The 3rd generation AMD Ryzen is finally here, and the Ryzen 7 3700X is a kind of brainchild of what this generation of processors has to offer. It still has only 8-core 16-line tuning, transferred from the previous generation Ryzen 7 2700X, but thanks to the new 7-nm production process, we get better performance and lower power consumption.
In fact, this is the main processor that most people will strive for. It’s not as powerful as the Ryzen 9 3900X, but a much lower price and lower cooling requirements mean that most people will find it to love the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X.
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Specifications
CPU: 3.8 GHz AMD Ryzen 7 3700X (8-core, 36 MB cache, up to 4.4 GHz)
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Baran: 16 GB G.Skill Royale DDR4 (3400 MHz)
Motherboard: ASRock Taichi X570
Power Source: Corsair RM850x
Storage: GB Aorus M.2 with a capacity of 2 TB (NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4) Case: Corsair Crystal 570X RGB Series
Operating System: Windows 10
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Hardware and Chipset
The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, like the rest of the AMD Zen 2 processors, is built on a 7nm production site, the smallest of the commercially available processors. For most people, this means lower power consumption and, at the same time, better performance.
This transition to 7 nm allowed to increase the performance of IPC (the number of teams per clock) by 15%. In fact, compared to the 2nd generation Ryzen processor, with the same clock frequency, you will be able to see a direct performance improvement of 15%. It is not enough to be noticeable in the daily workload, but we do not complain.
But the improvements don’t end with IPC. Thanks to the 3rd generation Ryzen, since the processor cores have their own chips, AMD was able to pack much more L2 and L3 cache into the Ryzen 7 3700X – with 4 MB and 32 MB, respectively. This means that the total cache of this processor is 36 MB, and AMD combines them into a “GameCache”. This GameCache is not necessarily new, but it helps to illustrate that in some cases it will help improve performance in games, especially in old e-sports 1080p.
However, the biggest addition to the 3rd generation Ryzen is PCIe 4.0. Combined with an AMD Navi graphics card, such as the Radeon RX 5700 XT or RX 5700, you get much better performance due to the increased throughput.
But, as we look at it, SSDs are real stars of the PCIe 4.0 show. Thanks to this advanced connection, NVMe SSDs can potentially run 51% faster than their counterparts that do not support PCIe 4.0. In our own testing, the Aorus PCIe 4.0 SSD provided by AMD was able to get a sequential read speed of up to 4996 MB / s, which is incredibly fast for SSD.
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Performance
The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X has a TDP of 65 W, and with such a relatively low power consumption it is capable of a lot. This processor is able to keep up with the Intel Core i9-9900K, a processor that costs much more and consumes more power, with its TDP of 95 watts.
And this is well reflected in our tests. The Cinebench R15 AMD Ryzen 7 3700X was able to score 2087 points compared with 1873, scored Intel Core i9-9900K.
Then, in Geekbench, The Ryzen 7 3700X scored a whopping 34,515 points compared to 9900K 33,173 in a multi-core test. However, in the single-core test, the Ryzen 7 3700X fell behind, gaining a total of 5590 points versus 6333 in 9900K.
All this means that AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is an absolute miracle when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially in this price category. Regardless of whether you are editing a video or compiling one damn Excel spreadsheet, you’ll see improved performance with the Ryzen 7 3700X.
However, in games, Intel comes out ahead, albeit with a smaller margin than before. In Middle-earth: The 4K AMD Shadow of War was capable of producing 118 frames per second in conjunction with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, compared with 120 that the Intel Core i9-9900K could produce. This is not a huge difference, but it is an Intel victory.
In addition, we have to thank AMD for turning on the Wraith Spire cooler with the Ryzen 7 3700X. Although it is not the most reliable cooler in the world, it was able to keep the processor below 80 degrees Celsius even during the toughest testing of the processor.
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Price
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, released on July 7, 2019, for $ 329 (£ 319, AUD 519). This puts it in the same general price range as the last generation Ryzen 7 2700X, so at least we do not see significant price increases from generation to generation.
However, it becomes more interesting when you compare Ryzen 7 3700X with competitors. Intel Core i7-9700K can be purchased for $ 374 (£ 384, £ 595) for an 8-core processor without hyperthreading. This means that the Ryzen 7 3700X has twice the compute thread at a lower price — although Intel is still valued for single-core performance.
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Conclusion:
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is another impressive release from AMD and its 3rd generation Ryzen chips. You get 8 cores and 16 threads with a clock frequency of 4.4 GHz. On paper, this is not the most impressive chip ever created, but when you see the real performance you get, it is more than worth $ 329 ($ 319, $ 519).
However, if you already have something similar to the Ryzen 7 2700X, this generation does not offer the biggest jump in performance – so you can wait another year or so before losing a few hundred dollars.
With another impressive chip from the Ryzen 3000 series, we can’t wait to see what AMD processors have in the future. If AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is any indication, the recent upset of Team Red will not end soon.