Amd Ryzen 7 3700x Unlocked Desktop Processor Review

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The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is the AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processor’s poster child on the consumer level. The CPU inherits the predecessor’s eight-core, sixteen-thread setup, largely thanks to the brand-new 7nm manufacturing process; additionally, it gives you a better performance at a lower power consumption than its Ryzen 7 2700X predecessor.

It can’t beat the Ryzen 9 3900X, and this is especially true in regards to the multi-threaded workloads, but it gives you a strong performance for all people on a limited budget. The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X gives you a cheaper processor price-wise which requires less robust cooling. 

The Ryzen 7 3700X is easily the best processor for the majority of people. Read our review to find out all of its capabilities!

Price and availability

AMD rolled out the Ryzen 7 3700X on July 7, 2019 at a price of $329, and this puts it in the same price range as the Ryzen 7 2700X. We don’t’ really see any big price changes from generation to generation.

When you compare the Ryzen 7 3700X to its primary competitor, you get a more complete picture. The Intel Core i7-9700K sells at the price of $374; this 8-core processor does not have hyperthreading, and this means the Ryzen 7 3700X gives double the processing threads for less money. Intel remains the undisputed king of single-core performance, but the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is the best of the multi-core processors.

Specs and chipset

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is based on the 7nm manufacturing node, which is the very smallest of its type in a commercial CPU. This gives improved performance and capacity in the same product.

The 7mm gives you a 15% boost to the instructions per clock (IPC) performance. In comparison to a Ryzen 2nd Generation processor put at the exact same clock speed, you get a 15% performance increase. This isn’t enough to be noticed every single day, but it definitely makes an impact.

These improvements continue beyond the IPC too. The Ryzen 3rd Generation has the CPU cores on their personal chiplets, and AMD packed way more L2 and also L3 cache in its Ryzen 7 3700X – which feature 4MB and 32MB, respectively. This processor features a cache of 36MB – AMD dubs this ‘gamecache’. The GameCache concept isn’t new, but it shows a boost in gaming performance, especially in old 1080p esports games. 

The big addition to Ryzen’s 3rd Generation is the PCIe 4.0. When coupled with AMD’s Navi graphics card such as the Radeon RX 5700 or 5700 XT, you get more bandwidth and thus better performance.

SSs are the big stars of the PCIe 4.0 show. The superior connection from the NVMe SSDs makes for 51% more speed than the non-PCIe 4.0 competitors. We conducted testing which showed the AMD Aorus PCIe 4.0 SSD went up to 4,996 MB/s in its sequential read speeds. This is very fast for an SSD.

Performance

AMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X features a 65W TDP. This low level of power still delivers a lot. This particular processor keeps up with the Intel Core i9-9900K, which is a processor that is pricier and has far more power, with a 95W TDP. 

The benchmarks are the proof: in Cinebench R15, we saw that the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X received 2,087 points. The intel Core i9-9900K scored 1873.

Additionally, the Ryzen 7 3700X got an amazing 34,515 score in the Geekbench rating, in comparison to the 9900K’s 33,173 within the multi-core test. The single-core test showed us that the Ryzen 7 3700X fell behind with its 5,590-score compared to the 6,333 of the 9990K. 

What this means is the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is amazing compared to multi-threaded workloads, and this is true especially for this price. For those doing video edits or large spreadsheet work, the Ryzen 7 3700X will give you a very noticeable performance boost.

Intel excels at gaming, however, though with less of a margin than before. The graphics-intensive game Middle Earth: Shadow of War (played at 4K) ran on the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, managing 118 fps alongside the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, in comparison to 120fps from the Intel Core i9-9900K. Intel still wins, though the difference is small. 

AMD should be praised for having the Wraith Spire cooler inside its Ryzen 7 3700X. Though it’s not the single most robust cooler in the market, it kept the processor under 80 degrees for most of our testing.

Final verdict

AMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X is yet another excellent AMD product and is one of the best of the 3rd Generation Ryzen chips. You get eight cores and sixteen threads, featuring a 4.4GHz boost click. It doesn’t look like the strongest contender, but when you try it out you’ll see the incredible bang you get for your buck.

For those who have products similar to the Ryzen 7 2700X, this gen doesn’t give you the biggest boost; you may want to consider waiting for a couple more releases before making your upgrade.

This amazing Ryzen 3000 series is amazing, and we’re excited to see the future of AMD and its processor products. If this one is an indication, Team Red will not be one-upped in this market any time soon!

Last update was on: July 26, 2020 10:37 pm

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