The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is the poster child for the AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processors on the consumer level. Even though this CPU has inherited its predecessor’s 8-core, 16-thread setup, thanks to its new 7nm manufacturing process, it also delivers a much better performance at a lower power consumption than the Ryzen 7 2700X.
It may not come close to surpassing the Ryzen 9 3900X, especially in multi-threaded workloads, it delivers that raw performance for those who are on a limited budget. With the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, you’re getting a much more affordable processor that also needs less robust cooling.
The new Ryzen 7 3700X, making it the best processor for most people. But, don’t take our word for it; read our review to find out exactly what it’s capable of.
The new AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, like the rest of AMD’s Zen 2 processors, is built on a 7nm manufacturing node, the smallest in a commercially available CPU. What this means for most people is lower power consumption and much improved performance at the same time.
This decision to 7nm has brought a beefy 15% boost to IPC (instructions per clock) performance. Effectively, compared to a Ryzen 2nd Generation processor at the same clock speed, you will get a straight 15% increase in performance. That’s not big enough to be evident in day-to-day workloads, but it does still mean something.
The improvements don’t just end at IPC. With Ryzen 3rd Generation, as the CPU cores are on their own chiplets, AMD was able to pack way more L2 and L3 cache into the Ryzen 7 3700X with 4MB and 32MB, respectively. Essentially, this processor has a grand total of 36MB of Cache, which AMD lumps together as ‘GameCache’. This GameCache isn’t anything entirely new, but it does show that this will help boost gaming performance in some cases especially in older 1080p esports games.
The major addition to the 3rd Generation of Ryzen, however, is PCIe 4.0. When paired with an AMD Navi graphics card like the Radeon RX 5700 XT or RX 5700, you’ll experience much better performance, thanks to increased bandwidth.
However, the way we look at it, SSDs are the real stars of the PCIe 4.0 show. Through this superior connection, NVMe SSDs are potentially up to 51% faster than their non-PCIe 4.0 peers. In our own testing, the Aorus PCIe 4.0 SSD that AMD provided was able to get up to 4,996 MB/s sequential read speeds. That’s remarkably fast for an SSD.
The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X has a 65W TDP, and with that fairly low amount of power, it’s able to deliver quite a lot. This processor can keep up with even the Intel Core i9-9900K, a processor that considerably costs more and consumes more power, with its TDP of 95W.
The proof is in our benchmarks. In Cinebench R15, the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X got 2,087 points, next to the 1,873 scored by the Intel Core i9-9900K.The new Ryzen 7 3700X scored a monstrous 34,515 in Geekbench compared to the 9900K’s 33,173 in the multi-core test. However, in the single-core test the Ryzen 7 3700X did fall behind, only scoring 5,590 points to the 9900K’s 6,333.
What this all means is that the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is an absolute beast when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially at this price point. If you’re counting on doing some video editing or compiling one hell of an Excel spreadsheet, you’re going to see firsthand a performance boost with the Ryzen 7 3700X.