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AMD recently released a new third-generation mainstream central processing unit with the Ryzen 5 3600XT. So, how does the new product stack up against the older Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 3600X?

You can find out in this comparison guide between the three CPUs.

Quick Summary

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT has a higher maximum overclocked speed than the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 and AMD Ryzen 5 3600X.

Otherwise, the new 3600XT is nearly identical to the 3600X as both feature the same base clock speed, CPU cores, threads, cache, system memory and cooling solution.

If you want the best third-generation Ryzen 5 CPU, then we recommend getting the 3600XT due to the aforementioned max overclocked speed. 

If you are interested, you can purchase any of the three central processing units on Amazon with the following links:

Ryzen 5 3600 vs. Ryzen 5 3600X vs. Ryzen 5 3600XT Comparison Chart

You can find a comparison table for the three CPUs below.

CPU Cores

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600, AMD Ryzen 5 3600X and AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT all come with six CPU cores.


The three products also feature 12 threads.

Base Clock

The base clock for the 3600X and 3600XT are identical. On the other hand, the base clock for the 3600 is a little slower than the other two CPUs in this comparison guide.

You can find the base clock specifications for all three products below:

  • Ryzen 5 3600: 3.6 GHz
  • Ryzen 5 3600X: 3.8 GHz
  • Ryzen 5 3600XT: 3.8 GHz

Maximum Boost Clock

When it comes to the maximum boosted clock speed, the 3600XT is the fastest out of this group, followed closely by the 3600X. Once again, the 3600 is the slowest CPU in this comparison guide.

You can find the exact speeds below:

  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600: Up to 4.2GHz
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600X: Up to 4.4GHz
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT: Up to 4.5GHz

Unlocked Overclocking

The Ryzen 5 3600, Ryzen 5 3600X and Ryzen 5 3600XT feature unlocked overclocking. As a result, you won’t run into any restrictions.


The cache is setup the same across the three central processing units in this versus guide.

You can check out the breakdown below:

  • Total L1 Cache: 384 KB
  • Total L2 Cache: 3 MB
  • Total L3 Cache: 32 MB


All three Ryzen 5 CPUs are built on Zen 2 architecture.


AMD used TSMC 7nm FinFET for the complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (or CMOS for short) when putting together the Ryzen 5 3600, Ryzen 5 3600X and Ryzen 5 3600XT.

PCI Express Version

The PCI Express version for all three CPUs in this comparison guide is the PCIe 4.0 x16.

Default TDP / TDP

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 generates less heat when compared to the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X and AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT.

You can take a look at the thermal design power (or TDP for short) specs for all three CPUs below:

  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600: 65 W
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600X: 95 W
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT: 95 W


The three products use the AM4 socket.

System Memory Type

DDR4 is the system memory type for the 3rd gen Ryzen 5 CPUs.

Memory Specification

The memory spec for all three is 3200 MHz.

System Memory Channels

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600, AMD Ryzen 5 3600X and AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT utilize dual system memory channels.

Thermal Solution

When it comes to thermal solution, the Ryzen 5 3600 comes equipped with the Wraith Stealth while both the Ryzen 5 3600X and Ryzen 5 3600XT are equipped with the Wraith Spire.

The Wraith Spire is generally considered to be a better cooler than the Wraith Stealth, especially if you want to overclock your CPU as much as possible.


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Non-X Marks the Spot

10/20/2020 Update:  The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is still an impressive CPU, but it will soon be supplanted by newer Ryzen 5000 processors. If you find the 3600 processor on sale at a steep discount during Black Friday or over the holidays, it's still worth considering. Just know that this CPU does not include AMD's latest Zen 3 architecture. So if you want the best single-core performance and other features that come with AMD's newest CPUs, you should probably spend more for a Ryzen 5 5600X when it arrives in late 2020. Those new chips have now taken over the top ranks on our CPU Benchmark Hierarchy.

AMD's value proposition has always been straightforward -- more for less. While we typically think of AMD offering more CPU cores than Intel for less money, the strategy also applies to the company's unrestrained feature sets for each processor, regardless of price. That includes in-box coolers, Hyper-Threading (AMD calls it SMT), and unlocked multipliers that enable easy overclocking, all of which are features that Intel either leaves out or disables on some of its chips in the name of segmentation.

Instead of squeezing out extra dollars from its customers, AMD gives you the same basic underlying features with the $199 six-core 12-thread Ryzen 5 3600 that it gives you with its full-fledged counterpart, the $249 Ryzen 5 3600X that we recently named the best mid-range processor on the market. That means the Ryzen 5 3600 has the same six-core 12-thread design, 32MB of L3 cache, and access to 24 lanes of PCIe 4.0, with the only tradeoff being a step back to the 65W Wraith Stealth cooler, while the 3600X comes with the more-capable 95W Wraith Spire cooler.

What does that mean to you? While the Ryzen 5 3600 is a great processor that packs a wonderful amount of performance into a 65W TDP envelope, a boon for small form factor enthusiasts, you can also overclock it and attain similar performance in many applications, like gaming, to the Ryzen 5 3600X (one of our best CPUs). But you save fifty bucks in the process while still getting class-leading features, like the PCIe 4.0 interface.

This follows the same AMD trend we’ve seen in the past, with overclockability making the non-X models a better value for enthusiasts than the pricier X-series models. But if you’re chasing the absolute highest frame rates you can get out of a six-core processor, be aware that the Ryzen 5 3600 chips might not reach the peak overclocking speeds of 3600X models. In either case, the solid blend of features and overclockability makes the Ryzen 5 3600 the clear choice for enthusiasts looking for a great value on a mid-range processor.

AMD isn't sitting still though: The company recently released its own new flagship, the 16-core 32-thread Ryzen 9 3950X, to fend off Intel's new challengers. That chip slots into a much higher tier than the 3950X, but it brings competitive gaming performance and much more threaded horsepower for those looking for the ultimate in performance. 

Ryzen 5 3600

Like the other Ryzen 3000 chips, the six-core 12-thread Ryzen 5 3600 comes with a 7nm compute die (with two disabled physical cores) paired with a 12nm I/O die. These two components come together into a single package that fits inside a 65W TDP envelope, making it physically identical to the 95W Ryzen 5 3600X.

SEP (USD)Cores / ThreadsTDP (Watts)Base / Boost Frequency (GHz)L3 Cache (MB)PCIe 4.0 Lanes
Ryzen 9 3950X$74916 / 32105W3.5 / 4.76424
Ryzen 9 3900X$49912 / 24105W3.8 / 4.66424
Ryzen 7 3800X$3998 / 16105W3.9 / 4.53224
Ryzen 7 3700X$3298 / 1665W3.6 / 4.43224
Ryzen 5 3600X$2496 / 1295W3.8 / 4.43224
Ryzen 5 3600$1996 / 1265W3.6 / 4.23224

The Ryzen 5 3600 has slightly lower clock speeds than the 3600X, with its 3.6 GHz base and 4.2 GHz Precision Boost 2 frequencies, a difference of 200 MHz in both measurements.

The 3600’s 4.2 GHz boost frequency is lower than the $192 Core i5-9500’s 4.4 GHz boost, but its 3.6 GHz base frequency equates to a 600 MHz advantage that, paired with AMD's drastic improvement to its instruction per cycle (IPC) throughput, will equate to higher performance in heavy workloads, not to mention the six additional threads of the AMD part. It’s notable that, unlike the previous-gen Ryzen models and Intel’s chips, AMD only guarantees the peak boost frequency on one core, while other cores could have lesser capabilities. Head to our Not All Ryzen 3000 Cores are Created Equal article for more information on that front.

Compared to the $182 Core i5-9400F, the 3600 has an 800 MHz base and 100 MHz boost frequency advantage. The Ryzen 5 3600 comes with a bundled 65W Wraith Stealth cooler, and while both the Core i5-9500 and -9400F come with stock coolers, they are of significantly lower quality. However, both of the Intel processors come with integrated graphics, while the Ryzen 5 3600 requires a discrete graphics card. If you’re not planning on incorporating a discrete GPU in your build, the Intel processors are the obvious choice.

SEP / RCP (USD)Cores / ThreadsTDP (Watts)Base Frequency (GHz)Boost Frequency (GHz)Total Cache (MB)PCIe 4.0 LanesPrice Per Thread
Core i5-9600K$2626 / 695W3.74.6~1116$43.67
Ryzen 5 3600X$2496 / 1295W3.84.43524$20.75
Ryzen 5 2600X$2296 / 1295W3.64.2~19.520$19.08
Core i5-9500$1926 / 665W3.04.4~1116$32
Ryzen 5 3600$1996 / 1265W3.64.23524$16.58
Core i5-9400/F$1826 / 665W2.94.1~1116$30.33
Ryzen 5 2600$1996 / 1295W3.64.3~19.529$16.58

The Ryzen 5 3600 comes with a healthy 32MB of total L3 cache, a neat doubling of capacity over its predecessor and more than three times the cache of the -9500 and -9400F. That does come with a few caveats, however, as cache performance and efficiency has a big impact on how much cache capacity benefits the processor in typical applications. As usual, our benchmarks will tell the tale.

The Ryzen 5 3600 drops into the AM4 CPU socket on the new X570 motherboards, which you'll need for official support for the PCIe 4.0 interface. But those new boards are more expensive than previous-gen models and aren't a good fit for value chips like the Ryzen 5 3600. Luckily, you can also use an older 400-series motherboard (B450 is a good fit) as a value alternative. But if you go that route you'll lose access to PCIe 4.0, which is one of the key selling points of the new processors.

Ryzen 3000 chips officially support dual-channel DDR4-3200, a step up from the previous-gen's support for DDR4-2966. AMD has greatly improved its memory compatibility and overclocking capabilities, but you still have to abide by rules that dictate the maximum supported frequency based on DIMM type and slot population. Ryzen 3000 also supports memory overclocking, either by hand-tuning or one-click A-XMP profiles with pricier kits, to skirt those rules.

DIMM ConfigMemory RanksOfficial Supported Transfer Rate (MT/s)
2 of 2SingleDDR4-3200
2 of 4DDR4-3200
4 of 4DDR4-2933
2 of 2DualDDR4-3200
2 of 4DDR4-3200
4 of 4DDR4-2667

AMD also has its Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO) feature on offer, which is an automated overclocking tool that will tune your processor to its maximum achievable performance based on its cooling, motherboard, and power delivery accommodations. The quality of your cooling solution, and the vagaries of the silicon lottery, have a big impact on how well PBO can auto-tune your processor.

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Paul Alcorn is the Deputy Managing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He writes news and reviews on CPUs, storage and enterprise hardware.

Ryzen 5 3600 vs i5 9400F Test in 9 Games

AMD Ryzen 5 3rd Gen - RYZEN 5 3600 Matisse (Zen 2) 6-Core 3.6 GHz (4.2 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 65W 100-100000031BOX Desktop Processor

Pros: -fast -doubled my core/thread count from my 4790k, staggering performance leap in multi core apps, decent improvement in single core. -relatively cheap for the performance -ABBA bios has sorted out voltage, temperature, fan noise, and most importantly...boost clocks.

Cons: -PBO settings can be a little confusing, but i've been on Intel since my last AMD CPU, an athlon x2 3600. -AM4 mounting bracket.....ARRRRRGH

Overall Review: I've waited a long time for a chip worthy to replace my 4790k. And I've waited a REALLY long time for AMD to come out with a challenger. This chip is it. I have (and never had) any temperature issues using stock cooler (with stock TIM), and I have it in a NZXT H510, on top of an Aorus GTX 1080ti. So, I don't really understand why people are having so many temperature issues. The mounting bracket is a PAIN, so maybe TIM is being messed up during installation. Who knows? All I know is that my idle temp is lower with stock cooler than my 4790k at 4.6 was with an H90 AIO. Load temps are almost identical. So, the cooler works very well. If not, you either got a dud chip (RMA) or you're simply doing it wrong. The ABBA bios released recently has upped my boost clock to 4.45 on 3 cores, and 5 cores are within 30mhz of 4.4, whereas previous bios release only 1 or 2 cores boosted anywhere over 4.3, so big big improvement there. It also smooths out the fan ramping up/down, which indeed was somewhat annoying. It also stabilized my voltages, thereby giving me more stable temps. I agree with a prior poster...just about EVERYONE told me that i would see virtually no improvement over my 4790k at 3440x1440p 100hz. WRONG. WRONG. WRONG. BF5 was pegging my CPU, and my 1080ti was at 65-90ish% usage. Now, cpu is like 35% and my 1080ti is 99% in-game. BIG difference in my minimum frames and the stability of my frame rate. I expect this CPU will last me for at least 5 years before I get the upgrade bug (again) which point i can step into a 3950x or maybe even a 4000 series (depends on whether socket stays the same, obviously). Unless Intel answers with a stunner in the next few years. I'll support the superior product, regardless of the label on the box. And this CPU is superior to anything Intel at similar costs, and lines up closely with their flagship 9900k, for the most part, at roughly 70% of the cost. Add to that the efficiency, and it's a slam dunk. All in all, i ABSOLUTELY think this is a worthy successor to my trusty and loved 4790k, which served me so well for many years. And I, for one, am glad to be sporting an AMD chip again. If you're in the same boat, I don't think you will be disappointed. I'm not. NO RAGRETS


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