Up For Debate - Would you get a Ryzen 5 5600 non-X version?

Written by Neil Soutter on Thu, Oct 15, 2020 4:00 PM

AMD recently announced their next-gen Ryzen 5000 series processors based on the new Zen 3 architecture and launching November 5th, and whilst they offered some pretty enticing performance numbers, many were quick to point out the lack of non-X versions of the CPUs, as the prices for the Ryzen 5000 series were a bit higher than expected.

The new Ryzen 5000 series lineup that has been announced includes the , the , , and the . All of them were reasonably priced for what they offer but were nowhere near as competitive as AMD usually is against Intel, most likely since the Red Team has the upper hand here.

However, there are some rumors that AMD will be bringing out the non-X version later down the line in 2021, with the Ryzen 5 5600X possibly rivaling the Core i7-10700 from Intel. Additionally, the Ryzen 5 5600 is rumored to be just $220, a full $80 less than the Ryzen 5 5600X and just $20 more than the previous-gen Ryzen 5 3600

No other specs were given unfortunately, but considering the Ryzen 5 5600X is a 6 Core / 12 Thread processor we can guess the non-X version will still have the same core configuration. Though the Ryzen 5 5600 rumors are pointing towards performance similar to the Core i5-10600.

So since these are rumors and not confirmed to be true, we thought we’d take a different approach to discussing them. So we want to ask you guys whether you think the non-X version sounds like a good deal in terms of price and performance compared to other CPUs. So let’s take a look at the official Ryzen 5000 lineup so far and slot in the Ryzen 5 5600 to see what it could possibly look like in comparison.

CPU Cores Threads Base clock Boost clock Cache L2+L3 TDP Price
16 32 3.4GHz 4.9GHz 72MB 105W $799
12 24 3.7GHz 4.8GHz 70MB 105W $549
8 16 3.8GHz 4.7GHz 36MB 105W $449
6 12 3.7GHz 4.6GHz 35MB 65W $299
Ryzen 5 5600 6* 12* - - - - $220*

*Specs listed are not official and just pure speculation and are subject to change.

Now let’s take a look at the previous generation of Ryzen 3000 processors, to see how the Ryzen 5 3600X compared to the Ryzen 5 3600 and what that means for the Ryzen 5000 version.

CPU Cores Threads Base clock Boost clock TDP Price
6 12 3.7GHz 4.6GHz 65W $299
Ryzen 5 5600 6* 12* - - - $220*
Ryzen 5 3600X 6 12 3.8GHZ 4.4GHZ 95W $249
Ryzen 5 3600 6 12 3.6GHZ 4.2GHZ 65W $199

*Specs listed are not official and just pure speculation and are subject to change.

So as you can see, we’ll most likely be seeing a reduced clock speed of around 200MHz for the base and boost clock speeds, with a lower TDP and a smaller price tag. We’ve already heard about the possible $220 price, which considering the steep upgrade over Zen 2 in terms of pricing, is pretty decent in this context.

This would also mean that the Ryzen 5 5600 could be around 3.5GHz for the base clock and 4.4GHz for the boost clock. But what’s most interesting is that the Ryzen 5 5600X is already rated at 65W, which is the same TDP as the Ryzen 5 3600 non-X version, whereas the Ryzen 5 3600X was rated at 95W. So the Ryzen 5 5600 will most likely stay at around 65W TDP would be my guess.

So what do you guys think? Does the Ryzen 5 5600 price and specs sound about right? If so, would you go for it over the Ryzen 5 5600X? Do you normally go for the X or non-X versions? Why? Let us know!

What would you be more interested in?

Do you normally go for an X or non-X version of a Ryzen CPU?

Would a Ryzen 5 5600 be worth the price for performance? based on these rumored specs

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10:01 Oct-16-2020

I wonder if the next step up (R7 non x) would have a similar price to the R5x and see if that small upgrade is worth it.

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06:41 Oct-16-2020

ryzen is currently budget king, im rocking ryzen 3 3200g without any gpu and its a godsend since im barely playing any heavy title nowadays


and the power consumption is the biggest appeal for me bcoz im going from power hungry machine

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00:12 Oct-16-2020

If the 5600 is anything like the 3600 (can be OC to a lvl very close to a 3600X), I'm certain that they will sell like hotcakes.

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21:58 Oct-15-2020

I definitely will go with non-X chip, if I have to wait, I have to wait. AMD is trying to play fear of missing out to get people to buy more expensive new CPU and motherboard, before non-X stuff come and 400 series boards get updates for us "cheap" folk... just joking. :-D But anyway, doesn't matter what they do, I am not going into FOMO, I am going to buy things at my pace. My way or the highway.

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21:38 Oct-15-2020

i want to know the thoughts on who said no in price to performance.
different thought process is always interesting.

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22:40 Oct-15-2020

THEY ARE BRAINLESS INTEL FANBOY,

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20:28 Oct-15-2020

If I was on an older CPU definitely....... right now if I was looking for an upgrade, I'd more be looking to get onto something with 8 cores..... like an Ryzen 7 5700 or something like that..... I think Psychodude makes a fair point though that getting onto AM4 right now at this point might not be the best idea, since the Zen series after this one will likely require new motherboards..... so if you already have a 400/500 series motherboard, but an older gen or budget Zen CPU, then by all means!

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19:55 Oct-15-2020

It all depends on the price/performance. Thats why I am still waiting for something better. Would like to get a r7 5700 to go along with my rx 5700xt. But i ll probobly end up with a r7 3700x or a r5 5600.

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17:52 Oct-15-2020

What I want is a Ryzen 7 5700 8c/16t with a boost clock of up to 4.6 GHz at 349$.

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18:38 Oct-15-2020

I would literally no second guessing trade my i9 9900K for that. Sure it boosts up to 4.8GHz without tinkering, but does it consume a lot of power - presumably -3 times as much.

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09:19 Oct-16-2020

As I've had experience with AMD CPU's en GPU's, I would never trade my 9900k for an AMD CPU. Might just be bad luck, but I usually have problems with AMD drivers. There would also be no need to swap CPU's, the 9900k is still decently on par with the 5800x it seems.

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16:58 Oct-15-2020

I would if it supported 300 series motherboards, but since it doesn't and I don't need a new CPU anyway, I'm gonna wait for the ddr5 platform, which...

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16:25 Oct-15-2020

The 5600 non x surely will have a base clock of 3.6GHz like the 3600 and a boost clock of 4400MHZ, like the 3600X

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