PC HARDWARE | Ryzen 5 2600X first impressions

Today is the official launch of the much anticipated 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen processors, which been made available for global pre-order earlier this week.

These new line up of processors are optimized for gamers, creators, and hardware enthusiasts available at various price points. The new CPUs include: Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X, and Ryzen 5 2600.

The 2nd gen Ryzen processors offer up to 15 percent higher gaming performance than its predecessor, at the same time delivering the highest multiprocessing performance and a host of new features such as Precision Boost 2 and Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR 2).

So, what we have right now is the Ryzen 5 2600X, which is a 6-core/12-thread processor, that could be pusehed up to 4.2GHz. Here are our initial impressions.

First up, running the Cinebench R15 comparing the Ryzen 5 1600 with the Ryzen 5 2600X, , there is a 14% difference on the single-thread test and 20% difference on the multi-thread test as you can see on the chart.

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This says a lot about the improved IPC from the first generation of Ryzen processors.

Also, from what we’ve picked up earlier this week, others were able to overclock the Ryzen 5 2600x and Ryzen 7 2700X up to 4.25 and 4.3Ghz using 1.45v and above on the CPU core voltage. Unfortunately, with our Ryzen 5 2600X review sample, we were only able to go up to 4.2GHz on 1.425v while overclocking on both the Ryzen Master software and directly from the UEFI BIOS. But then again, that’s a huge improvement compared to the Ryzen 5 1600, which we could only overclock up to 3.8GHz.


In addition, with improved memory controller on the Ryzen 5 2600X and the Gigabyte X470 Gaming 7 Wifi motherboard, we were able to squeeze an extra 200Mhz on the two 8GB 3400Mhz G.Skill Sniper DDR4 memory modules that were provided with the review kit.


For the overall first impression, we can’t help but notice how snappier the performance of the Ryzen 5 2600X is on our initial gaming test compared to the Ryzen 5 1600.

For now, we decided to do a quick live stream on Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds using xSplit, multi-streaming on Twitch and Facebook at the same time on 720p60fps resolution. We will be doing a review with other GPUs in the upcoming articles, but so far the overall gameplay is smooth sitting around 40-50FPS on high settings with no frame dropping, even with a lot of background applications open.

Taking these results into consideration, we believe that for content creators, gamers, and streamers, this new platform could be the better option in this class.

There will be a follow up article for these 2nd Generation Ryzen processors specifically in terms of performance in gaming and creative workloads, backwards compatibility with B350 and X370 motherboards, and what the improvements are in Precision Boost, XFR, and the new AMD StoreMI technology.

We will also go in depth with the new version of the Ryzen Master Software

For pricing in the local market, here’s the SRP of the new Ryzen 2nd gen CPUs:


by Ira James, contributing writer
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