Application Benchmarks – Part 1

PCMark 10

In PCMark 10’s standard benchmark the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X scores 7218 while Ryzen 5 3600 scores 7002.  That is only a 3% advantage toward the Ryzen 5 3600X. Overall, that’s a very small system performance difference.

In this next test, we are running the Application Test.  This tests Microsoft Office performance, for this one we are using Office 2019 updated to the latest build.  The Ryzen 5 3600X scores 11565 while Ryzen 5 3600 scores 11125.  That is a 4% advantage to the 3600X.  This means in MS Office the 3600X will have a small 4% performance advantage, which is really not noticeable.

Geekbench 5

In Geekbench 5’s performance graph above we are looking at the Multi-Thread score first.  The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X scored 7404 while the Ryzen 5 3600 scores 7176.  That is a 3% advantage to the Ryzen 5 3660X in Multi-Threading performance.  Both CPUs have the same cores/threads and the same caches, so only the clock speed improvement on the 3600X makes a difference here, and that difference is 3%.

In the graph above we are now testing Single-Thread performance.  The Ryzen 5 3600X scored 1332 and the Ryzen 5 3600 scores 1266.  That is a 5% performance advantage to the Ryzen 5 3600X Single-Thread performance.  The IPC is the same between the CPUs, but the faster clock speed on the 3600X allows for a 5% advantage to single-core performance.

SiSoftware Sandra 2020

In this graph we are comparing the SiSoftware Sandra Dhrystone performance which focuses on integer performance.  The Ryzen 5 3600X scores 297.5 GFLOPS while the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 scores 287.4 GFLOPS.  That is a 4% performance advantage to the Ryzen 5 3600X.

Now we are looking at Whetstone performance which is floating-point.  The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X scores 163.7 GFLOPS while the Ryzen 5 3600 scores 158.5 GFLOPS.  That is a 3% performance increase for the Ryzen 5 3600X.


In WinRAR we ran the built-in benchmark, the Ryzen 5 3600X scores 22859 KB/s while the Ryzen 5 3600 scores 22395 KB/s.  That is only a 2% advantage to the Ryzen 5 3600X. 

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  1. Wow… for that kind of performance boost Intel would want you to buy a whole new kit. New motherboard, new ram and a new CPU altogether in order to support the ‘newer faster cpu’. I mean… not TODAY but 5 years ago… 3-7% would have been considered a generational bump. ;)

    Yea I still have oodles of snark vs Intel. ;)

  2. It seems that when ever Intel introduces a new line you have to buy a motherboard with it!

    I used to be a big fan of AMD back in the Athlon days and started going Intel. However, now I’m seriously rethinking my choices. :p

  3. The 3600X just doesn’t make sense, similar to the 3800X (or any of the recent “XT” chips for that matter). I mean, sure, they’re a little tiny bit quicker, but for the difference in price and not to mention thermals, the plain 3600 is the obvious choice.

    There’s four options that make sense to me in the Zen 2 lineup: 3600, 3700X, 3900X, and 3950X depending on your requirements.

  4. I did a trade deal for a 3600x .. and doggone it! .. my little 11 year old princess is worth that 3 to 5%!!

    If I were to actually of had to pay out of pocket, I would have gone with the 3600.

    It’s been touched on in this thread knocking Intel for whole new chipsets for that type of performance bump .. but man, look at the performance gains we got with AM4 .. and it’s still going with B450’s and up.

    My daughter went from a 2200g to 2700x to her now 3600x ..on her B350

    Wife went from 2200g to 3400g on her B350

    I started with 1700 on the now wife’s B350 to 1700 to 2700x to 3700x on an x470 and then jumped to an x570

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