PC Hardware Processors Ryzen

A quick look at 3rd Gen Ryzen performance across the stack

Since the launch of AMD Ryzen in 2017, we can all agree that AMD has made a comeback in the enthusiast PC space as Ryzen processors have been widely embraced across all budget ranges.

Here, we are going to talk about the third generation of Ryzen processors: Ryzen 5 3600 and 3600X, and the Ryzen 7 3700X and 3800X. We will try to paint a big picture on what to expect on where they stack up among other processors.

We know that everyone has different needs and budget ranges so we will tackle the common use case where each processor can shine in their respective SKU.

CPUs ranked according to Cinebench R20 Scores

We opted to use the Cinebench R20 benchmark to rank CPU performance as it offers a decent estimate of CPU performance and performance delta between various SKUs.

With limited access to proper hardware and time to do the testing, we hope to come back and do a more in depth performance review of each processor.

Hardware Specifications

Intel Systems:

ProcessorMotherboardCoolerMemoryMem. Freq.
Core i7 8086KAsus Z390-HCryorig H7 Quad Lumi2x8GB Silicon Power (Bare Black PCB) 2400 CL173000MHz CL16 (OC)
Core i9 9900KASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming ITXCryorig R1 Ultimate2x8GB G.Skill Ripjaws V 3200 CL14 (B-Die)3600MHz CL16 (OC)
Core i9 9900KASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming ITXCryorig R1 Ultimate2x8GB G.Skill Ripjaws V 3200 CL14 (B-Die)3600MHz CL14 (OC)
Core i9 9900KASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming ITXCryorig R1 Ultimate2x8GB G.Skill Ripjaws V 3200 CL14 (B-Die)3600MHz CL14 (OC)
Xeon E5-2620 V4Gigabyte X99 Phoenix SLICM Hyper 212 LED (Single IDCooling SF12025 Fan)2x8GB G.Skill Ripjaws V 3200 CL14
2x8GB Silicon Power 2400 CL17
2133 CL14 (OC)

AMD Ryzen systems:

ProcessorMotherboardCoolerMemoryMem. Freq.
Ryzen 7 3800XMSI X470 Gaming PlusNoctua NH-D152×8 G.Skill Sniper X 3400mhz CL163400Mhz CL16
Ryzen 7 3800XMSI X470 Gaming PlusNoctua NH-D152×8 G.Skill Sniper X 3400mhz CL163600Mhz CL14 (OC)
Ryzen 7 3700XROG Crosshair VIII WifiNoctua NH-D152x8GB G.Skill Sniper X 3400mhz CL163400MHz CL16
Ryzen 7 3700XROG Crosshair VIII WifiNoctua NH-D152x8GB G.Skill Sniper X 3400mhz CL163600MHz CL14 (OC)
Ryzen 5 3600XX570 Aorus ExtremeNoctua NH-D152x8GB G.Skill Sniper X 3400mhz CL163600MHz CL14 (OC)
Ryzen 5 3600XX570 Aorus ExtremeNoctua NH-D152x8GB G.Skill Sniper X 3400mhz CL163600MHz CL14 (OC)
Ryzen 5 3600MSI X470 Gaming PlusNoctua NH-D152×8 G.Skill Sniper X 3400mhz CL163400Mhz CL16
Ryzen 5 3600MSI X470 Gaming PlusNoctua NH-D152×8 G.Skill Sniper X 3400mhz CL163600Mhz CL14 (OC)
Ryzen 7 2700XMSI X470 Gaming PlusNoctua NH-D152×8 G.Skill Sniper X 3400mhz CL163400Mhz CL14
Ryzen 7 2700XMSI X470 Gaming PlusNoctua NH-D152×8 G.Skill Sniper X 3400mhz CL163400Mhz CL14
Ryzen 7 2700MSI X470 Gaming PlusNoctua NH-D152×8 G.Skill Sniper X 3400mhz CL163400Mhz CL14
Ryzen 7 2700MSI X470 Gaming PlusNoctua NH-D152×8 G.Skill Sniper X 3400mhz CL163400Mhz CL14
Ryzen 5 2600XMSI X470 Gaming PlusNoctua NH-D152×8 G.Skill Sniper X 3400mhz CL163400Mhz CL14
Ryzen 5 2600XMSI X470 Gaming PlusNoctua NH-D152×8 G.Skill Sniper X 3400mhz CL163400Mhz CL14
Ryzen 5 2600MSI X470 Gaming PlusNoctua NH-D152×8 G.Skill Sniper X 3400mhz CL163400Mhz CL14
Ryzen 5 2600MSI X470 Gaming PlusNoctua NH-D152×8 G.Skill Sniper X 3400mhz CL163400Mhz CL14

Cinebench R20 multi-core

Cinebench R20 single core

Ryzen 5 3600 – decent all-rounder CPU

Given it’s price and IPC improvement, AMD has improved the Ryzen 5 3600 and is now almost as powerful last gen’s Ryzen 7 2700X in single core performance. We are predicting that the Ryzen 5 3600 is going to be the new favorite processor of gamers and streamers alike.

With a typical draw power of 65w and it’s max boost clock of 4.2Ghz, you can sure to have all the power that you need for gaming and light productivity tasks while keeping thermal efficiency.

The included Wraith Stealth cooler gives a good value if you want to keep everything at stock. With the SRP of $200, this Ryzen 5 processor stays true to the promise of what it takes to become the best mainstream processor in the market right now.

  • # of CPU Cores: 6
  • # of Threads: 12
  • Max Boost Clock: 4.2GHz
  • Base Clock: 3.6GHz
  • Thermal Solution: Wraith Stealth
  • Default: TDP / TDP: 65W

Ryzen 5 3600X – solid single core IPC

Taking 6-core/12-thread processor performance a little bit higher, the Ryzen 5 3600X boasts of higher clock speeds but with a higher typical power draw.

  • # of CPU Cores: 6
  • # of Threads: 12
  • Max Boost Clock: 4.4GHz
  • Base Clock: 3.6GHz
  • Thermal Solution: Wraith Stealth
  • Default: TDP / TDP: 95W

Ryzen 7 3700X – next generation 8-core mainstream

My personal gaming/productivity rig has been powered by the Ryzen 7 2700X for a year now and when I tried out the Ryzen 7 3700X, I was amazed.

Pushing frames higher in CPU bound games and being able to stream at the same time has always been the advantage of having 8-cores/12-threads and the performance of Ryzen 7 3700X has been satisfactory.

  • # of CPU Cores: 8
  • # of Threads: 16
  • Max Boost Clock: 4.4GHz
  • Base Clock: 3.6GHz
  • Thermal Solution: Wraith Prism RGB
  • Default: TDP / TDP: 65W

Ryzen 7 3800X – a power user’s delight. multi-core at your disposal

If you are looking to push the IPC limits a little bit more with an 8-core processor, the Ryzen 7 3800X is your processor as it will slice through encoding, rendering and gaming tasks like a hot knife through butter.

  • # of CPU Cores: 8
  • # of Threads: 16
  • Max Boost Clock: 4.5GHz
  • Base Clock: 3.9GHz
  • Thermal Solution: Wraith Prism RGB
  • Default: TDP / TDP: 105W

Coming really close to the performance of a 5Ghz Intel Core i9 9900K , the Ryzen 7 3700X and 3800X has the potential and the advantage of having extra CPU cores/threads for them to eat through gaming, streaming, and productivity tasks.

Final thoughts

This has been a quick look at the Ryzen 3XXX processors and we wish we could’ve had the hardware and more time to test them in gaming and other productivity workloads. There is definitely a large picture here.

In terms of generational improvements, the mainstream third generation Ryzen processors proves to be a major feat for AMD’s comeback in the CPU space. With sales rising through the roof in local retailers, the popularity of Ryzen for gamers and professionals alike is well justified.

Not only that the value proposition is there, now AMD is also bringing high-end performance in the table.

Paired with the right combination of high-speed memory modules and slightly overclocked above the rated clock speeds, both the Ryzen 7 3700X and 3800X can come close to the competition’s flagship processor without even hitting the crazy 5GHz. The IPC improvement is there and i’m sure that regardless of which Ryzen SKU you might pick up, you won’t regret joining the band wagon.

Ira James
Ira James is an enthusiast who has his roots on PC hardware and gaming. His career as a tech journalist began after working in the PR industry for two years. He started GGWPTech to write PC hardware reviews, gaming, cyber security, and enterprise tech news. His works are also syndicated by other media publishers: Tech Sabado, and the Sunday and Business I.T. section of Manila Times.

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