Updated: Jun 15, 2020
I am typing a blog post! Yay! What is this one about? Well if you guessed from the title, you may have a piece of Candy. Ooh A Piece Of Candy. Though we more often use the term "Sweets" here in the civilised United Kingdom.
I digressed. Sorry. This is about my PC, and what I want to do with this box that has buttons on it and wired coming out of the (top!) that allows me to do things online and play games and whatever else it is I do with myself these days.
The Pinnacle of Ridges.
Ryzen 5 2600X: CPU built upon AMD's 'Pinnacle Ridge', 'Zeppelin' die. A lithography shift of the 'Summit Ridge' die of the same name that debuted in 2017 with the Ryzen series of CPUs. But you knew that already. Anyway, the optimised, enhanced, cache and memory latency improved port from GlobalFoundries' 14nmLPP process, to the newer (slightly tweaked) 12nmLP, CPU is what I have right now. And I like it.
Six cores, based on Zen+ architecture (see above), new turbo boosting system based on power and current limits, ~3% Higher performance per clock and 200 MHz higher clocks across the board, and the best bit! Oh man it was cheap. £119 last year, cheap. It also has 12 threads. Remember that, because each of the six Zen+ cores has fully enabled two-way SMT. Unlike some other company's offerings at the time.
So now that I've babbled about my Ryzen 5 2600X in a highly autistic manner, I'm going to say that I am keeping this guy for as long as possible. Over the years I have become more and more anxious with buying expensive PC parts, and that culminated with my purchase of a Ryzen 9 3950X 16-core CPU not too long ago. Honestly, the CPU was great, efficient, and god-tier powerful; but I personally couldn't justify having spent nearly 700 pounds on it. No discredit to the product - it's just me being stingy.
The more expensive my PC is, more anxious I get when things go wrong. Knowing I have potentially thrown so much money away. I would have kept the 3950X (maybe) if not for the fact that my friend sold me an insane deal on a 12-core Ryzen Threadripper 1920X, which I got the CPU, board, Powersupply, case, Quad-channel RAM and two SSDs and a cooler for less than the price of the 3950X on its own. That is now doing WCG 24/7, and I occasionally remote into it for Stud.io Eyesight Renders. Quad-channel memory is cool.
But Sash, where are you going with this? You have typed so much stuff and I'm confused!
Did you even read it? I am saying I am keeping the Ryzen 5 2600X, Value-champion, king of the people, destroyer of 9th gen i5s. I am keeping this little guy until Warframe doesn't run on it anymore, and if I base my assessment on that, I will keep this CPU for a long time yet. £119 lol. It makes me happy that the £ : Performance and features here was essentially sent down from CPU God to bestow upon us Filthy Mortals. Curse the Filthy Mortals who reject the teachings of Ryzen, and continue to shackel themselves to other heretical CPU manufacturers.
I sit here, and I look at my Ryzen 5 2600X (though I cannot actually see him, he is installed under a very pretty-looking Wraith Prism Cooler). And I say to him.
"I know you're a CPU, and you can't respond. But I know that you've got this."
Sash, you're insane. You talk to your CPU!
Side note to AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce
Please for the love of God can I get a decently-DXR-capable, DX12 'Ultimate' ready, graphics card with at least 8GB of Video Memory for less than 300 Great British Pounds?
Are you going to force me to use my RX 5700 for eternity, too?
FINE. I WILL!
Sold the RX 5700 and I'm using my RX 5500 XT instead. Because it MAKES NO DIFFERENECNECECECECE