AMD Ryzen 5 2600 ‘Pinnacle Ridge’ CPU Performance Leaks Out – Up To 15% Faster in Single Core Tests Compared to Ryzen 5 1600

AMD's 'Pinnacle Ridge' processors are doing the rounds in online system performance databases. The most recent one is once again the Ryzen 5 2600 which has been spotted along with its single and multi core performance scores in Geekbench benchmark.

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 'Pinnacle Ridge' Shows Up In Geekbench - Faster Single and Multi-Core Scores From Higher Clock Speeds

The latest listing of this processor is on Geekbench database. Just to point out, the Ryzen 5 2600 is part of the upcoming AMD Ryzen 2 family and has been leaked at least once before in the SANDRA database.

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The codename for this specific chip is AMD Ryzen: ZD2600BBM68AF_38/34_Y and it will be known as the Ryzen 5 2600 which means it replaces the Ryzen 5 1600 (1st Generation Ryzen). Based on the naming scheme, this is indeed a second generation Ryzen processor which comes with 6 CPU cores and 12 threads. The clock speeds for this chip are mentioned at 3.4 GHz base and 3.8 GHz boost clock. In terms of cache, we are looking at 16 MB of L3 and 3 MB of L2 cache in total. The processor will be a 65W chip based on the codename which falls in line with the Ryzen 5 1600 with a similar TDP range.

The processor was tested on the AMD Myrtle platform with 16 GB of DDR4 memory on Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) OS. What's interesting here is that the AMD Myrtle platform has been an in-house Ryzen test platform since the early Zen development days. Lot's of online listings for the first gen Ryzen processors were spotted with this particular board. The previous Ryzen 5 2600 listing how ever was spotted with an ASUS Crosshair VII motherboard which is part of ASUS's upcoming X470 chipset based motherboard lineup.

AMD 2nd Generation Ryzen Specs:

CPU NameAMD Ryzen 3 2300XAMD Ryzen 5 2500XAMD Ryzen 5 2600AMD Ryzen 5 2600XAMD Ryzen 7 2700AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
CPU FamilyRyzen 2Ryzen 2Ryzen 2Ryzen 2Ryzen 2Ryzen 2
CPU uArch12nm Zen+12nm Zen+12nm Zen+12nm Zen+12nm Zen+12nm Zen+
CPU Cores446688
CPU Threads4812121616
Base Clock3.5 GHz3.6 GHz3.4 GHz3,6 GHz3.2 GHz3.7 GHz
Boost Clock4.0 GHz4.0 GHz3.9 GHz4.25 GHz4.1 GHz4.35 GHz
Total Cache10 MB (L2+L3)18 MB (L2+L3)19 MB (L2+L3)19 MB (L2+L3)20 MB (L2 + L3)20 MB (L2 + L3)
Memory SupportDDR4-2933DDR4-2933DDR4-2933DDR4-2933DDR4-2933DDR4-2933
Cooler BundleWraith StealthWraith StealthWraith StealthWraith SpireWraith Spire LEDWraith Prism
Price$130-$140 US$150-$160 US$199 US$229 US$299 US$329 US
Release DateTBCTBC19th April 201819th April 201819th April 201819th April 2018

While most of the specifications are the same as previous generation Ryzen 5 chips, the key thing here to note is the frequency. With the new 12nm LP process, AMD has managed to squeeze out an extra 200 MHz from the Ryzen 2 part compared to Ryzen 1. The base clock has seen a bump of 6.25% while the boost clock has seen a bump of 5.56%. There’s also one thing to note that the chip could still be an engineering sample and we can expect higher clock speeds in the retail or final model which launches in April.


Coming to the benchmark scores, the Ryzen 5 2600 scored 4269 points in the single-core test and 20102 points in the multi-core test. That's around a 14.5% increase in single-thread 31.5% increase in multi-thread performance over the Ryzen 5 1600 in the same benchmark. But, these scores are not to be considered final as AMD can still cram in a few improvements and the faster IMC can do even better for these scores.

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Do look for more details on Ryzen 2 based on Zen+ core architecture in the coming month. The Ryzen 2 family will feature a full range of processors which will include Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7 series and also the upgraded X470 motherboards.

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