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AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Processor (6C/12T, 35MB Cache, 4.2 GHz Max Boost) £154.98 at Amazon
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AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Processor (6C/12T, 35MB Cache, 4.2 GHz Max Boost) £154.98 at Amazon

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Posted 6th Feb
Sure, it's only a fiver off the previous Amazon price, but with Prime it puts them the best part of a tenner cheaper than others (including delivery).

Cheaper than Black Friday etc too

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Will go nicely with the (massively discounted) Crucial Ballistix DDR4 from the other day
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Great deal.
This or the 2700X.... More cores and a better cooler versus lower power and newer tech...
Tough choice.
Heat added
yes indeed. I'm betting on the 3600 as IPC is higher than previous generation. So better for single core performance, and multi core up to 6.

For pure Productivity apps, I believe the 8 core 2700x is "better" so horses for courses.

I've been agonising over motherboards. Suspect I'll go MSI Tomahawk b450 max (don't need pcie4.0 of x570 for massive price jump, and B550 is MIA and will also launch at higher price.

Then heatsink - not likely to stick with stock cooler so there's the Arctic Freezer 34 esports duo for £35...or treat myself to £65+ for Noctua or be quiet (and try and keep it forever)
I'll wait until to see if it gets cheaper.
Pistols06/02/2020 08:01

Great deal.This or the 2700X.... More cores and a better cooler versus …Great deal.This or the 2700X.... More cores and a better cooler versus lower power and newer tech...Tough choice. Heat added



The IPC gains in Zen 2 are significant enough that a 6 core Zen 2 can match / outperform an 8 core Zen 1 sometimes. I'd definitely get the 3600.
The_Pope06/02/2020 08:14

yes indeed. I'm betting on the 3600 as IPC is higher than previous …yes indeed. I'm betting on the 3600 as IPC is higher than previous generation. So better for single core performance, and multi core up to 6.For pure Productivity apps, I believe the 8 core 2700x is "better" so horses for courses.I've been agonising over motherboards. Suspect I'll go MSI Tomahawk b450 max (don't need pcie4.0 of x570 for massive price jump, and B550 is MIA and will also launch at higher price.Then heatsink - not likely to stick with stock cooler so there's the Arctic Freezer 34 esports duo for £35...or treat myself to £65+ for Noctua or be quiet (and try and keep it forever)


Second that on the cooler. If you do get an after market cooler install at the beginning as the stock one is difficult to take off later.
Roph06/02/2020 10:08

The IPC gains in Zen 2 are significant enough that a 6 core Zen 2 can …The IPC gains in Zen 2 are significant enough that a 6 core Zen 2 can match / outperform an 8 core Zen 1 sometimes. I'd definitely get the 3600.


That's what I thought. My other problem is I have an A320 mobo, its a revised one that says ready for ryzen 3xxx but I need to double check on compatibility and if it's ready via a bios update or out the box.
Second is no money for an aftermarket cooler.
So many decisions.
The_Pope06/02/2020 08:14

I've been agonising over motherboards. Suspect I'll go MSI Tomahawk b450 …I've been agonising over motherboards. Suspect I'll go MSI Tomahawk b450 max


The MSI B450M MORTAR MAX is equally as good I believe,
also £84.95 atm

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horsey06/02/2020 17:56

The MSI B450M MORTAR MAX is equally as good I believe,also £84.95 atm.


Indeed. Its matx so gotta digest the differences, rather than just save a tenner. I read the VRM is slightly better on the bigger board; I can't be swayed by extra USB ports etc
The_Pope06/02/2020 17:57

Indeed. Its matx so gotta digest the differences, rather than just save a …Indeed. Its matx so gotta digest the differences, rather than just save a tenner. I read the VRM is slightly better on the bigger board; I can't be swayed by extra USB ports etc



There is an optical out on the Mortar? I didn't even notice, but actually it's something that I needed...
And a 2nd M.2, which I don't really need

I'm sure this VRM stuff only affects the three people with a tank of liquid nitrogen in their bedroom,
I'd rather have £10 more spent on a GPU where I know I'll see a difference
Edited by: "horsey" 6th Feb
I have 2600x, any point upgrading?
qfel06/02/2020 20:40

I have 2600x, any point upgrading?


not really... is anything running "too slow" for you? Are you overclocking your 2600x? What's your GPU? what do you play?
The_Pope06/02/2020 20:44

not really... is anything running "too slow" for you? Are you overclocking …not really... is anything running "too slow" for you? Are you overclocking your 2600x? What's your GPU? what do you play?


I will O/C soon, I'm waiting for my noctua mounting kit to be delivered. Currently 570 8gb, 1080p 144 aoc 24g2, mainly cod, battlefield and I'm getting 100-120fps depending on settings and game but I would like to cross 144fps, thinking to upgrade gpu to maybe 1660 or 5600xt, I have £50 gift card for currys so that psu would cost me only over £100
qfel06/02/2020 20:40

I have 2600x, any point upgrading?



No definitely not. There are lots of vids with 2600 v 3600, Its 10-15% faster, but 50% more expensive.
Ryzen 4000 series this year.
Money is better spent on getting a beefier graphics card at the end of the year. Stick with 2600 now.
In any event when 4000 comes out the 3600 will drop in price, just like the 2600 did.
qfel06/02/2020 21:16

I will O/C soon, I'm waiting for my noctua mounting kit to be delivered. …I will O/C soon, I'm waiting for my noctua mounting kit to be delivered. Currently 570 8gb, 1080p 144 aoc 24g2, mainly cod, battlefield and I'm getting 100-120fps depending on settings and game but I would like to cross 144fps, thinking to upgrade gpu to maybe 1660 or 5600xt, I have £50 gift card for currys so that psu would cost me only over £100



Not much headroom and not much point trying to oc 2600x.
5600XT also have limited oc potential if they have the new bios, which is basically an overclock.
why are these getting cheaper?
To tempt customers to buy the 3600 now rather than wait for the 4000?
Ozymandias08/02/2020 15:11

To tempt customers to buy the 3600 now rather than wait for the 4000?


worked for me, and gets me into the AM4 platform for easy upgrade to 4000 series if it want to. Defection from Intel complete
comshoplesce08/02/2020 07:18

why are these getting cheaper?


Makes you wonder if AMD are going to drop the non 'x' variants and just have the 'X' variants across the product ranges, which also have a higher price point.
amadablam08/02/2020 15:48

Makes you wonder if AMD are going to drop the non 'x' variants and just …Makes you wonder if AMD are going to drop the non 'x' variants and just have the 'X' variants across the product ranges, which also have a higher price point.


from what I've read, the cpu is basically identical. The X is clocked 0.2ghz higher, but both overclock to the same max. You get a different / "better" heatsink

techspot.com/art…00/

So yes, they could retire the 3600, sell the 3600x (which I expect fewer people are buying), reduce the price, but still higher than the current 3600 price, and still profit
Now down to £154
uberjuba09/02/2020 01:23

Now down to £154


haha, well, my £155 already arrived, and the MSI Tomahawk Max went UP £5 while I was waiting for it to go down, so I went Gaming Plus Max instead (arrives today)
The_Pope09/02/2020 09:15

haha, well, my £155 already arrived, and the MSI Tomahawk Max went UP £5 w … haha, well, my £155 already arrived, and the MSI Tomahawk Max went UP £5 while I was waiting for it to go down, so I went Gaming Plus Max instead (arrives today)


Message amazon, say you want to return it and reorder cos its dropped in price n they'll normally credit your account with £1
uberjuba09/02/2020 10:20

Message amazon, say you want to return it and reorder cos its dropped in …Message amazon, say you want to return it and reorder cos its dropped in price n they'll normally credit your account with £1


actually £154 is a marketplace seller. Sold by Amazon is still £155
what sort of temps are everyone getting on idle using the stock cooler ( when using just desktop) ?
n1ttygr1tty11/02/2020 19:12

what sort of temps are everyone getting on idle using the stock cooler ( …what sort of temps are everyone getting on idle using the stock cooler ( when using just desktop) ?



Currently 62degC in an awful case with nothing but a PSU fan running, the heatsink is always cool

Adding an actual exit fan should drop that a fair bit
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