Ryzen 5 2600X
The AMD’s Ryzen 5 2600X is much faster than the previous Gen models in nearly every respect. The addition of lower cache & memory latency, along with more sophisticated multi core boost’s, makes AMD’s gaming performance to the next level. The extra threads are helpful for everyday productivity & the bundled storage software & cooler add even more value.
Where as, the Ryzen 5 2600X targets the Intel’s enthusiast oriented Core i5 8600K, leveraging similar advancements & a more attractive price around $230. As we can see, it’s even faster than the first Gen Ryzen 7 1800X in many workloads.
But First, Spectre Variant 2
But unfortunately, due to a lack of communication for users from AMD, they weren’t told that the company had rolled its Spectre Variant 2 patch into shipping X470 platforms. Thus, our Ryzen 7 2700X launch day coverage did not include the Intel CPUs tested with their corresponding patches. Today’s review does, so, feature results generated on the Intel based systems with the latest Spectre microcode updates.
Ryzen 5 2600X
The Ryzen 2000 series processor’s, also known by their Pinnacle Ridge code name, are having the same basic Zen core design as previous Gen models. The CPUs still utilize a dual CCX configuration, together with Infinity Fabric, yielding 8 physical cores. The Ryzen 7 2700X comes with all 8 of its cores active. For Ryzen 5 2600X, AMD turns two off, creating a 6 core & 12 thread configuration with an unlocked ratio multiplier.
As we know, Ryzen 5 2600X sells for around $230, replacing the $220 Ryzen 5 1600X. It slots in the gap between Core i5 8600K & the Core i5 8400, forcing the chip to contend with the Intel’s announced Core i5 8600. While they don’t have that model in there lab yet, they do have the two nearest Coffee Lake based competitors today.
What you’ll get, performance wise, for the extra $10? The Ryzen 5 2600X sports the same 3.6GHz base clock rate & a slightly higher 4.2GHz+ Precision Boost 2 frequency than Ryzen 1600X. That might be seem minor, but as we seen, the gains are pronounced in threaded workloads. Like it’s predecessor, the Ryzen 2600X also features 16MB of L3 cache & a 95W TDP.
Although, AMD didn’t included thermal solutions with its original Ryzen X series processor’s, the AMD does bundle coolers with its expensive models now. And also, it is nice that the 95W Wraith Spire cooler clearly matches the 2600X’s thermal design power. On the other hand, we’re not expecting more overclocking headroom from the combination.
The Ryzen 5 2600X can drop into either X470 or old 300 series motherboards. As always, AMD allows you to overclock on value minded B series boards too. And, even though 400 series B series models aren’t available yet, they’ll undoubtedly offer a low price alternative for overclocking.
|AMD RYzen CPU||Cores/Threads||L3||TDP||Base||Turbo||XFR||Overclocking Unlocked|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1800X||8/16||16MB||95W||3.6GHz||4.0GHz||4.0GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1700X||8/16||16MB||95W||3.4GHz||3.8GHz||3.8GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1700||8/16||16MB||65W||3.0GHz||3.7Ghz||N/A||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1600X||6/12||16MB||95W||3.3GHz||3.7GHz||3.7GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1500||6/12||16MB||65W||3.2GHz||3.5GHz||N/A||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1400X||4/8||8MB||65W||3.5GHz||3.9GHz||3.9GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1300x||4/8||8MB||65W||3.1GHz||3.4GHz||N/A||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 3 1200X||4/4||8MB||65W||3.4GHz||3.8GHz||3.8GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 3 1100||4/4||8MB||65W||3.2GHz||3.5GHz||N/A||Yes|