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More multi-core performance for a lot less: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 shown to frag the Intel Core i7-9700K in leaked Cinebench scores

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 in the retail box. (Source: Videocardz on Twitter)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 in the retail box. (Source: Videocardz on Twitter)
Leaked CPU-Z and Cinebench R15 scores indicate that AMD might have a winner with the Ryzen 5 3600. The Ryzen 5 3600 is shown to offer equivalent or even better multi-core performance than the Intel Core i7-9700K in Cinebench R15, and also seems to offer better single-core performance than the Ryzen 7 2700X. Although they require further validation, the scores are indicative of the performance benefits in store with the 7nm Ryzen 3rd generation processors.

Over the past few weeks, we've seen the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 come out tops in several leaked benchmarks. Now, we get to see the Ryzen 5 3600 take on the mighty Intel Core i7-9700K in leaked Cinebench scores that were shared by Videocardz on Twitter. From what see, the US$199 Ryzen 5 3600 comes very close to and even beats the US$374 Core i7-9700K in CPU benchmarks.

Before taking a look at the scores, keep in mind that we do not yet know the exact conditions in which the tests were run so single-core comparisons are not yet available. CPU-Z information shows that the Ryzen 5 3600 is paired with 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and is running at 4.2 GHz, which is the boost clock of the CPU.

Firstly, the CPU-Z benchmark shows the Ryzen 5 3600 scoring 502.2 in the single-core test and 3989.4 in multi-core. So, in single core, the Ryzen 5 3600 is able to beat an 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 2700X but does fall behind in multi-core due to the lower core count. Also, the scores are not too far from what the 9700K has achieved in the same benchmark. These numbers show the kind of IPC improvements AMD has incorporated in 7nm Zen 2.

In the Cinebench R15 test, the Ryzen 5 3600 posted an impressive 1443 points — very close to the Core i7-9700K's score of 1451. However, we see that this is not the best score of this CPU. A closer look at the ranking reveals that the Ryzen 5 3600 also posted another score of 1561. We are not sure what's the reason for the increased score as the entry itself doesn't indicate any overclock but suffice to say that the Ryzen 5 3600 can offer equivalent or even better multi-core performance as a 9700K for a lot less.

In Cinebench R20, we see that the Ryzen 5 3600 scores 3229 points in multi-core along with another entry that shows 3505 points. Again, the reason for the higher score cannot be ascertained at the moment. For perspective, an overclocked Ryzen 5 2600 (4.2 GHz) scores 435 points in single core and 3255 points in multi-core implying one can expect significant performance improvements with the Ryzen 5 3600 even at stock settings.

While the Ryzen 5 3600 really does seem to put up an impressive show, we would still advise discretion in taking these scores for granted. Having said that, there is little doubt that this processor would be lapped up in large numbers by mid-range and budget gamers once it becomes available next month. 

CPU-Z CPU info. (Source: Videocardz on Twitter)
CPU-Z CPU info. (Source: Videocardz on Twitter)
CPU-Z memory info. (Source: Videocardz on Twitter)
CPU-Z memory info. (Source: Videocardz on Twitter)
CPU-Z benchmark. (Source: Videocardz on Twitter)
CPU-Z benchmark. (Source: Videocardz on Twitter)
Cinebench R15 benchmark. (Source: Videocardz on Twitter)
Cinebench R15 benchmark. (Source: Videocardz on Twitter)
Cinebench R20 benchmark. (Source: Videocardz on Twitter)
Cinebench R20 benchmark. (Source: Videocardz on Twitter)
Cinebench R20 benchmark for Ryzen 5 2600 OC. (Source: Videocardz on Twitter)
Cinebench R20 benchmark for Ryzen 5 2600 OC. (Source: Videocardz on Twitter)
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-06-23 (Update: 2019-06-23)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.