When AMD launched the Ryzen 3000 series we were able to get our hands on both the Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 7 3700X. Both of these are very impressive processors, but they have price-tags that could break the bank for many people. So today we are checking out the $249 Ryzen 5 3600X. This by no means is a low-end processor, some might actually consider the 3600X a value at its price-tag. It is a 6-core, 12-thread part with a base clock of 3.8 GHz, max boost clock of 4.4 GHz and 35 MB of AMD GameCache. At $249 it is right in the wheel-house of many people looking to upgrade or build a new system. And with 6-cores and 12-threads it should be able to handle pretty much anything you throw at it. Is this the real star of the Ryzen 3000 series? Read on as we find out!
# of CPU Cores: 6
# of Threads: 12
Base Clock: 3.8GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.4GHz
Total L2 Cache: 3MB
Total L3 Cache: 32MB
CMOS: TSMC 7nm FinFET
PCI Express® Version: PCIe 4.0 x16
Thermal Solution: Wraith Spire
Default TDP: 95W
AMD has slightly changed their packaging from the Ryzen 2000 series. The box stands out a lot more in my opinion. Just like last generation though you have the Ryzen logo on the front with a small “5” in the bottom right denoting that this is a Ryzen 5 processor.
On the side of the box we have information on the included Wraith Spire cooler. Moving to the other side we actually get a view of our processor.
On the back of the box is a small paragraph letting you know what all comes inside. Getting everything out of the box you have the Ryzen 5 3600X processor, the AMD Wraith Spire CPU cooler, installation instructions, and a small Ryzen 5 sticker.
Before we throw the processor in our test system here are a few quick shots!