AMD Ryzen 5 3600X vs 9 5900X (2024)


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BUY • $260


BUY • $190



Game EFps


Dust 2 1080p Max
318 EFps Much Better CSGO EFps.
233 EFps
Franklin & Lamar 1080p Max
108 EFps Slightly Better GTAV EFps.
101 EFps
Temple of Anubis 1080p Max
142 EFps Slightly Better Overwatch EFps.
131 EFps
M249 Training 1080p Max
133 EFps Better PUBG EFps.
119 EFps
UserBenchmark Island 1080p Max
121 EFps 131 EFps Slightly Better Fortnite EFps.

Effective Speed


Real World Speed

Performance profile from 355,091 user samples

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Poor: 87%Great: 108%

SPEED RANK: 85th / 1452

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X vs 9 5900X (12)

Gaming 99%

Nuclear submarine

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X vs 9 5900X (13)

Desktop 100%

Nuclear submarine

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X vs 9 5900X (14)

Workstation 109%


294,959 User Benchmarks

Best Bench: 92% Base clock 4.3 GHz, turbo 4.25 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 74% Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 0.55 GHz (avg)

Poor: 74%Great: 92%

SPEED RANK: 201st / 1452

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X vs 9 5900X (15)

Gaming 84%

Aircraft carrier

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X vs 9 5900X (16)

Desktop 87%

Aircraft carrier

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X vs 9 5900X (17)

Workstation 79%


Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
99 %Faster effective speed.
84.1 %

External Data: 1080p


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7 %FarC5 25%, BFV 8%, SotTR 0%, Rage2 2%, Witcher3 1%, Civ6 16%, MetroEx 2%, Sekiro 17%, Wolf2 2%ACO 0%

Average Score


Avg. Memory Latency
81.1 PtsSlightly lower memory latency.
76.9 Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed
163 PtsFaster single-core speed.
136 Pts
Avg. Dual Core Speed
320 PtsFaster dual-core speed.
264 Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed
626 PtsFaster quad-core speed.
490 Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed
1157 PtsMuch faster octa-core speed.
808 Pts

Overclocked Score


OC Memory Latency
92.3 PtsSlightly lower OC memory latency.
87.1 Pts
OC Single Core Speed
179 PtsFaster OC single-core speed.
146 Pts
OC Dual Core Speed
356 PtsFaster OC dual-core speed.
287 Pts
OC Quad Core Speed
694 PtsFaster OC quad-core speed.
553 Pts
OC Octa Core Speed
1318 PtsMuch faster OC octa-core speed.
878 Pts

Value & Sentiment


Market Share

Based on 68,035,136 CPUs tested

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Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.57 %Hugely higher market share.
0.26 %
Value For Money
101 %Slightly better value.
93.3 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
73 %+4% 70 %
Price (score)
43 MonthsMore recent.
59 Months
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
105 Watts95 WattsSlightly more energy efficient.
CPU Processing Cores
12 coresHugely higher core count.
6 cores
CPU Processing Threads
24 threadsHugely higher thread count.
12 threads
Manufacturing process
7 nm7 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.7 GHz3.8 GHz+3%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.8 GHzSlightly faster turbo frequency.
4.4 GHz
OC Multi Core Speed
2290 PtsHugely faster OC 64-core speed.
1106 Pts
Avg. Multi Core Speed
2000 PtsHugely faster 64-core speed.
1017 Pts


CPU Architecture
Motherboard Socket
Integrated Graphics


Average Bench 99%

Average Bench 84.1%


The Ryzen 9 5900X is second in AMD’s line-up of new Zen 3 CPUs. The 12-core hyper-threaded processor has base/boost clock speeds of 3.7/4.8 GHz, a 70 MB cache and a TDP of 105W. The 5900X took center stage in the 5000 series launch presentation where AMD gunned for Intel’s “best gaming CPU” crown. They showed the 5900X as being 26% better for gaming than the previous generation’s Ryzen 9 3900XT, attributing this to the new architecture’s faster single core speeds and lower latency. AMD also stated that the 5900X achieves, on average, 6.8% faster gaming performance than Intel’s 10-core i9-10900K. The details around AMD’s testing were not disclosed but it is safe to assume that 6.8% is the highest average lead that AMD are willing to stand by. Our benchmarks show that the 5900X’s slightly faster cores and the 10900K’s slightly lower memory latency balance out to yield similar performance. Whilst presenting their figures, AMD admitted that their 3000 series CPUs were far from “best for gaming” and conceded that the 10900K is approximately 19% faster than the 3900XT (our effective speed marks the gap at just 14%). Despite this clear performance deficiency, AMD supported 3000 series sales with an aggressive and successful marketing campaign to easily outsell Intel over the last 12 months. Given the real performance uplift observed in the 5000 series, and the absence of any meaningful marketing from Intel, we expect CPU sales to shift even further in AMD’s favour. Gamers that do not wish to pay “marketing fees” should investigate Intel’s $175 USD 11400F, the $660 USD savings would be far better spent on a higher tier GPU.[Nov '20CPUPro]


Early Q3 of 2019 sees the release of the new Ryzen 5 3600X: a hex-core, 12-thread processor. AMD are releasing five new CPUs based on their latest Zen 2 microarchitecture which delivers approximately 13% better IPC than the previous 12nm Zen+. For workstation builds the 3600X is viable, however, the $200 USD Ryzen 5 3600 represents a far better value proposition. The additional $40 USD for the 3600X basically buys a better cooler (Spire vs Stealth). This allows for an extra 200 MHz of extra base and boost clock: 3.8 / 4.4 GHz on the 3600X vs 3.6 / 4.2 GHz on the 3600, this translates to approximately 2% higher overclocked performance for 20% more money. Neither of the stock coolers on the 3600 or 3600X are as effective as a $20 USD aftermarket cooler such as the Gammaxx 400. The 3600 with a Gammaxx 400 outperforms the 3600X with a Spire cooler and when both use a Gammaxx 400 they are more or less identical. The 3600X SKU is basically a marketing gimmick designed to milk unsuspecting consumers. Comparing the 3600X to Intel’s overclocked flagship i5-9600K shows that although the 3600X has 29% faster 64-core speed, it is around 11% worse for gaming (sub eight core performance). Additionally, the 3600X's memory controller, although significantly improved over previous Ryzen iterations, still has limited bandwidth and high latency which can also impact gaming. The arrival of Zen 2 marks the end of the "Sandy Bridge (i5-2500K)" era, Intel can no longer rely exclusively on their single-core advantage to dominate the market, they must also compete on price.[Jul '19CPUPro]


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