AMD Ryzen 5 7600X vs 5600X vs 3600: Should you Upgrade?

Ryzen 5 7600X vs 5600X vs 3600

Today, I have compared Ryzen 5 7600X with Ryzen 5 5600X and Ryzen 5 3600 in 5 applications and 8 games at three resolution of 1080p, 1440p. and 4K.

Specifications

RYZEN 5 3600RYZEN 5 5600XRYZEN 5 7600X
CORES/THREADS6/126/126/12
BASE CLOCK3.6GHZ3.7GHZ4.7GHZ
BOOST CLOCK4.2GHZ4.6GHZ5.3GHZ
CACHE (L2/L3)3MB/32MB3MB/32MB6MB/32MB
MEMORYDDR4DDR4DDR5
TDP65W65W105W
TSMC FINFET7NM7NM5NM
INTERGRATED GPUNONOYES
RELEASE DATEJULY 2019NOV 2020SEP 2022
PRICE$150$150$300

The biggest difference you will see with 7600X is that it is based on 5nm and it has Intergrated graphics also. The other thing you will notice that 7600X has double L2 cache compared to 3600 and 5600X. There are also some similarities like all three CPUs have same cores and threads.


Price

Ryzen 5 3600Ryzen 5 5600XRyzen 5 7600X
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At the time of writing, the 7600X is available at the MSRP of $400, but the 5600X is $190 or less, and the 3600 can be picked up for less than $140. So should you pay extra $200 for the Ryzen 5 7600X? For that you have to check the Performance Section.


Performance

Now I will show you the Application and Gaming Benchmarks I have tested, but before that, take a look at my System Specifications:

I have to change Motherboard & RAM for Ryzen 5 7600X because it uses new AM5 Socket & DDR5 RAM.

  • Motherboard (Ryzen 5 5600X vs 3600): MSI X570S Carbon WiFi
  • Motherboard (Ryzen 5 7600X): Gigabyte Aorus X670E Master
  • RAM (Ryzen 5 5600X vs 3600): 16GB DDR4 3200Mhz
  • RAM (Ryzen 5 7600X): 32GB DDR5 6000Mhz
  • GPU: GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Gaming OC

Application Benchmarks

Let’s start with application, our favorite Cinebench R23. When compared to the 3600, the 7600X was scoring 45% higher in single core and 48% higher in multi core, and then when compared with the 5600X we’re looking at a 26% boost in single core and 24% boost in multi core.

7-Zip was used to test compression and decompression. The 7600X was 45% faster than the 3600 in terms of compression and 35% faster for decompression, but when compared to the 5600X decompression was just 17% faster with the 7600X, and 25% faster for compression.

The Corona benchmark uses the processor to render out a scene, and the differences weren’t as large as I was expecting.

Adobe Premiere was tested with the Puget Systems benchmark tool. The 5600X was scoring 9% ahead of the 3600, while the 7600X was scoring 16% better than the 5600X, and 26% better than the 3600.

Adobe Photoshop was also tested with Puget Systems benchmark tool. It does better with more single threaded performance, 7600X is scoring 26% ahead of the 5600X, and 47% ahead of the older 3600.

Gaming Benchmarks

Let’s start out with Spider-Man Remastered, The differences in FPS weren’t that different between 1080p and 1440p resolutions, while 4K saw no difference between the 5600X and 7600X. The 7600X was 41% faster than the 3600 at 1080p, and 22% ahead of the 5600X.

In the Sydney Landing Challenge, Microsoft Flight Simulator was tested. At both 1080p and 1440p resolutions, all three CPUs delivered comparable performance, and at 4K, the 5600X and 7600X were very close.

Halo Infinite also saw no change between all three CPUs at 4K. But there’s a bigger difference here at 1440p, the 7600X was 13% ahead of the 5600X, and 34% ahead of the 3600. The margins get larger at the lower 1080p resolution, with the 7600X now 27% ahead of the 5600X, and 47% faster than 3600.

In Call of Duty Warzone, things start to appear a little strange. At 1440p and 4K resolutions, it doesn’t seem to matter which CPU you use, but at 1080p, the 5600X was slightly faster on average.

No matter the resolution, the differences in Apex Legends were also quite minimal, so your choice of CPU doesn’t really matter.

Moving to other E-Sports Title Fortnite, the differences between the 5600X and 7600X, like with some other games, weren’t that great, so if you already own a 3600, just upgrade to the 5600X.

Cyberpunk 2077 on the other hand goes the other way, with no difference between all three processors at 4K, while the differences at 1440p were still very small too. At 1080p, the 7600X being 28% faster than the 3600, but just 5% faster compared to the 5600X.

Watch Dogs: Legion was tested with the game’s benchmark, and like most others, there weren’t many differences at 4K. The 7600X was 18% faster than the 5600X at 1080p, and 39% ahead than 3600.


Final Thoughts

Although the Ryzen 5 7600X is undoubtedly a powerful processor, but its expensive when compared to the older Ryzen 5 5600X.  And if you want that added performance, then you must have to pay for it. However, if you already own a Ryzen 5 3600, simply swapping it out for a 5600X without altering any hardware would be a much more affordable upgrade than purchasing a new 7600X because you also have to purchase a new motherboard and DDR5 memory.


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