AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Drops to $199, Just $16 Per Thread

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If you're shopping for an affordable, mid-range CPU, the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X is a great choice. This 6-core, 12-thread processor uses AMD's 7nm Zen 2 architecture and promises a boost speed of 4.4 GHz.

As part of the holiday tech deals season, the Ryzen 5 3600X has dropped down $199 again on Amazon (opens in new tab). In our Ryzen 5 3600X review, (opens in new tab) we gave it an Editor's Choice award, but at its lowest price, the CPU's more tempting than ever. 

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X - was $249, now $199 @Amazon (opens in new tab)

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X - was $249, now $199 @Amazon (opens in new tab)
AMD's Ryzen 5 3600X is a 6-core 7nm CPU that can boost up to 4.4 GHz and is, therefore, excellent for building mid-tier gaming systems on a budget. It's still not cheap, but at this price you're getting a lot of performance per dollar.

The Ryzen 5 3600X comes packed has a base clock speed (opens in new tab)of 3.8 GHz, but can boost up to 4.4 GHz for single-threaded workloads. There's 3MB of L2 cache (opens in new tab)and 32MB of L3 cache.

The chip is built on the 7nm fabrication process and comes with support for PCIe 4.0 (opens in new tab), which is the latest PCIe standard that even Intel’s latest HEDT chips don’t support yet.

For cooling, AMD includes a Wraith Spire cooler, albeit without RGB lighting. This is adequate for cooling the chip’s 95W TDP, but if you want to keep the unit in boost for longer you might want to invest in a beefier CPU cooler (opens in new tab).

Niels Broekhuijsen

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.