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AMD Ryzen 3900X and 3700X (Zen2) Review (Page 8)

Steven Bassiri | Jul 7, 2019 at 08:00 am CDT - 2 mins, 27 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: AMD

What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts

Here is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the Ryzen 3900X and 3700X.

What's Hot

Greatly improved performance: AMD did really well when it comes to beating their own products and helping close the gap when it comes to Intel's products. The gaming improvements are major, and the SMT improvements are impressive, to say the least.

Platform: Not only did AMD implement PCI-E 4.0 into their new chipset and CPU, they also got it working at speeds much faster than PCI-E 3.0, something we didn't think we would see for a while. We also like the inclusion of up to 8 10Gbps USB ports.

Power Efficiency : Compared to their 12nm process, the new 7nm process has greatly improved power efficiency compared to performance.

Price and Cooler : We feel that the prices AMD is charging for the new CPUs are more than fair, especially compared to AMD's previous offerings and Intel's current offerings. We also like the inclusion of a solid stock cooler, it even allows for some overclocking headroom.

What's Not

All-Core OC: We found that all core overclock levels kind of maxed out with decent stability to 4.3GHz, which is much lower than their single core boost of 4.6GHz on the 3900X. Depending on your use case it might be better to just enable PBOC. Memory overclocking is great now though.

Final Thoughts

AMD really did a lot of good things to their Ryzen series of processors, and a lot of the hype that was generated is warranted. While they don't necessarily sweep away Intel's lead when it comes to single threaded performance, they did a good job of tossing things up when it comes to gaming.

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They delivered on the promise of increasing their multithreaded performance; it's an interesting day when at the same core and thread count AMD's 3900X is trading blows with Intel's 9900K that operates at much higher frequencies, albeit in more real-world applications the 9900K typically wins.

We like the high-frequency single-core boosts, although we are a bit disappointed in all core overclocking potential, the new options in Ryzen Master can let you tune your CPU though. Memory overclocking has been significantly improved, and we really like the new options for the fabric clock.

We were a bit sad to see the 3700X's write performance, but AMD did mention they did it to help reduce power consumption and that most real-world workloads don't utilize memory write that much. Overall, yes AMD did excellently, they deserve applauds not only for bringing very high performance and high-value product to the market but because they have really reinvigorated competition.

Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST

Performance95%

Quality96%

Features95%

Value93%

Overall Rating95%

The Bottom Line

AMD really hit the bar when it comes to their new Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 7 3700X, they hit it out of the park with power efficiency, performance improvements, and a total platform solution.

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Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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