AMD Ryzen 5 2600X



The sys­tem score bet­tered the Core i5-8600K

The sweet spot of AMD’s first Ryzen CPUs were found in its range of 6-core Ryzen 5 mod­els, and thank­fully, the re­place­ment for the Ryzen 5 1600 and 1600X is one of the first chips out of the start­ing blocks with 2nd Gen Ryzen. In­cred­i­bly, AMD’s launch price for the Ryzen 5

2600X means that it can be found for un­der £200 inc VAT, which is barely any more than the quad-core Ryzen 5 1500X cost at launch, and a sub­stan­tial

£50 less than its pre­de­ces­sor. The higher fre­quen­cies and im­proved boost­ing al­go­rithms found in the 2700X (see op­po­site) are also present with the Ryzen 5

2600X. Its base fre­quency is the same as its pre­de­ces­sor at 3.6GHz, but its max­i­mum boost fre­quency is 100MHz higher at 4.2GHz. Crit­i­cally, it can boost more cores to this fre­quency too. The cache amounts stay the same at 16MB L3 and 4MB L2, as does the TDP at 95W, and we’re still deal­ing with a 6-core, 12-thread prod­uct.

As there are two quad-core Core Com­plexes in­side this CPU, with two cores dis­abled, AMD’s Ryzen Master soft­ware will also iden­tify the two best cores for overclocking, as with the Ryzen 7 2700X.

We saw a sim­i­lar per­for­mance boost be­tween the Ryzen

5 1600X and 2600X as we saw be­tween the Ryzen 7 chips, with a 12 per cent boost to the im­age edit­ing score, a 10 per cent boost to the video en­cod­ing score and a 14 per cent in­crease to the multi-task­ing score. The sys­tem score of

169,556 was also enough to bet­ter the Core

i5-8600K, which scored 156,104, although the In­tel CPU was quicker in the multi-task­ing test.

The ad­di­tional threads com­pared to In­tel’s

6-core CPU also saw the Ryzen 5 2600X re­tain its lead in Cinebench, with a score of 1,372 com­pared to 1,003. In Fall­out 4, the small gains added by AMD’s higher fre­quen­cies and bet­ter boost­ing saw the Ryzen 5 2600X come close to match­ing the Core i5-8600K as well, and it wasn’t far be­hind in Ashes of the Sin­gu­lar­ity ei­ther. How­ever, in Deus Ex: Mankind Di­vided, the In­tel CPU man­aged a min­i­mum frame rate of 75fps com­pared to 66fps for the Ryzen 5

2600X. That said, it’s still an im­prove­ment on the

61fps man­aged by the Ryzen 5 1600X.

In terms of overclocking, we man­aged to push the CPU to 4.2GHz across all cores us­ing a vcore of 1.425V. We also man­aged to push its starred core in Ryzen Master all the way up to 4.35GHz, but we didn’t have time to test the per­for­mance im­prove­ment be­fore we went to press. With all cores pushed to 4.2GHz, though, we ended up hav­ing to force them to stick to their max­i­mum boost fre­quency, which saw 1fps added to the min­i­mum frame rates in Deus Ex and Ashes of the Sin­gu­lar­ity, and 3 per cent added to the sys­tem score.


With a lower max­i­mum boost­ing fre­quency than its Ryzen 7 sib­ling, the Ryzen 5 2600X isn’t quite as im­pres­sive in some of our bench­marks, but it’s still sig­nif­i­cantly quicker than its pre­de­ces­sor across the board, and is also su­pe­rior to In­tel’s Core i5-8600K in all but a cou­ple of tests. Even overclocking the In­tel CPU to 5GHz couldn’t see it get close to the AMD CPU’s multi-threaded prow­ess, mak­ing the Ryzen 5 2600X a great CPU for the cash un­less you’re build­ing a PC purely for games.

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