Product on Review: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
Street Price: GBP £379.99 / USD $399.99
Our initial AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen. launch was built upon the Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 9 3900X, both of which have impressed us, and the computer hardware media as a whole massively. However, now well begin to round out the entire range that AMD have to offer, starting with the AMD Ryzen 7 3800X.
The Ryzen 7 3800X is based upon an identical framework to the Ryzen 7 3700X, sporting an 8-core, 16-thread layout and 32MB of cache, only with the TDP dialled right up to 105W, a huge 40W increase on the 3700X. With that comes a hefty base clock increase from 3.6GHz to 3.9GHz and a Boost clock increase of 100MHz to 4.5GHz when conditions are perfect.
With the latest 3rd Gen. Ryzen processors, AMD have changed the entire makeup and implemented a chiplet design, utilising the latest 7nm technology for the CPU cores (CCDs) and sticking with the more mature, and cheaper to produce, 12nm architecture for the IO die (cIOD), where a shrink in transistor size wouldnt really affect performance. The 3rd Gen. CPUs use either one or two of those chiplets (CCDs), with each containing up to 8 cores. This means the AMD Ryzen 7 3800X is the current top-tier CPU using only a single CCD.
It stands to reason that with the increased TDP of 105W, the same as the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X, we could see the Ryzen 7 3800X put up a good fight in specific tests, particularly something like gaming where maintaining a higher base clock can be directly attributed to a smoother gaming experience.
AMD have yet to sample the AMD Ryzen 7 3800X to the press, so we had a word with our good friends over at ASRock who were more than happy to provide us with a chip for a couple of weeks. Weve used their ASRock X570 Taichi motherboard for testing,
The AMD Ryzen 7 3800X arrives at £379.99 in the UK and $399.99 in the US, putting it around £60/$60 more than the 3700X but in direct competition with the Intel Core i7 9700K; the 9700K sports 8 compute cores, just like the 3800X, but is missing Intel HyperThreading which leaves it 8 threads short. Well see how it compares to the 3700X and 9700K in our testing.
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