AMD Ryzen 5 3600 vs AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

Compare AMD Ryzen 5 Desktop 6 core CPU vs AMD Ryzen 9 Desktop 16 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

48 %
106 %
120% significantly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

65 %
95 %
46% significantly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

42 %
109 %
159% significantly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

41 %
111 %
170% significantly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

146% significantly higher Geekbench (multi) score
Geekbench (single) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

39% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score
3DMark Physics score

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

95% significantly higher 3DMark Physics score



Number of physical processing units

166% significantly more cores


Number of logical processing units

166% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3.6 GHz
5% slightly higher clock speed
3.4 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4.2 GHz
4.9 GHz
16% slightly higher turbo speed


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

65 W
61% significantly lower TDP
105 W

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

384 KiB
1024 KiB
166% significantly more L1 cache

L2 Cache

Secondary embedded memory, slower than L1 cache

3 MiB
8 MiB
166% significantly more L2 cache

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

32 MiB
64 MiB
100% significantly more L3 cache

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

217th of 1,219
17th of 1,219


The product line

Ryzen 5 Desktop
Ryzen 9 Desktop

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

July 2019
May 2020

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked


Ryzen 5 3600 vs Ryzen 9 5950X specs and performance

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark tool, the Ryzen 9 5950X is faster than the Ryzen 5 3600. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Ryzen 5 3600 in all gaming tests too.

With info from our database, we find that the Ryzen 9 5950X has significantly more cores with 16 cores whereas the Ryzen 5 3600 has 6 cores. It also has more threads than the Ryzen 5 3600. These CPUs have different clock speeds. Indeed, the Ryzen 5 3600 has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Ryzen 9 5950X. Despite this, the Ryzen 9 5950X has a slightly higher turbo speed. A Ryzen 5 3600 CPU outputs less heat than a Ryzen 9 5950X CPU because of its significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption. The cache sizes of these CPUs are different. Indeed, the Ryzen 9 5950X has significantly more L2 cache than the Ryzen 5 3600. The Ryzen 9 5950X also has significantly more L3 cache.

Most CPUs have more threads than cores. This technology, colloquially called hyperthreading, improves performance by splitting a core into multiple virtual ones. This provides more efficient utilisation of a core. Indeed, the Ryzen 5 3600 has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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