Ryzen 5 2600 Review
AMD’s Ryzen 5 2600 provides an excellent performance in productivity applications & competitive frame rates in games. It is also an attractive choice for anyone building a PC in a compact case, given a 65W TDP. But if you are more interested in raw performance or overclocking, Ryzen 5 2600X is a better option for few more dollars.
Instead of the 95W cooler AMD bundled with Ryzen 5 1600, the Ryzen 5 2600 comes with a 65W Wraith Stealth heat sink-fan combination. Although, the attractive thermal solution is fine for stock frequency, it definitely limits the new chip’s overclocking potential. Value seekers looking to match up Ryzen 5 2600X through a bit of tweaking are bound to be disappointed.
To make worse matters the Ryzen 5 2600, the 2600X was selling at a discount when we wrote this, shrinking the gap price between the two chips to $20. For that small premium, you get more stock performance from the 2600X & beefier 95W cooler to match its TDP. If you are not chasing less power, we think the Ryzen 5 2600X is a worthwhile to step up.
Again, the Ryzen 5 2600 remains a compelling option for anyone building in a compact case where the heat is a primary concern. It comes packed with all of improvement architecture inherent to AMD’s Zen+ design, including higher mutli core boost frequency than the previous generation, lower memory latency & Global Foundries 12nm manufacturing process.
All 2000 series Ryzen CPUs are compatible with motherboards sporting the new X470 or older 300 series chipset’s. You can overclock the new processor’s on value oriented B series platform’s. While lower cost 400 series chipsets are not available yet, we are counting on them to offer a more affordable option for those who are looking to tune 2000 series Ryzen CPUs.
The Ryzen 5 2600 supports up to DDR4 2933 memory. Just be aware that you’ll get those data rates with single rank modules installed in a maximum of 2 slots. Then, it takes a motherboard with six PCB layers to operate at 2933 MT-s stably.
Same like all 2000 series models, the Ryzen 5 2600 also comes with StorMI Technology, which is a software based tiering solution which blends the low price & high capacity of hard drives with the speed of an SSD, 3D XPoint, or even up to 2GB of RAM.
Precision Boost 2 And XFR2
AMD’s previous Gen Ryzen processors comes with Precision Boost functionality that set higher frequency under lightly threaded workloads. They also introduced an extended Frequency Range feature (XFR), which allowes the higher clock rates when it was determined that your cooling solution had thermal headroom to spare.
The new Precision Boost 2 & XFR2 algorithms improve performance in threaded workloads by raising the frequency of any number of cores. AMD does not share a list of specific multi core PB2 & XFR2 bins because the algorithms accelerate to different clock rates based on temp, current & load. So, we collected our measurements on a motherboard with solid voltage regulation circuitry & a good cooler.
The Ryzen 5 2600 offers a nice performance boost over AMD’s previous Gen models. So, it cannot match up with Ryzen 5 2600X. Comparing that CPU, the 2600 loses 350 MHz with all of its cores utilized. The difference between this both models narrows in tasks that use anywhere from 1 to 4 cores.
|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|