January 30, 2023

AMD’s Ryzen 5600X was a favorite of value-oriented players when it debuted in late 2020 – to say nothing of RPS head large honcho Katharine – so unsurprisingly AMD adopted it up with a good cheaper mannequin, the 5600, a couple of 12 months later. This non-X variant performs kind of identically, with a barely low rated increase clock that interprets into one or two % worse efficiency in CPU-limited situations. Given the truth that the 5600 is £13 cheaper on Amazon proper now, we would suggest it over the X any time.

Yup, the CPU pictured above is a 5600X – however I promise the Ryzen 5 5600 seems and performs just about identically.

You may check out Katharine’s evaluate of the 5600X linked above, however I am going to try one other RPS supply: James’ write-up of the very best gaming CPUs. Of the 5600/X, he writes:

Due to AMD’s Zen 3 CPU structure, the Ryzen 5 5600X is each quick and extremely environment friendly, lowering warmth buildup and leaving extra PSU energy to go in direction of the graphics card. It additionally comes with its personal cooler within the field, and you do not want mega costly or massively quick RAM to get the very best out of it, both – one thing which is not at all times true over on Intel’s facet of the fence. [It’s compatible] with X570 and B550 chipset motherboards… and most X470 and B450 motherboards will assist it after a BIOS replace, providing you with a great deal of flexibility…

One other level within the favour of the 5600 is that it is not a Ryzen 7000 CPU, that are coming down in worth quickly however nonetheless require comparatively costly 600-series motherboards (X670E, X670, B650E, B650) and DDR5 RAM. After all, these boards include some new options and DDR5 does unlock quicker efficiency in some video games, however more often than not we see very small gaps and solely in CPU-limited titles – so going for Ryzen 5000 for now makes a bit extra sense for the value-oriented purchaser!

In any case, this can be a strong if not historic low worth, and it is effectively value selecting the 5600 up, whether or not you are upgrading an present AM4 system that may assist this technology or constructing from scratch.

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