Ryzen 5 3600 vs. 3600X: Which should you buy?

OcelotRex

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Or double-check with the OEM and/or vendor you buy the motherboard from to see if they can flash the BIOS first. I know some stores, like Micro Center, have done that for customers in the past.
I've been considering calling Micro Center to see if this is a possibility. Unfortunately I live 120+ miles from a Frye's / Micro Center / PC parts shop not Best Buy. So when I head over there I want to have a plan of action.

Plus I want to wait for the Christmas sales in November since I am not in a hurry. Even if the CPU is not on sale the rest of the components should be on sale.
 
Or double-check with the OEM and/or vendor you buy the motherboard from to see if they can flash the BIOS first. I know some stores, like Micro Center, have done that for customers in the past.
I've been considering calling Micro Center to see if this is a possibility. Unfortunately I live 120+ miles from a Frye's / Micro Center / PC parts shop not Best Buy. So when I head over there I want to have a plan of action.

Plus I want to wait for the Christmas sales in November since I am not in a hurry. Even if the CPU is not on sale the rest of the components should be on sale.
Understandable. On a good note, apparently some OEMs are already considering this. From Tom's Hardware:

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/msi-300-400-series-max-motherboards-amd-ryzen-3000,40015.html

MSI, at least, is making new versions of their 300/400 boards that will work out of the box with Zen 3 chips. They're showing up on their website as well (https://www.msi.com/Motherboards).
 
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OcelotRex

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Understandable. On a good note, apparently some OEMs are already considering this. From Tom's Hardware:

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/msi-300-400-series-max-motherboards-amd-ryzen-3000,40015.html

MSI, at least, is making new versions of their 300/400 boards that will work out of the box with Zen 3 chips. They're showing up on their website as well (https://www.msi.com/Motherboards).
I was hoping this would also be the case. Perhaps by the time I am ready to purchase only updated firmware boards will be out there.

I buy MSI graphics cards but have yet to jump on a MB. The b450 tomahawk has been on my radar though.
 
Can u compare 3600 vs Core i5 9400F with (rtx 2060 or gtx 1660 ti) and more affordable ram?

So we can see "Real Life" bechmarks .. At least for me.. :) :) ..

And which one is woth to buy? Core i5 9400F or Ryzen 5 3600 for gaming..?
There isn't really a point. With those GPUs, you'll be GPU limited, so the CPU difference won't really matter. Just pick whichever is the faster GPU.
 

Indekkusu

TS Rookie
How about neither when you can get a R5 1600 for $80 see
https://www.microcenter.com/product/478826/amd-ryzen-5-1600-32ghz-6-core-am4-boxed-processor-with-wraith-spire-cooler

There is no way the 3600 is even 2x performance of a 1600 to justify its 2.5x price premium.

Actually the 1600 is more like $50 with that $30 mobo discount. If you need more processing power like fore rendering video, just get another 1600. That price difference of 195 - 50 still leaves you with $145 good enough for both memory and motherboard.
 

MaestroIT

TS Rookie
When I bought my 3600x, price difference over 3600 was $10-12, a week later the store dropped the price of the 3600 to have again a bigger price difference. But I got the better cooler for less, and still I should have not done this as the 3600x cooler is still not good enough for stock speed, too noisy most of the time.


Is the Ryzen 5 3600 compatible out of the box with the B450 Chipset or is a firmware update needed?
It is more the opposite, the motherboard could be or not be compatible with the CPU

 

grvalderrama

TS Addict
So, if like me you run a 1600, you just get the 3600 and put the Spire that came with the 1600 on it.
Instant 3600x for 200.

Job done, cheers AMD!
I actually was going to do this. I got my 3600 last week and wanted to use the old 1600's cooler, instead, I'll try yo sell the 1600, but is going to be a tough sell.
 

STEELvw

TS Rookie
I overclocked my 3600x to 4300ghz with a 1.4v and ran multiple games with no issues. On a X570 motherboard. So yes I can push more OC than a 3600 which could be stable at 4200ghz and 1.35v. Also paid the same price for the 3600x as the 3600. For OC alone I would have paid the little extra because overclocked it beat some 8 core processors in benchmark tests. And for the same price of course. If I had to pay $25 more Or buy a $30 cooler( math cracks me up every time) I’d buy the 3600x. Just an update to a year old topic.
 

STEELvw

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I overclocked my 3600x to 4300ghz with a 1.4v and ran multiple games with no issues. On a X570 motherboard. So yes I can push more OC than a 3600 which could be stable at 4200ghz and 1.35v. Also paid the same price for the 3600x as the 3600. For OC alone I would have paid the little extra because overclocked it beat some 8 core processors in benchmark tests. And for the same price of course. If I had to pay $25 more Or buy a $30 cooler( math cracks me up every time) I’d buy the 3600x. Just an update to a year old topic.

Update: I did not push the OC or voltage past that to see what I could get because why when I was perfectly stable and close enough to max.