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Rumour Control: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 reviewed

A tech website claims to have benchmark data for the Zen 2 CPU, but there are a few caveats you should be aware of before treating its results as gospel.

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Spanish tech website El Chapuzas Informatico has jumped the gun and published a review of the AMD Ryzen 5 3600, prior to the non-disclosure agreement being lifted.

There’s a caveat on the testing, which is that it was carried out on an X470 motherboard rather than one with the anticipated X570 chipset. The reviewers claim their test motherboard has the latest BIOS, which introduces support for this generation of Ryzen CPU. However, even with this new BIOS, they report that it crashed as soon as overclocking was attempted.

The review itself includes a lot of comparison charts and benchmarks, and it looks like the six-core Ryzen 5 3600 does well in most of the tests. Notably, it’s able to surpass the Ryzen 7 2700X in the games tests, with its 4.2GHz boost clock sitting well above the 3.9GHz of the Ryzen 5 2600.

Even with the testing apparatus potentially holding back the Ryzen 5 3600 in this instance, the review is positive, referencing in particular the multi-core performance and improvements to the power consumption and heat management. There are some red flags raised about memory performance, although given the slightly ad hoc nature of the testing rig, it’s hard to read too much into those figures for now.