It is been pretty a though because AMD very first launched their new Ryzen 3000 CPUs, but I’ve lastly managed to get my hands on the final remaining member of their new gaming CPU loved ones, the Ryzen 7 3800X. It is the even nippier huge brother of the currently exceptional AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, but with the even a lot more potent Ryzen 9 3900X now sitting above it in the Ryzen loved ones pecking order, this eight-core processor absolutely has an air of ‘awkward middle child’ about it. Does it nevertheless have what it requires to muscle in on our greatest gaming CPU material? Here’s wot I feel.
It is a bit of an odd one particular, definitely. Like the less expensive £330 / $330 Ryzen 7 3700X, the 3800X is one more 7nm processor with eight cores and sixteen threads below its belt. This one particular, nonetheless, feels like it is got a lot a lot more weight to throw about. It has a greater base clock speed of three.9GHz for starters, placing it 300MHz ahead of what you get with the 3700X and, a lot more importantly, Intel’s Core i7-9700K.
The Core i7-9700K nevertheless has the edge when it comes to maximum increase clock speed, reaching a heady four.9GHz with proper cooling more than the 3800X’s slightly a lot more pedestrian four.5GHz, but in the context of AMD’s personal CPU loved ones, even the a lot more costly Ryzen 9 3900X can only hit a higher of four.6GHz (and its base clock speed really begins a teeny bit reduce at three.8GHz, also). Yes, the 3900X has the additional benefit of 12 cores and 24 threads, but in terms of speed versus value, the £370 / $400 3800X appears to be a pretty tempting prospect certainly for these following leading-finish speeds devoid of that leading-finish £500 / $500+ value.
It does, nonetheless, have a higher TDP (or thermal style point) of 105W as a outcome, even though. This indicates it is much less power effective than each the 3700X, which came in at a lean 65W TDP, and the Core i7-9700K, which is rated just beneath it at 95W. Certainly, I discovered the 9700K wasn’t in a position to attain its leading speed four.9GHz with my bog typical tower cooler when I attempted overclocking it, and I didn’t see the 3800X get anyplace close to its leading four.5GHz when I tested it with its bundled Wraith Prism cooler, either.
Now, I know there have been some problems not too long ago with a lot of AMD’s new Ryzen chips not reaching their advertised increase speeds, but even if I have been to retest it alongside all the other Ryzen 3000 CPUs I’ve reviewed following AMD’s most up-to-date motherboard BIOS patch, I do not feel my opinion of it as a straight gaming CPU is probably to alter. Certainly, when I place it via the similar gaming benchmark suite as all the other CPUs I’ve tested, the 3800X made pretty much nigh-on identical benefits to its less expensive and a lot more power effective sibling, the 3700X.
Now, I must point out that obtaining a really correct image of what your CPU’s performing though playing games is nevertheless a fairly tricky process. Just after all, there are a number of other components that can influence your PC’s gaming functionality, such as your graphics card, the sort of RAM you have got, and even what sort of storage you have installed the game on. There’s also the extra difficulty that a lot of Computer gaming benchmarks just do not test your CPU appropriately.
Luckily, a handful of benchmarks have been obtaining a lot far better at this not too long ago, with the likes of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Forza Horizon four, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and a lot more all delivering an in-depth appear at your CPU’s functionality as effectively as what your graphics card’s performing. As a outcome, I’ve completed the greatest I can with the gear accessible to me, but you may perhaps want to study about a bit a lot more to get a far better image of items. I’ve also only focused primarily on gaming functionality in this assessment than I have on, say, application functionality or media creation bits and bobs mainly because, effectively, I’m not definitely interested in that. I’ve incorporated some cursory Cinebench R20 benefits beneath to give us a rough notion of how each and every CPU stacks up for single and multicore desktop tasks, but definitely, my most important target right here is to perform out what CPU is the greatest for gaming and gaming alone.
And definitely, I feel you’d be a lot far better off going with the Ryzen 7 3700X in this case. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, for instance, the 3800X made an identical typical of 110fps on Ultra at 1920×1080, and only scooted in front by an typical of 2fps when I moved the resolution up to 2560×1440. The Core i7-9700K, meanwhile, was even additional ahead with an typical of 129fps at 1080p and 108fps at 1440p.
The 3800X managed to lastly pull in front of the 3700X in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (albeit by just a single frame at each 1080p and 1440p), but it was the 3700X that had the edge in Total War: Warhammer II at 1080p. Once again, these are all fairly miniscule variations in the grand scheme of items, but in terms of worth for income, you’d have to have a pretty superior explanation for opting to get the 3800X more than the equally nippy 3700X.
(As for these rather higher seeking Forza Horizon four scores, I must point out that Nvidia have created distinct optimisations to this unique game in current months, which in all probability explains why each its 1080p and 1440p benefits are so a lot greater than actually every little thing else I’ve tested.)
If you use your Computer for a lot more than just gaming, of course, then that pretty superior explanation will in all probability currently be apparent – while even then I’m nevertheless not certain it is worth the additional expense. Take a appear at its Cinebench R20 benefits, for instance, and the 3800X comes in comfortably ahead of the 3700X when it comes to multicore tasks, which will no doubt be beneficial for any person who utilizes their Computer for higher intensity tasks such as photo and video editing and the like.
On the single core front, even though? Effectively, no matter how quite a few instances I re-ran Cinebench to double-verify this score, the 3800X repeatedly came in about 10 points slower than its 3700X sibling. Yes, you are in all probability not going to notice this in daily use, but certainly that is the complete point of paying for a a lot more potent processor, proper? To really feel that distinction?
General, then, the Ryzen 7 3800X may possibly appear superior on paper, but in practice it leaves a lot to be preferred. Even with all that additional energy and speed at its disposal, it nevertheless can not match Intel’s Core i7-9700K as a pure gaming CPU, and it even struggles to maintain up with its less expensive Ryzen 7 3700X sibling a lot of the time, also.
As such, my greatest gaming CPU suggestions stay unchanged for these with £300-400 / $300-400 to commit on a new processor. If you have got the money, then the £375 / $365 Intel Core i7-9700K is nevertheless the processor to beat for the time becoming, though these seeking to maintain expenses down a bit additional (and do not want the additional hassle of discovering a decent cooler) must stick with the £330 / $330 Ryzen 7 3700X.