AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AM4 CPU Review: Page 4 of 6

Posted by Damon Bailey on Friday, November 16, 2018 - 12:00pm

System Configuration & Testing


CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600

Ram: 16GB G.skill TridentZ RGB 3200MHz C16

GPU: Galax HOF GTX 1070


SSD: Samsung 960 Pro 2TB

Cooling: Custom 240mm loop, EK Velocity CPU block, EKWB PE 240mm radiator, Alphacool Eisstation DDC, Cooled by Corsair ML120 Pro fans.


General Performance Testing

All performance testing was done with the i7-8700K and GTX 1070 at default clock speed. CPU was left with Speed Step and Turbo Boost enabled. Games where ran at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and higher settings enabled as noted.

PCMark 10

PCMark 10 is the complete benchmark for the modern office. It is the ideal test for organizations that are evaluating PCs for a workforce with a range of performance needs. The tests in this benchmark cover a wide range of activities from everyday productivity tasks to demanding work with digital media content.

PCMark 10 uses a modular approach to build relevant benchmark tests around common end-user scenarios. A Test Group is a collection of workloads that share a common theme or purpose. There are four test groups in PCMark 10, we use three of them.

Essentials: covers the common, everyday ways that people use a PC. The workloads include Web Browsing, Video Conferencing, and App Start-up time.

 Productivity: measures system performance with everyday office applications. This test group includes the Spreadsheets and Writing workloads.

Digital Content Creation: This test group's workload reflects the demands of working with digital content and media. The tests include Photo Editing, Video Editing, and Rendering and Visualization.

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PCMark 10 provides a very well rounded test suite that doesn’t favor any one particular architecture or aspect such as clock speed too heavily. The 2600 falls in line with the i5-8400 and is just barely behind a few 8 cores.


WebXPRT 2015

WebXPRT 2013 uses scenarios created to mirror the tasks you do every day to compare the performance of almost any Web-enabled device. It contains four HTML5- and JavaScript-based workloads: Photo Effects, Face Detect, Stocks Dashboard, and Offline Notes.  WebXPRT is run with the latest stable release version of Google Chrome browser, in this case, Version 61.

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AMD does really well in this test with a score of nearly 760 points being one of the best we’ve seen.


CPU Performance Testing

Super PI Modded 1.5

“In August 1995, the calculation of pi up to 4,294,960,000 decimal digits was succeeded by using a supercomputer at the University of Tokyo. The program was written by D.Takahashi in collaboration with Dr.Y.Kanada at the computer center. This record should be the current world record. (Details are shown in the windows help.) This record-breaking program was ported to personal computer environments such as Windows NT and Windows 95. In order to calculate 33.55 million digits, it takes within 3 days with a Pentium 90 MHz, 40 MB main memory and 340 MB available storage.”

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In this test, AMD’s lower clock speeds really hurt this single threaded test against Intel that can ramp a single core clock quite high.


SiSoft Sandra – Cryptographic Bandwidth

“SiSoftware Sandra provides a robust package of diagnostic tools for testing your system and teasing out its problems--or potential headaches.”

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AM4 CPU

AMD’s cores seem to perform quite a bit better clock for clock compared to Intel in this test so the 2600 holds a solid lead, even over 8-core Intel chips.



"CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer's performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON's award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Iron Man 3, Oblivion, Life of Pi or Prometheus and much more.

CINEBENCH is the perfect tool to compare CPU and graphics performance across various systems and platforms (Windows and OS X). And best of all: It's completely free."

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Cinebench comes in at 1300 points even on the Multi-threaded test. Intel’s upper end doesn’t hold much of a lead and older HEDT chips fall quite short.



The benchmark shows a rating in MIPS (million instructions per second). The rating value is calculated from the measured speed, and it is normalized with results of Intel Core 2 CPU with multi-threading option switched off. So if you have modern CPU from Intel or AMD, rating values in single-thread mode must be close to real CPU frequency. There are two tests, compression with LZMA method and decompression with LZMA method. Once the total passes reach 100, the score is taken

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7Zip can really scale with thread count so we can’t complain about the 34,722 MIPS total rating. Intel’s faster clock speeds of the 8700K give it an edge, but the lower clocked i5-8400 falls way behind.


Black Hole 4.2

Let the beast run and benchmark your system in three different tests (Multithreaded, Single-threaded & 4-Threaded) that will test your CPU to the very limit, and score you among hundreds of other systems that have tested.

Multithreaded will test your CPU's efficiency of running more than one thread without major system lag. The higher you score on this one, the more threads your CPU can handle with a comfortable speed. High multithreaded scores generally mean you can render things faster.

4-Threaded tests your CPU's performance in games since most games currently run on 4 threads.

Single-threaded evaluates how fast the CPU can handle a single, dedicated thread for processing.

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The Black Hole benchmark also scales heavily with core count. The overall score is the sum of the individual scores so it makes sense for the Ryzen 5 2600 to go toe to toe with the Core i5-8400.


Written by Alexander J. Lee “From a high-school project that went a little too far...” y-cruncher, (y for gamma) is a number-crunching program that can compute various mathematical constants.

It was originally a small program specialized for computing the Euler-Mascheroni Constant. (Which uses gamma as its symbol, hence the name). It has since gained the ability to compute other constants.

It is the first of its kind that is multi-threaded and scalable to multi-core systems. Ever since its launch in 2009, it has become a common benchmarking and stress-testing application for overclockers and hardware enthusiasts.

We tested using the built-in benchmarks to compute Pi to 1 Billion Digits in both single and multi-threaded mode and recorded the Total Computation time at the end of the run. Y-Cruncher is also able to take advantage of AVX512 instructions in compatible CPU’s. Due to the thermal load of running Intense AVX workloads, Intel has implemented and AVX offset clock that may scale the CPU’s clock speed back, even below stock speeds when running intense AVX loads. For this reason, we note the CPU’s clock speed in both single and multi-threaded test modes.

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This test certainly favors raw clock speed and can take advantage of AVX512 instructions in both single and multi-threaded tests. Faster clock speeds can be superseded by AVX512 support which shows on some of the Intel HEDT CPU’s, but AMD lacks both and falls to the lower end of the chart here.


Memory Performance Testing

AIDA64 Engineer Edition

“FinalWire Ltd. today announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 1.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises. The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand-new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and NVIDIA graphics processors.”

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AMD really sees high performance from fast memory. With a 3200MHz kit installed, we see read bandwidth of over 47GB/s.

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Memory latency is a solid but not record-breaking 70ns.

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Internally, the 2600’s L1 cache hits about 725GB/s read and copy, and 364GB/s writes.

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L2 cache comes in at just over 700GB/s reads and 352GB/s writes.

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And finally, L3 cache still manages 388GB/s reads and 341GB/s writes.


Passmark Performance Test - Memory Mark - Threaded

“Fast, easy to use, PC speed testing and benchmarking. PassMark Performance Test ™ allows you to objectively benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests and compare the results to other computers.”

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AMD really does well with higher speed memory, the Threaded Memory Mark test comes in at just over 44k points.


SiSoft Sandra – Memory Bandwidth.

“SiSoftware Sandra provides a robust package of diagnostic tools for testing your system and teasing out its problems--or potential headaches.”

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Surprisingly, AMD makes good use of the 3200MHz memory here on the Ryzen 5 2600 and manages well over 36½ GB/s in all three categories.

Game Testing

3DMark – Fire Strike

"Fire Strike is a showcase DirectX 11 benchmark designed for today's high-performance gaming PCs. It is our most ambitious and technical benchmark ever, featuring real-time graphics rendered with detail and complexity far beyond what is found in other benchmarks and games today"

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The Ryzen 5 2600 does well in our first synthetic gaming test, easily landing right around the rest of the 6-core CPU’s.


3DMark – Time Spy

"3Dmark Time Spy is a new DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows 10 gaming PCs. Time Spay is one of the first DirectX 12 apps to be built “the right way” from the ground up to fully realize the performance gains that the new API offers. With DirectX 12 engine, which supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading, Time Spy is the ideal test for benchmarking the latest graphics cards.”

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Timespy shows a similar result with the 6-cores all fighting over the same area of our chart.


Grand Theft Auto: V

"When a young street hustler, a retired bank robber, and a terrifying psychopath find themselves entangled with some of the most frightening and deranged elements of the criminal underworld, the U.S. government and the entertainment industry, they must pull off a series of dangerous heists to survive in a ruthless city in which they can trust nobody, least of all each other.”

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GTA: V is a game that favors faster CPU speeds and that shows here with the 2600 coming in about 131 FPS on average.

Metro: Last Light

"It Is the Year 2034. Beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, the remnants of mankind are besieged by deadly threats from outside – and within. Mutants stalk the catacombs beneath the desolate surface, and hunt amidst the poisoned skies above."

Developed by 4A Games and published by Deepsilver, Metro: Last Light uses the 4A game engine. At its highest settings, the 4A game engine is capable of bringing all but the most extreme gaming systems to their knees.

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AM4 CPU

All of our AMD samples in this test end up on the lower end of the chart, but the Ryzen 5 2600 is the best among them with an average of 116 FPS.


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