecture with the goal of finally beating Intel in terms of IPC (Instructions per clock/Performance at a given clock speed). Intel has dominated AMD for the past 15 years in IPC and AMD tried to compete by adding more cores to stay competitive in multi-threaded performance. As the industry moves towards softwares that can take advantage of a higher thread count with Zen 2 AMD is claiming a 15% IPC gain finally catching up to Intel and even surpassing them in several workflows. Zen 2 cores have five key components:
Here Fetch and Decode tells CPU core what to do and what data/instructions are required. Integer and Floating-Point execute mathematical models of what needs to be done depending on the data types and type of instructions. Load-Store is the I/O of the CPU core.
This is a multi-chip module (MCM) on the Ryzen 5 3600 has one Zen 2 chiplet with 6 cores per CCX and one I/O controller die based on the 12 nm process by global foundries. The components here that can benefit from the smaller 7 nm process (CPU cores) are built on the new 7 nm TSMC process, while the components that do not benefit from the 7nm process will stay on the 12 nm process (I/O controller die).
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 has a dual-channel DDR4 memory controller with 24-lane PCI-Express Gen 4.0 root-complex, and an integrated southbridge that allows for some connectivity directly via the AM4 socket. Infinity Fabric interconnects the three dies with 100 GB/s of data path between each CPU chiplet and the I/O controller and with the memory clock de-coupled from the Infinity Fabric clock, improves memory overclocking capabilities.
Now let’s look at the cache hierarchy, the “Zen 2” cores have a 32 KB of 8-way L1I cache and a 32KB of 8-way L1D cache, and 512 KB of 8-way Level 2 cache. AMD did double its shared Level 3 cache to 16 MB. Each of its CCX (quad-core compute complex) now has 16 MB of shared Level 3 cache.
Performance | How is AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (Good or Bad)
With the release of 3rd Gen Ryzen AMD has successfully ended Intel’s performance leadership in the desktop CPU market. With 9th gen intel taking lead in IPC AMD takes a lead over Intel in core count and offering SMT even on its ryzen 5 platforms.
Ryzen 5 3600 is overall a better option and destroys Intel Core i5-9600K in almost every single productivity benchmark even going toe to toe in single-core performance. With the industry moving towards a higher thread count and the dominance of AMD will only grow stronger.
Gaming | How is AMD Ryzen 5 3600 for gaming
When it comes to gaming Ryzen 5 3600 however if are building a system exclusively for gaming Intel core i5 10600K is a better option. However, if gaming is just a hobby for you and you are dealing with multithreaded workloads then AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is the better option.
Specification: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (100-000000031)