AMD Ryzen 7 3800X Review
The 3rd Generation Ryzen processors have been hugely successful, combining excellent performance in every possible scenario with some cutting edge technologies and AMDs legendarily competitive pricing.
So far we've looked at a few of their models from the basic Ryzen 5 3400G all the way up to the current flagship Ryzen 9 3900X. If you are an enthusiastic user of your computer and everything it can possibly do then you'll know how important it is to have a well rounded CPU that has enough performance to handle video rendering or high resolution photo editing whilst also being easy enough to use to let you game whenever you wish without having to disable cores or worry about your fan profiles.
In short, you want a one stop solution. Probably the model that best straddles the line between affordability and performance is the one we have in for review today, the Ryzen 7 3800X. With a boost clock that hits around 4.5 GHz as well as eight cores and sixteen threads it is capable of handling all that you can demand of it, yet with a TDP of 105W and a price tag around the £370 mark it is also more affordable than the beefier range topping Ryzen 9 3900X but should still keep everything running smoothly.
That is, as always, what we're here to discover.
This table will be familiar to anyone who has studied the Ryzen range, and you can see that the Ryzen 7 3800X is similar to the Ryzen 7 3700X we've already reviewed, albeit with a big base clock increase and a reasonable boost clock improvement. Is that enough to best the already great Ryzen 7 3700X in our performance graphs?
|(c)OC3D||Ryzen 9 3950X||Ryzen 9 3900X||Ryzen 7 3800X||Ryzen 7 3700X||Ryzen 5 3600X||Ryzen 5 3600|
|Base Clock||3.5 GHz||3.8 GHz||3.9 GHz||3.6 GHz||3.8 GHz||3.6 GHz|
|Boost Clock||4.7 GHz||4.6 GHz||4.5 GHz||4.4 GHz||4.4 GHz||4.2 GHz|
|L2 Cache||8 MB||6 MB||4 MB||4 MB||3 MB||3 MB|
|L3 Cache||64 MB||64 MB||32 MB||32 MB||32 MB||32 MB|
|Cooler||Wraith Prism RGB||Wraith Prism RGB||Wraith Prism RGB||Wraith Prism RGB||Wraith Spire||Wraith Stealth|
Let's look at some slides before we move on to our testing.