After more discounting (14%) at NewEgg the R5 3600 processor has been acquired to be used with the MSI X570-A PRO motherboard. The CPU came with an Xbox game pass which is useless as games expire with the pass. The net cost with taxes and shipping was $274.
The R5 3600 supports PCI Express 4.0 which will slowly become more widely used. Faster SSD speeds will be the most noticeable benefit but present products are still premium priced. SSD prices have continued to fall and larger capacity models are now available.
The R5 3600 is 6 cores and 12 threads which is more than the R5 2400G and both run at the same 3.6 MHz clock speeds and are 65W TDP rated. The 32MB L3 cache is substantially larger which will improve threaded performance.
The R5 3600 has 24 lanes of PCI Express for the video card and peripherals with 16 lanes for the graphics cards, 4 for the M.2 and 4 for the X570. The R5 2400G has 8 lanes dedicated to the Vega 11 graphics. The R5 3600 does not have integrated graphics so those lanes are available for the slots. The Intel SSD only was afforded one PCIe lane with the R5 2400G which is a question for the R5 3600’s capability as opposed to the older CPU.
CPU DEMANDING GAMES
Some games Like Batman: Arkham Asylum saturate the R5 2400G which is surprising as the CPU is more powerful that than the Xbox One. The R5 3600 has more cores which can handle more threads.
Denuvo has been accused of adding unnecessary overhead to games. Batman: Arkham Asylum when it was first released was unplayable. Only after close to 6 months after the original release was the game updated to be playable on a PC properly.
PCI Express 5.0 has been ratified which suggests that in 2021 a new platform with DDR5 will be entering the market. PCI Express 5.0 will benefit the corporate user more than consumers. AMD probably will enter the PCI Express 5.0 and DDR5 platform late in 2021 or possibly 2022.