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AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Review

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AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Introduction:

Last year, AMD upset the status quo in the CPU market with the launch of its 14nm Ryzen Zen Architecture. AMD started with the mainstream and then hit back hard with the HEDT parts called Threadripper. Now here we are a year plus later with the Zen+ refresh. What we got last year were parts that were nothing but competitive. Not world beaters mind you, but competitive, and much more than the FX parts from the previous generation of AMD processors.

What this revision brings, at least on paper, are an uptick of +/- 250MHz on the boost clock speeds, an up to 16% improvement in L3 cache latency, an up to 34% improvement in L2 Cache latency, an up to 13% improvement in L1 cache latency, and an overall IPC improvement of roughly 3%. This year on the 2 Series parts we see the change to a 12nm process node from Global Foundries called 12LP. Additional improvements come in the way of AMD's Precision Boost 2 and SenseMI technology that can dynamically manage clock speeds based on a multitude of factors, including core loading and thermal headroom, to deliver the highest possible boost clock speeds at all times.

What this adds up to is a set of interesting improvements. Let's see how it impacts performance.

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Closer Look:

AMD's Pinnacle Ridge Ryzen 5 2600X is built on Global Foundries' 12LP 12nm node. The Ryzen 5 2600X is a six-core, twelve thread processor, much like the Ryzen 5 1600X from last year. This latest revision of AMD's Zen+ architecture features a base frequency of 3.6GHz and a Boost clock frequency of 4.2GHz, although with Precision Boost and SenseMI it may run higher clock speeds in the right situations. Dual-channel memory configurations with memory speeds up to 2933MHz are officially supported for the refresh processors, although 3200MHz seems to work just fine out of the box.

Much like the Ryzen 5 1600X, this processor comes as a 95W TDP part. With that low of a TDP, it is packaged with the Wraith Spire cooling solution from AMD that we saw included with the R5 1600X last year. These new parts from AMD can be used in both X370 and X470 chipset-based motherboards with AMD's 1331 pin AM4 socket. To take advantage of the latest improvements, you will need to use a 4 Series chipset board.



The motherboard I will be using for this test will be MSI's X470 Gaming M7 AC. It's one of several X470 offerings from MSI to be used with both AMD 1 and 2 Series Ryzen processors. The X470 Gaming M7 AC has a who's who list of supporting features including M.2 Shield Frozr, Turbo M.2, dual 8-pin power connections, Killer LAN, Mystic Lighting, and DDR4 Boost. It also has Audio Boost 4 with Nahamic audio, Steel Armor on the DIMM and PCIe 16x slots, and StoreMI technology to merge solid state drives and larger mechanical storage via a virtual drive to improve storage access.



Let's see how this revision of ZMD's Zen+ 12nm architecture performs against Intel's powerhouse six-core, the i7 8700K.

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  1. AMD Ryzen 5 2600X: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. AMD Ryzen 5 2600X: Specifications & Features
  3. AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Testing: Apophysis, Bibble 5. WinRAR, Corona
  5. AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Testing: Blender, POV-Ray, Cinebench R15, Geekbench 4
  6. AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Testing: HandBrake, PCMark 10, AIDA64
  7. AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2018, HWBot X.265 Benchmark
  8. AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Testing: 3DMark, The Division, Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  9. AMD Ryzen 5 2600X: Conclusion
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