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AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Review

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With a high core count and exceptional gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 is one of the finest CPUs on the market right now. The second-generation AMD Ryzen 2 processor line came with two new X-series CPUs that have the fastest clock speeds and the best performance. The non-X variants, on the other hand, will trail the 2700X and 2600X wherever they go.

But what exactly is an X? These X-series chips boast the greatest clock speeds and allegedly the highest level of automated overclocking, according to Ryzen’s newest silicon Precision Boost and XFR capabilities. The second-generation AMD Ryzen 2 processors have generated the best CPUs that team red has ever built. That may seem like a media exaggeration, but AMD has launched a pair of high-end CPUs without the typical high-end price-tag with the Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700X, but the normal ones still have a lot to offer.

Features and Chipset of AMD Ryzen 5 2600

There isn’t much of a difference between the Ryzen 5 2600 and the basic 2600 processor. They’re all based on the same improved, advanced 12nm FinFET Zen+ architecture, with the same 4.8 billion transistors buried beneath the unobtrusive heat spreader.

They’re also both six-core, 12-thread CPUs, which puts them at the top of the Ryzen 5 tech tree. When people start comparing core counts, everyone who spent a lot of money on a Core i5 8600K will feel a little inferior.

Whenever it comes to how fast the Ryzen silicon is required to run, the differences become clear. While the 2600X starts at 3.7GHz and rises to 4.2GHz, the Ryzen 5 2600 starts at 3.4GHz and climbs to 3.9GHz. In terms of all-core clock speeds, this equates to the general performance of around 3.9GHz and 3.7GHz for the two CPUs, respectively.

Because of the lower clock speed, AMD enforced a reduced TDP on the non-X version of the Ryzen 5 CPU. It operates at 65W, which is less than the 2600X’s 95W, and hence does not receive nearly as good cooling.

As a result, the Ryzen 5 2600 comes with a significantly weaker CPU cooling than its larger, X-series sister. The Wraith Stealth features a heatsink that is roughly half the depth of the Wraith Spire that comes with the 2600X, and it also includes a copper base plate to help with heat transfer.

As a result, the Ryzen 5 2600 has substantially less effective CPU cooling than its bigger, X-series sibling. The Wraith Stealth has a heatsink that is around half the depth of the Wraith Spire that comes with the 2600X, as well as a copper base plate to aid in heat transfer.

AMD Ryzen 5 2600



Specifications of AMD Ryzen 5 2600

Processor AMD Ryzen 5 2600
Socket AM4, PGA-1331
Max Temp 95°C   
Geek Bench 4 Single core 4,670
Geek Bench 4 multi-core  22,045
GFLOPS Performance 316.8 GFLOPS
Performance/Watt ratio 232pts/w
ISA x86-64 (64 bit)
Microarchitecture Zen+
Core name Pinnacle Ridge
Core 6
Threads 12
Base Frequency 3.6GHz
Turbo Frequency 4.2GHz
Cache Memory 16GB
Max Memory Capacity 64GB
Max PCIe lanes 20

Performance of AMD Ryzen 5 2600

The AMD Ryzen 2600 is a high-end desktop Ryzen CPU from AMD’s second-generation (Zen+) that succeeds the first-generation Ryzen 5 1600. The latest edition includes a lithography reduction from 14nm to 12nm, but no increase in cores or threads (6 and 12, respectively) over the pioneering first-generation, which continues to surpass comparable priced Intel CPUs in multi-core performance. In other words, development between generations is driven by power efficiency and hence higher achievable clock speeds.

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 appears to have a stock base/boost clock of 3.4/3.9 GHz, as opposed to 3.2/3.6 GHz on the 1600, which could result in slightly less gain-ineffective performance. Early indicators, however, remain inconclusive. A Wraith Stealth cooler is included in the expected $200 pricing, making 2600, like 1600 before it, an excellent value for workstation users. The Ryzen 5 2600X works nicely with the new 400 series motherboards and can also be used with the 300 series with a bios update. Despite the 2600’s aptitude for multimedia output, streamers should go elsewhere. When broadcasting with specialist hardware such as NVENC or a separate stream PC, dropped frames are almost always reduced.

The Ryzen 5 2600 delivers an evolutionary upgrade, which was all that was required. Those who have already purchased a Ryzen 5 1600 CPU are unlikely to move to 2600, and those who have previously purchased the 2700X are also unlikely to acquire the 2700X. Customers building a new PC, on the other hand, now have the option of selecting a Coffee Lake Core i5 or a 2nd-gen Ryzen 5 CPU, with Ryzen becoming substantially more desirable as a consequence of these progressive advancements. The Ryzen 5 2600X is also a suitable upgrading option for people who have a first-generation quad-core Ryzen CPU.

Pros and Cons of Ryzen 5 2600

Pros Cons
  • Exceptional performance in multi-threaded applications.
  • The value proposition is enhanced by the inclusion of a cooler.
  • Outstanding performance/price ratio Lower TDP is beneficial for SFF PCs.
  • Optimal circumstances
  • Compatible with almost all motherboards
  • Strong overclocking capabilities
  • Due to restricted all-core overclocking headroom, gaming performance is lower than competing Intel Core i5 CPUs.
  • There is a performance decrease when compared to the normal Ryzen 7 2700.
  • Graphics are not included.


The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 is still the chip to have if you know you’ll never overclock and are prepared to spend the additional money to avoid having to. However, if you’re prepared to dig into the BIOS, you can get the 2600  to function at the same levels as its more expensive sibling without overtaxing the silicon or, more importantly, your money.