AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Overview
Designed for high multiprocessing performance for games and creators, the Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz Six-Core AM4 Processor from AMD has a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz and a maximum turbo frequency of 4.2 GHz. A member of AMD’s 2nd generation of Ryzen processors, this processor features six cores with twelve threads in an AM4 socket with 3MB of L2 cache memory and 16MB of L3 cache memory. Having six cores allows the processor to run multiple programs simultaneously without slowing down the system, while the twelve threads allow a basic ordered sequence of instructions to be passed through or processed by a single CPU core. This processor also has a TDP of 95W.
Graphically, the Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz Six-Core AM4 Processor does not contain any integrated graphics, meaning that users will need to purchase a dedicated graphics card of their choice. It is also unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked past its maximum turbo frequency. However, this is not recommended, as it will cause the processor to run much hotter. This CPU includes a Wraith Spire 95W cooler and is protected by a limited 3-year warranty.
AMD Socket AM4 Platform
Ready for AMD Ryzen processors, AMD Socket AM4 represents the company’s future-proof platform targeting the fast DDR4 memory, PCIe 3.0, and NVMe technologies available, as well as native 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 2 support and processor-direct SATA and USB connectivity that is configurable for real-world flexibility.
“Zen” Core Architecture
High Performance and Efficiency
AMD’s high-performance x86 Core “Zen” architecture helps delivers >52% improvement in instructions per clock cycle over the previous generation AMD core, without increasing power. 2nd Gen Ryzen processors offer even more performance, improved with “Zen+” architecture, delivering a desktop processor on the advanced 12nm process node.
Compute Efficiency by Design
The “Zen” core is a “clean sheet” x86 processor design that’s inspiring a generation of high-performance AMD computing products in 2017 and beyond. “Zen” combines high-throughput and low-power design methodologies to create a balanced and versatile architecture right at home in the desktop, laptop, datacenter, and supercomputer.
And now, for 2nd Gen Ryzen desktop processors, the “Zen” architecture has been updated to “Zen+” – a desktop processor on the advanced 12nm process node – offering increased instructions-per-clock performance.
Performance and Efficiency for Next-Gen Applications
Cloud computing, enterprise productivity, immersive visual experiences, gaming, and data security open up new frontiers – and demand more computing performance with improved energy efficiency. AMD engineers designed the “Zen” core to meet those demands with a high-performance execution engine, large caches, and powerful multi-threading capabilities.
“Zen” Microarchitecture Details
“Zen” cores are designed to efficiently use available micro-architectural resources for improved compute performance. Compared to AMD’s previous architecture, three-tier cache system and pre-fetch algorithms enable higher throughput in the cache and execution engines.
AMD StoreMI Technology
SSDs are fast, but expensive, and offer minimal capacity. Mechanical hard drives boast large capacity for a low price, but are much slower than an SSD. AMD StoreMI technology “combines” these two types of storage into a single drive and automatically moves the data you access the most to the SSD, so you get the best of both worlds: SSD responsiveness, and mechanical hard disk capacity with its low price. AMD StoreMI is a powerful tool for enthusiasts that want to improve load times, boot times, file management, and system responsiveness. It can help if you:
Installed Windows to a hard drive and don’t want to re-install everything to get SSD-like performance
- You have a large library of files across several drives and want it all under one drive letter
- You wish the hard drive with your games could get you into the match at SSD speeds
As you add more and faster drives to your system, AMD StoreMI technology automatically pairs your most-used files with the fastest storage for peak performance. You can also use up to 2GB of RAM as a last-level cache for ultra-fast data. If you have an AMD 400-series chipset, you can download AMD StoreMI software for free.
AMD SenseMI Technology
AMD’s SenseMI technology is a set of learning and adapting features that help the AMD Ryzen processor customize its performance to you and your applications, thanks to true machine intelligence (MI).
Extended Range Frequency 2 (XFR 2)
Many enthusiasts choose premium cooling in their systems, and 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen desktop processors can automatically reward that choice with XFR 2. For example, all 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen processors can take advantage of the lower temperatures offered by premium cooling to enable higher multi-core performance.
Precision Boost 2
Gracefully raises processor frequencies for snappier performance on any number of CPU cores:
The AMD Ryzen processor monitors its own energy consumption and temperature
- When the processor knows it’s running cool and quiet, it can raise clock speeds in precise 25 MHz steps for any application
Neural Net Prediction
A true artificial intelligence inside every AMD Ryzen processor employs an artificial neural network to understand your applications and anticipate the next steps of your workflow in real time. These “powers of prediction” can boost performance by steering your apps and games down more efficient paths inside the processor.
A sophisticated grid of smart sensors that monitors CPU temperature, resource usage, and power draw brings cool and quiet operation to your AMD Ryzen processor with intelligent power optimization circuits, plus the low power requirements of an advanced 14nm FinFET manufacturing technology.
Sophisticated learning algorithms understand the inner workings of your applications and anticipate what data they might need. Smart Prefetch predictively brings that data into the AMD Ryzen processor for fast and responsive computing.
AMD Ryzen Master Utility
AMD Ryzen Master
Every AMD Ryzen processor is multiplier-unlocked from the factory, so you can personalize performance to your taste. AMD provides the AMD Ryzen Master utility to access this powerful advantage.
AMD Ryzen Master provides for up to four profiles to store custom clocks and voltage adjustments for both the Ryzen CPU and DDR4 memory. You can park cores and adjust memory timings, too.
Accurate hardware status updates are vital, so AMD Ryzen Master has you covered with both real-time monitoring and a histogram of per-core clock rates and temperature, including average and peak readings.