AMD Ryzen 5 3600 vs 3600XT: What are The Key Differences?

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With AMD’s official announcement of the Matisse refresh, we now have a clear look at the specs of the XT CPUs that were recently launched on the 7th of July. The Ryzen 5 3600XT is the one that we’re going to dive into for now but if you are interested in the other two launching CPUs, the Ryzen 7 3800XT or the Ryzen 9 3900XT, we have provided you with thoughts on those as well in the linked articles.

In the following section we have organized the set of most important specifications of the Zen 2 Ryzen 5 family. We are comparing the already popular Ryzen 5 3600 & 3600X processor from 2019 to the upcoming Matisse refresh which is the Ryzen 5 3600XT. The improvements on paper may look scarce but AMD claims that all of its Ryzen 3000 XT series processors will feature up to a 4% increase in single-threaded performance over the existing parts while delivering 40% better efficiency than the CPUs from the competition; that’s Intel.

Ryzen 5 3600X vs 3600 vs 3600XT: Spec Comparison

CPUAMD Ryzen 5 3600AMD Ryzen 5 3600XAMD Ryzen 5 3600XT
DesignRyzen-5-3600Ryzen-5-3600Ryzen-5-3600
Cores / Threads6 / 126 / 126 / 12
Base Clock (GHz)3.63.83.8
Max Boost Clock (GHz)4.24.44.5
L3 Cache32 MB32 MB32 MB
TDP65 W95 W95 W
ArchitectureZen 2Zen 2Zen 2+
Process7 nm7 nm7 nm
SocketAM4AM4AM4
FP32 Performance1,209.6 GFLOPS1,267.2 GFLOPS1,296.0 GFLOPS
Die Size74 mm²74 mm²74 mm²
Transistors3,800 million3,800 million3,800 million
Launch DateJuly 7th 2019July 7th 2019July 7th 2020
Launch Price$199$249$249
AvailabilityAmazonAmazonAmazon

To get things started, we need to preface this by saying that these CPUs are not the much-awaited Zen 3 CPUs that are coming later this year. This is an intermediate generation of CPUs that can also be called a mid-life refresh. That being said, these CPUs are almost identical to the Mattise Ryzen 3000 processors launched last year. Hardware-wise, the new Ryzen 5 3600XT will sport the same 6 cores / 12 threads, same L3 Cache, same Die Size and same TDP as the 95 W 3600X. The changes that are exciting is the increase in Maximum Boost Clock from 4.4 on the 3600X to 4.5 on the 3600XT and this is due to optimizations in the manufacturing technique of TSMC’s 7nm process. In other words, this new Ryzen 5 3600XT will both be able to hit higher single-core speeds and also be able to sustain those speeds for longer periods of time thanks to the matured process.

Its FP32 performance is up a bit from last year’s 3600 & 3600X models but nothing to call home for. Another set of improvements that AMD claimed and we’re excited to test when the new CPUs will launch are the increases brought to the Infinity Fabric speed. As you probably already know, the IF or Infinity Fabric is AMD’s proprietary system interconnect architecture that is used to facilitate core to core communications; the infinity fabric is one of the big reasons why AMD can afford to price such high core count CPUs at such low prices. Every improvement brought to this interconnect is welcome because it means lower core to core latency and improved performance in multi-core situations. This is why AMD upped the Infinity Fabric speed from a 1,800 MHz 1:1 ratio with the memory to 2,000 MHz out of the box; this will mean further improvements to latency-sensitive workloads like gaming which we are so eager to test!

If we were to also add the Intel Core i5-10600K to this comparison, the Ryzen 5 3600XT will be just slightly lower clocked than the Intel Core i5 10600K while offering tremendously better IPC (instructions per clock) and multi-threading performance out of the box, giving AMD the opportunity to remain in the lead of the mainstream market until they prepare the launch of the new Zen 3 architecture. However, it remains to be seen how the market responds to the prices of these particular CPUs, especially considering that the current non XT models are not that far in performance but already went through many retailer price cuts and deals.


Ryzen 6 3600XT vs 3600X: Benchmarks Comparison

The new Ryzen 5 3600XT had its NDA lifted and we can now publish benchmarks results for this new 6 core 12 thread part. The 3600XT is an improved Ryzen 5 3600 / 3600X that features higher clocks for a slight boost in performance. There’s only one way to find out if this CPU is capable of making a name for himself in the gaming community and that is through benchmarks.

For this test suite, we’ve used an RTX 2080 Ti GPU at 1080p in order to eliminate any of the GPU bottleneck and stress the CPUs as much as possible. We’ve tested game engines such as CoD: Modern Warfare, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Doom: Eternal and more in order to provide you with a wide area of games and their performance figures with each CPU in this test. All the graphics settings and testing environment are the same for all CPUs tested and we focus on average FPS and 1% Low FPS numbers in order to paint a full picture of how the Ryzen 5 3600XT fights its position in the mid-range and high-end market.

Lets get to it!

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

CPUResolutionSettingsAverage FPS1% Low FPSPercentile AveragePercentile 1% Low
Intel Core i9 10900K1080pUltra, SMAA T2x188.6167.6100%100%
Intel Core i5 10600K1080pUltra, SMAA T2x182.8146.196.92%87.17%
Ryzen 9 3900X1080pUltra, SMAA T2x181.8156.796.39%93.50%
Ryzen 5 3600X1080pUltra, SMAA T2x180.7152.795.81%91.11%
Ryzen 9 3900XT1080pUltra, SMAA T2x180.6158.295.76%94.39%
Ryzen 7 3800X1080pUltra, SMAA T2x180152.995.44%91.23%
Ryzen 7 3700X1080pUltra, SMAA T2x179.1152.394.96%90.87%

Counter Strike: Global Offensive

CPUResolutionSettingsAverage FPS1% Low FPSPercentile AveragePercentile 1% Low
Intel Core i9 10900K1080pHighest Details, 8xMSAA383.2260.7100%100%
Intel Core i5 10600K1080pHighest Details, 8xMSAA380.7242.799.35%93.10%
Ryzen 9 3900XT1080pHighest Details, 8xMSAA380.124099.19%92.06%
Ryzen 9 3900X1080pHighest Details, 8xMSAA377.5237.498.51%91.06%
Ryzen 5 3600X1080pHighest Details, 8xMSAA376.1241.598.15%92.64%
Ryzen 7 3800X1080pHighest Details, 8xMSAA375.6240.598.02%92.25%
Ryzen 7 3700X1080pHighest Details, 8xMSAA374.4240.297.70%92.14%

Red Dead Redemption 2

CPUResolutionSettingsAverage FPS1% Low FPSPercentile AveragePercentile 1% Low
Intel Core i9 10900K1080pVulkan, Ultra, TAA High9980.3100%100%
Intel Core i5 10600K1080pVulkan, Ultra, TAA High97.879.598.79%99.00%
Ryzen 9 3900XT1080pVulkan, Ultra, TAA High9474.994.95%93.28%
Ryzen 9 3900X1080pVulkan, Ultra, TAA High93.172.694.04%90.41%
Ryzen 7 3800X1080pVulkan, Ultra, TAA High91.973.792.83%91.78%
Ryzen 7 3700X1080pVulkan, Ultra, TAA High91.473.292.32%91.16%
Ryzen 5 3600X1080pVulkan, Ultra, TAA High91.272.792.12%90.54%

Jedi: Fallen Order

CPUResolutionSettingsAverage FPS1% Low FPSPercentile AveragePercentile 1% Low
Intel Core i9 10900K1080pEpic Preset11574.7100%100%
Ryzen 9 3900XT1080pEpic Preset104.767.191.04%89.83%
Ryzen 9 3900X1080pEpic Preset104.267.690.61%90.50%
Ryzen 7 3800X1080pEpic Preset103.567.690.00%90.50%
Ryzen 7 3700X1080pEpic Preset103.26789.74%89.69%
Ryzen 5 3600X1080pEpic Preset102.966.289.48%88.62%
Intel Core i5 10600K1080pEpic Preset9370.180.87%93.84%

DOOM: Eternal

CPUResolutionSettingsAverage FPS1% Low FPSPercentile AveragePercentile 1% Low
Intel Core i9 10900K1080pUltra Nightmare, HDR Off285.7230.5100%100%
Ryzen 9 3900XT1080pUltra Nightmare, HDR Off277.5235.797.13%102.26%
Intel Core i5 10600K1080pUltra Nightmare, HDR Off276.2208.796.67%90.54%
Ryzen 9 3900X1080pUltra Nightmare, HDR Off273.8229.995.83%99.74%
Ryzen 5 3600X1080pUltra Nightmare, HDR Off271.222694.92%98.05%
Ryzen 7 3800X1080pUltra Nightmare, HDR Off271230.594.85%100.00%
Ryzen 7 3700X1080pUltra Nightmare, HDR Off270.7229.294.75%99.44%

The Ryzen 5 3600XT is a little gaming workhorse that fights other high end and much more expensive CPUs very closely. Its main competitor, the Intel Core i5 10600K scored almost equal to the 3600XT and we attribute the slight differences to the margin of error. The Ryzen 5 3600XT is both matching its main Intel competitor in gaming performance and beating it by 5% in multi-core performance. Also, this 6 core 12 thread CPU is less than half the price of an i9-10900K while being just 5% slower in gaming. The fact that for half the price you can get 95% of the 10900K gaming performance, is amazing for future builders that can’t afford to spend more than needed.

We can also see that the 3600XT is just less than 1% better in average FPS and 1% Low fps than the previous generation Ryzen 5 3600X. So not a lot of difference, especially when considering that the 3600X is now retailing at around $219 when compared to the $249 Ryzen 5 3600 XT. The great news though is that Ryzen 5 3600XT will come with a stock box cooler in the form of the Wraith Spire; so the acquisition of a third party heat sink is optional.

Average FPS & 1% Low FPS results (higher is better)

 Percentile Avg FPSPercentile 1% Low FPS
Intel Core i9 10900K100.00%100.00%
Ryzen 9 3900XT95.61%94.36%
Ryzen 9 3900X95.08%93.04%
Ryzen 7 3800XT94.70%93.68%
Intel Core i5 10600K94.52%92.73%
Ryzen 7 3800X94.23%93.15%
Ryzen 5 3600XT94.10%92.53%
Ryzen 5 3600X93.96%92.19%
Ryzen 7 3700X93.90%92.66%

Like its 3600 & 3600X brothers, the Ryzen 5 3600XT scores very well in the ‘cost per frame’ section, proving yet again to be a better gaming option to the 6 core 12 thread Intel part, the Core i5 10600K. Extreme overclocking and tweaking might push the 10600K above the 3600 XT performance but you need to take into consideration that you’ll need a higher end motherboard and strong cooler for that which will worsen the cost per frame even more.

The 3600XT is just an amazing option for a gamer on a budget that also wants to start using their system as a content creator. This 6 core CPU is definitely capable of gaming and streaming at the same time and if you’re looking for greater multi-core performance you can check out the 8 core Ryzen parts for yet again, amazing multi-threaded value.

If you are taking into consideration the cost of motherboard and CPU cooler, the Ryzen 5 3600XT is now almost 3 times better value for gaming than the top gaming CPU on the market right now, the 10900K. Its best to do this in order to understand how much money you need to pay in order to get the desired level of performance. If multi-core performance isn’t your primary need from the system and want a strong gaming system, then the Ryzen 5 3600XT together with the 3600 & 3600X are the current best value on the market and have been since Zen 2 launched back in 2019.


Cost per frame & value (lower is better)

 Cost per Frame with Motherboard & CoolerCost per Frame CPU Only
Ryzen 5 3600X$1.61$1.07
Ryzen 5 3600XT$1.75$1.21
Ryzen 7 3700X$1.91$1.37
Intel Core i5 10600K$2.08$1.38
Ryzen 7 3800X$2.1$1.56
Ryzen 9 3900X$2.85$2.03
Ryzen 7 3800XT$3.05$1.94
Ryzen 9 3900XT$3.8$2.4
Intel Core i9 10900K$3.97$2.47

Multicore workstation performance (higher is better)

 Cinebench R20 MulticorePerformance Percentile
Ryzen 9 3900XT7215100.00%
Ryzen 9 3900X712298.71%
Intel Core i9 10900K616085.38%
Ryzen 7 3800XT510870.80%
Ryzen 7 3800X507570.34%
Ryzen 7 3700X473465.61%
Ryzen 5 3600XT377852.36%
Ryzen 5 3600X370351.32%
Intel Core i5 10600K359849.87%

Multicore performance is on par with what we’d expect from a 6-core 12-threads CPU and its especially great considering that we get better multi-threaded performance from a mid-range Ryzen 5 3600XT than from an i7-8700K which was considered high end just 2 years ago. This is how far these processors have got.

Single-digit improvements have been made over the outgoing 3600 & 3600X CPUs but the truth is that the new Ryzen 5 3600XT part is now the best performing performer in multi-core applications at its price range. So think about this, you are getting a power-efficient, built on a cutting edge manufacturing process CPU that can game extremely well and also provide you with the performance you need in order to use your system as a workstation. AMD really scores a huge win with their Ryzen 5 series and the 3600 XT is no exception. The CPU is new now but it might not take long until price cuts will pump its value even more!


Conclusion

This is all the information that we have for the new Ryzen XT refresh but we could also add, in order to reassure you, these new CPUs will remain backwards compatible with older AM4 motherboards the same way the original Zen 2 was compatible with the previous generations, with a BIOS update. The 3600XT here will still have an included box cooler in the form of the Wraith Spire but the good news won’t transfer to the 3800XT and 3900XT variants where you’ll have to buy an aftermarket one; for better thermal performance AMD is saying.


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