$300 Beast; The Ryzen 5 5600X

Source: TechSpot $300 Beast; The Ryzen 5 5600X

What Can Half A 5900X Do For You?

In some ways the Ryzen 5 5600X is half of the Ryzen 9 5900X*, specifically the core count and L3 cache; the power draw of 65W being just a wee bit more than half of 105W.  However, it is clocks that count in many cases and both processors have a base clock of 3.7GHz, though the peak is a little lower on the 5600X at 4.6GHz, still a decent frequency for the price.

Since many of our beloved games and programs are still not all that dexterous at using multiple cores, this suggests that for a lot of users the Ryzen 5 5600X will satisfy their needs and that is what TechSpot investigated.   They fired it up on an MSI X570 Godlike with four 8GB G.Skill TridentZ DDR4-3200 CL14 DIMMs and cooled it with a Corsair iCUE H150i Elite Capellix AIO.  Also staring in the gaming reviews is an RTX 3090 which should make it obvious if this processor is able to keep up in a system where most savings went into the graphics subsystem.

In the productivity results we see that the 5600X is indeed faster than the old standard CPU, the Ryzen 5 3600, but perhaps not by a significant enough of a margin to make that a reasonable upgrade path.  The same is true of the Ryzen 7 3700X, the new 5600X tends to be on top, sometimes by a noticeable margin.

Games testing is a bit more interesting, as we see different results dependant on the game engine, but overall what TechSpot saw was a chip that offers an average increase of 20% on the test platform running at 1080p to emphasis the CPU.  This, and other results suggest that if you would prefer to spend money to upgrade to a more powerful GPU then you should consider an newer CPU as it will make a difference.

Read through the full review to see if you should aim higher, or if you are far enough behind that the Ryzen 5 5600 makes sense for you.

*Also, one of the nines is upside down.

It's time we finally check out the Ryzen 5 5600X, the most affordable Ryzen 5000 series processor announced to date. Positioned as a mainstream part, it's coming in at $300, a 20% premium over the Ryzen 5 3600X.

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  1. Knowledge is like a Kraken

    Lol overpriced for what it is and I don’t care dick switch comparison to intel as if one should be price comvention for the other platform.
    Its just overpriced for probable gaming needs in 3 years from today.

  2. Biti

    Here costs 490$ as AMD 300$ is 300€ in Europe + 27% VAT + Local leechers…

  3. Bitbot

    Are bots writing articles now?
    What awful writing, comple with incomplete sentences.

  4. Joil

    The 5600x beats all Intel cpus in gaming and is on par with the 8 core I7s in multi-threaded workloads. So it beats Intels 500$ cpus for 300$ with a much better platform and you call it overprised? It is the best Cpu for a pure gaming Pc.


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