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RYZEN 5 5600 Vs RYZEN 5 1600 Worth it To Upgrade ?

Upgrading to Ryzen 5 5600 from Ryzen 5 1600: How Much Faster?

Over 100% Performance Boost in Games

This article is not an upgrade guide, rather as you'd probably expect from us, it's a benchmark session, where we'll be taking an old Ryzen 5 1600 system using the MSI B350 Tomahawk and upgrading it with the Ryzen 5 5600. We've already performed the BIOS update, installed the 5600, and we're now going to show you the results.

The Ryzen 5 1600 was released in April 2017 for $220, and at the time it was a cracking good deal, especially if you were building a PC for both productivity and gaming. The nearest Intel competitor was the Core i5-7600K and while it was a solid gaming CPU in 2017, about a year later it was starting to become inadequate.

Albeit the R5 1600 has undeniably matured better, in 2022 its exhibition is a lot of section level. A couple of months prior, AMD at long last delivered the Ryzen 5 5600 for $200 (totally unrelated to the 5600X which was sent off in late 2020), however, it's normally selling for ~$175.

As far as execution, it's very great, fundamentally matching the 5600X and hence it's tantamount to comparable estimated Intel Alder Lake parts.

For those of you currently possessing an AM4 motherboard, the Ryzen 5 5600 is an easy decision and if you end up utilizing an original 300-series motherboard, for example, the B350 Tomahawk fortune has smiled on you as the 5600 is presently a drop-in redesign.

To figure out exactly the amount of an exhibition help R5 1600 proprietors are seeing, we'll contrast it and the 5600 out of 25 games at 1080p and 1440p utilizing the Radeon RX 6950 XT and RX 6600 XT with SAM empowered. We'll go over around twelve of the games tried and afterwards, we'll investigate the 25-game normal.

We'll get everything rolling with my undisputed top choice, Fortnite, a game I've begun live streaming from my own record on Friday evenings, so if you have any desire to get in on that activity go ahead and go along with us, it's loads of tomfoolery.

On the off chance that you end up playing Fortnite utilizing a Ryzen 5 1600 you'll presumably have found the exhibition very satisfactory, however those needing to keep outline rates up more than 150 fps, for instance, it tends to be a battle.

Indeed, even with the 6600 XT, we were CPU restricted utilizing serious quality settings and afterwards with the 5600 we're viewing gains as high as 85% utilizing the 6600 XT at 1440p, seen while checking the 1% lows out.

The margins exceeded 100% at 1080p, even with the 6600 XT, and we saw the average frame rate boosted by an incredible 124% with the 6950 XT.

Therefore, more competitive gamers amongst you can enjoy massive performance gains with the 5600 and while 1600 was playable, in the more action-packed sections of the game the 5600 maintained much higher frame rates. Generally, I like to play Fortnite with a solid 200 fps on my 144 Hz panel, and the 5600 has no issue maintaining that level of performance.

For some serious driving, we have the ACC results. The Ryzen 1600 is playable here, but the performance is a bit miserable. As we've discovered recently, cache performance plays a key role in this title and this is a big part of why the 5600 is much faster.

Whereas 1600 has a total L3 cache of 16 MB, it's split in half, so 8MB is shared for 3 cores. The 5600 on the other hand has a single large 32MB L3 cache that has shared access for all 6 cores.

Using the medium quality settings, both configurations are heavily CPU limited, but the 5600 was almost 80% faster, pushing the average frame rate well over 100 fps, which we imagine is plenty for a driving simulator.

In Cyberpunk 2077 we find up to a 72% performance improvement with the 5600 when using the 6950 XT at 1080p.

Even with the 6600 XT, we're looking at a ~40% improvement at 1080p, with a 15-20% boost at 1440p. So even for lower-end graphics cards, the 5600 still offers a nice boost, while for those targeting high refresh rate gaming the upgrade is massive.

Of course, there are games such as Dying Light 2 which aren't CPU intensive, at least the single-player portion which we use for testing. In this case, the Ryzen 5 1600 worked well and with the 6600 XT, we were entirely GPU limited.

There is some separation with the 6950 XT, though at 1440p the 5600 was just 14% faster and it wasn't until we dropped the resolution to 1080p that the margin opened up quite significantly to a 32% advantage in favour of the newer Zen 3 processor. The Ryzen 5 1600 was very playable, so the CPU upgrade didn't see a big change in this title.

The same is true for F1 2021, where the Ryzen 5 1600 was good for over 160 fps on average with 1% lows of over 100 fps. I'm certainly not a pro at this game, but north of 100 fps does feel extremely smooth and the input is good.

But if you're after more performance, the 5600 will certainly deliver, boosting 1% lows by as much as 73% with the 6950 XT and blowing the average frame rate up to over 300 fps for an insane 103% improvement.

Far Cry 6 is particularly sensitive to memory and cache performance and although it doesn't utilize 6-core/12-thread processors well, that's not the issue. DRAM and cache latency will be the primary issue limiting 1600 to just shy of 80 fps for the average frame rate.

Both the 1600 and 5600 did limit performance with the 6950 XT, though the newer Zen 3 part was up to 57% faster and still 35% faster using the 6600 XT at 1440p.

Forza Horizon 5 is another game that doesn't lean that heavily on the CPU, though to push very high frame rates you will need a CPU with greater throughput. 1600 is limited to around 140 fps whereas the 5600 can put up beyond 200 fps, making it 73% faster when paired with the 6950 XT.

With the 6600 XT, we're looking at a 29% performance boost at 1080p. Good gains, though it is worth noting that even for high-refresh-rate gaming the Ryzen 5 1600 was usable in this title.

Hitman 3 is another game that plays well enough on the Ryzen 5 1600. For those of you using mid-range to lower-end GPUs with quality settings targeting just over 60 fps, 1600 will be as good as anything else.

But if you want that high refresh rate experience an upgrade will be required. We maxed out the 6950 XT at 1440p with the 5600, delivering a 50% performance jump and then 73% at 1080p.

The Riftbreaker was rough on the Ryzen 5 1600, with frequency frame dips well below 60 fps. In fact, the average frame rate didn't even hit 60 fps, while 1% of lows fell just short of 30 fps, it was a very laggy experience. I'm sure some will claim this level of performance to be playable and while may be true, it's far from optimal. For me, it certainly wasn't enjoyable.

This is where the 5600 comes in, boosting performance with the 6950 XT at 1080p by 75% when looking at the average frame rate, and a whopping 110% increase for the 1% lows. The gains were also high at 1440p with up to 104% better frames and we even saw up to a 62% boost with the 6600 XT at 1080p.

Moving on we have Rainbow Six Extraction, another title where the Ryzen 5 1600 can deliver perfectly playable performance, maxing out the Radeon RX 6600 XT with the second highest quality preset at over 140 fps on average and pushing the 6950 XT as high as 170 fps.

The R5 5600 wasn't a huge upgrade in this game, for the most part, boosting performance with the 6950 XT at 1440p by 19% which is a lot, but it's also a lot less than the 70% we've typically seen. At 1080p the margin did blow out to 80% in favour of the 5600, so those seeking extreme frame rates will be very pleased with the upgrade.

Last up is Watch Dogs Legion results and here we're looking at massive performance gains when upgrading to the 5600.

The R5 1600 struggled in this title, only producing an average frame rate of 64 fps with a 1% low figure of just 47 fps. In contrast, the 5600 improved the average frame rate by 67% and the 1% lows by 57%, so big performance gains.

Even with the 6600 XT big gains were seen at 1080p and although jumping up to 1440p with this mid-range GPU did reduce the margin, the 5600 was still up to 26% faster.

25 Game Average

For those looking at upgrading to 6950 XT levels of performance, either this GPU generation or the next, in today's games, the 5600 will deliver on average 72% more performance for that gaming at 1080p, or 57% at 1440p. That's very substantial gains for high-end GPUs.

For more mid-range offerings such as the 6600 XT, you're still looking at around 40% better performance at 1080p with a 15% boost at 1440p, though we did see a 20% improvement to 1% lows.

Now here's a breakdown of the margins seen for each of the 25 games tested looking at the 1080p 1% low data when paired with the Radeon RX 6950 XT. On average we saw a 70% performance uplift for the Ryzen 5 5600 with increases as high as 111%. The smallest gains were still around 30% though, so for high-end GPUs, this is a serious CPU upgrade.

Even with current generation mid-range GPUs, the gains were significant, as seen above when looking at the 1080p 1% lows with the 6600 XT. Here the 5600 was on average 44% faster. There were a handful of times that were GPU bound, but that's to be expected when using a lower-tier GPU. But overall the 5600 proved to be a serious upgrade from 1600.

What We Learned

It's insane to see exactly how far work area CPUs have come over the most recent 5 years, particularly at the $200+ sticker cost. Back in 2017, you had the decision of the Ryzen 5 1600 or the Core i5-7600K. Those two CPUs are presently fundamentally more slow than correspondingly estimated parts in 2022, for example, the Ryzen 5 5600 and Intel's new Core i5-12400F.

The Core i5-12400F is a section we prescribe to new framework manufacturers, however, it's anything but a decent redesign for current clients on Intel's LGA 1200 or more established stages as they will require a new motherboard. This is the very thing that makes the Ryzen 5 5600 a piece unique as ongoing BIOS support has empowered those with 5-year-old motherboards to get it as a drop-in redesign.

Obviously, there are additionally a lot of clients who went from the Ryzen 5 1600 to something like the 2700X, 3600, 3700X, etc as a large number of those parts were accessible shiny new for well underneath MSRP.

It's probable just now that a reasonable Zen 3 CPU is accessible that those equivalent clients are thinking about overhauling, and luckily they can now do as such without redesigning their motherboard.

Similarly, there should be a lot of individuals who still can't seem to redesign by any stretch of the imagination. Albeit the Ryzen 5 1600 positively looked sluggish contrasted with the 5600 with a very top-of-the-line GPU, for those utilizing a more unassuming GPU, the R5 1600 isn't anywhere close to the bottleneck displayed 

Additionally, the individuals who mess around that don't need many casings each second, or games, for example, Dying Light 2 which incline more intensely on the GPU than they do the CPU, won't feel the requirement for a quick update by the same token.

Having said that, with the capacity to gain another Zen 3 CPU for just $175 as a drop-in redesign, we suspect this will be a proposition that is basically too great to even consider disregarding for some. It sure would be great if Core i5-7600K proprietors on their costly Z270 motherboard been able to drop in the Core i5-12400F, hell, even a tenth gen part would be astounding, however, no, they got only a sharp stick in the eye when Intel delivered the 8700K only nine months after the fact.

Rumours from far and wide suggest that Intel's fourteenth gen due to show up the following year will move to one more new attachment with 2551 pins, meaning LGA 1700 will bite the dust this year after the thirteenth gen shows up. To pester this point once more, AMD needs to authoritatively focus on AM5 and they need to do it ASAP. It's a demonstrated recipe and we accept proceeded with stage support is a huge element that would be a major success for customers in ongoing stages.

Source: Techspot