AMD Ryzen 5 2600 vs AMD Ryzen 5 2600X vs AMD Ryzen 5 3500U

AMD Ryzen 5 2600

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The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 is a six-core desktop processor that can handle twelve threads simultaneously thanks to Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT). This technology is equivalent to Intel's Hyper-Threading. Launched in April 2018, the Ryzen 5 2600 is the second fastest Ryzen 5 processor and is much more economical than its flagship sibling. The Ryzen 5 2600 has a 65 W TDP, which is nearly 40% more efficient than the 95 W TDP Ryzen 5 2600 X. This energy efficiency comes at a cost to performance though.

The Ryzen 5 2600 has a base clock speed of 3.4 GHz, which can be boosted by Extended Frequency Range (XFR) up to 3.9 GHz. The power gain is still high in multi-threaded applications, although this is some way off the Ryzen 5 2600X. The Ryzen 5 2600 benefits from AMD's new Zen+ architecture, with a greater number of instructions per cycle (IPC) and higher clock speeds than last year's Zen chips. The Ryzen 5 2600's six cores are divided into two clusters that are connected by Infinity Fabric, a subset of HyperTransport. Each cluster has its own L3 cache.

The Ryzen 5 2600 has good performance in games. Moreover, the Ryzen 5 2600 has a higher base clock than the Ryzen 7 2700. Seeing as many games currently lack multi-core support, this means that the Ryzen 5 2600 performs better than its technically superior sibling.

Detailed information, benchmarks and values can be found in our review of the Ryzen 5 2600.

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X

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The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X is a high-end desktop processor with 6 cores (12 threads) that was announced early 2018. It is based on the revised Zen+ cores and at launch the second fastest Ryzen CPU behind the Ryzen 7 2700X. The CPU cores clock at 3.6 GHz base and using Precision Boost 2 up to 4.2 GHz. All 6 cores and 12 threads can clock up to 3.9 GHz. The 6 cores are divided in two cluster (3 cores each with own L3 cache) connected via Infinity Fabric.

Compared to the older first Ryzen generation (e.g., Ryzen 5 1600X), the second generation is manufactured in an improved process (12nm called), offers and improved Precision Boost 2 (especially in partial load of the cores) and faster cache and memory speeds.

See our second generation Ryzen review for detailed benchmarks and information.

AMD Ryzen 5 3500U

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The AMD Ryzen 5 3500U is a mobile SoC that was announced in January 2019. It combines four Zen+ cores (8 threads) clocked at 2.2 - 3.8 GHz with a Radeon RX Vega 8 graphics card with 8 CUs (512 Shaders) clocked at up to 1200 MHz. Specified at 15 Watt TDP, the SoC is intended for thin mid-range laptops.

The Picasso SoCs use the Zen+ microarchitecture with slight improvements that should lead to a 3% IPS (performance per clock) improvements. Furthermore, the 12nm process allows higher clock rates at similar power consumptions.

The integrated dual-channel memory controller supports up to DDR4-2400 memory. As the features of the Picasso APUs are the same compared to the Raven Ridge predecessors, we point to our Raven Ridge launch article.

AMD states that the Picasso APUs are about 8% faster than the predecessors. Therefore, the Ryzen 5 3500U should be ahead the Ryzen 5 2500U (2 - 3.6 GHz) and nearly on par with the Ryzen 7 2700U (2.2 - 3.8 GHz).

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: Ryzen 5 Zen+
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X3600 - 4200 MHz6 / 1216 MB
» AMD Ryzen 5 26003400 - 3900 MHz6 / 1216 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H2100 - 3700 MHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U2100 - 3700 MHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U2100 - 3700 MHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U2100 - 3700 MHz4 / 84 MB
» AMD Ryzen 5 2600X3600 - 4200 MHz6 / 1216 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 26003400 - 3900 MHz6 / 1216 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H2100 - 3700 MHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U2100 - 3700 MHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U2100 - 3700 MHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U2100 - 3700 MHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X3600 - 4200 MHz6 / 1216 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 26003400 - 3900 MHz6 / 1216 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H2100 - 3700 MHz4 / 84 MB
» AMD Ryzen 5 3500U2100 - 3700 MHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U2100 - 3700 MHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U2100 - 3700 MHz4 / 84 MB
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213 mm2209.78 mm2
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SSE4.2, SSE4A, AMD-V, AES, AVX2, FMA3, SHASSE4.2, SSE4A, AMD-V, AES, AVX2, FMA3, SHAXFR, FMA3, SSE 4.2, AVX2, SMT
$229 U.S.
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iGPUAMD Radeon RX Vega 8 ( - 1200 MHz)

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
100%
2600 +
1270 Points (29%)
1341 Points (31%)
min: 491     avg: 632.5     median: 648 (15%)     max: 665 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
100%
2600 +
159 Points (73%)
163 Points (75%)
min: 137     avg: 141.9     median: 143 (66%)     max: 145 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
100%
2600 +
13.7 Points (31%)
14.6 Points (33%)
7.6 Points (17%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
100%
2600 +
1.8 Points (88%)
1.8 Points (91%)
1.7 Points (83%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
100%
2600 +
4726 Points (49%)
4958 Points (51%)
min: 4542     avg: 4555.7     median: 4560 (47%)     max: 4565 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
100%
2600 +
28173 Points (43%)
29954 Points (46%)
min: 16980     avg: 17346.3     median: 17481 (27%)     max: 17578 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
100%
2600 +
45033 Points (59%)
48146 Points (63%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
100%
2600 +
8024 Points (78%)
8272 Points (80%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
100%
2600 +
140.9 seconds (2%)
133.8 seconds (2%)
368.3 seconds (4%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
100%
2600 +
5.5 seconds (1%)
4.6 seconds (1%)
12.9 seconds (3%)
WinRAR - Result
100%
2600 +
4517 KB/s (53%)
4599 KB/s (54%)
2455 KB/s (29%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4
min: 16902     avg: 16977     median: 16977 (16%)     max: 17052 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
min: 3530     avg: 3555     median: 3555 (51%)     max: 3580 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
100%
2600 +
75 fps (2%)
80.5 fps (2%)
39.2 fps (1%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
100%
2600 +
205.3 fps (76%)
207.4 fps (77%)
134.8 fps (50%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
100%
2600 +
7.8 fps (26%)
min: 3     avg: 4     median: 3 (10%)     max: 4 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.7 GB/s (37%)
0.8 GB/s (39%)
0.4 GB/s (22%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
100%
2600 +
1 GB/s (33%)
1.2 GB/s (40%)
0.7 GB/s (22%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
100%
2600 +
7.5 GB/s (38%)
8 GB/s (40%)
4.4 GB/s (22%)
Blender 2.79 *
100%
2600 +
375.7 Seconds (4%)
350 Seconds (4%)
min: 682     avg: 689     median: 689 (7%)     max: 696 Seconds
3DMark 06 - CPU
100%
2600 +
9290 Points (62%)
6857 Points (46%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
100%
2600 +
11.2 Seconds (2%)
11.4 Seconds (2%)
12 Seconds (3%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
100%
2600 +
24.3 Seconds (1%)
24.8 Seconds (1%)
27.8 Seconds (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
100%
2600 +
615.2 Seconds (3%)
616 Seconds (3%)
697.1 Seconds (3%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
100%
2600 +
43794 Points (61%)
45760 Points (64%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
100%
2600 +
12405 points (64%)
12074 points (62%)
min: 5213     avg: 6033.9     median: 6102 (31%)     max: 6542 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
100%
2600 +
69692 Points (45%)
73430 Points (47%)
min: 29562     avg: 29997.3     median: 30176 (19%)     max: 30254 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
100%
2600 +
69478 Points (83%)
73424 Points (87%)
min: 30656     avg: 31464.7     median: 31582 (38%)     max: 32156 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
100%
2600 +
70522 Points (82%)
74442 Points (86%)
min: 26201     avg: 32116     median: 27215 (31%)     max: 42932 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
100%
2600 +
11219 Points (28%)
11855 Points (30%)
min: 5310     avg: 6316     median: 6544 (17%)     max: 7132 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
100%
2600 +
17063 Points (53%)
18091 Points (56%)
min: 7744     avg: 8950.2     median: 8800 (27%)     max: 9982 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
6193 Points (50%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
6118 Points (55%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
16467 Points (28%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
12317 Points (21%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
11917 Points (27%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 12999     avg: 13075     median: 13081 (16%)     max: 13145 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3258     avg: 3404.3     median: 3477 (71%)     max: 3478 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
13873 Points (37%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
3682 Points (75%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute OpenCL Score
27192 Points (9%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
10597 Points (35%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
3669 Points (61%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
2600 +
4631 Points (73%)
4706 Points (74%)
min: 3400     avg: 3694.8     median: 3701 (58%)     max: 3906 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
2600 +
20633 Points (36%)
21616 Points (38%)
min: 10099     avg: 11069.2     median: 11299 (20%)     max: 11837 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 1237     avg: 1362.4     median: 1297 (2%)     max: 1692 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
128.8 ms (1%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 19083     avg: 25960.7     median: 27957 (53%)     max: 29237 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 V28,10 Stress Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
100%
1 2600 +
157.5 Watt (34%)
95%
1 2600X +
171.7 Watt (37%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
100%
1 2600 +
149.5 Watt (26%)
96%
1 2600X +
164.5 Watt (29%)

Average Benchmarks AMD Ryzen 5 2600 → 100%

Average Benchmarks AMD Ryzen 5 2600X → 104%

Average Benchmarks AMD Ryzen 5 3500U → 80%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)