AMD’s Ryzen 5 3500X is now available at major online retailers and may be the cheapest 6-core CPU you can buy right now. AMD Ryzen 5 3500X launched back in 2019 with the Ryzen 5 3500X and was then targeting the 9th generation Intel Core lineup. However, the lineup offers great performance for users on a budget and might be the best choice for them if they are looking forward to a hexa core chip.
AMD Ryzen 5 3500X Hits Retail for Under $200, Cheapest 6-Core AMD CPU You Can Get Right Now
The AMD Ryzen 5 3500X and Ryzen 5 3500 might be priced with a 6-core chipset for their time but at the time, AMD was competing with Intel which was reluctant to offer SMT on its budget and mainstream chips. As such, the Ryzen 5 3500 series processors also came without SMT support and as such, only had 6 contiguous threads with 6 cores. Now modern applications and games scale well with more threads, especially AMD whose SMT performance is widely known to be excellent over Intel. Even without SMT, AMD Ryzen 5 3500 series processors offer good value if you’re primarily building a budget AMD PC.
AMD Ryzen 5 3500X Desktop CPU Specifications
Starting with the AMD Ryzen 5 3500X, we’re looking at a base clock of 3.6GHz and a boost clock of 4.1GHz. The processor features a 32MB cache, 65W TDP cache, and a price tag close to $150. It’s so endearing that AMD opted for a $149.99 price tag for this particular chip.
The chip comes with 24 PCIe Gen 4 slots, supporting 3200MHz memory. The 32MB game cache is also said to provide much better latency in a variety of esports titles, so this should be considered for gamers on a budget when having to choose between AM4 and LGA 1151 platforms.
AMD and Intel 6 Core CPU Prices
On Newegg, the AMD Ryzen 5 3500X is listed for $172.48 while the Ryzen 5 3600 retails for $238.99. The Ryzen 5 5600X costs significantly higher at around $380 due to the reduced supply. Amazon has the Ryzen 5 3500X listed for a much higher $244.85 which is the same price as the Ryzen 5 3600 and the latter is indeed the better option.
While the Ryzen 5 3500X is the cheapest base option for AMD 6, it’s certainly not the base 6 budget champ. This title goes to the Intel Core i5-10400F which retails for $159.99 (Newegg) and $157.99 (Amazon). Even the latest Core i5-11400F costs $179.99 at Newegg and $174.99 at Amazon. Both Intel CPUs come with 6 cores and 12 threads which makes them a very attractive value.
The only downside is that unlike the Ryzen 5 3500X, you can’t overclock the Intel chips as they come with less cache. Motherboard makers offer power limit overclocking but this will result in higher temperatures and higher power consumption than the standard 65W (PL1) TDP.