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Ryzen 5 5600X vs Ryzen 7 3700X: We Benchmarked Both

We'll compare the Ryzen 5 5600X vs Ryzen 7 3700X and show you the differences in their avg FPS, temps, power, and price!

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With AMD’s release of the Ryzen processors, there have been numerous variants under the Ryzen name with different architectures. Today, we’re going to compare two of the mid-range offerings from AMD, precisely the Ryzen 5 5600X vs the Ryzen 7 3700X, and highlight their key similarities and differences.

Key Takeaways
  • We calculated that on average, the Ryzen 5 5600X performed 12.38% better than the Ryzen 7 3700X in terms of FPS across five games at 1080p.
  • We also observed that the Ryzen 5 5600X is 12.38% more power-efficient and 6.45% more thermally efficient than the Ryzen 7 3700X.
  • Due to the high performance, power thermal efficiency, and a much lower price point, we recommend you get the Ryzen 5 5600X.
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Comparison Table

SpecificationsRyzen 5 5600XRyzen 7 3700X
Cores & Threads6 Cores & 12 Threads8 Cores & 16 Threads
Unlocked For OverclockingYesYes
Integrated GraphicsN/AN/A
Release DateNov 5th, 2020Jul 7th, 2019
Approximated Price$160$214
Best CPU CoolersBest CPU Coolers for Ryzen 5 5600XBest CPU Coolers for Ryzen 7 3700X
Best MotherboardsBest Motherboards for Ryzen 7 3700X-
Best MemoryBest Memory for Ryzen 5 5600XBest Memory for Ryzen 7 3700X

Architectural Differences

  1. Process Node & Architecture: The Ryzen 5 5600X is based on the Zen-3 architecture whereas the Ryzen 7 3700X is based on the Zen-2 architecture. Both CPUs are based on TSMC’s 7nm process node.
  2. Clock Speeds: The Ryzen 5 5600X has a base frequency of 3.7 GHz which can be ramped up to 4.6 GHz. In contrast, the Ryzen 7 3700X comes with a base clock of 3.6 GHz which can be sped up to 4.4 GHz.
  3. Cache: Both the Ryzen 5 5600X and the Ryzen 7 3700X have the same amount of Cache, with their L1 cache being 64 KB (per core), and L2 cache being 512 KB (per core), and L3 cache being 32 MB.
  4. Memory Support & Socket Support: Both CPUs support DDR4 memory with maximum speed reaching up to 3200 MT/s. They both support AMD’s AM4 socket.
  5. TDP & PCIe: Both processors arrive with a TDP rating of 65W. Both the CPUs rock a PCIe Gen 4 with the Ryzen 5 5600X having 20 lanes and the Ryzen 7 3700X having 24 lanes (CPU only).

Ryzen 5 5600X Vs Ryzen 7 3700X: Gaming Benchmarks At 1080p

We’ll now put the two processors to the test to reveal their respective values that will determine their performance in the real world.

Testing Rig

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator Gaming Benchmarks At 1080p
Microsoft Flight Simulator @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • In our first game, we saw that the Ryzen 5 5600X obtained an average of 62.9 FPS. In contrast, the Ryzen 7 3700X displayed an average of 42.9 FPS – showcasing a 37.8% difference.
  • The average 1% lows reached 52.6 FPS gained by the Ryzen 5 5600X. Whereas, the Ryzen 7 3700X managed to reach 36 FPS

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Gaming Benchmarks At 1080p
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Here, we noticed the difference was minimal with the Ryzen 5 5600X averaging 102.9 FPS over Ryzen 7 3700X’s 99.8 FPS. This equates to a difference of no more than 3%.
  • Much similar to the average FPS, the 1% lows were minimal as well with the Ryzen 5 5600X gaining 73 FPS over its rival’s 70.8 FPS.

Death Stranding

Death Stranding Gaming Benchmarks At 1080p
Death Stranding @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • In Death Stranding, we saw a larger margin where the Ryzen 5 5600X outperformed the Ryzen 7 3700X by almost 20% after achieving an average of 220.6 FPS over 180.5 FPS, respectively. 
  • Regarding the 1% lows, the Ryzen 5 5600X displayed an average of 154.8 FPS. On the other hand, the Ryzen 7 3700X showed an average of 131.6 FPS.

Battlefield V

Battlefield V Gaming Benchmarks At 1080p
Battlefield V @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Here again, the difference is minimal with the Ryzen 5 5600X obtaining an average of 199.7 FPS over the Ryzen 7 3700X’s 198.3 FPS – highlighting an insignificant difference of under 1%. 
  • As for the 1% lows, the Ryzen 7 3700X beat Ryzen 5 5600X with a single frame by acquiring 125.2 FPS over 5600X’s 124 FPS.

Far Cry New Dawn

Far Cry New Dawn Gaming Benchmarks At 1080p
Far Cry New Dawn @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • In our last game, we observed that the Ryzen 5 5600X outperformed the Ryzen 7 3700X yet again by averaging 130 FPS over 3700X’s 111.1 FPS – gaining a 15.67% edge over its counterpart.
  • In terms of 1% lows, the Ryzen 7 3700X reached 85.25 FPS. Whereas, the Ryzen 7 3700X performed with an average of 77 FPS.

Overall Gaming Performance

Average FPS & 1% Lows @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)

We noticed that the Ryzen 5 5600X rose victorious over the Ryzen 7 3700X by 12.38% as it acquired 143.27 FPS. Whereas, the Ryzen 7 3700X performed with 126.56 FPS across the five games. The 1% lows of the Ryzen 5 5600X and the Ryzen 7 3700X were 97.9 FPS and 88.15 FPS, respectively.

Power Consumption

Power Consumption Stock And Overclocked
Power Consumption (Image By Tech4Gamers)

We also observed that the Ryzen 5 5600X consumed 159W of power in its stock settings and it ramped up to 190W when it was overclocked. In contrast, the Ryzen 7 3700X showed a power consumption of 180W when stock and 186W when overclocked. This makes the Ryzen 5 5600X 12.38% a more power-efficient option.

Thermal Performance

Average Temperatures Stock And Overclocked
Average Temperatures (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Speaking of the CPU temperature, the Ryzen 7 3700X was only a little warmer by a few degrees, operating at 64°C over the Ryzen 5 5600X which operated at 60°C, showcasing merely a 6.45% difference. When overclocked, the results are opposite – with the Ryzen 5 5600X reaching 76°C whereas the Ryzen 7 3700X remained at 66°C.

Pricing And Availability

CPUsMSRPCurrent Price
Ryzen 5 5600X💲299
Ryzen 7 3700X💲329💲214
Price Difference9.5%33.8%

The price of both the processors has been reduced, where the Ryzen 5 5600X is now 65.5% cheaper and the Ryzen 7 3700X is now 42.3% cheaper. Comparing the current prices of both CPUs, we see that the Ryzen 5 5600X is 33.8% cheaper than the Ryzen 7 3700X. Both have wide availability and can also be found in bundle deals as pre-build PCs.

Ryzen 7 3700X Vs Ryzen 5 5600X: Which One Do We Recommend? 

After reviewing the key differences in detail, it is time to wrap things up with a conclusion, which here is definite.

It is evident that the newer gen Ryzen 5 5600X not only performed better than the older gen counterpart, but it also showed better power and thermal efficiency. Additionally, AMD has packed all this goodness with a lower price point – making it an ideal option for you to get which is why we recommend you get the Ryzen 5 5600X as soon as you can.

Pros And Cons 

Ryzen 5 5600X✅ Excellent gaming performance
✅ Costs less
❌ No DDR5 support eventhough a decent CPU
Ryzen 7 3700X✅ Comparable performance in a few games
✅ Lower temps & power draw when overclocked
❌ Higher cost despite lower performance

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the Intel equivalent to the Ryzen 5 5600X and Ryzen 7 3700X?

The Intel Core i5-11600K is a directly equivalent variant to the Ryzen 5 5600X while the Intel Core i7-9700K is an equivalent variant to the Ryzen 7 3700X with similar performance.

Is AMD Ryzen 7 3700X better than the Ryzen 5 5600X?

In terms of gaming, the Ryzen 5 5600X is 12.3% better than the Ryzen 7 3700X. However, the Ryzen 7 3700X performs well on parallel processing and productivity tasks due to its higher cores and threads.

Does the Ryzen 7 3700X or the Ryzen 5 5600X support DDR5 memory?

Despite having great gaming and productivity performance, both the Ryzen 7 3700X and the Ryzen 5 5600X only support DDR4 memory.

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