Is AMD Ryzen 5 2600 a good CPU for Fallout 76?
AMD hit back at Intel with the launch of Ryzen, completely refreshing its entire catalog of processors. With the release of the Ryzen 5 2600 CPU, AMD offers ample performance in an affordable package. Having six cores and 12 threads make it able to handle more demanding tasks and games.
Fallout 76 isn't the most optimized game, but having the extra power available won't hinder gameplay. A solid stock cooler is included that happens to be more than enough to keep it cool under load, though if you desire to overclock, you'll want to look at an aftermarket cooler or water-cooling.
Meeting the requirements
Fallout 76 isn't a demanding game, but you do require a mid-range PC in order to get the most out of it (and even then — at the time of writing — you'll still encounter performance issues). Here are the recommended requirements that you'll surpass with the Ryzen 5 2600 CPU:
- CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5 GHz.
- RAM: 8GB.
- GPU: NVIDIA GTX 970 4GB or AMD R9 290X 4GB.
And since you're selecting a capable mid-range CPU, you'll be able to enjoy other games without issue should you match the processor with an equally strong GPU.
The perfect match for mid-tier PC gaming.
When building a new PC for 1080p or even 1440p gaming, you won't need more performance than what AMD's Ryzen 5 2600 offers. Not only that, but it's affordable and unlocked for overclocking.
Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
Thank you for signing up to Windows Central. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.