Question What makes the Ryzen 5 3600 better

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The Ryzen 5 2600x and 3600 have the same number of cores and the same clock speed. How should the 3600 be better than the 2600x?
 
The Ryzen 5 2600x and 3600 have the same number of cores and the same clock speed. How should the 3600 be better than the 2600x?
The Ryzen 5 3600 will be 20 to 30% faster across the board compared to the 2600x. This is due to a completely new architecture(7nm vs 12nm) and the significant IPC improvement that comes with it.

IPC(instructions per clock) is the number of instructions that the CPU can execute per clock(cycle). So a lower clock speed-higher IPC processor will usually be faster than a higher clock speed-lower IPC one(this totally depends on how big the IPC improvement is).

Even though on paper they share the same clock speed the 3600 will be faster, being able to execute more instructions per clock compared to the 2600x.
 
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The Ryzen 5 3600 will be 20 to 30% faster across the board compared to the 2600x. This is due to a completely new architecture(7nm vs 12nm) and the significant IPC improvement that comes with it.

IPC(instructions per clock) is the number of instructions that the CPU can execute per clock(cycle). So a lower clock speed-higher IPC processor will usually be faster than a higher clock speed-lower IPC one(this totally depends on how big the IPC improvement is).
Will I get better FPS with it instead of the r5 2600x and a RX 5700XT / Will this reduce the "bottleneck"
 
Ryzen 3000 processors also have a huge l3 cache - 'Game Cache' as AMD calls it - that contributes to it's performance uplift.

While a 3600 is quite good enough now, getting an 8 core isn't a bad future proofing strategy even if just for gaming. Since games are getting more and more highly threaded having the CPU to allow the scheduler to move processes off the game's main thread evens out FPS and performance. Also doing anything alongside gaming - like streaming your game action, capturing videos of your gaming, discording - will take CPU resources. Having 8 cores/16 threads is a great way to not let those things get in the way of gaming action.
 

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All else being equal the 3600 will outperform the 2600 every time...better IPC and more cache on the chip give it the edge...the same thing will happen to the 3600 when the 4000 series launches.
 
I would at least make it a worthwhile upgrade and go with an 8 core 3700x if it were me. I mean the IPC increase is still worth it but only if you want high refresh rate fps. If you have a 60hz monitor just keep your CPU. There's no reason to get significantly more power than you need now when better and cheaper options will be available in the future.
 

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