The best affordable gaming CPU today.
Core: 6 | Theme: 12 | Base clock: 3.7 GHz | Increased clock: 4.6 GHz | Over-pressing: Yes | L3 Caching: 32MB | TDP: 65W | PCIe Lane 4.0: 20
Excellent gaming performance value for large coins Strong over-pressing potential
When it comes to gaming, everything great about the 5900X is true with this more affordable Zen 3 chip. In games, there is nothing between any Ryzen 5000 chip and that means you will reach the same frame rate as this chip as our number one choice. This is incredible when you think about it — the best performance from the most affordable Zen 3 CPU? We’ll say yes to that every day.
This has half the core of that top chip, scrolling in like it with 6 cores and 12 threads. However, this is really just a problem with more serious workloads, and for more reasonable things this is more than enough. You could argue that gaming can go beyond the 12 streams we have here anyway, but there is no evidence of this case anyway and that is despite the fact that the next-generation consoles are performing strongly with 8 cores and 16 streams.
The Ryzen 5 5600X also delivers the Ryzen 5000 family’s trend by shipping with the Wraith Stealth cooler, so you don’t have to spend extra money on third-party coolers. You don’t have to, but if you do, you’ll achieve a higher level of pulse for longer and also open up a great over-pressing world, which can make it worthwhile. This is a pretty good small over pusher and although it won’t affect gaming much, it will help a lot in other areas.