The AMD Ryzen 5 is the most popular processor series among users due to its excellent value for money, and the Ryzen 5 2600X is no exception.
This AMD 2600X features 6 multithreaded cores with a base speed of 3.4 GHz and a boost of 3.9 GHz in each of its 12 simultaneous processing threads that take full advantage of the characteristics of the also optimized Precision Boost Overdrive and XFR2 technologies , of the which we’ll talk about in more detail later.
Like the rest of its series, the 2600X is a CPU using 12nm lithography , a more refined manufacturing process than last year’s chips, which has enabled AMD to create more powerful and efficient silicons thanks to reduced size of the components that make up these CPUs.
As for the types and amount of memory used by AMD for this silicon, the thing is as follows: 2 blocks of 8 MB of L3 cache (16 MB) , 6 blocks of 512 KB of L2 cache (3MB) and a combination of 6 x 32 KB and 6 x 64 KB to get 5 76 KB of L1 cache memory . The same distribution as the Ryzen 5 1600.
As in the previous generation, they support the following list of instruction sets: AES, AVX, AVX2, FMA3, AMD-V, MMX (+), SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, SSE4A, SHA and x86-64.
The tests carried out show that we are facing a very versatile processor that adapts to all kinds of scenarios: games and tools, for a fairly adjusted price.
The Ryzen 5 2600X is an extreme refinement of the previous model that manages to increase frequencies to achieve greater power without increasing consumption or temperature. The increase in power is around 10% . Such refinement has secondarily led to better use of memories, leading to much better performance than expected in games.
Let’s talk about temperatures, consumption and overclock of the Ryzen 5 2600X
AMD has improved a lot since the appearance of Ryzen and proof of this is the 40º that keeps this chip at rest and the no more than 55º squeezing the processor to the maximum, making use only of the heatsink that by default includes AMD along with the 2600X, 7º less a generation ago.
As for consumption , we are talking about a processor that is around 155W (complete equipment without GPU and storage units), a substantial improvement that has pleasantly surprised us.
By increasing the voltage to 1,456V stable 4.1 GHz speeds can be achieved with a 2.5% increase in Cinebench 15 going from 1260 benchmarks to 1289 after the rise. In this aspect we see that the OC is not its strong suit.
What’s New in AMD XFR 2 Technology
eXtended Frequency Range is the AMD technology known as XFR whose purpose is to free the user from having to manually adjust the frequencies of the processor in the Bios or through tools. XFR is the automation of the overclock that AMD implemented in the first Ryzen and that now comes to us in an improved way to achieve a better consumption and power curve.
AMD has included a greater number of control points to make power needs and automated overclocking steps as tight as possible so as not to waste energy. In addition, the frequency change is now performed more quickly both when a power boost is necessary and when the workload decreases. Furthermore, XFR2 allows all the processor cores to be affected by this automatic overclock , and not just two as in the first version. This means that a large workload can now be divided among several cores without having to reach a high frequency in a few that could cause instability in the system.
Ryzen 2000 Series are compatible with AM4 socket and 300 and 400 series chipset boards
The manufacturing process change does not affect compatibility with the AM4 socket so any user with a motherboard with that 300 series socket and chipset will not have to change their motherboard.
The new generation Ryzen 2000 processors maintain the Pin Grip Array connection system , which means that it is the processor that has the connection pins, specifically 1331 pins, instead of the motherboard.
As we have already said, the motherboards with 300 series chip are compatible with the new processors, although for this the bios will have to be updated.
For their part, the second generation Ryzen are accompanied by new motherboards with a 400 series chipset , which although in the future will incorporate more novelties, for the moment the only one is the PCI-Express 3.0 x4 leap to replace the PCI-Express 2.0 x8 .
- Processor family: AMD Ryzen 5
- Processor frequency: 3.6 GHz
- Number of processor cores: 6
- Processor socket: AM4 socket
- Component for: PC
- Processor Lithograph: 12nm
- Box: Yes
- Refrigerator included: Yes
- Processor model2600X
- Number of processor filaments: 12
- Processor mode: 32-bit, 64-bit
- Processor cache: 16 MB
- Processor cache type: L3
- Turbo processor frequency: 4.2 GHz
- Memory channels supported by processor: Dual
- Memory types supported by processor: DDR4-SDRAM
- Memory clock speed supported by processor: 2933 MHz
- Energy control
- Thermal Design Power (TDP): 95 W
- On-board graphics adapter: No
- Discreet Graphics Adapter: No
- Built-in graphics adapter model: Not available
- Discrete graphics adapter model: Not available
- PCI Express Input Version: 3.0
- PCI Express configurations: 1×16