2nd-gen AMD Ryzen CPUs
2nd-gen AMD Ryzen 5 2600's original price is $199

As AMD is turning 50 years old and releasing its AMD50 promotional bundles, we’re checking the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 hitting its lowest price ever.

The mid-tier CPU dropped to $150 and then recovered with a $164.99 price tag. You can buy it on either Newegg or Amazon.

Today, May 1st, 2019, AMD celebrates five decades of technological advancements. As part of the celebration, they released special editions of the Radeon VIII GPU and the Ryzen 7 2700X CPU, both top-tier pieces.

However, there are many AMD offers around. Particularly, you can find the Ryzen 5 2600 processor. If you buy it, you receive a gift: digital versions of World War Z and Tom Clancy’s The Division Special Edition.

Furthermore, you can use the promotional code ” EMCTYWT23″ to still get the CPU for $150 at Newegg.

AMD’s mid-tier Ryzen 5 2600 processor

AMD Ryzen 5 2600
AMD Ryzen 5 2600. Source: Newegg.

The Ryzen 5 2600 is a 2nd-gen mid-range consumer PC processor. With its price range, is perfect for a $1000 PC build. It released on mid-2018.

The chip packs six cores and 12 threads, just as much as most Intel I5 and i7 high-end processors.

It has a 16MB L3 cache. A processor cache is where the CPU holds the most used data. It allows the processor to access such data faster and perform common tasks more effectively.

As for clock speeds, the chip features a 3.4GHz base clock speed with a turbo boost of 3.9GHz. Like other AMD’s 2nd-gen processors, the Ryzen 5 2600 is ready for overclocking.

Furthermore, the Ryzen 5 2600 packs a 16 high-speed PCIe 3.0 lanes, a 65W TDP (thermal design power), and dual-channel DDR4 RAM modules up to 2,933MHz.

Lastly, it packs the company’s Wraith Stealth CPU cooling system.

How the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 compares to similar CPUs

Cores /
Base /
Boost Clock Speed (GHz)
PCIe 3.0 Interface / Chipset Unlocked Multiplier DRAM TDP Price (at time of writing) Price
Per Core
Intel Core i7-8700K 6 / 12 3.7 / 4.7 12 16 1151 / Z370 Yes Dual DDR4-2666 95W $369.99 $61.67
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6 / 12 3.6 / 4.2 16 16 AM4 / X470 Yes Dual DDR4-2933 95W $179.99 $30
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 6 / 12 3.4 / 3.9 16 16 AM4 / X470 Yes Dual DDR4-2933 65W $149.99 $25
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 6 / 12 3.6 / 4 16 16 AM4 / X370 Yes Dual DDR4-2666 95W $150.89 $25.15
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 6 / 12 3.2 / 3.6 16 16 AM4 / X370 Yes Dual DDR4-2666 65W $119.89 $19.98


The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 is currently the most cost-effective AMD 6-core/12-thread processor. The CPU sells for about $27 per core; or $25 per code if you take the promotional code.

Comparing the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 against Intel

Let’s instead compare it with Intel, particularly the Intel I7-8850H, the current high-end 6-core/12-thread processor for mid-tier and high-tier laptops with effective cooling solutions. More so, it also released on mid-2018.

In user’s benchmark for gaming, the i7 has an effective game speed of 86.9%, while the AMD rocks an 87.5% effective speed.

On the other hand, the AMD Ryzen 5 has a faster multi-core speed, while Intel’s alternative features faster single-core speed.

Overall, the 12nm AMD Ryzen 5 2600 continues to surpass Intel CPUs -just like first-gen Ryzen processors- in terms of power consumption, heat production, multi-core performance, and, thus, higher attainable clock speeds.

However, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 doesn’t have an integrated GPU. AMD’s processors with integrated graphics are called APUs. On the other hand, the i7 alternative packs an Intel HD integrated graphics, which offers basic gaming capabilities and other minor enhancements.

It means building a PC with the AMD piece will always require buying the GPU separately.


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