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AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Review: The New Budget Gaming King @ $299

AMD just launched its new Zen 3 based Ryzen 5000 CPUs, promising the best gaming performance at affordable price points. Featuring an IPC boost of 19%, higher boost clocks, and wider core complexes with each core having access to twice as much L3 cache, we’re looking at generational gains ranging from 20-35%, especially in gaming workloads. You can read our architectural deep-dive of the Ryzen 5000 CPUs and the Zen 3 core here. We compared the inter-core and cache latency/bandwidth of Matisse and Vermeer and got some very interesting results.

In this review, we’ll have a look at the gaming performance of the Ryzen 5 5600X and compare it to the older Ryzen 3000 chips. There will be some content creation and media testing at the end as well, but this time the primary gains come in the form of gaming performance, which will the focus of our review.

Test Bench

  • Motherboard: ASRock X570 Taichi
  • Memory: Trident Royal Z 8GB x2 @ 3733MT/s (CL16)
  • Cooler: Wraith Prism
  • GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti
  • PSU: Corsair HX1000i

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X: Specifications

SpecsRyzen 5 5600XRyzen 5 3600XRyzen 7 3700XIntel Core i5-10600K
Cores/Threads6/126/128/166/12
Base Clock3.7GHz3.8GHz3.6GHz4.1GHz
Boost Clock4.6GHz4.4GHz4.4GHz4.8GHz
L3 Cache32MB32MB36MB12MB
TDP65W95W65W125W
Price$299$199$304$288
*Prices as per the latest Amazon listings

In terms of specifications, the Ryzen 5 5600X is nearly identical to its predecessor, the 3600X. Although the TDP has been lowered to 65W from 95W, the boost clock has gone up by 200MHz to 4.6GHz. The rest of the specs are largely the same. The present pricing of the 3600X puts it $100 below the 5600X at $199 while the Intel Core i5-10600K retails for $288, roughly the same as the latter. Keep in mind that unlike Matisse, Vermeer chips will boost higher than the rated boost clocks if provided with decent cooling and a suitable environment. We’ll check that after the gaming benchmarks.

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600X: Gaming Benchmarks

Ashes Escalation

1080p Ultra:

The frame times are slightly lower for the 5600X, but the pacing is roughly similar across all 3

In Ashes Escalation (1080p), the Ryzen 5 5600X is around 9-10% faster than both the Ryzen 5 3600X and 3700X in terms of the averages. The 3700X, however, still manages better lows on account of its higher core counts. Ashes: Escalation is the only game that utilizes multi-core CPUs this well, as you’ll soon see. To give you an idea of the total CPU/GPU loads, utilization, and bottlenecks, I’ve included the sensor data of the 5600X with every benchmark:

5600X

720p Low:

With the GPU bottleneck completely eliminated at 720p, the Ryzen 5 5600X takes the lead across all three metrics, producing slightly better frame times as well. Note how the CPU load and clocks change on going from 1080p to 720p.

5600X

Assassins’ Creed: Odyssey

1080p Ultra:

At 1080p, Assassins’ Creed Odyssey performs more or less the same across the three CPUs. Once again, the higher core count of the 3700X gives it a slight edge both in terms of the lows as well as the frame times. Overall, the 5600X shows better frame pacing compared to both the 3600X and the 3700X. There are no prominent stutters as is the case with the 3600X and to a lesser degree the 3700X.

5600X

Looking at the sensor data, it’s clear that we’re running in a CPU bottleneck here. Let’s check the performance at 720p:

720p Low:

At 720p, the Ryzen 5 5600X produces the highest frame rates as well as the smoothest frame times, beating the 3600X by 15% and the 3700X by 10%. The CPU also runs consistently at an all-core 4.65GHz throughout the benchmark, indicating that the GPU bottleneck is somewhat eliminated.

5600X

Assassins’ Creed Origins

Assassins’ Creed Origins performs similar to its successor, albeit being less GPU intensive. At 1080p, the 5600X tops its Zen 2 brethren, but the frame pacing is somewhat smoother with the 3700X.

5600X

720p Low:

At 720p, the 5600X once again takes the lead across all three metrics, all the while producing the smoothest frame times. The 3700X has a bit of a rough time due to the boost clocks dropping as a result of hitting the 65W TDP ceiling. The 5600X maintains its all-core boost of 4.65GHz here as well.

5600X

Borderlands 3

1080p Ultra:

At 1080p, you run into a hard GPU bottleneck in Borderlands 3 and as such, these results aren’t very conclusive. Regardless, the 5600X does offer the smoothest experience out of all the three CPUs.

5600X

720p Low:

Borderlands 3 generally runs like garbage. Even with no GPU bottleneck, the CPU fails to see proper utilization, with the average load staying at just 35%. Still, thanks to better inter-core latency and improved single-threaded performance, the Ryzen 5 5600X is about 30% faster than both the Ryzen 3000 parts. The frame pacing is largely the same for all three chips with plenty of stutters.

5600X

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

1080p Ultra:

Deus Ex is another game that benefits from strong single-threaded performance and higher boost clocks. As such, the 3700X has a rough time in this game, finishing last. The Ryzen 5 5600X leads with an average frame rate of 122, 20% higher than both the 3600X as well as the 3700X. It also shows strong 1%and 0.1% lows compared to its Matisse rivals.

The average CPU utilization is just over 40%, but the thread usage is much higher

720p Low:

At 720p, the 5600X’s lead grows to over 30%, averaging 171 FPS while the 3600X and 3700X are stuck at 131 FPS. The frame times tell a similar story with the 3700X being punished for its lower thread utilization.

5600X

Benchmarks continue on page 2

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Areej

Computer Engineering dropout (3 years), writer, journalist, and amateur poet. I started Techquila while in college to address my hardware passion. Although largely successful, it suffered from many internal weaknesses. Left and now working on Hardware Times, a site purely dedicated to.Processor architectures and in-depth benchmarks. That's what we do here at Hardware Times!

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