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Processor AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Wraith Stealth – 6×3.70GHz

The Ryzen range introduces an entirely new and thoroughly revised architecture that expresses all the power and efficiency of the latest high-performance and highly efficient x86 “Vermeer” cores. Multiple advancements in architecture combined with platform and processing technologies propel users to new computing horizons.

AMD Ryzen processors are aimed at digital content creators, virtual reality pioneers, open-world gaming enthusiasts, and technology enthusiasts. Those determined to imagine, code, and conquer without limits in the era of immersive computing.

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X | 6×3.70GHz – Desktop Processor

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X desktop processor offers 6 native cores and 12 logical cores for pleasantly smooth multitasking. Thanks to its high native frequency and its Turbo Core mode adjusting power according to needs, the next-generation AMD Ryzen CPU delivers exceptional performance in all areas: Video games, intensive multitasking, video editing, 3D modeling, and much more. The 32 MB L3 cache also allows ultra-fast processing of a large number of instructions thanks to reduced latencies.

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X processor is designed for video games: 6 Cores, 12 Threads, and 35 MB GameCache. Not to mention the native and boost frequencies which reach new heights to allow you to enjoy your favorite games in the best conditions.

This model has 6 cores and has SMT which therefore allows it to display 12 threads on its counter. SMT is a system identical to Intel’s HT (Hyper-Threading) and offers to optimize performance in certain types of applications (audio/video/rendering, in particular). The base frequency is 3.7 GHz and it is possible to reach 4.6 GHz with Boost mode. Its thermal envelope is 65 W.

performance calculus analysis of amd ryzen 5 5600X

General Specifications Of Ryzen 5 5600X 

TECHNICAL DATA SHEET / FEATURES Of Ryzen 5 5600X

  • Socket: AM4
  • Number of cores: 6, Threads 12
  • Frequencies: 3.7 GHz in Turbo Mode
  • Cache: 32 Mo
  • Thermal Design Power: 65 W
  • Process Technology: 7 nm

Main characteristics 

  • Brand: AMD
  • Model: 5600X
  • L1 cache: 384 KB
  • L2 cache: 3 MB
  • L3 cache: 32 MB
  • Calculation Capacity: 64 bit
  • Factor: Unlocked
  • Technical Process: 7 nm
  • Heat Dissipation: 65 W
  • Maximum temperature: 95 °C
  • Delivery type: OEM
  • Processor Generation: AMD Ryzen 5xxx
  • Release Year: 2020
  • OS Support: Windows 11/10, RHEL, Ubuntu

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Memory Specification 

  • Maximum Memory Capacity: 128 GB
  • Memory Type: DDR4
  • Memory Frequency Support: 3200 MHz
  • Number of Memory Channels: 2
  • ECC Memory Support: not supported

PCI Express Specification 

  • PCI Express version: PCI Express 4.0
  • Number of PCI Express Channels: 20

Integrated Graphics

  • Built-in Graphics Core: Absent
  • Package: Packaging Dimensions (units) LxWxH 0.039×0.039×0.007 m
  • Package Weight (units): 0.102 kg

Additional Characteristics 

Guarantee: 12 months

Comparisons With Previous Models

In the Ryzen 3000 series of desktop processors, the most popular model by a wide margin was, and remains, the junior six-core Ryzen 5 3600. Having a sufficient number of cores and threads for most modern tasks, it has a low (below $200) price and is quite good for its cost and performance, which made it almost the standard choice of 2020 for mass gaming configurations. Moreover, even the emergence of worthy alternatives in the form of the Core i5-10400 and i5-10400F could not reverse this trend: buyers continue to vote in rubles for six cores with Zen 2 microarchitecture.

At the same time, Zen 2 is not the newest microarchitecture; for more than a month AMD has been selling Ryzen 5000 series processors based on the Zen 3 core, among which there is also a six-core Ryzen 5 5600X. We have already become acquainted with representatives of this series with 16, 12, and 8 cores, and we know that in the new family, the performance has increased significantly.

Moreover, the most unpleasant drawback of its predecessors has been corrected – high inter-core latencies, which noticeably harmed gaming performance. But despite this, the new Ryzen 5 5600X is in no hurry to replace the Ryzen 5 3600. The problem is on the marketing side: six Zen 3 cores are priced by AMD at one and a half times more expensive than the same set of cores from the previous generation.

Gaming Performance Tests In 1080p Resolution

It is generally accepted that six cores are the optimal set for modern gaming applications, so the Ryzen 5 5600X seems almost an ideal gaming model in the above-average price segment. And this is partly true – at $300, in terms of gaming performance, it is comparable to both the older processors of the Comet Lake family, which were considered the “best gaming ones” a couple of months ago and to representatives of the Ryzen 5000 series with eight cores or more.

At the same time, the Ryzen 5 5600X turns out to be significantly more productive than any previous generation AMD processor. Its advantage in average frame rate over the same Ryzen 7 3600XT is 17%. It is also ahead of Intel’s six-core alternative, the Core i5-10600K processor. In this case, the advantage, however, is not so overwhelming, but still quite noticeable – about 7%. To properly characterize the gaming performance of the Ryzen 5 5600X, it is best to draw parallels with the eight-core Core i7-10700 and Core i7-10700K. The six-core AMD still slightly beats them in average FPS in most cases, but the Intel processors can counter with a slight edge in minimum frame rates.

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X processor is designed for video games: 6 Cores, 12 Threads, and 35 MB GameCache. Not to mention the native and boost frequencies which reach new heights to allow you to enjoy your favorite games in the best conditions, pair it with a high-performance graphics card and you can play optimally. 

All this is easy to see in the following graph, which we built by summarizing the performance indicators for ten games.

Energy Consumption

The Ryzen 5 5600X is noticeably different from its counterparts in terms of energy efficiency, even in terms of its specifications. It has a thermal package of 65, not 105 W, and maximum power consumption is limited to 88, not 142 W. This naturally affects the overall consumption of the entire system, which, when using the Ryzen 5 5600X instead of, for example, the Ryzen 7 5800X, will be several tens of watts more economical at full load.

The consumption of a system based on the Ryzen 5 5600X is also lower when compared with the consumption of similar configurations based on Intel processors. Even under a load that does not generate AVX instructions that are contraindicated for processors with the Skylake microarchitecture, the Ryzen 5 5600X looks better in terms of consumption than the six-core Core i5-10600K.

It is more indicative to compare the consumption of systems on the Ryzen 5 5600X and Core i7-10700 since they showed similar results in the multi-threaded performance test in Cinebench R23. Such a comparison inevitably leads to the conclusion that in terms of specific performance per watt, the Zen 3 microarchitecture is approximately one and a half times superior to Skylake.

Price Comparison Of Processor

From the manufacturer’s point of view, such an assessment of the new processor with six cores is quite justified. In the new generation of processors, operating frequencies have increased by several hundred megahertz and specific performance has increased by 19%, which means that in terms of computing power, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X should be similar to representatives of the Ryzen 3000 series with eight cores, which is precisely what its price reflects.

Moreover, if we compare the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X with its brothers, it turns out that one core in it costs even 20% less than in the Ryzen 7 5800X, and this can also be considered an argument in favor of the fact that AMD has not gone too far with the price.

But all this still strongly contrasts with what AMD itself taught us to do. The market success of Ryzen processors initially came due to the company’s strategy of delivering more for less. And until recently, its processors offered more advanced multithreading than competing Intel offerings at the same price. Now the situation is reversed: the Ryzen 5 5600X is a quarter more expensive than the older six-core Intel without integrated graphics, the Core i5-10600KF.

In the future, the Ryzen 5000 series will probably include cheaper processors than the Ryzen 5 5600X. But apparently, we will have to wait for this for a long time, because for now, it is very difficult to buy existing models – AMD is unable to meet demand. This indicates that buyers are willing to pay $300 for a six-core processor, although for the same amount they could easily purchase an eight-core Core i7-10700F.

In this review, we will try to understand whether the Ryzen 5 5600X is so good that it deserves the amount that AMD is asking you to pay for it. Or is it just that the company has managed to accumulate a critical mass of fans who are ready to overpay for the opportunity to quickly get their hands on the next “hot” new product?

Verdict 

The six-core Ryzen 5 5600X is no exception. In it, we again saw all the trump cards of Zen 3 in action, starting with a noticeably increased specific performance per clock and ending with increased clock frequencies and a single CCX complex for the entire processor.

All this allows us to call the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X the most interesting CPU among all six-core processors. Moreover, this applies to the entire range of tasks, including office applications, content creation applications, as well as 3D games.

However, this is still not enough for the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X to deserve an unambiguous recommendation. The fact is that when introducing the Ryzen 5000 family to the market, AMD significantly raised prices, as a result of which the six-core processor discussed in this review compared to the older six-core processor of the previous series, the Ryzen 5 3600XT, became more expensive by as much as 20%. 

As a result, the positioning of the new product has changed dramatically, and it fell into a “heavier” weight category – in the company of eight-core processors. Frankly, the Zen 3 microarchitecture-enhanced six-core AMD Ryzen 5 5600X doesn’t look like an underdog when compared to similarly priced, high-core rivals like the Ryzen 7 3700X or the Core i7-10700. But in this case, we are more likely to talk about either approximate equality or a slight lag in performance, but certainly not about any noticeable superiority.

In the end, it turns out that the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is a good $300 processor that is well worth the money. But to say that in its price segment, it is better than existing alternatives is still unjustified. In many situations, similarly priced eight-core processors will be a more suitable choice, and therefore there is little point in chasing the Ryzen 5 5600X. Especially now, when you need to race – there are no new generation processors on the market, and when they appear, their prices turn out to be far from the value indicated by the manufacturer of $300.

The manufacturer reserves the right to change the characteristics of the product, its appearance, and completeness without prior notice to the seller.

 

Source: 3DNews ; TopChat ; CitiLink

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David James

Hello there! Welcome to the world of technology, and more specifically, the world of technology writing. I am David James, a specialist in writing content about technology with over 4 years of experience. I have recently shifted my focus to writing exclusively about laptops, providing readers with detailed information and practical advice on the best laptop options available in the market.
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