AMD Ryzen 5 3600X & Ryzen 5 3400G CPU Performance Review

AMD Ryzen 5 3rd-gen Processor Packaging
by Rob Williams on September 20, 2019 in Processors

Having taken a look at Linux performance with AMD’s Ryzen 5 6-core 3600X and 4-core 3400G last week, we’re now turning our attention to Windows. We’re tackling everything from encoding to rendering and math to gaming with the ultimate goal of finding out how these chips stack up, and see where the greatest strengths lay.

Page 1 – Introduction

If you’re interested in Linux performance, you may want to take a look at our experiences with these CPUs here.

We’re a little overdue on tackling our performance look on these chips, thanks in part to some hassle that happened along the way, but, it’s finally here. And probably just in enough time to leave a few weeks’ breathing room until the next launch, as AMD is expected to release its 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X at some point soon, and Intel has its i9-9900KS and new Core X-series slated for release next month.

At the Zen 2 launch, we checked out the 12-core 3900X and 8-core 3700X, and to say we were impressed would really be an understatement. Generation over generation, AMD packed in some obviously beneficial polish, with bigger gains than expected being seen in some cases. Fortunately, nothing changes for the 3600X. It also shows some sweet gains over its predecessor.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X and Ryzen 5 3400G Processors

Alongside the 6-core 3600X, we’re also going to be taking a CPU-only look at the 4-core 3400G APU. As an APU, this chip bundles integrated Radeon graphics, but we haven’t been able to get to the testing we’ve wanted to with so much other stuff going on, but we still hope to tackle it soon(er than later).

As there’s not too much revolutionary to talk about here, let’s check out the overall Ryzen stack:

AMD’s Current-gen Ryzen Processor Lineup
Cores Clock (Turbo) L2+L3 Memory TDP Price
Threadripper WX-series
2990WX 32 (64T) 3.0 GHz (4.2) 16+64MB Quad 250W $1799
2970WX 24 (48T) 3.0 GHz (4.2) 12+64MB Quad 250W $1299
Threadripper X-series
2950X 16 (32T) 3.5 GHz (4.4) 8+32MB Quad 180W $899
2920X 12 (24T) 3.5 GHz (4.3) 6+32MB Quad 180W $649
Ryzen 9
R9 3950X 16 (32T) 3.5 GHz (4.7) 72MB Dual 105W $749
R9 3900X 12 (24T) 3.8 GHz (4.6) 70MB Dual 105W $499
Ryzen 7
R7 3800X 8 (16T) 3.9 GHz (4.5) 36MB Dual 95W $399
R7 3700X 8 (16T) 3.6 GHz (4.4) 36MB Dual 65W $329
R7 2700X 8 (16T) 3.7 GHz (4.3) 4+16MB Dual 105W $329
R7 2700 8 (16T) 3.2 GHz (4.1) 4+16MB Dual 65W $299
Ryzen 5
R5 3600X 6 (12T) 3.8 GHz (4.4) 35MB Dual 95W $249
R5 3600 6 (12T) 3.6 GHz (4.2) 35MB Dual 65W $199
R5 2600X 6 (12T) 3.6 GHz (4.2) 3+16MB Dual 95W $219
R5 2600 6 (12T) 3.4 GHz (3.9) 3+16MB Dual 65W $189
Ryzen w/ Radeon Vega Graphics
R5 3400G 4 (8T) 3.7 GHz (4.2) 0.5+4MB Dual 65W $149
R5 2400G 4 (8T) 3.6 GHz (3.9) 0.5+4MB Dual 65W $169
R3 3200G 4 (4T) 3.6 GHz (4.0) 0.5+4MB Dual 65W $99
R3 2200G 4 (4T) 3.5 GHz (3.7) 0.5+4MB Dual 65W $99

The 3600X is priced at $249, which from first glance looks to be a solid deal. We remember Intel’s Core i7-8700K costing $370, so to see a 6-core with this much power for $249 is great. But wait, there’s more: the R5 3600 foregos the cooler and 200MHz to shave $50 off of the price.

Depending on whether or not you want the cooler, or want to deal with overclocking, that $200 chip looks to be unbeatable at this point (based both on paper and our testing with the X version).

It’s important to note that the 3400G isn’t based on the Zen 2 architecture like the rest of the 3000-series is (excluding the even lower-end 3200G). That means that it’s not going to experience the same level of boosts as the actual Zen 2 chips, because it’s effectively a clock boosted product. Those who were looking at the 2400G but have held off can instead today buy the 3400G for $20 less and with higher peak clocks.

We’ve been a bit unlucky with the 3400G, with much more to be said about this on the final page, so if you do want to go the APU route, we suggest that you don’t settle on your particular components until you’ve verified that everything works together. We even ran into difficulties trying to reach our 3200MHz DRAM speeds, so more than the regular Ryzen platform, there seems to be more to take into consideration with these APUs.

Since we’ve covered Zen 2 to death already, there’s not much to talk about here except performance, so let’s get into that. You can check out our testing methodologies in the next page, or jump to page three to get straight to the results.

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Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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