AMD Ryzen 5 2600X review

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X review

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

This year’s AMD Ryzen 5 2600X is aiming to continue the success of last year’s Ryzen 5 1600X. Thanks to its new 12nm Zen+ architecture and higher boost clock, this mid-range chip offers gaming performance as good as Intel’s competing silicon.

AMD’s Ryzen 2nd Generation CPU offers a startling amount of processing power, but it’s not for everyone. In addition to its price, and high power draw and temperature, the Ryzen 5 2600X is a costly chip to run on a long-term basis.

Gamers looking for an inexpensive processor will be better served with the Intel Core i5-8400, which performs just as well in games, even though it doesn’t offer the same amount of power.


  • Cores: 6
  • Threads: 12
  • Base clock: 3.6GHz
  • Boost clock: 4.2GHz
  • L3 cache: 16MB
  • TDP: 95W

Specifications and chipset

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X review

The AMD Ryzen 7 2600X features many of the same specifications as its predecessors, including the same core and thread count, base clock speed, and L3 cache. The only important improvement here is the 0.2 GHz boost clock speed increase – and that’s really all it needs to reach a significantly higher level of performance.

The reason for this is largely due to improvements made to Precision Boost, which ensures that all threads are always pushing the highest frequencies possible. Additionally, Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR2) is now available across all cores.

In addition, Ryzen 2nd Generation uses a 12nm Zen+ architecture, which is smaller than Ryzen’s 14nm Zen architecture and Intel Coffee Lake’s 14nm process. A new X470 chipset also improves power delivery and efficiency.

Test System Specs.

  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti (11GB GDDR5X VRAM)
  • RAM: 16GB G.Skill Sniper X DDR4 (3,400MHz)
  • Motherboard: Aorus X470 Gaming 7 Wi-Fi
  • Power Supply: Cooler Master V750
  • Storage: 512GB Intel 760p M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4)
  • Cooling: Corsair H110i
  • Case: Fractal Design Meshify-C
  • Operating system: Windows 10


AMD Ryzen 5 2600X review

According to Ryzen 5 2600X’s performance numbers, Intel’s frequency advantage will be overtaken by the Ryzen 2nd Generation’s higher clock speeds.

AMD’s new mid-range CPUs achieve similar single-core test results to Intel’s Core i5-8600K and Core i5-8400. The Ryzen 5 2600X scored 48% higher in CineBench than the Ryzen 5 2600.

The gaming performance of the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X isn’t nearly as impressive, so if you’re just looking for a CPU to game with, rather than encode video and stream, the Intel Core i5-8400 is your best bet.

Unlike other Ryzen processors before it, the 2600X is both power-hungry and one of the hottest chips in the bunch.

Pros Cons
Improved gaming frame rates A little too expensive for budget builds.
The X470 chipset features Runs hot
Faster single-core performance Significant power consumption.


Ryzen 5 2600X doesn’t quite have the same impact as Ryzen 7 2700X, but it is a significant improvement over its predecessor. In addition, AMD’s new mid-range processor has significantly better multi-core performance than Intel’s while handling games almost as well.

If you’re looking for a chip that can do heavy multitasking and intensive tasks like video editing, then this one is a great choice. But if you’re only looking for a mid-range gaming processor, the Intel Core i5-8400 is more than adequate and much more affordable.