The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is the entry-level CPU that is going to release on July 7th. The CPU costs $199 and offers 6 cores and 12 threads. In theory, it could compete with the top of the line Intel 9900K and from what we see in the review, it actually has similar performance.
Elchapuzasinformatico has published the review of the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 and has highlighted some of the performance numbers that are worth looking at. The AMD Ryzen 3600 is based on the 7nm process and features the new AMD Zen 2 architecture.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Review
The CPU was tested using the X470 AORUS Gaming 7 WiFi motherboard. This is a previous generation motherboard and the X570 motherboards will release along with these new CPUs, later next month.
For testing, the CPU is paired with the RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition and G.Skill FlareX DDR4 memory (16GB @ 3200 MHz).
You can check out some of the synthetic benchmarks below:
The Intel 9900K does have the edge here but keep in mind that it is the top of the line CPU that Intel has to offer right now. The Ryzen 3600 is a mainstream CPU that is intended at the entry-level to mid-range market.
You can check out some of the gaming benchmarks below:
The Intel 9900K does have the edge in these benchmarks but remember that it is also a much more expensive CPU. Clearly the AMD Ryzen 3600 is an improvement over the Ryzen 7 2700X.
It is worth noting that we do not what kind of drivers the CPU and what kind of BIOS the older motherboard is using. It is possible that the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 could perform better with more mature drivers and BIOS. We have also yet to see whether using the new X570 motherboards impact performance when compared to the older ones.
All things considered, the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 does seem like a viable option for mainstream gamers that are not interested in spending a lot of money on a CPU. The 6 cores and 12 threads are more than enough for gaming in 2019 and can be used for productivity and streaming as well.
Let us know what you think about the AMD Ryzen 3600 and whether or not you are interested in getting one of these new AMD Ryzen CPUs when they release next month.