AMD Ryzen 5 5600 Processor Review

The right conditions must also be provided, so we had to test it in this environment:

AMD Ryzen 5 5600 Processor Review
product name AMD Ryzen 5 5600
number of nuclei 6
Processing thread count 12
Reference frequency 3.5GHz
boost frequency 4.4GHz
Manufacturing precision 7nm
Supported socket AM4

The famous Egyptian proverb says, “Whatever you earn, play with it.” Perhaps this proverb, although it grew up in the simple dialogues of the world among the simple people on the banks of the Nile, but its meaning has been roaming the earth since the beginning of creation, and we have seen this principle adopted by many military leaders, athletes, politicians, or even AMD!

Recently, AMD has launched several new updated processors for its Ryzen 5000 series, including those that come with 3D-V Cash memory that increases performance in games, and some of them come as a more economical version of the processors that already exist, such as the two The last Ryzen 5600 and Ryzen 5700X. Of course, this is not the first time that AMD has made such an update, we have seen similar launches in the past generations of the company, which are usually to reduce stock, and at the same time fill the time gap between the old generation and the latest generation of the company's processors, especially since there are competing processors At the moment from Intel after its launch of the twelfth generation of Alder Lake processors.

In our previous review, we talked about the biggest newcomer, the Ryzen 5700X, and today we have the AMD Ryzen 5 5600 desktop processor.

The 5600 is a very strangely late addition to the company’s desktop processor lineup, given that the previous processors in the same class, such as the Ryzen 5 3600, 2600 and 1600, were popular processors among users in the Ryzen 5 class, which became popular with gamers, as it was the first 6-core and 12-lane processors are available for $199.

In fact, AMD's "Zen 3" Ryzen 5 series has had a strange journey into the sub-$200 category. It started as a premium brand with the Ryzen 5 5600X, which launched at $299 in November 2020, with no successor at the time to the popular 3600 (without X) processor.

Then, in the summer of 2021, AMD released the 5700G and 5600G APUs, claiming they came to succeed the 3700X and 3600, respectively. But after only ten months, we see before us the launch of the 5600 processor (without X).

A look at the Ryzen 5 5600 processor

The Ryzen 5 5600 is based on the same multi-chip "Vermeer" core as the 5600X, which makes it better than the 5600G in this respect, although it lacks an integrated graphics solution. The Zen 3 CCD (chiplet) design of this processor comes with six of the processor's eight cores, which share the full 32MB cache available, unlike the 5600G processor, which is based on a single silicon chip. Cezanne" with only 16MB of L3 cache.

The new Ryzen 5600 processor also features PCI-Express Gen 4 support for x16 graphics and an M.2 NVMe slot attached to the CPU, while "Cezanne" is limited to PCIe Gen 3.

The Ryzen 5 5600 comes with core frequencies of 3.50 GHz and 4.40 GHz when boosted, compared to the standard 3.70 GHz and 4.60 GHz for the 5600X boost frequencies, so you'll lose an average of 200 MHz with the new processor.

As with the 5600X, the TDP is rated at 65W, and you get a free cooling solution from the company like the 5600X and 12400F, unlike the high-end Zen 3 processors. AMD launched the Ryzen 5 5600 processor at $199 — the historic official price for the 3600 and 2600 processors, which is one of the main reasons these processors are selling like wildfire. But right now, the Ryzen 5 5600 retails for $180, and that's probably because serious competition from Intel's 12th-generation "Alder Lake" processors, such as Intel's lineup of Core i5-12400F and i5-12500 processors, has caused the 5600X's price to drop. Same to just $200 right now.

Processor performance and test results

Well, we talked a lot and now it's time to find out the actual performance of the processor. Yes, this is the moment of truth, as we are used to before that specifications and talk about architecture have no value without knowing the performance and numbers that prove the practical superiority of the processor, so we are here to show you the performance tests and our comments on them.

As usual, we are working on game testing, multitasking and processor testing on popular platforms. The computer we will be using comes with the following specifications:

The test platform that we will be using comes with the following specifications:

  • Processor : AMD Ryzen 7 5700X.
  • Motherboard : MSI X570S Carbon Max WiFi
  • Random Memory : DOMINATOR Platinum RGB 8x4 3600 MHz
  • Storage Disk : ADATA SX8200 - XPG Gammix S50 - Transcend SSD230S
  • Graphics Card: RTX 2080 TI
  • Power Supply: Corsair RM1000x
  • CPU Heat Sink: CORSAIR H170i Elite Capellix

The right conditions must also be provided, so we had to test it in this environment:

  • Operating System: The latest version of Windows 10.
  • Operating Level Power Plan : Processors are tested in "High Performance" mode, with the BIOS power saving options set to Auto.
  • Processor operating frequency: The processors used were all operating at their factory frequency in our experiment at the default frequencies.

Processor performance with content creators and productivity tasks

It's no secret that AMD processors from the last generation were primarily ahead of the 11th generation Intel processors in productivity programs, but at the moment they are competing head-to-head against the 12th generation, and are even regressing in some places due to the older architecture, of course. In order not to dwell here, it is clear that the 5600X processor outperforms, as we see it, by a small difference, as the results show, and leaves the new processor, Ryzen 5600, competing with the lower and higher processors at other times.

In fact, the results here are very natural, as we look at almost the same processor, but with a slight reduction in its frequency. So the performance differences will be very small at times, and we may not find them at all at other times as we can see from the results before us.

Processor performance with games

As seen from the graph and as seen from our previous review of the larger Ryzen 5600X processor. The new processor will give you almost the same performance with games, but with $20 less you'll need to spend. There is nothing new here, then, in terms of performance with games as well.

Temperature and energy

In fact, the only difference between the two processors may be power consumption and temperatures, which as we can see from the graph tend to favor the new processor, and the reason is clearly the lower frequencies of the new processor, of course.

Evaluation and final judgment on the product

As with the larger Ryzen 7 5700X processor, the Ryzen 7 5600 processor is one of the chips that doesn't offer much in terms of performance, but its price is a kind of relaunch of what's already there.

AMD has released several new Ryzen processors recently, which we only got to try out recently. But anyway, we finally had the opportunity, through which we can say that the Ryzen 5 5600 processor is now the least expensive Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 processor from AMD.

But what about the Ryzen 5 5500 and 5600G, which some might consider less expensive? Although this is true, these chipsets are based on single APU designs based on the "Cezanne" architecture, which have a smaller L3 cache and only support the last generation PCI-Express 3.0 standard. While both are certainly good processors, you'll definitely want the "Vermeer" designs, especially with games if you're using a separate graphics card. After all, this is the same chip found in the Ryzen 5800 and 5900 processors.

As with the Ryzen 5700X chip again, compared to the Ryzen 5 5600X processor from which our processor is derived today, the Ryzen 5 5600 is very similar in almost every way. The processor has the same chip design, the same cache size, the same number of cores and threads, supports DDR4 on Socket AM4, with PCI-Express 4.0 and an average power consumption of 65W TDP. The only difference is that the non-X 5600 comes with a standard frequency of 3.5 GHz and a boost frequency of 4.4 GHz, while the Ryzen 5600X comes with a base frequency of 3.7 GHz and a boost frequency of 4.6 GHz. This of course makes a difference in price, as the 5600X costs about $200 and the 5600 only costs about $180, which isn't much of a difference, as that's still about 10%.

Performance-wise, we'll find that the Ryzen 5 5600X is only 2.2% faster than the 5600, which is a difference you'll never notice in real life. Compared to the Intel Core i5-12400F, which is the 5600's most powerful competitor, and perhaps even why AMD launched the 5600 in the first place, we see the Intel processor is slightly ahead of 0.9% - that's no real difference. Compared to the Intel Core i5-12400F, the Ryzen 5 5600 is a bit more expensive, but it generally makes up for it with a lower platform cost. It doesn't make sense to pair the 5600 with an X570 motherboard, as the B550 for example won't be any slower, but you'll save about $50.

So in general, we can say that the Ryzen 5 5600 processor is the same as the Ryzen 5 5600X in many respects. Although the difference in performance may be in favor of the older processor by a small percentage of 2%, the price difference of $ 20 dollars is also a good difference. You will get almost the same performance while saving a little money that you may use later on for a more important matter such as buying better memory or a processor cooler later on. While all the hype is around the AMD Socket AM5 and Zen 4 at the moment, which will be released this year, certainly with amazing performance and interesting new features, AMD has confirmed that the AM4 will not be abandoned.

And since Socket AM5 will exclusively use DDR5 memory, which is more expensive than DDR4, we can say that the AM4 platform will become a price-for-performance option in AMD's lineup for at least another year or two, until prices for next-generation components make more sense for users in general.

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