Amd Ryzen 5 2600 Processor Review
Six Cores and 65W
The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 contains 6 distinct cores and has the ability to execute 2 separate threads for each of its core, which is just like the company’s more expensive Ryzen 5 2600X. The 2600 functions at its lower base and the boost frequencies in contrast to the X-class model (it is, after all, supposed to be $30 cheaper). The computer’s dialed-back stats and performance won’t give you too much trouble, as the 2600 employs higher clock rates than the Ryzen 5 1600, which is the AMD’s previous gen. It features a similar unlocked ratio multiplier which is built for optimal overclocking. You can be sure that the 2600 is the fastest $200 unit that the AMD has ever offered.
It is unfortunate that, instead of the Ryzen 5 1600 bundled with the 95W cooler AMD, the 2600 is packaged with the 65W Wraith Stealth heat sink and fan combination. The thermal solution is great for stock frequencies, and it limits the new chip’s ability to overclock. Those who are trying to match the Ryzen 5 2600X via tweaking with be quite disappointed.
Even worse, the 2600X sold at a discounted price when we started writing this article, and the gap between these 2 chips has shrank to $20. This premium gives you even more stock performance from the 2600X and also a bigger and stronger 95W cooler which matches its TDP. Overall, the Ryzen 5 2600X is a great improvement.
Ryzen 5 2600 is a very compelling choice, nonetheless, for those who want to build their computer in a case where high temperatures and heat are primary concerns. It’s currently one of the very best CPUs for desktop applications at the time of this writing, and comes full loaded with structural improvements that are inherent to the AMD Zen+ design. These include lower memory latency, high multi-core boost frequencies (all of which are higher than prior generations), and the 12nm manufacturing process of GlobalFoundry (the review we wrote for the Ryzen 7 2700X review has more details).
The Ryzen’s 2000-series CPUs are fully compatible with X470 or any older chipset motherboards s. You’ll be able to overclock these newer processors on the cheaper B-series platforms. The cheaper 400-series chipsets haven’t been released yet, but we expect them to be cheaper alternatives to the 2000-series Ryzen CPUs.
The Ryzen 5 2600 series supports upwards of DDR4-2933 memory. You’ll just need to keep in mind that you’ll only get these data rates if you’re using a single-rank modules installed with a max of two slots. It’ll take a six PCB layer motherboard to reach the 2933 MT/s in a stable manner that’s safe for your computer.
The Ryzen 5 2600 features StorMI Technology. This is tiering software solution which offers both an affordable price and a high capacity hard drive with SSD-level speed, 3D XPoint, and even the option to have up to 2GB RAM.
Precision Boost 2 And XFR2
The previous generation’s AMD Ryzen processors had the Precision Boost which set up the higher frequencies under workloads that were threaded lightly. They introduced the XFR (eXtended Frequency Range) feature, a feature which allowed for higher clock rates once determined that the cooling solution featured thermal headroom to spare.
The brand-new Precision Boost 2 (PB2) and the XFR2 algorithms increase the overall performance in the threaded workload by way of raising the frequency of any of the cores. AMD does not feature a list of multi-core PB2 and XFR2 bins since the algorithms speed up to different clock rates which are based on current, temperature, and load. We got our measurements via a motherboard that featured high-quality voltage regulation circuitry as well as a strong cooler (these are both the 2 main requirements for optimal frequencies).
The Ryzen 5 2600 gives you a great performance boost over the AMD previous-generation models. It cannot, however, match the Ryzen 5 2600X. When you compare it to the CPU, the 2600 loses a total of 350 MHz when all cores are utilized. The overall differences between the models narrow in the tasks that use between 1 and 4 different cores.