The CPU and Cooler
The box for the Ryzen 9 is nicer than the box for the Ryzen 7, but both contain pretty much the same things.
Both boxes contain the Wraith Prism Cooler, the CPU, a case badge, and a warranty guide.
The CPUs are pretty basic, they look very similar to their predecessors and they are soldered, although AMD did make some optimizations to the solder between the core chiplets and the heat spreader by adding in some copper.
Bottoms of both CPUs are identical.
We have seen this CPU heat sink before, and we were impressed by not only its cooling capacity but also it's very fancy RGB LEDs. The heat sink comes with the same USB and RGB cables, but the default RGB LED lighting is nice enough for us.
Steven's CPU Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: We used four motherboards; the ASRock X570 Taichi, GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Master, MSI X570 GODLIKE, and ASUS Crosshair VIII Hero - Buy from Amazon
- CPU: Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 7 3700X - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Cooler: Wraith Prism - Buy from Amazon
- Memory: G.Skill Trident Royal 3600MHz - Buy from Amazon
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage - Boot Drive: Kingston KC1000 480GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage - USB Drive: Corsair Voyager GS 64GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: Corsair Obsidian 900D - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: Corsair RM1000 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 - Buy from Amazon
- Monitor: EVGA PA328 ProArt 32" 4K - Buy from Amazon
- Keyboard: Corsair K70 LUX - Buy from Amazon
- Mouse: Corsair M65 PRO RGB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Headset: Corsair VOID RGB Wireless - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
We revamped out test bed a bit with a GPU upgrade as well, and we used new RAM from G.Skill. We opted not to use the PCI-E 4.0 SSD AMD provided for the CPU performance tests, since we can't control that on the Intel test beds or with previous AMD CPUs, and we like everything standardized.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [The CPUs and Cooler]
- Page 3 [Out of the Box Performance: CINEBENCH, wPrime, and AIDA64]
- Page 4 [Performance: Blender, Handbrake, ScienceMark, and SuperPI]
- Page 5 [Synthetic Gaming Performance: UNIGINE and 3DMark]
- Page 6 [Gaming Performance: Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, GTA:V & More]
- Page 7 [Overclocking and Power Consumption]
- Page 8 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]