UK price (as reviewed): £379.99 (inc. VAT)
US price (as reviewed): $399.99 (exc. tax)
We've nearly completed our 3rd Gen Ryzen review marathon, having covered four CPUs already, including AMD's other 8c/16t monster, the Ryzen 7 3700X. There's a lot to consider when it comes to choosing the right model, and at this price there's also Intel to consider, as the Core i7-9700K is now available for less than £400 too. Today, it's all about AMD's fastest 8c/16t model, the Ryzen 7 3800X, where it fits into the product stack, whether it's worth the extra cash over the Ryzen 7 3700X, and whether you should buy it over the other various attractive options that landed on 7th July.
|Model||Cores/Threads||Base Freq||Boost Freq||Total Cache||TDP (Watts)||Included cooler||SEP (USD)||Availability|
|Ryzen 9 3950X||16/32||3.5GHz||4.7GHz||72MB||105W||Wraith Prism RGB||$749||September|
|Ryzen 9 3900X||12/24||3.8GHz||4.6GHz||70MB||105W||Wraith Prism RGB||$499||July 7, 2019|
|Ryzen 7 3800X||8/16||3.9GHz||4.5GHz||36MB||105W||Wraith Prism RGB||$399||July 7, 2019|
|Ryzen 7 3700X||8/16||3.6GHz||4.4GHz||36MB||65W||Wraith Prism RGB||$329||July 7, 2019|
|Ryzen 5 3600X||6/12||3.8GHz||4.4GHz||35MB||95W||Wraith Spire||$249||July 7, 2019|
|Ryzen 5 3600||6/12||3.6GHz||4.2GHz||35MB||65W||Wraith Stealth||$199||July 7, 2019|
The differences between the two 8c/16t parts are mostly small, though, with both sporting the same 32MB L3 cache and 4MB L2 cache, which is 1MB more than the 6c/12t 3rd Gen Ryzen models due to two cores being disabled, whereas here all cores on both Core Complexes are active, providing access to 25 percent more L2 cache as a result (512KB per core). The higher frequencies - enabled mostly by the higher TDP - are the main selling points here, though, and with somewhat limited overclocking headroom so far on 3rd Gen Ryzen, sticking to stock speed can often be the best option if you want the best gaming performance, as you get the full benefit of those boost frequencies.
We saw a 4GHz all-core boost with the Ryzen 7 3700X, and this rises to 4.2GHz with the Ryzen 7 3800X, which also enjoys a 100MHz peak boost frequency advantage over not just the Ryzen 7 3700X but also the Ryzen 5 3600X. As such, if you're gunning for high lightly-threaded performance and don't intend to overclock, it's another feather in the Ryzen 7 3800X's cap. The next step up in price is a hefty one to the Ryzen 9 3900X, which currently holds the speed record at a peak boost of 4.6GHz until the Ryzen 9 3950X lands later this month.
April 16 2021 | 18:20