Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G and Ryzen 5 3600 are two mid-range hexa-core processors from AMD. Released in 2020 and 2019, respectively, the models promise good value for money for those looking for a performance-focused CPU. Another similarity is that both come from the more corporate profile Pro series.
Although similar, the two processors differ in some points. In performance, the advantage goes to the 3600, which is faster, while the 4650G comes out ahead in features, standing out by offering an integrated GPU. Techidence compared the technical details, performance, and features of the two AMD chips. Check it out below.
Ryzen 5 3600 vs Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G
|Ryzen 5 3600||Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G|
|Launch||September 2019||July 2020|
|Price||from $133||from $129|
|cores/threads||6 / 12||6 / 12|
|Speed||3.6 to 4.2 GHz||3.7 to 4.2 GHz|
|RAM||Dual-channel DDR4 up to 3200 MHz||Dual-channel DDR4 up to 3200 MHz|
|cache||32 MB in L3||8 MB in L3|
|Video card||no integrated GPU||Radeon Vega 7|
|TDP||65 W||65 W|
Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G are part of the brand’s enterprise line, as the term “Pro” denotes. Intended for use in distributed office computers, these units add technologies for durability, security, reliability, and manageability for IT teams.
From a technical point of view, the two models have some similarities, where the difference between the generations weighs. For starters, both are hex cores with 12 threads and reach a maximum turbo speed of 4.2 GHz. As for the base clock, the figures are 3.6 GHz for the 3600 and 3.7 GHz for the 4650G.
In RAM, both processors support DDR4 up to 3,200 MHz in dual-channel. Although newer, the Ryzen 5 4650G is limited to PCIe 3.0, while the Ryzen 5 3600 guarantees support for faster PCIe 4.0 buses.
Another relevant differential between the two models is that the 4650G offers an integrated GPU, the Radeon Vega 7. On the other hand, the 3600 has more cache memory – 32 MB in L3 – and the 4650G is limited to 8 MB.
Contrary to what it might seem at first glance, the 3600 model offers higher performance – at least according to PassMark’s CPU Benchmark. The older model scores 17,813 points in the raw performance comparison, compared to 16,320 for the 4650G.
Tests from the Testing Games channel back up the benchmark data by showing the clear advantage of the 3600 in several titles. In Microsoft Flight Simulator – a very demanding title – the 3600 hovers around 40 FPS, while the rival stalls at the 30-31 floor.
Features and motherboard
Like all Ryzen up to the 7000 series, both processors are AM4 socket motherboard compatible. This means that consumers can turn to a wide variety of boards released in 2016. As the offer is large and varied, there are affordable models to units aimed at more experienced users.
A significant detail regarding the two Pro models is that, unlike most Ryzen processors, both do not have overclocking support. Another relevant distinction, as we noted earlier, is that of the two, only the Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G offers an integrated graphics card.
AMD reports that both processor models offer a maximum TDP of 65 W, which is typical for more mid-range profile desktop processors. Although it is measured in Watts, the TDP rating reflects an estimated amount of power the processor dissipates in heat when subjected to high demand.
Incidentally, both processors are sold with AMD’s Wraith coolers in the box. Since they don’t get that hot – relatively – and don’t overclock, the two CPUs should offer quieter operation, even with the standard cooler.
The two processor models are affordable and are priced similarly. Between the two, the Ryzen 5 3600, which should offer higher performance, is cheaper. In our searches, the CPU appears in the national online retail for starting at $133 in the most competitive ads of the moment.
The Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G is newer on the market and comes with integrated graphics, but offers less performance. The model appears in reputable stores with values around $129.