AMD Ryzen 2600X is going to be a mid-range option for people that want to get higher core count but do not want to spend as much money as the 2700X. The AMD Ryzen 2600X is no slouch, it features 6 cores and 12 threads and while there is little that we know about the CPU at this time we have some leaked numbers that will give you an idea of the performance of the AMD Ryzen 2600X.
AMD CPU roadmap has been leaked a while back and it mentioned the AMD Ryzen 2600X as well as the 2700X but we have not seen the 2800X mentioned anywhere, at least not yet. You can check out the AMD Ryzen 2600X benchmark below.
6 cores and 12 threads are more than enough for gaming and you will even have enough for video editing as well as Photoshop. All things considered, this is great value for money. The X means that you can overclock the CPU as well. As of right now, we are not sure how well the CPU will overclock but it is possible that you will be able to get close to 2700X performance after you have overclocked the AMD Ryzen 2600X.
If the AMD Ryzen 2600X is not enough for you and you want more power then the 2700X comes with 8 cores and 16 threads. You can check out how well that CPU compares to the 1800X as well as the Intel 8700K here. There have been reports of Spectre-like bugs affecting AMD CPUs but these seem to be fake. According to AMD:
If you look at the situation in the following way: right now the public knows about the vulnerabilities and their implications, AMD is fully informed and developing patches, and major security companies are also informed and working on mitigation.
While the performance benefits of upgrading from the 1600X might not be great, the good news is that these upcoming CPUs will work with current AM4 motherboards with means that if you have the 1300X or 1500X and are interested in upgrading then you can do just that by swapping CPUs instead of changing motherboards as well.
That is one convenience that Intel has failed to offer and a major consideration when considering AMD Ryzen CPUs.
Let us know what you think about the Ryzen 2600X and whether or not this is something that you might be interested in buying for your next build.