There you have it, AMD’s Ryzen 5 2600X processor. There is quite a lot to like about this processor. The biggest thing is that you are getting a 6-core, 12-thread part that can boost all the way up to 4.2 GHz for only $225. That also includes a cooling solution, the AMD Wraith Spire, which will get the job done, although not as good as the Wraith Prism RGB that comes with the Ryzen 7 2700X. So you have incredible value with this processor.
On top of the value that you get with the Ryzen 5 2600X, the platform just seem right. While we had issues with the original X370 chipset motherboards the X470 boards are solid and far more polished. We also now have the availability of B450 motherboards, which are perfect for users who don’t plan on running multiple graphics cards and offer great value.
Now should you upgrade to this processor if you have a first generation Ryzen processor? Probably not, you are only going to see a 10-20% performance increase over the previous generation, which in our opinion is not worth the upgrade. Now if you are building a new PC the Ryzen 5 2600X with a good graphics card is the start of a great machine and a choice we would totally recommend.
We do have to note that if you are looking for just gaming Intel’s Core i5-8400 typically does better in current games and is slightly cheaper at $199. So if you gaming is your only concern you might consider the i5-8400, but we think you would be better served by the Ryzen 5 2600X, especially if you plan on recording and streaming your gameplay.
Again, the Ryzen 5 2600X is only $225 and at that price we can totally recommend it.
– 6-core, 12-thread part, totally unlocked
– Comes with included cooler
– X470 and B450 boards are solid
– Solid value
– Runs a little hot (in our testing)