AMD Ryzen 5 2600 review: the most interesting Ryzen 2!

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AMD Ryzen 5 2600

Recently we published our AMD Ryzen 2 review. At the time of writing that review, AMD had not sent us perhaps the most interesting new CPU yet, the Ryzen 5 2600, which you can already buy for 170 pounds. However, we were able to borrow it and test it as soon as possible.


The Ryzen 5 2600 is the little brother of the 2600X that we already discussed last time. Just like that processor, it's a 6-core CPU with all the improvements of the Ryzen 2 generation, such as the 12nm production process and the cache's much tighter response times. Out-of-the-box, the 2600 is set to a 200 MHz lower clock speed than the 2600X, but since all Ryzens have an unlocked multiplier, you can just overclock it. You will soon recover those few hundreds of megahertz.

  Ryzen 5 1600 Ryzen 5 2600 Ryzen 5 2600X
Number of cores 6 6 6
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 3.4 GHz 3.6 GHz
All-core turbo 3.3 GHz 3.67 GHz 3.9 GHz
Single-core turbo 3.6 GHz 3.9 GHz 4.2 GHz
SMT Ja Ja Ja
TDP 65W 65W 95W
Included cooler Wraith Spire Wraith Stealth Wraith Spire
Average price £ 155 £ 175 £ 210

In theory, the purchase of a Ryzen 5 2600 can save you a lot of money compared to the more expensive 2600X. Besides the higher clock speeds, the only difference is that with the 2600X you also get a more capable cooler, although an overclocker would probably want to install a better separate CPU cooler anyway.

Of course we tested the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 extensively and tried how far we could overclock it. The latter is one of its main advantages over its direct competitor, the Intel Core i5 8400. Before we start, we would like to thank Azerty.nl for lending this processor to us for our review.

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AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Boxed

Socket AM4, 3.4 GHz, 6 cores, 65 W, 12 nm

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

£149.99

Avg. £165.68
7 shops, 7x stock

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