AMD Ryzen 5 2600 vs AMD Ryzen 5 2600X

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 2600AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
AMD Ryzen 5AMD Ryzen 5
Zen+Zen+
: Ryzen 5 Zen+
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X3600 - 4200 MHz6 / 1216 MB
» AMD Ryzen 5 26003400 - 3900 MHz6 / 1216 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H (compare)2100 - 3700 MHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U (compare)2100 - 3700 MHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U (compare)2100 - 3700 MHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U (compare)2100 - 3700 MHz4 / 84 MB
» AMD Ryzen 5 2600X3600 - 4200 MHz6 / 1216 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 26003400 - 3900 MHz6 / 1216 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H (compare)2100 - 3700 MHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U (compare)2100 - 3700 MHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U (compare)2100 - 3700 MHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U (compare)2100 - 3700 MHz4 / 84 MB
3400 - 3900 MHz3600 - 4200 MHz
4 MB4 MB
16 MB16 MB
6 / 126 / 12
65 95
4940 4940
12 12
213 mm2209.78 mm2
AM4 (1331)AM4 (1331)
SSE4.2, SSE4A, AMD-V, AES, AVX2, FMA3, SHASSE4.2, SSE4A, AMD-V, AES, AVX2, FMA3, SHA
$229 U.S.

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
100%
2600 +
1270 Points (29%)
1341 Points (31%)
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
100%
2600 +
159 Points (73%)
163 Points (75%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
100%
2600 +
13.7 Points (31%)
14.6 Points (33%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
100%
2600 +
1.8 Points (88%)
1.8 Points (91%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
100%
2600 +
4726 Points (52%)
4958 Points (54%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
100%
2600 +
28173 Points (43%)
29954 Points (46%)
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%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
100%
2600 +
5.5 seconds (1%)
4.6 seconds (1%)
WinRAR - Result
100%
2600 +
4517 KB/s (53%)
4599 KB/s (54%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
100%
2600 +
75 fps (2%)
80.5 fps (2%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
100%
2600 +
205.3 fps (76%)
207.4 fps (77%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
100%
2600 +
7.8 fps (26%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.7 GB/s (37%)
0.8 GB/s (39%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
100%
2600 +
1 GB/s (33%)
1.2 GB/s (40%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
100%
2600 +
7.5 GB/s (38%)
8 GB/s (40%)
Blender 2.79 *
100%
2600 +
375.7 Seconds (4%)
350 Seconds (4%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
100%
2600 +
9290 Points (62%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
100%
2600 +
11.2 Seconds (2%)
11.4 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
100%
2600 +
24.3 Seconds (1%)
24.8 Seconds (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
100%
2600 +
615.2 Seconds (3%)
616 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%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
100%
2600 +
69692 Points (45%)
73430 Points (47%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
100%
2600 +
69478 Points (83%)
73424 Points (87%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
100%
2600 +
70522 Points (82%)
74442 Points (86%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
100%
2600 +
11219 Points (28%)
11855 Points (30%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
100%
2600 +
17063 Points (53%)
18091 Points (56%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
2600 +
4631 Points (73%)
4706 Points (74%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
2600 +
20633 Points (36%)
21616 Points (38%)
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%

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