AMD Ryzen 5 3600X vs AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

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AMD Ryzen 5 3600X CPU1 vs CPU2 AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

CPU comparison

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X or AMD Ryzen 5 5600X - which processor is faster? In this comparison we look at the differences and analyze which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X has 6 cores with 12 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 4.40 GHz. Up to 128 GB of memory is supported in 2 memory channels. The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X was released in Q3/2019.

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X has 6 cores with 12 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 4.60 GHz. The CPU supports up to 128 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X was released in Q4/2020.
AMD Ryzen 5 (86) Family AMD Ryzen 5 (86)
AMD Ryzen 3000 (15) CPU group AMD Ryzen 5000 (14)
3 Generation 4
Matisse (Zen 2) Architecture Vermeer (Zen 3)
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Predecessor AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Successor AMD Ryzen 5 7600X

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X is a 6 core processor with a clock frequency of 3.80 GHz (4.40 GHz). The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X has 6 CPU cores with a clock frequency of 3.70 GHz (4.60 GHz).

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Characteristic AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6 Cores 6
12 Threads 12
normal Core architecture normal
Yes Hyperthreading Yes
Yes Overclocking ? Yes
3.80 GHz Frequency 3.70 GHz
4.40 GHz Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 4.60 GHz
4.20 GHz Turbo Frequency (All Cores) 4.30 GHz

NPU AI performance

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is specified here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher. Processors with support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Characteristic AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
-- AI hardware --
-- AI specifications --
-- NPU + CPU + iGPU --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

The integrated graphics unit of a processor is not only responsible for the pure image output on the system, but can also significantly increase the efficiency of the system with the support of modern video codecs.

no iGPU GPU no iGPU
GPU frequency --
-- GPU (Turbo) --
-- GPU Generation --
Technology
Max. displays
-- Compute units --
-- Shader --
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
-- Max. GPU Memory --
-- DirectX Version --

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

no iGPU GPU no iGPU
No Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) No
No Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) No
No Codec h264 No
No Codec VP9 No
No Codec VP8 No
No Codec AV1 No
No Codec AVC No
No Codec VC-1 No
No Codec JPEG No

Memory & PCIe

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X supports a maximum of 128 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X can connect up to 128 GB of memory in 2 memory channels.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Characteristic AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
DDR4-3200 Memory DDR4-3200
128 GB Max. Memory 128 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
51.2 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 51.2 GB/s
Yes ECC Yes
-- L2 Cache 3.00 MB
32.00 MB L3 Cache 32.00 MB
4.0 PCIe version 4.0
20 PCIe lanes 20
39.4 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 39.4 GB/s

Thermal Management

The TDP (Thermal Design Power) of a processor specifies the required cooling solution. The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X has a TDP of 95 W, that of the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is 65 W.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Characteristic AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
95 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 65 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
95 °C Tjunction max. 90 °C

Technical details

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X has a 32.00 MB cache, while the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X cache has a total of 35.00 MB.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Characteristic AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
7 nm Technology 7 nm
Chiplet Chip design Chiplet
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4a, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, FMA3 ISA extensions SSE4a, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, FMA3
AM4 (PGA 1331) Socket AM4 (PGA 1331)
AMD-V, SVM Virtualization AMD-V, SVM
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux
Q3/2019 Release date Q4/2020
215 $ Release price 299 $
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 7 CPU benchmarks
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X (79%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X (100%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 9 CPU benchmarks
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X (82%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X (100%)

Cinebench 2024 (Single-Core)

The Cinebench 2024 benchmark is based on the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxon's 3D program Cinema 4D. The benchmark runs are each 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
6C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
69 (73%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
94 (100%)

Cinebench 2024 (Multi-Core)

The Multi-Core test of the Cinebench 2024 benchmark uses all cpu cores to render using the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxons Cinema 4D. The benchmark run is 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
6C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
468 (73%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
639 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
6C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
1301 (82%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
1593 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
9704 (88%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
10988 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
6C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
1245 (79%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
1572 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
6992 (83%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
8420 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
6C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
1605 (76%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
2113 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
6822 (74%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
9279 (100%)

Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
6C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
501 (83%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
604 (100%)

Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
3751 (82%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
4562 (100%)

Blender 3.1 Benchmark

In the Blender Benchmark 3.1, the scenes "monster", "junkshop" and "classroom" are rendered and the time required by the system is measured. In our benchmark we test the CPU and not the graphics card. Blender 3.1 was presented as a standalone version in March 2022.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
142 (90%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
157 (100%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
18267 (83%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
21955 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Single-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
6C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
503 (81%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
624 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
6C 12T @ 3.80 GHz
4083 (85%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 3.70 GHz
4784 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
6C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
204 (79%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
258 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
1647 (84%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
1970 (100%)

Blender 2.81 (bmw27)

Blender is a free 3D graphics software for rendering (creating) 3D bodies, which can also be textured and animated in the software. The Blender benchmark creates predefined scenes and measures the time (s) required for the entire scene. The shorter the time required, the better. We selected bmw27 as the benchmark scene.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
233.9 (100%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.30 GHz
0 (0%)

CPU performance per watt (efficiency)

Efficiency of the processor under full load in the Cinebench R23 (multi-core) benchmark. The benchmark result is divided by the average energy required (CPU package power in watts). The higher the value, the more efficient the CPU is under full load.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
3.80 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
10,988 CB R23 MC @ 76 W
145 (100%)

Devices using this processor

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
dercomputerladen PC mit Ryzen 5 3600X
Memory Gaming PC mit Ryzen 5 3600X
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Comparison of the two processors

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X and AMD Ryzen 5 5600X compared here both come from the Ryzen 5 series from the AMD CPU program. Both processors are manufactured using the 7 nanometer process, but have different architectures. The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X is based on the Zen 2 architecture, whereas the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is already based on the more efficient Zen 3 architecture.

Both processors have 6 physical cores that support hyperthreading technology. In addition, thanks to the free multiplier, both CPUs can be overclocked without any problems. A good cooling solution is required for both processors for overclocking; a standard fan is not sufficient for this.

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X has a base clock frequency of 3.80 gigahertz and in turbo mode can increase the clock to up to 4.40 gigahertz for single core utilization or to 4.20 gigahertz for utilization of all cores. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, on the other hand, has a base clock frequency of 3.70 gigahertz that is 0.10 gigahertz lower; in turbo mode, the CPU clocks when a single core is loaded, but with 4.60 gigahertz, i.e. 0.20 gigahertz higher than that AMD Ryzen 5 3600X.

Both the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X and the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X do not have an internal graphics unit, so a dedicated graphics card is definitely required when using these processors. Both processors have a total of 20 PCI-Express lines in version 4.0 for this purpose.

For the main memory, both CPUs rely on modules of the DDR4 type with a clock frequency of up to 3200 megahertz. The 2 available memory channels can handle up to 128 gigabytes of RAM.

Thanks to the improved Zen 3 architecture, the TDP of the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X could be reduced to 65 watts and that with an even 10-15% better performance.

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