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Excellent Processor, Poor Cooler
January 8, 2019
With six cores and twelve threads of juice, my old quad core i5 3570k was utterly eclipsed in every way. Costing considerably less than the modern i5, this processor is a clear winner and value leader. And the mounting system, O M G brilliant! No more worrying about bent pins on the motherboard (ala Intel). Both single threaded and multi threaded performance received a healthy injection of awesomeness. While the performance was absolutely breathtaking and refreshing, there were two glaring issues: high core voltage, and poor cooler.
The very high core voltage was concerning and highly unusual given the 12nm process. On a Asrock B450 platform, this thing shooted up to 1.49 vcore randomly on stock/auto settings due to XFR and precision boost. CPU speed sometimes hit the 4.6-4.7 GHz mark. Insane! With high vcore also came high temps. As such, I had set a -100mV offset to vcore, which kept the vcore to a more reasonable state around 1.38V, and subsequently the temps were also reduced. After some googling, I've realized the vcore issue is as per AMD design and is managed by the SMU. It should not be a concern with respect to the longevity of the processor. Time will tell.
With all the chatter about the Wraith Spire cooler being sufficient, it simply wasn't (at least not with the high vcore being pushed on it). For those who purchased the 2600X over the 2600 due to a better included cooler, prepare to be disappointed. In regular gaming, the CPU regular hit high 60s, borderlining 70s. During Prime95 stress testing on stock clocks, the CPU shot straight into the mid 80s within minutes. Although the included cooler was considerably heavier and bigger than anything Intel could conjure, I felt the heat dissipation ratings were grossly overrated. They really should have supplied Wraith Prism (105W TDP) with the 95W CPUs like the 2600X, and the Wraith Spire with the 65W CPUs like the vanilla 2600. Besides poor cooling ability, this thing was LOOUUDD. Double Whammy! In the end, I had to get a Noctua U12S heatsink to keep the AMD chip from self-destruction.
Overall, great performance, great value but bundled cooler was a joke. 4/5