This article is just not an improve information, moderately as you’d in all probability anticipate from us, it is a benchmark session, the place we’ll be taking an previous Ryzen 5 1600 system utilizing the MSI B350 Tomahawk and improve it with the Ryzen 5 5600. We’ve already carried out the BIOS replace, put in the 5600, and we’re now going to indicate you the outcomes.
The Ryzen 5 1600 was launched in April 2017 for $220, and on the time it was a cracking whole lot, particularly for those who have been constructing a PC for each productiveness and gaming. The nearest Intel competitor was the Core i5-7600K and whereas it was a strong gaming CPU in 2017, a few 12 months later it was beginning to turn out to be insufficient.
Although the R5 1600 has unquestionably aged higher, in 2022 its efficiency may be very a lot entry-level. A couple of months in the past, AMD lastly launched the Ryzen 5 5600 for $200 (to not be confused with the 5600X which launched in late 2020), although it is often promoting for ~$175.
In phrases of efficiency, it is fairly good, principally matching the 5600X and subsequently it is akin to related priced Intel Alder Lake components.
For these of you already in possession of an AM4 motherboard, the Ryzen 5 5600 is a no brainer and for those who occur to be utilizing a primary era 300-series motherboard such because the B350 Tomahawk you are in luck because the 5600 is now a drop-in improve.
To discover out simply how a lot of a efficiency enhance R5 1600 homeowners are , we’ll be evaluating it with the 5600 in 25 video games at 1080p and 1440p utilizing the Radeon RX 6950 XT and RX 6600 XT with SAM enabled. We’ll go over a few dozen of the video games examined after which we’ll check out the 25 recreation common.
We’ll get began with my private favourite, Fortnite, a recreation I’ve began livestreaming from my private account on Friday nights, so if you wish to get in on that motion be at liberty to affix us, it is numerous enjoyable.
If you occur to play Fortnite utilizing a Ryzen 5 1600 you may little doubt have discovered the efficiency fairly acceptable, although these wanting to maintain body charges up over 150 fps, for instance, it may be a battle.
Even with the 6600 XT, we have been CPU restricted utilizing aggressive high quality settings after which with the 5600 we’re positive factors as excessive as 85% utilizing the 6600 XT at 1440p, seen when trying on the 1% lows.
The margins exceeded 100% at 1080p, even with the 6600 XT, and we noticed the typical body fee boosted by an unbelievable 124% with the 6950 XT.
Therefore, extra aggressive avid gamers amongst you’ll be able to take pleasure in large efficiency positive factors with the 5600 and whereas the 1600 was playable, within the extra motion packed sections of the sport the 5600 maintained a lot greater body charges. Generally, I prefer to play Fortnite with a strong 200 fps on my 144 Hz panel, and the 5600 has no challenge sustaining that stage of efficiency.
For some severe driving, we have now the ACC outcomes. The Ryzen 1600 is playable right here, however the efficiency is a bit depressing. As we have found just lately, cache efficiency performs a key position for this title and it is a massive a part of why the 5600 is far sooner.
Whereas the 1600 has a complete L3 cache of 16 MB, it is cut up in half, so 8MB shared for 3 cores. The 5600 then again has a single giant 32MB L3 cache that has shared entry for all 6 cores.
Using the medium high quality settings, each configurations are closely CPU restricted, however the 5600 was nearly 80% sooner, pushing the typical body fee properly over 100 fps, which we think about is loads for a driving simulator.
In Cyberpunk 2077 we discover as much as a 72% efficiency enchancment with the 5600 when utilizing the 6950 XT at 1080p.
Even with the 6600 XT we’re a ~40% enchancment at 1080p, with a 15-20% enhance at 1440p. So even for lower-end graphics playing cards, the 5600 nonetheless gives a pleasant enhance, whereas for these focusing on excessive refresh fee gaming the improve is very large.
Of course, there are video games resembling Dying Light 2 which are not CPU intensive, at the very least the only participant portion which we use for testing. In this case, the Ryzen 5 1600 labored properly and with the 6600 XT we have been fully GPU restricted.
There is a few separation with the 6950 XT, although at 1440p the 5600 was simply 14% sooner and it wasn’t till we dropped the decision to 1080p that the margin opened up fairly considerably to a 32% benefit in favor of the newer Zen 3 processor. The Ryzen 5 1600 was very playable, so the CPU improve did not see a giant change on this title.
The similar is true for F1 2021, the place the Ryzen 5 1600 was good for over 160 fps on common with 1% lows of over 100 fps. I’m definitely not a professional at this recreation, however north of 100 fps does really feel extraordinarily easy and enter is nice.
But for those who’re after extra efficiency, the 5600 will definitely ship, boosting 1% lows by as a lot as 73% with the 6950 XT and blowing the typical body fee as much as over 300 fps for an insane 103% enchancment.
Far Cry 6 is especially delicate to reminiscence and cache efficiency and though it does not make the most of 6-core/12-thread processors properly, that is not the problem. DRAM and cache latency would be the major challenge limiting the 1600 to simply shy of 80 fps for the typical body fee.
Both the 1600 and 5600 did restrict efficiency with the 6950 XT, although the newer Zen 3 half was as much as 57% sooner and nonetheless 35% sooner utilizing the 6600 XT at 1440p.
Forza Horizon 5 is one other recreation that does not lean that closely on the CPU, although to push very excessive body charges you will want a CPU with better throughput. The 1600 is proscribed to round 140 fps whereas the 5600 can put up past 200 fps, making it 73% sooner when paired with the 6950 XT.
With the 6600 XT we’re a 29% efficiency enhance at 1080p. Good positive factors, although it’s value noting that even for high-refresh fee gaming the Ryzen 5 1600 was usable on this title.
Hitman 3 is one other recreation that performs properly sufficient on the Ryzen 5 1600. For these of you utilizing mid-range to lower-end GPUs with high quality settings focusing on simply over 60 fps, the 1600 will likely be pretty much as good as the rest.
But if you’d like that top refresh fee expertise an improve will likely be required. We maxed out the 6950 XT at 1440p with the 5600, delivering a 50% efficiency leap after which 73% at 1080p.
The Riftbreaker was tough on the Ryzen 5 1600, with frequency body dips properly beneath 60 fps. In truth, the typical body fee did not even hit 60 fps, whereas 1% lows fell simply in need of 30 fps, it was a really laggy expertise. I’m certain some will declare this stage of efficiency to be playable and whereas perhaps true, it is from optimum. For me it definitely wasn’t fulfilling.
This is the place the 5600 is available in, boosting efficiency with the 6950 XT at 1080p by 75% when trying on the common body fee, and a whopping 110% improve for the 1% lows. The positive factors have been additionally excessive at 1440p with as much as 104% higher frames and we even noticed as much as a 62% enhance with the 6600 XT at 1080p.
Moving on we have now Rainbow Six Extraction, one other title the place the Ryzen 5 1600 is ready to ship completely playable efficiency, maxing out the Radeon RX 6600 XT with the second highest high quality preset at over 140 fps on common and pushing the 6950 XT as excessive as 170 fps.
The R5 5600 wasn’t an enormous improve on this recreation for probably the most half, boosting efficiency with the 6950 XT at 1440p by 19% which is loads, but it surely’s additionally loads lower than the 70% we have sometimes seen. At 1080p the margin did blow out to 80% in favor of the 5600, so these in search of excessive body charges will likely be more than happy with the improve.
Last up is Watch Dogs Legion outcomes and right here we’re large efficiency positive factors when upgrading to the 5600.
The R5 1600 struggled on this title, solely producing a median body fee of 64 fps with a 1% low determine of simply 47 fps. In distinction, the 5600 improved the typical body fee by 67% and the 1% lows by 57%, so massive efficiency positive factors.
Even with the 6600 XT massive positive factors have been seen at 1080p and though leaping as much as 1440p with this mid-range GPU did cut back the margin, the 5600 was nonetheless as much as 26% sooner.
25 Game Average
For these upgrading to 6950 XT-levels of efficiency, both this GPU era or the following, in in the present day’s video games the 5600 will ship on common 72% extra efficiency for these gaming at 1080p, or 57% at 1440p. That’s very substantial positive factors for high-end GPUs.
For extra mid-range choices such because the 6600 XT, you are still round 40% higher efficiency at 1080p with a 15% enhance at 1440p, although we did see a 20% enchancment to 1% lows.
Now this is a breakdown of the margins seen for every of the 25 video games examined trying on the 1080p 1% low knowledge when paired with the Radeon RX 6950 XT. On common we noticed a 70% efficiency uplift for the Ryzen 5 5600 with will increase as excessive as 111%. The smallest positive factors have been nonetheless round 30% although, so for high-end GPUs it is a severe CPU improve.
Even with present era mid-range GPUs the positive factors have been important, as seen above when trying on the 1080p 1% lows with the 6600 XT. Here the 5600 was on common 44% sooner. There have been a handful of occasions that have been GPU certain, however that is to be anticipated when utilizing a decrease tier GPU. But general the 5600 proved to be a severe improve from the 1600.
What We Learned
It’s loopy to see simply how far desktop CPUs have come within the final 5 years, particularly on the $200+ worth level. Back in 2017 you had the selection of the Ryzen 5 1600 or the Core i5-7600K. Those two CPUs at the moment are considerably slower than equally priced components in 2022 such because the Ryzen 5 5600 and Intel’s new Core i5-12400F.
The Core i5-12400F is part we suggest to new system builders, but it surely’s not a very good improve for present customers on Intel’s LGA 1200 or older platforms as they are going to require a brand new motherboard. This is what makes the Ryzen 5 5600 a bit particular as current BIOS help has enabled these with 5-year-old motherboards to purchase it as a drop-in improve.
Of course, there’s additionally loads of customers who went from the Ryzen 5 1600 to one thing just like the 2700X, 3600, 3700X, and so forth as a lot of these components have been obtainable model new for properly beneath MSRP.
It’s probably solely now that an inexpensive Zen 3 CPU is on the market that those self same customers are contemplating upgrading, and happily they will now achieve this with out having to improve their motherboard.
Likewise, there should be loads of individuals who have but to improve in any respect. Although the Ryzen 5 1600 definitely appeared gradual in comparison with the 5600 with an especially high-end GPU, for these utilizing a extra modest GPU, the R5 1600 is not practically the bottleneck proven right here.
Moreover, those that play video games that do not require a whole bunch of frames per second, or video games resembling Dying Light 2 which lean extra closely on the GPU than they do the CPU, will not really feel the necessity for a right away improve both.
Having mentioned that, with the flexibility to amass a brand new Zen 3 CPU for as little as $175 as a drop-in improve, we suspect this will likely be a suggestion that is just too good to disregard for a lot of. It certain could be good if Core i5-7600K homeowners on their costly Z270 motherboard had the flexibility to drop within the Core i5-12400F, heck, even a Tenth-gen half could be wonderful, however no, they received nothing however a pointy stick within the eye when Intel launched the 8700K simply 9 months later.
Rumor has it that Intel’s 14th-gen on account of arrive subsequent 12 months will transfer to yet one more new socket with 2551 pins, that means LGA 1700 will die this 12 months after Thirteenth-gen arrives. To harp on this level but once more, AMD must formally decide to AM5 and they should do it ASAP. It’s a confirmed components and we imagine continued platform help is a big characteristic that will be a giant win for shoppers in future platforms.