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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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]