Is the Ryzen 5 3600 good in 2021 | Reatbyte

Today we’re going to see one of the best actual processors for you that search for something into the budget and price x performance. Check below the Ryzen 5 3600 review, with performance tests, rendering, game benchmarks and, we’ll also see which graphics card is the most recommended to combine with it, in order to see if the Ryzen 5 3600 is still good in 2021.

Ryzen 5 3600 vs Ryzen 5 3600 X vs Ryzen 5 3600 XT

Before we proceed, this Cpu has two different versions. Below I’ll write a bit about which are the main differences between them.

Starting with the Ryzen 5 3600 x Ryzen 5 3600X, the differences are The TDP, the vanilla one has a base Tdp of 65W with the wraith stealth cooler and, the X version has 95W and wraith spire cooler. The clock, 3.6 base GHz to the 3600 up to 4.2Ghz, and 3.8 to the 3600X up to 4.4 GHz. And obviously, there’s also some price increment.

In case you want to check out the prices of both, I suggest you go through the affiliates links at the end of the post. About the Ryzen 5 3600 XT, usually, the Xt version of these processors is meant for those who like to push the processor, with aggressive overclock. This one can go up to 4.5Ghz, but the price difference is relatively big, concerning the gain of performance.

Technical specifications

Before we go to the performance tests, let’s take a look at the technical specifications:

Ryzen 5 3600Ryzen 5 3600XRyzen 5 3600XT
Base Clock3.6 GHz3.8 GHz3.8GHz
Max Boost ClockUp to 4.2 GHzUp to 4.4 GHzUp to 4.5 GHz
Default TDP 65W95W95W
Thermal SolutionWraith StealthWraith SpireWraith Spire
Launch date7/7/20197/7/20197/2020
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Benchmark tests:

The benchmark tests will be with an Rtx 2070 Super since this one is the maximum recommended for this processor without presenting a bottleneck. Tests will also be with 32 Gb ram in 1440p. Check out first the render tests:

Render tests
Games tests


As seen, this processor is a mid-range one; thus, the recommended graphics card would be up to an Rtx 2070 Super, above that you would lose a lot of fps for failing to reach the full potential of the graphics card.

About which one to choose between the different versions may depend on your necessities, since the differences in performance are such minimum. It is also important to remember that, with a Tdp relatively high of the Ryzen 5 3600X and Ryzen 5 3600XT, you would have to invest in a motherboard with a good refrigeration system, thus taking off the limitation of investment only on the processor.

I would opt to choose the Ryzen 5 3600 vanilla for gaming. This processor would be recommended for you if you have some low-range processor like a Ryzen 3, 5, of first-generation and want to upgrade your pc to play most actual games, at least in 1440p, and don’t want to buy an expensive card, like the Rtx 2080 above.

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