It’s July 8th, and the Ryzen 5 3600 has officially been released in North America – meaning PC builders can finally begin to spec and build their upcoming Ryzen 5 3600 build.
Looking at benchmarks and reviews, it is becoming clear that the Ryzen 5 3600 is offering fantastic performance for its price, with benchmarks showing this mid-level tier CPU performing close to its bigger brothers, the Ryzen 7 3700X, 3800X and even Ryzen 9 3900X!
In this guide, we are going to focus on what the best graphics cards are to pair with the Ryzen 5 3600, to get the most performance out of your Ryzen 3000 build, and ensure there is no sort of bottlenecking from the graphics card or the other way around.
This is an exciting time right now in 2020 to build a PC so hopefully, this guide, should you want to be building with the Ryzen 5 3600, help you build the most powerful and capable Ryzen 5 3600 PC in 2020.
Best Graphics Cards to pair with the Ryzen 5 3600
|Award||Design||Graphics Card||Memory||Ideal for..|
|Best AMD graphics card for Ryzen 5 3600||AMD Radeon RX 5700||8GB GDDR6||1440p 60Hz (Ultra)|
|Best NVIDIA graphics card for Ryzen 5 3600||NVIDIA RTX 2060 Super||8GB GDDR6||1440p 60Hz (Ultra)|
|Best budget graphics card for Ryzen 5 3600||AMD RX 580 8GB||8GB GDDR5||1080p 144Hz (High)|
1. AMD Radeon RX 5700
Released alongside Ryzen Zen 2 CPUs, the AMD Radeon RX 5700 has been poised and positioned to compete against the upcoming RTX Super series of graphics cards, specifically the RTX 2060 Super.
Even before the release of the RX 5700, AMD announced a price cut to the upcoming series of graphics cards, making the RX 5700 even better value for its impressive performance numbers.
The Radeon RX 5700 is built on the new 7nm Navi 10 GPU, up to 7.95 TFLOPs thanks to its 8GB GDDR6 memory with a base clock of 1465 MHz and boost clock of 1725 MHz.
In our eyes, we see the new RX 5700, retailed at $379, as the ideal graphics card to pair with the Ryzen 5 3600, since they are both mid-tier components, but offering almost enthusiast levels of performance but without the corresponding price point.
2. RTX 2060 Super
Nvidia has been killing it the past few years when it comes to their graphics card performance, and the newly announced RTX 2060 Super is set to improve on their hugely successful RTX 2060 card – aimed at mid-level gaming builds, such as for 1080p gaming, and low end 1440p gaming. There has been a claimed gain of 10-20% in performance over the previous generation RTX 2060 – only commanding a small price premium.
The RTX 2060 Supers initial performance numbers show this mid-range graphics card perform essentially the same as the more expensive, previous generation RTX 2070. For $100 less, the new RTX 2060 Super begins to offer high-end performance and make it affordable and attainable for nearly any PC builder out there on a budget.
The RTX 2060 Super is based on the existing Turing architecture, with a 14 GB/s memory speed with 8GB of GDDR6 memory, and a factory rated boost clock of 1650 MHz, base clock at 1470 MHz. The founder’s edition features a great dual fan design, 2-slot in width and a TDP of 175W, and a recommended system wattage of 550W – using an 8-pin power connector.
We think the price point of the RTX 2060 Super could make it an absolute hit – and think it is the one of the best graphics cards to pair with the Ryzen 5 3600.
3. AMD RX 580 8GB
For those who want to build a super-budget Ryzen 5 3600 build and perhaps the RTX 2060S or RX 5700 is slightly just out of budget, then the best budget graphics card we recommend to pair with the Ryzen 5 3600 is AMD’s RX 580 8GB.
Often compared to the previous generation RTX 2060, the RX 580 offers great performance for less than $200, being able to offer 1080P gaming at 60FPS (medium-high settings) and even 1440p gaming. The price to performance ratio of the RX 580 is completely unmatched at this price point, and you can’t go wrong picking this budget graphics card for the Ryzen 5 3600. Featuring 8GB of GDDR5 memory with a boost clock of up to 1411 MHz, and an effective 8000 MHz memory, this AMD-based graphics card is built to perform.
In terms of which is the best RX 580 8GB to go for, we would recommend the Sapphire Radeon Nitro+ card, with a dual-fan design offering great cooling, as well as decent thermal and noise performance and sleek design.
The best graphics card under $200 for 2020, hands down.