ProsIncludes wraith spiral cooler Great productivity and performance Reasonably priced
ConsSignificant power consumption, gets overheated Overclocked and generational gains are limited for gamers
Ryzen 5 2600X belongs to 2nd generation of AMD Pinnacle Ridge processors which are built on its new Zen+ architecture i.e. the new 12nm process to improve clock-speeds and performance. Ryzen 5 2600X which is a sequel to Ryzen 1600X comes with 6 cores and 12 threads and an unlocked multiplier. The base speed is 3.6 GHz which can turbo to 4.2 GHz Precision Boost 2 frequency which is 200 MHz more than its sequel Ryzen 1600X. It features L3 cache of 16 MB and TDP of 95W which is same as its predecessor.
New X470 Motherboard Chipset
For all its 2nd generation processors, AMD has released new X470 chipset motherboard which have an improved memory layout, better overclocking support, reduced latency and lower power consumption.
However, all 2nd generation processors are still compatible with older generation X370 AM4 motherboards, only a firmware upgrade is required to make the new processors work .
The major difference between X370 and X470 motherboard is: Precison Boost 2 and XFR2 will not work in X370 motherboards.
We recommend following X470 motherboards for Ryzen 5 2600X based on their compatibility, features and price:
|Feature||Motherboard Name||Price (Amazon.com)|
|Best for gaming||Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3||$84.99|
|Cheapest motherboard||MSI B350M Mortar||$74.69|
|Best for high end gaming||Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero||$193.99|
Ryzen 5 2600X, Core i5 8400 and Ryzen 5 1600X Specifications and Price Comparison
The following table gives a glance of features and price comparison between Ryzen 5 2600X , Intel Core i5 8400 and Ryzen 5 1600X.
|Ryzen 5 2600X||Core i5 8400||Ryzen 5 1600X|
|Base Frequency (GHz)||3.6||2.8||3.6|
|Turbo Frequency (GHz)||4.2||4.0||4.0|
|L3 Cache (MB)||16||9||16|
Ryzen 5 2600X Performance Benchmarks
The following table gives a glance of CPU performance between Ryzen 5 2600X , Intel Core i5 8400 and Ryzen 5 1600X.
|Benchmarks||Ryzen 5 2600X||Core i5 8400||Ryzen 5 1600X|
|Cinebench R15 (Single Index)||175||167||154|
|Cinebench R15 (Multi Index)||1371||911||1227|
|Temperature (Peak)||65 C||27 C||55 C|
Ryzen 5 2600X Gaming Performance
|Games||Ryzen 5 2600X||Core i5 8400||Ryzen 5 1600X|
|Grand Theft Auto V (fps)||123.6||132.3||113.1|
|Dawn of War III||115.1||121.5||105.1|
|Assassin’s Creed Origins||84.4||91.9||77.2|
- With the introduction of Ryzen 5 2600X : platform stability and compatibility issues have vanished which were present in its predecessor Ryzen 5 1600X. All the leading motherboards MSI, Gigabyte and ASUS 470 works well with Ryzen 5 2600X.
- If the choice comes between Ryzen 5 2600X and Core i5 8400, in terms of gaming Core i5 8400 wins but if you have to perform tasks like video editing or streaming then less expensive Ryzen 5 2600X should be your choice.