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.
 

GreenNova343

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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.
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.
 

deemon

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Articles author is weird. Obviously the right answer is 3950X. There is no other choice really.
 

OptimumSlinky

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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

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How about neither when you can get a R5 1600 for $80 see
https://www.microcenter.com/product...-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.
 

navuho

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Why do you say that max memory support is up to 3200mhz, while mine is working fine with 3600mhz?
 

MaestroIT

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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

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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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
One comparison I'd like to see is the memory controller on the 3600 vs 3600x. I'm guessing perhaps the 3600x would have a stronger IMC and hence you'd have a higher chance of getting a stable OC on your memory to say 3600+. Has a comparison been done on that?