Ryzen 7 3700X is AMD’s new zen2 architecture based desktop processor. It has 8 cores and 16 threads with the base clock of 3.6GHz go up to 4.4GHz max boost clock. Total L2 and L3 cache memories are 4MB and 32MB. This Ryzen 3700X supports PCIe 4.0 x16 and comes with Wraith Prism CPU cooler with RGB LED. The TDP of Ryzen 7 3700X is 65W.
System Configuration for Ryzen 7 3700X:
Gigabyte X570 Master motherboard.
Ryzen 3700X included manual overclock.
G.skil 16GB kit of dual-channel TridentZ DDR4.
Nvidia RTX 2080 from ASUS.
Corsair 2TB MP600 PCIe compatible M.2.
2TB WD Blue hard drive.
Windows 10 pro.
First of all, let’s do a comparison with Ryzen 7 2700X and Intel 9900K. Here are a couple of synthetic tests for a frame of reference, In Cinebench R20, our Ryzen 7 2700X faired single and multi-core scores at stock as a result of 433 and 4097, respectively. Not bad. This is with core performance boost enabled, which effectively allows these CPUs to reach rated boost speeds out of the box without violating the power limits. Disabling this would be the near equivalent of disabling Turbo Boost in Intel CPUs. With a manual 4.2GHz overclock, our single-core dropped slightly. But, our multi-core goes up to 4223.
The Ryzen 7 3700X though radically improved things across the board. At stock, things jumped by 61 points to almost 500 and, when overclocked, as a result of nearly 5000 was achieved. The Intel 9900K slightly leads with 509 points. This is with multi-core enhancement disabled by the way. Our manual overclock to 5.0GHz across all 8 cores picked things up just a bit, but it is worth noting that the Ryzen 7 3700X comes awfully close to matching Intel’s Core i9.
Geekbench 4 was the other synthetic I wanted to show you before games. Here, a similar result holds. The Core i9 was a bit faster overall in a single-core test, but the gap AMD’s narrowed here with this launch is definitely worth nothing.
3D Mark Time Spy:
In 3DMark Time Spy, the Ryzen 7 2700X’s CPU score came back at 8584 at stock, 8857 when overclocked. A similar margin was observed for the Ryzen 7 3700X, albeit with higher scores overall. Interestingly enough, the Intel 9900K scored lower at stock than the Ryzen 7 3700X in this test after averaging three runs.
This flip-flopped in our overclocked scenarios with the Intel 9900K squeaking out a nearly 300 point lead. But had our Ryzen 7 3700X been a better overclocker, I imagine the red team would have taken this one.
Grand Theft Auto V
while optimized fairly well, has always been an intel-biased however, the tides have definitely turned with this latest launch. The Ryzen 7 3700X averaged 147 FPS at stock, only 12 FPS lower than the Intel 9900K. Considering this title’s inherent performance for the later, I’d say this is a pretty darn good result. Frame times indicate similar degrees of micro-stutter. One thing I’d call is the fact that this game performed significantly better overall at stock in the case of the Ryzen 7 3700X. Our lowest 0.1% of frames averaged 13 FPS lower when overclocked, suggesting heavy use of one and two cores. Under such situations, the chip’s max boost clock of 4.4GHz would come in handy. Our testing confirms that it rarely hits this frequency, but the smoothness of this title at stock is undeniable.
Shadow of the tomb raider
Shadow of the tomb raider yielded an interesting result. The Ryzen 7 3700X came out on top overall but struggled slightly under harsher loads, hence the slightly lower 95% averages. Ultimately, side by side, it’d be impossible to tell these two apart and that’s a good thing because the Ryzen 7 3700X is significantly cheaper than the Intel 9900K and significantly better than Ryzen 7 2700X in this particular title.
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 2 is next. Here, without a doubt, AMD CPUs take the cake. In fact, I averaged higher frame rates with the Ryzen 7 2700X than I did with Intel 9900K. This is running through the exact some checkpoints in the game. At stock, the 9900K really struggled by comparison although I doubt anyone’s gonna complain about a 200 FPS average. Overclocked scenarios, by the way, faired better across the board in the balanced preset.
Player’s Unknown Battle Ground
Now another game I like to test because it struggles constantly with optimization parameters is PUBG. 1% and 0.1% lows tank hard here and see just how hard they tank can tell us a lot about how these CPUs handle the adverse situation. The Ryzen 7 2700X undoubtedly struggled a lot. Intel won on the lower end with dips that weren’t as steep overall, but the Ryzen 7 3700X kept up and nearly matched the blue team for the overall average and lowest 1% of frames. Basically, what this graph tells us is that all three chips had infrequent stuttering issues. The Intel 9900K just didn’t stutter as hard for as long.
On average, the 9900K edged out a victory, but again only be a few FPS. This trend continues to the lowest 0.1% of frames, so I highly doubt anyone would be able to distinguish the two here even with frames being drawn on_screen. I should also note that our Ryzen 7 2700X faired well here and suffered only slightly among the lowest 0.1% of frames when manually overclocked. So if you’re a huge Fortnite fan and are into streaming or the like, the Ryzen 7 2700X at a deep discount may be worth considering over these more expensive processors.
Witcher 3 tends to be more graphically intensive than anything else with a few exceptions, and our narrower margins reflect this. Every CPU faired well in the high preset. The Intel 9900K came out on top by around 7-10 FPS, but this is nothing to flip out about when we’re in the 200 FPS range. Perhaps, more importantly, the lowest 1% and 0.1% of frames. The Ryzen 7 3700X nearly matched the 9900K for the lowest 1% and fell just shy among the lowest 0.1%. Visually, you’d be hard-pressed to discern the two.
Though it’s a couple of years old game, still exhibits a solid balance between multi-core and single-core optimization. The Ryzen 7 3700X averaged between 175 and 177 FPS on average compared to 190 and 193 for the Intel 9900K, although the former absolutely crushed the latter among the lowest 0.1% of frames. I’m not entirely sure what went wrong here, but this occurred several times with no outliers, hence why it’s being included here