Test Setup

Please read our testing methodologies and benchmarks article for a background on our testing methods and benchmarks generally speaking.  Our CPU testing platform has evolved, and now contains the following hardware listed below.

System Setup Table

We are using an ASUS TUF GAMING X570-Plus Wi-Fi motherboard for testing, this is an AMD X570 chipset-based motherboard, with VRM cooling. We have reviewed the motherboard here. We are using BIOS version 4021 which is dated 8/17/2021 and is the latest BIOS at the time of testing. It uses AMD AM4 AGESA V2 PI 1.2.0.3 Patch C. The CPUs are being cooled by a 280mm AIO, the NZXT Kraken X63 on its Performance profile, and “Turbo” fan speeds.

For memory, we are using two 8GB sticks of G.SKILL Trident Z Neo 16GB total at 3600MHz with timings of 16-19-19-39-85-1T (CL-tRCD-tRP-tRAS-tRC-CR). This frequency and timing are the same on both CPUs and D.O.C.P. is enabled.

We are also using the latest AMD Chipset Drivers version 3.09.01.140 dated 9/13/2021.

We have the Performance and Sleep slider set to Performance in Windows settings on the Ryzen 5 5600X, and for the Ryzen 5 3600X, we are utilizing the AMD Ryzen High-Performance power profile.

As stated earlier, we have enabled Precision Boost Override (PBO) for overclocking the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X CPU by +200MHz. This is indicated in our graphs with “PBO” on the title bar. The one without PBO is stock default operation with PBO disabled.

Ryzen 5 5600X

Ryzen 5 5600X PBO

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X with PBO Enabled HWiNFO64

With PBO enabled you can see that the CPU PBO Max frequency is 4.85GHz.

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Brent Justice

Brent Justice has been reviewing computer components for 20+ years, educated in the art and method of the computer hardware review he brings experience, knowledge, and hands-on testing with a gamer-oriented...

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2 Comments

  1. Nice article Brent!

    I assume my 2700x is same or worse than the 3600x, so a 5600x would be an upgrade… I just haven’t had the cpu power need lately (and I’m broke… home repairs)

  2. [QUOTE=”Burticus, post: 43018, member: 297″]
    Nice article Brent!

    I assume my 2700x is same or worse than the 3600x, so a 5600x would be an upgrade… I just haven’t had the cpu power need lately (and I’m broke… home repairs)
    [/QUOTE]
    I would think you’d enjoy the IPC gains across the 2 generations. You’d lose 2 cores but gain all that IPC performance (and memory performance)..

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