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Is AMD Ryzen 5 2600 a good CPU for Fallout 76?

AMD Ryzen 5 2600
AMD Ryzen 5 2600

Is AMD Ryzen 5 2600 a good CPU for Fallout 76?

Powerful processing

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.

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

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.