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Similar single core performance as the higher Ryzen 5900x, which is important for many games and general productivity software. Worth the higher price from 3600, 6 cores is more than enough. Haven't had any game that maxes it out yet. PBO brings it to 4.8Ghz all-core with air cooling
After suffering for more than 7 months of constant out-of-stocks and price gouges, we've finally entered a cooling phase that will probably only last for a short while and then go back to status quo and then come back here again. Although I'm not really gonna laugh my way to the bank, because it took more than 7 months to reach this low, and my friends had gotten theirs for a slightly higher price back then.
The CPU I got was a dud that failed when above 70 degrees Celsius, on stock settings with the stock cooler, and I had to return it. Ideally AMD would have properly stress-tested the CPU. I had to get a 5800X to replace this without turnaround, which wasn't ideal considering its price-to-performance vis-a-vis the 5600X and 5900X, and the i7-11700K.
Went from a i7 4790k to the 5600X, and it's noticeably faster both in single threaded and multi-threaded applications. OK, my previous CPU is a few years old, so that's to be expected, but the old processor was no slouch. The 5600X also runs far cooler. I could easily configure the fans to give me a very quiet PC with the CPU at about 65 degrees under load at stock clocks and voltages, or a very cool PC (mid 50s degrees) by bumping the fan curves a little. This was with my existing AIO though, I've not tried the cooler that was bundled with the CPU.
In games, at 1440p, I'm often GPU limited so there's no a huge bump in fps for the new CPU, and I don't expect the 5600X to be be the limiting factor in gaming for me for a long time.
So why four and not five stars? Price, and I mean MSRP, not the £400 these can appear at right now (Jan 21). Even at £280, this is quite a bit more than the 3600 or i5 10600KF (which are about £180 and £225 respectively right now). If you're only gaming, and don't have a top end GPU, the 3600 or 10600KF would likely perform as well. If you're using your PC for other things (coding, content creation etc), then the 5600X might well be worth it, but I really wouldn't pay more than £300.
Excellent gaming CPU by AMD but the pricing issue has been a big problem. There are a lot of sellers who are overcharging. I got it for around 30k which was better than 34k charged by some other seller.
Before this I had a 2700x and wondered if buying one would be worth it. After a few Youtube comparison videos I took the dive - with PBO enabled in the BIOS, I'm now seeing almost double FPS in every single game I'm playing. The fact it comes with a cooler which does the job perfectly fine (these CPU's are designed to take more heat than others) is just a bonus.
The ONLY problem I have with this is the price. It's being horribly scalped everywhere for up to £100+. AMD have released statements saying more will be released late-March (which also coincides with PS5, meaning their mutual development company is ramping up production) so if you CAN wait, please wait until March/April time onwards.
This is definitely the CPU to get (for primarily gaming) to last the next 3 years or so. I wouldn't buy the first generation of AM5 in 2022, as usually early adopters are plagued with RAM and Motherboard related issues.
Five Stars. Once availability is ironed out, you won't regret buying one.
The CPU is as amazing as the reviews said it was, in games it feels like I updated my GPU to go with it. I would point you towards the hardware unboxed review on youtube as that was more thorough than anything I could write here.
One thing to note is that this is still very new hardware so many motherboards will require a USB bios update for this to work. My MSI B550 had me worried that the CPU didn't work for about half an hour but a quick download to a usb stick, plugging it in and pressing a button on the motherboard solved the whole issue.