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

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The AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U is a mobile SoC for business laptops that was announced in April  2019. It combines four Zen+ cores (8 threads) clocked at 2.1 - 3.7 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. Compared to the similar consumer variant Ryzen 5 3500U, the PRO model features additional management and security features (e.g., full memory encryption) and longer warranty / availability.

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 PRO 2500U (2 - 3.6 GHz) and nearly on par with the Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U (2.2 - 3.8 GHz).

AMD Ryzen 5 2600AMD Ryzen 5 2600XAMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
AMD Ryzen 5AMD Ryzen 5AMD Picasso (Ryzen 3000 APU)
Zen+Zen+Zen+
: Picasso (Ryzen 3000 APU) Zen+
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X3600 - 4200 MHz6 / 1216 MB
» AMD Ryzen 5 26003400 - 3900 MHz6 / 1216 MB
» AMD Ryzen 5 2600X3600 - 4200 MHz6 / 1216 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 26003400 - 3900 MHz6 / 1216 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 3780U2300 - 4000 MHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H2300 - 4000 MHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U2300 - 4000 MHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 3700U2300 - 4000 MHz4 / 84 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 3 3300U2100 - 3500 MHz4 / 44 MB
AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U2100 - 3500 MHz4 / 44 MB
AMD Ryzen 3 3250U2600 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U2600 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
AMD Athlon Gold 3150U2600 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
AMD Athlon Silver 3050U2300 - 3200 MHz2 / 24 MB
3400 - 3900 MHz3600 - 4200 MHz2100 - 3700 MHz
4 MB4 MB2 MB
16 MB16 MB4 MB
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65 95 15
4940 4940 4500
12 12 12
213 mm2209.78 mm2
AM4 (1331)AM4 (1331)AM4
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.
384 KB
iGPUAMD Radeon RX Vega 8 ( - 1200 MHz)
AMD Picasso (Ryzen 3000 APU) R5 PRO 3500U

Cinebench R20 - CPU (Single Core)
min: 354     avg: 362     median: 361.5 (68%)     max: 369 Points
Cinebench R20 - CPU (Multi Core)
min: 1328     avg: 1339     median: 1338.5 (13%)     max: 1349 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
1270 Points (29%)
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1341 Points (31%)
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min: 611     avg: 624     median: 624 (14%)     max: 637 Points
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Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
159 Points (71%)
163 Points (73%)
min: 140     avg: 142     median: 142 (63%)     max: 144 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
13.7 Points (31%)
14.6 Points (33%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
1.8 Points (69%)
1.8 Points (71%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
4726 Points (49%)
4958 Points (51%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
28173 Points (47%)
29954 Points (50%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
45033 Points (52%)
48146 Points (56%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
8024 Points (75%)
8272 Points (77%)
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m *
141 seconds (2%)
134 seconds (2%)
wPrime 2.10 - 32m *
5.5 seconds (1%)
4.6 seconds (1%)
WinRAR - Result
4517 KB/s (46%)
4599 KB/s (47%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4
min: 15910     avg: 16221     median: 16220.5 (16%)     max: 16531 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
min: 3432     avg: 3474     median: 3474 (23%)     max: 3516 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
75 fps (45%)
80.5 fps (48%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
205 fps (71%)
207 fps (72%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
7.8 fps (28%)
01020Tooltip
min: 3.36     avg: 3.5     median: 3.5 (13%)     max: 3.6 fps
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TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.7 GB/s (1%)
0.8 GB/s (1%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
1 GB/s (1%)
1.2 GB/s (1%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
7.5 GB/s (1%)
8 GB/s (1%)
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU *
376 Seconds (3%)
350 Seconds (2%)
min: 786     avg: 796     median: 795.5 (6%)     max: 805 Seconds
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean *
0.8 sec (17%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - CPU Score
9290 Points (62%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - 1M *
11.2 Seconds (2%)
11.4 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - 2M *
24.3 Seconds (1%)
24.8 Seconds (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - 32M *
615 Seconds (3%)
616 Seconds (3%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
43794 Points (61%)
45760 Points (64%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
12405 points (56%)
12074 points (55%)
min: 5150     avg: 5781     median: 5781 (26%)     max: 6412 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
69692 Points (45%)
73430 Points (47%)
43514 Points (28%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
69478 Points (83%)
73424 Points (87%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
70522 Points (82%)
74442 Points (86%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
11219 Points (28%)
11855 Points (30%)
min: 5629     avg: 5860     median: 5859.5 (15%)     max: 6090 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
17063 Points (53%)
18091 Points (57%)
min: 8547     avg: 8809     median: 8808.5 (28%)     max: 9070 Points
3DMark - Time Spy CPU 2560x1440
6265 Points (44%)
6530 Points (46%)
min: 2595     avg: 2638     median: 2638 (18%)     max: 2681 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
4631 Points (73%)
4706 Points (74%)
3820 Points (60%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
20633 Points (36%)
21616 Points (37%)
10419 Points (18%)
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
863 Points (60%)
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
2824 Points (23%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 1097     avg: 1211     median: 1211.1 (2%)     max: 1325.1 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 27185     avg: 27437     median: 27437 (52%)     max: 27689 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 V28,10 Stress Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
100%
1 R5 2600 +
158 Watt (42%)
172 Watt (46%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
100%
1 R5 2600 +
150 Watt (40%)
164 Watt (43%)

Average Benchmarks AMD Ryzen 5 2600 → 100%

Average Benchmarks AMD Ryzen 5 2600X → 104%

Average Benchmarks AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U → 78%

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