AMD Ryzen 5 3600 vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X

Compare AMD Ryzen 5 Desktop 6 core CPU vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper 64 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

58 %
97 %
67% significantly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

78 %
62% significantly better gaming score
48 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

52 %
116 %
123% significantly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

51 %
128 %
150% significantly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

282% significantly higher Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

0% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score



Number of physical processing units

966% significantly more cores


Number of logical processing units

966% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

4 GHz
24% slightly higher clock speed
3 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4 GHz
4 GHz
2% slightly higher turbo speed


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

65 W
330% significantly lower TDP
280 W

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

100% significantly more memory channels

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

384 KiB
4,096 KiB
966% significantly more L1 cache

L2 Cache

Secondary embedded memory, slower than L1 cache

3 MiB
32 MiB
966% significantly more L2 cache

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

32 MiB
256 MiB
700% significantly more L3 cache

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

256th of 1,327
56th of 1,327


The product line

Ryzen 5 Desktop
Ryzen Threadripper

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

July 2019
July 2020

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked


Ryzen 5 3600 vs Ryzen Threadripper 3990X benchmarks

In our benchmarks, the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X beats the Ryzen 5 3600 in overall performance. Despite this, the Ryzen 5 3600 has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.

In terms of the number of cores of each of these CPUs, the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X has significantly more cores than the Ryzen 5 3600. Indeed, the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X has 64 cores compared to 6 cores found in the Ryzen 5 3600. It also has more threads than the Ryzen 5 3600. Our comparison shows that the Ryzen 5 3600 has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. Despite this, the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X has a slightly higher turbo speed. A Ryzen 5 3600 CPU outputs less heat than a Ryzen Threadripper 3990X CPU because of its significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption. In terms of cache, the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X has significantly more L2 cache when compared to the Ryzen 5 3600. The Ryzen Threadripper 3990X also has significantly more L3 cache.

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Ryzen 5 3600 has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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