With AMD’s recently launched Ryzen 7000 Series Processors based on the all-new AM5 Platform stealing the spotlight, the now-ageing AM4 Mounting Socket is slowly starting to be phased out. However, AMD wanted to give Intel’s 12th Generation Lineup of Alder Lake CPUs one last run for its money in the form of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D. With AMD paying its final tribute to the stellar AM4 CPU Platform, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D promises 15% higher gaming performance on average, at FHD (1920 x 1080) resolution, in comparison to the Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD’s previous Best Gaming CPU.
That being said, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D showcases a similar spec sheet to that of the Ryzen 9 5900X, with the former actually sporting lower Clock Speeds, as well as a lower voltage limit, alongside a locked multiplier and a lower Core/Thread Count (8x & 16x vs. 12x & 24x). Both CPUs are based on a 7nm node, with support for DDR4 Memory only, and both lack integrated graphics. As such, can the Ryzen 7 5800X3D and its brand new 3D V-Cache architecture (propelling the CPU to possess 96 MB of L3 Cache vs. 64 MB for the 5900X) prove enough to overtake the Ryzen 9 5900X and dethrone it as the Best CPU For Gaming In 2022?
Let’s get right into it without any further ado and answer the question of the moment.
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- Ryzen 7 5800X3D Specifications
- # of CPU Cores: 8
- # of Threads: 16
- Max. Boost Clock: Up to 4.5GHz
- Base Clock: 3.4GHz
- L1 Cache: 512KB
- L2 Cache: 4MB
- L3 Cache: 96MB
- Default TDP: 105W
- Processor Technology for CPU Cores: TSMC 7nm FinFET
- CPU Socket: AM4 (Read Motherboard For Ryzen 7 5800X3D)
- Socket Count: 1P
- Thermal Solution (PIB): Not included
Ryzen 9 5900X Specifications
- # of CPU Cores: 12
- # of Threads: 24
- Max. Boost Clock: Up to 4.8GHz
- Base Clock: 3.7GHz
- L2 Cache: 6MB
- L3 Cache: 64MB
- Default TDP: 105W
- Processor Technology for CPU Cores: TSMC 7nm FinFET
- Unlocked for Overclocking: Yes
- CPU Socket: AM4 (Read About Ryzen 9 5900x Motherboards)
- Thermal Solution (PIB): Not included
What’s new in Ryzen 7 5800X3D?
AMD’s last installment in the Zen 3 architecture and the 5000 series Ryzen processors, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, was released a couple of weeks ago. Ryzen 7 5800X3D is an expansion of the original Ryzen 7 5800X with some new features. Looking at the specs, we can identify key similarities and differences between the original Ryzen 7 5800x and the new Ryzen 5800X3D.
Firstly, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D and the Ryzen 7 5800X are running on the same 7nm process and Zen 3 architecture, as you probably would’ve guessed. They also have the same number of cores and threads at eight cores and 16 threads. Moreover, both CPUs are running on the same AM4 socket, so there’s more compatibility for upgrading. Furthermore, both the Ryzen 7 5800X and 5800X3D also have the same default TDP of 105 W. So, then where’s the significant difference between the original Ryzen 7 5800X and the new Ryzen 7 5800X3D?
To begin with, the clock speeds are marginally different in the new Ryzen 7 5800X3D compared to the original. The Ryzen 7 5800X had a much higher base and boost clocks of 3.8 GHz and 4.7 GHz, respectively, the new Ryzen 7 5800X downgrades them to 3.4 GHz and 4.5 GHz, respectively. Well, then what’s new in the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, you ask?
The main difference between the two processors is that the new Ryzen 7 5800X3D comes with AMD’s newly developed 3D V-Cache technology. This 3D V-Cache is just a more significant and faster L3 cache that allows games to render out AIs, crowds, mechanics, and other stuff much faster. L3 cache does this by storing a chunk of crucial memory that needs to be accessed quickly by the CPU. So instead of accessing that memory by going through the RAM, the memory is stored in the larger L3 cache allowing the CPU to load that memory much faster.
AMD has tripled up the 5800X3D’s already existing 32 MB L3 cache to 96 MB. That’s 64 MB stacked on top of 32 MB, which makes this the first Ryzen processor to have such vast amounts of L3 cache.
Tripling up the L3 cache has been the main improvement in AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X, but it falls short on other factors such as clock speeds. However, both the Ryzen 7 5800X and the Ryzen 7 5800X3D have the same number of cores and threads.
Ryzen 9 5900X Background
Ryzen 9 5900X was AMD’s top dog processor in the Zen 3 era that was released in late 2020. Before the release of the Ryzen 7, 5800X3D, AMD titled it as their fastest processor. It brought the highest number of cores & thread counts, along with the fastest clock speeds in any of the 5000 series Ryzen processors, which were only second to the Ryzen 9 5950X.
From the specifications, we can tell that the Ryzen 9 5900X is based on the same 7nm architecture and runs on the AM4 sockets just like the Ryzen 7 5800X3D.
Along with a more enormous core count, the Ryzen 9 5900X also has the fastest clock speeds at 3.7 GHz for base clocks and 4.8 GHz when overclocked. Unlike the 5800X3D, the Ryzen 9 5900X was also marketed for gaming and showed auspicious results on both stock and overclocked tests.
Ryzen 9 5900X also comes without a stock cooler and has a base TDP of 105W. This is the same as the Ryzen 7 5800X3D CPU Cooler. While both processors are using the same amount of power on base clocks, there have been reports by users saying that the Ryzen 7 5800X actually uses less power but is also warmer, which is quite weird.
Ryzen 9 5900X has been the second-best CPU ever manufactured by AMD so far in Zen 3. Now that they’ve released the last Zen 3 CPU, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, things are unclear. We need a comparison to find which takes the title of AMD’s fastest CPU yet.
In this section, we’ll be looking at how the Ryzen 7 5800X3D compares to the Ryzen 9 5900X in multiple popular game titles. We’ll be comparing the average FPS, different resolution settings, and other factors in detail across 25 different games. Before that, we’d like to mention that all the testing and benchmarks were done by For Gamers channel on YouTube.
- CPU: Ryzen 7 5800X3D / Ryzen 9 5900X
- RAM: 2 x 16 GB DDR4 3600MHz
- GPU: RTZ 3090TI 2150 MHz
- SSD: Samsung 980 EVO Plus SSD 1TB
- Cooler: Corsair 360mm AIO
Matrix Awakens Big City Demo
Matrix Awakens Big City Demo was released to showcase the capabilities of the Unreal 5 Engine. In truth, the whole simulation looked incredible, and the graphics were nothing like we’ve seen before. Matrix Awakens Demo is both CPU and GPU intensive and looks stunning on max settings, which it was tested on.
On 1080p settings, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D outputted 111 FPS on average and 77 FPS on 1% low FPS drops. Similarly, the Ryzen 9 5900X showed a difference of just 112 FPS with 77 FPS on 1% lows. So, there was close to no difference in 1080p resolution.
While on 1440p, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D and Ryzen 9 5900X were practically equal in performance, with the former at 86 FPS and the latter at 87 average FPS. On 1% FPS drops, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D and Ryzen 9 5900X dropped to 60 FPS and 55 FPS, respectively.
Elden Ring quickly became a hit as Soul’s game and was released just earlier this year in February. It was also tested on the maximum settings available. It also heavily relies on individual performance from cores & threads, so it’s pretty CPU intensive and is much less GPU intensive than other games listed. Moreover, the game also relies heavily on the CPU’s cache, so that will play a significant factor in the results.
For 1080p resolution, the Ryzen 7, 5800X3D reached an average of 130 FPS, while the lowest frame drops at 1% were locked at 88 FPS. On the other hand, the Ryzen 9 5900X was behind by a hair in average FPS at 130 FPS and 1% low FPS drops at 85 FPS.
As for the 1440p resolution, Ryzen 9 5900X was at 116 FPS compared to Ryzen 7 5800X3D, which was behind, reaching 115 FPS. Also, the Ryzen 9 5900X was ahead with 1% low FPS drops at 78 FPS compared to 75 FPS drop by the Ryzen 7 5800X3D.
God of War
God of War is another critically acclaimed hit title released back in 2018 and revered for its beautiful landscapes and scenery. To render out those stunning graphics, the game does need a powerful graphics card and processor. Although the game is very nicely optimized for PC, it’s still quite CPU and GPU-intensive. God of War was also tested on the Ultra settings without upscaling.
With 1080p, the tests showed the Ryzen 9 5900x being ahead of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, reaching an average FPS of 140 FPS as opposed to Ryzen 7 5800X3D, which reached a stable 133 FPS. Also, the Ryzen 9 5900X was ahead of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D in 1% low FPS drops, being higher at 111 FPS compared to 109 FPS of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D.
Regarding 1440p, the Ryzen 7, 5800X3D was reaching an average of 132 FPS while Ryzen 9 5900X was outputting 136 FPS. For 1% lows, the Ryzen 7, 5800X3D was, dropping to 92 FPS, compared to Ryzen 9 5900X, which dropped to 90 FPS.
COD: Warzone Pacific
The latest entry in the Call of Duty franchise, the COD: Warzone Pacific, was released in 2020 and became a worldwide success. Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific also uses up a chunk of your CPU and GPU as it’s a very demanding title. Although, you can run it on relatively low settings on a mid-range setup.
With an average FPS of 183 FPS, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D was beating the Ryzen 9 5900X by a relatively small margin. Ryzen 9 5900X was ahead of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D in case of the lowest 1% FPS drops with a higher frame count. While the Ryzen 7 5800X3D capped the FPS drops on 136 FPS, the Ryzen 9 5900X reached a higher 140 FPS.
On 1440p, there was no difference in performance between the Ryzen 7 5800X3D vs Ryzen 9 5900X. Both were giving 170 to 171 FPS on average, and the Ryzen 7 5800X3D fell slightly behind in the lowest 1% FPS drops.
Cyberpunk 2077 is a relatively new game released at the end of 2020. While the game was full of bugs and glitches at launch, it still was a beautiful open-world game. Cyberpunk 2077 was also tested on the highest settings without upscaling. It’s also worth mentioning that the game is quite GPU and CPU-intensive.
For 1080p benchmarks, the average FPS was very close on the new Ryzen 7 5800X3D and Ryzen 9 5900X. While the former reached 125 FPS on average, the Ryzen 9 5900X got 128 FPS with a difference of just 3 FPS. But more importantly, the Ryzen 9 5900X beat the Ryzen 7 5800X by achieving 16% higher FPS and the lowest 1% FPS drop.
Regarding 1440p, Ryzen 7, 5800X3D fell behind by 7% compared to Ryzen 9 5900X. On 1% lows, the Ryzen 9 5900X was 13% better than the Ryzen 7 5800X3D.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderland
Tiny Tina’s Wonderland is an FPS game released just last month in March 2022. Overall, the game was positively received and looked on par with modern graphical preferences. While the game does have beefy system requirements, it’s still a very nicely optimized game. Tiny Tina’s Wonderland was also tested on the max settings.
For 1080p tests, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, was reaching an average of 168 FPS as compared to Ryzen 9 5900X, which was running 170 FPS. On 1% lows, the Ryzen 9 5900X was also a touch ahead by just 1 FPS, reaching 128 FPS instead of Ryzen 7 5800X3D, which dropped to 127 FPS.
With 1440p, Ryzen 9 5900X was ahead in average FPS, although by a small 1% margin. Ryzen 7 5800X3D dropped to a higher 110 FPS than Ryzen 9 5900X’s 108 FPS.
Apex Legends was released quickly and became a popular multiplayer FPS game. It had terrific movement mechanics and gameplay, along with stunning graphics on high settings. Overall, the game is not as CPU intensive as other games but relies more on the capabilities of the GPU. Apex Legends was also tested on the max settings.
Regarding 1080p resolution, we can see the Ryzen 7 5800X3D ahead by just 2 FPS at 260 FPS. Compare this to 258 FPS on average outputted by Ryzen 9 5900X. Also, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D had higher 1% low FPS drops than the Ryzen 9 5900X.
Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2 in February this year was received well by the gaming community. Moreover, the game is available on PC and isn’t very CPU or GPU intensive. It can run fine with above-average FPS on mid to high-range builds. Dying Light 2 was also tested max settings without upscaling or DXR.
For 1080p benchmarks, the Ryzen 7, 5800X3D took the lead with an average of 120 FPS compared to Ryzen 9 5900X’s 116 FPS. Ryzen 7 5800X3D was also ahead by a few frames in 1% low FPS drops at 96 FPS. Contrastingly, the Ryzen 9 5900X dropped to a lower 1% FPS at 89 FPS.
Next up, for 1440p resolution, the Ryzen 8 5700X3D beat the Ryzen 9 5900X with a slight difference in average FPS and the lowest 1% lows.
Ghostwrite Tokyo is a great game that was released recently and looks beautiful and has very nice gameplay. It was tested on max settings as well without DXR or upscaling. Although you need a decent system to run it, the game is well optimized and isn’t very CPU or GPU intensive.
For 1080p, the Ryzen 7, 5800X3D was reaching 138 FPS on average compared to 132 FPS outputted by the Ryzen 9 5900X. Also, in 1% low FPS drops, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D was tied with the Ryzen 9 5900X at 113 FPS. This is the first draw we’ve seen in all the tests.
With 1440p, the Ryzen 9 5900X was just a touch ahead of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D. While the Ryzen 7 5800X3D outputted 133 FPS on average, Ryzen 9 5900X was ahead with 135 FPS. The same was the case in 1% lows where Ryzen 9 5900X was ahead by just 2 FPS.
It’s hard to believe Valorant was released two years ago, but it quickly became one of the most popular multiplayer FPS games. Although the game doesn’t have the best look or graphics, it still has engaging gameplay mechanics. It’s very light on CPU and GPU, so the game isn’t very demanding. Valorant was also tested with the highest settings possible.
Starting with 1080p, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D reached a much higher difference in FPS with 446 FPS on average. In contrast, the Ryzen 9 5900X outputted 425 FPS on average, which is 5% slower. Also, in 1% low FPS drops, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D was ahead, dropping to the lowest FPS of 346 FPS compared to 313 FPS drop observed using Ryzen 9 5900X.
For 1440p, Ryzen 7 5800X3D was behind by just 2 FPS. Ryzen 9 5900X beat both average FPS and lowest 1% drops but with a relatively small margin.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 was released but still looks incredible to this day. Few games come close to the level of detail Rockstar added in this game. While the game is quite GPU intensive, a sound processor is also necessary to play the game at the best settings. Red Dead Redemption 2 was tested on max settings without upscaling.
Regarding 1080p resolution, the Ryzen 7, 5800X3D was outputting 123 FPS compared to Ryzen 9 5900X, which was reaching 122 FPS on average. As for 1% low FPS drops, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D dropped to 88 FPS which Is more melancholic than the Ryzen 9 5900X, which was reaching 93 FPS at the lowest.
Secondly, with 1440p, both processors were tied at 118 FPS on average. Also, the Ryzen 9 5900X was ahead in 1% low FPS drops by 2 FPS.
GTA 5 Online
GTA 5 Online is one of the most popular online games, although it has lost its popularity. Nevertheless, the game was a huge success on release and even more so with the online multiplayer version. It can run on most mid-range CPUs and GPUs, so it’s no problem for AMD’s best processors. GTA 5 Online was tested with the max settings.
For 1080p benchmarks, the Ryzen 9 5900X had a nice boost over the Ryzen 7 5800X3D at 162 FPS compared to Ryzen 7 5800X3D’s 130 FPS. The same was the case with 1% lows with drops capped at 130 FPS for Ryzen 9 5900X compared to 120 FPS drops observed by Ryzen 7 5800X3D.
Next up, 1440p, Ryzen 9 5900X had a similar boost with the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, gave 10% lower FPS on average. Although, the difference in 1% lows was much smaller, with Ryzen 7 5800X3D being at 2% lower FPS than the Ryzen 9 5900X.
Halo Infinite was the latest installment in the beloved Halo franchise and received positive reviews. It is more CPU intensive than other games that have been benchmarked in this list but are still nicely optimized. Halo Infinite was also tested on the max settings possible in the game’s settings.
For 1080p, Ryzen 7 5800X3D, was outputting 167 FPS, and 173 FPS was obtained with Ryzen 9 5900x. In addition to that, Ryzen 7 5800X3D, dropped down to 130 FPS, on a 1% loss, while Ryzen 9, 5900X dropped to 142 FPS. In this case, the Ryzen 9 5900X was ahead by a few margins.
With 1440p, Ryzen 9 5900X was 5% faster than the Ryzen 7 5800X3D. But, the results of 1% low FPS drops showed the Ryzen 7 5800X3D ahead of the Ryzen 9 5900X by just 1 FPS.
Crysis 3 Remastered
Crysis 3 was a beautiful game, and its remastered version was released just last year, making the game look even better. Also, Crysis 3 Remastered was tested on max graphic settings without DXR or upscaling.
For 1080p benchmarks, Ryzen 7 5800X3D was reaching an average of 171 FPS while the Ryzen 9 5900X was getting 163 FPS. Ryzen 7 5800X3D was also ahead in the lowest 1% FPS drops at 137 FPS compared to 126 FPS of Ryzen 9 5900X.
Next up, 1440p resolution had minimal differences between the Ryzen 7 5800X3D vs Ryzen 9 5900X. Although, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D was ahead by just a couple of frames on average FPS. On 1% lows, there was a more significant margin with the Ryzen 7 5800X3D dropping down to 9% higher FPS than the Ryzen 9 5900X.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn is a popular action game released by Sony in 2017. It was a huge success and received many positive reviews from critics. Horizon Zero Dawn was tested on
Regarding 1080p resolution, Ryzen 9 5900X was putting out 163 FPS on average, and Ryzen 7 5800X reached 171 FPS. Look at 1% Low FPS, Ryzen 7 5800X was found to be at 137 FPS mark compared to Ryzen 9 5900X that dropped down to 126 FPS.
Secondly, with 1440p resolution, the Ryzen 7, 5800X3D was giving slightly better FPS than the Ryzen 9 5900X. The same was true with 1% low FPS drops where Ryzen 7 5800X3D again beat the Ryzen 9 5900X.
COD Vanguard MP
Once more, we’re testing a title under the Call of Duty franchise. Call of Duty Vanguard multiplayer is an FPS game that did poorly and received a lot of backlash for its mediocre gameplay and other technical problems. Call of Duty Vanguard is more GPU-bound than CPU intensive as its requirements are pretty low. COD Vanguard was tested on max settings without any upscaling.
For 1080p benchmarks, on average, Ryzen 7 5800X reached a maximum of 233 FPS compared to Ryzen 9 5900X, whose FPS was obtained at 185 FPS. Considering the 1 % low FPS value, Ryzen 7 5800X was dropped down to 183 FPS, and Ryzen 9 5900X was obtained at 185 FPS.
Next up on 1440p, the Ryzen 9 5900X was just a touch ahead of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D on average FPS output. However, the Ryzen 9 5900X fell behind in the 1% low FPS drop test by 4 FPS.
Watch Dogs Legion
Watch Dogs Legion was released by Ubisoft and has the same trend of bad optimization, which has led to the game being a bit more CPU and GPU intensive than others. Still, the game was received well in the gaming community, although nothing too special. Watch Dogs Legion was tested on max settings without upscaling or DXR.
Regarding 1080p resolution, Ryzen 7 5800X3D put out 139 FPS compared to 112 FPS outputted by Ryzen 9 5900X. As for 1% low FPS, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D was at a much higher 100 FPS drop than Ryzen 9 5900X’s lowest 83 FPS drop.
Secondly, with 1440p resolution, Ryzen 7 5800X3D scored a massive margin of difference with a 20% higher average FPS than the Ryzen 9 5900X. The same was the case with Ryzen 7, a 5800X3D beating the Ryzen 9 5900X with an 18% improvement in FPS.
Far Cry 6
Far Cry 6 is another game released by Ubisoft under the popular franchise. It is also poorly optimized and requires a lot of CPU and GPU usage for the best gameplay. Moreover, Far Cry 6 was tested on max settings without DXR.
For 1080p, Ryzen, 7 5800X3D was ahead by a considerable margin of 185 FPS which is 18% higher than Ryzen 9 5900X’s 153 FPS output. The same was the case with 1% lows where Ryzen 7 5800X3D dropped to 142 FPS compared to Ryzen 9 5900X, which was much lower at 121 FPS.
With 1440p, Ryzen 7 5800X3D outclassed the Ryzen 9 5900X with a 13% higher average FPS. Also, the Ryzen 9 5900X had a lower average FPS than Ryzen 7 5800X3D’s 1% lows. For 1% low FPS drops, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D had 16% higher FPS than the Ryzen 9 5900X.
The last game on our list, Battlefield 2042 released just recently and gained a lot of popularity. It is a beautiful FPS game and has engaging gameplay like previous installments in the franchise. Also, the game is very CPU intensive and GPU bound hence the reason for lower FPS.
Starting with 1080p, Battlefield 2042 was running on 127 FPS on average on Ryzen 7 5800X3D, which was a higher average FPS than the Ryzen 9 5900X, which was at 117 FPS. Also, the lowest 1% FPS drops were actually in favor of the Ryzen 9 5900X, which only dropped to 93 FPS compared to 5800X3D, which dropped to 92 FPS.
Lastly, for 1440p, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, was ahead of the Ryzen 9 5900X by a small margin of 7 FPS on average. Similarly, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D was also ahead in 1% lows with 85 FPS compared to Ryzen 9 5900X’s lower 79 FPS.
Overall Gaming Performance Summary
AMD’s performance claims check out, for the most part. The Ryzen 7 5800X3D, on average, exhibits anywhere between 10-20% faster performance with regards to 1080p gaming than the Ryzen 9 5900X. Although this performance delta may not be witnessed in all games, the difference may be exaggerated up to 25-30% in best-case scenarios with games that are preferential in terms of benefitting from a larger amount of L3 Cache.
Keeping in mind the performance disparity mentioned above, pushing the resolutions any higher to QHD (2560 x 1440) and UHD (3840 x 2160) will immediately result in a substantial reduction of the FPS gulf, down to less than 10%, on average, thanks to the bottleneck shifting from the CPU toward the GPU.
Notwithstanding, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D still exhibits an impressive performance differential in contrast to the Ryzen 9 5900X, especially considering that the 5800X3D sports 300 MHz lower Base and Turbo frequencies, in addition to bearing a 50% lower Core/Thread count.
All the benchmarks done for application tests in Ryzen 9 5900X vs Ryzen 7 5800X3D comparison were referenced from CPU-Monkey.
Cinebench R23 (Single Core)
Cinebench R23 is an excellent tool for checking how fast a CPU renders out a 3D scene. The tests show interesting results, noting down the time it took and converting them into scores. Cinebench R23 was tested in both single-core and multi-core tests. In this section, we’ll review the single-core test.
On base clocks, the Ryzen 7, 5800X3D scored 9% slower than the Ryzen, 9 5900X. Ryzen 7 5800X3D was slower in performing the task with an average test score of 1491 compared to Ryzen 9 5900X’s 1636 score. This difference is credited to the faster clock speeds of the Ryzen 9 5900X vs Ryzen 7 5800X3D.
Cinebench R23 (Multi Core)
For multi-core tests on the Cinebench R23, the Ryzen 9 5900X was much faster than the Ryzen 5800X3D, with a difference of 32%. While the Ryzen 7 5800X3D scored 5799, the Ryzen 9 5900X had a much better score at 8468. Again, the higher core count of the Ryzen 9 5900X plays the part here because these tests aren’t dependent on the L3 cache.
Cinebench R20 (Single Core)
Cinebench R20 is still a popular testing method for benchmarking CPUs and testing how fast they are for productive tasks. Overall, the difference here was quite similar to the Cinebench R23 tests.
The graph showed similar results to the previous Cinebench R23 benchmark with single-core tests. In addition, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D was behind the Ryzen 9 5900X by a margin of 8%. Again, the credit goes to the faster clock speeds of individual cores on the Ryzen 9 5900X.
Cinebench R20 (Multi Core)
Cinebench R20 also had both Ryzen 7 5800X3D vs Ryzen 9 5900X tested with all cores to see which one performs the fastest tasks. Also, the difference here was precisely the same as the Cinebench R23 test, which isn’t alarming.
As for the multi-core, we expect to see similar results as the Cinebench R23 benchmark. Again, the higher core count of Ryzen 9 5900X puts a considerable difference in performance between it and the Ryzen 7 5800X3D. This time, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D was 32% slower than the Ryzen 9 5900X, the same as the Cinebench R23 benchmark.
Geekbench 5 (Single Core)
Geekbench 5 is used by many people for testing their CPU’s performance even now. This is a great test to test the system’s memory and how well it is optimized and performs overall. They also did Geekbench 5 test in two parts for single and multi-core benchmarks.
For the single-core test, we can observe the Ryzen 7 5800X3D being very close to the level of performance given by Ryzen 9 5900X. The Ryzen 9 5900X was just 5% faster than the Ryzen 7 5800X3D. This is thanks to the faster clock speeds of the Ryzen 9 5900X.
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
For Geekbench 5 multi-core test, the Ryzen 9 5900X scored 27% higher than the Ryzen 7 5800X3D. Overall, the extra four cores play a considerable part in the tremendous improvement in performance in favor of the Ryzen 9 5900X. Increased cache hasn’t contributed to the Ryzen 7 5800X3D here.
Blender is a free, open-source 3D modeling and rendering software that many designers use. So, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D vs Ryzen 9 5900X were tested by seeing how much time they took to render a scene in Blender.
In the Blender 3.1 test, the Ryzen 9 5900X scored 20% faster than the Ryzen 7 5800X3D due to its faster clock speeds. Overall, in all the tests conducted, the Ryzen 9 5900X was ahead of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D due to its faster clock speeds and higher cores & threads count. Also, the cache, which played a considerable part in impacting the FPS of games, is wholly disregarded here.
To our disappointment, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D does not come with an unlocked multiplier out of the box. AMD has also specified a maximum voltage threshold of 1.35V, compared to 1.50V for the Ryzen 9 5900X. AMD, in an unusual move, is trying to dissuade gamers and enthusiasts alike from overclocking the Ryzen 7 5800X3D since this is the first generation of the 3D V-Cache Architecture, which is vulnerable at higher clock frequencies, with the potential to permanently damage the fragile layering mechanism of the L3 Cache as well as the CPU’s silicon itself.
That being said, experienced users can still engage in BCLK (Base/Bus Clock) overclocking, which refers to the speed of your motherboard/chipset itself, and, therefore, regulates speed accordingly with regards to neighbouring components, such as your CPU, RAM, and PCI-e devices, to name a few. Enthusiasts may also tinker with AMD’s Infinity Fabric settings and RAM frequencies to optimize overall systemic performance. Nonetheless, real-world performance gains, especially in gaming scenarios, will be equated to negligible levels.
On the other hand, the Ryzen 9 5900X appears to have been understated in terms of its Boost Frequencies since the 5900X consistently reaches frequent peaks of 4.95 GHz at default clock speeds. However, overclocking the Ryzen 5900X via AMD’s PBO2 (Precision Boost Overdrive 2); a software utility that automatically adjusts your CPU’s frequencies and voltages to deliver optimal performance, will enable the 5900X to hit up to an impressive 5.1 GHz, with a majority of speed peaks being capped near 5.0 GHz.
Regardless of whether you manually overclock the Ryzen 9 5900X or utilize AMD’s PBO2, real-world performance improvements will be restricted to under 5% as far as gaming and productive workloads are concerned.
Power Consumption and Thermal Efficiency
The Ryzen 7 5800X3D and Ryzen 9 5900X sport congruent TDP (Thermal Design Process) Ratings of 105W, although the Ryzen 9 5900X tends to shoot up to 160W, at most, if enthusiasts engage in overclocking sessions. Meanwhile, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, as thoroughly explained above, already struggles with heat dissipation, which is the main reason with regards to why AMD locked the multiplier in an apparent attempt to discourage overclocking so as to preserve the CPU’s performance and lifespan.
Nevertheless, AMD’s entire lineup of Zen 3 Vermeer CPUs, i.e., all the Ryzen 5000 Series Processors, exhibit incredible power efficiency and chart-topping performance-per-watt ratios to retain the crown for being an extensive suite of the most power-efficient desktop CPUs ever. However, that is bound to change with the release of AMD’s Zen 4 Series of Ryzen 7000 CPUs.
AMD hasn’t bothered to include Stock Cooling Solutions with either the 5800X3D or the 5900X since they realized most prospective buyers would opt to swap the bundled cooler out for an aftermarket offering anyways to extract their CPUs’ full performance potential. That being said, there’s nothing to fret over since AM4 components are generally seeing a decline in pricing, and you’ll be able to find the Best CPU Coolers for Ryzen 7 5800X3D and Ryzen 9 5900X at relatively affordable prices.
Pricing and Availability
The Ryzen 7 5800X3D was initially designed to undercut the Ryzen 9 5900X with respect to pricing, as the 5800X3D launched for an MSRP of $450 compared to $550 for the Ryzen 9 5900X.
However, due to the aforementioned unveiling of AMD’s Ryzen 7000 Series Processors based on their modern Zen 4 (codenamed Raphael) Architecture and AM5 Mounting Platform, AM4 components, including but not limited to, older Zen 2/ Ryzen 3000 Series and Zen 3/Ryzen 5000 Series Processors, AM4 Motherboards, and AM4 CPU Coolers have all witnessed a vertiginous drop in pricing, in addition to DDR4 RAM experiencing price cuts thanks to the introduction of DDR5 Memory.
As such, the tables have turned for the moment, and at the time of writing, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D is available for $420, $30 off its MSRP, while the Ryzen 9 5900X actually undercuts the 5800X3D’s discounted cost by more than $30, boasting a price tag of less than $390, an incredible $160 off its MSRP.
That being said, pricing for accompanying components, such as even the Best Motherboards for Ryzen 7 5800X3D and 5900X, as well as the Best CPU Coolers for the 5800X3D and 5900X, in addition to DDR4 RAM, to name a few essential PC parts, will remain largely the same, since they’re all based on a shared CPU platform, i.e., AM4
Ryzen 7 5800X3D vs. Ryzen 9 5900X: Does 3D V-Cache hand the former CPU a clear-cut win?
At launch, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D offered gamers, in specific, a particularly compelling bargain. For $100 less than the Ryzen 9 5900X, the 5800X3D boasted up to 10-20% better gaming performance at 1080p, and noticeable FPS gains, even at 1440p. However, the 5900X exhibits superior performance in day-to-day applications and productivity workloads, up to 10% and 30% enhancements in single-threaded and multi-threaded workflows.
Unfortunately for the 5800X3D, it only showcases chart-topping performance in games, as it even trails behind its closest sibling (in creative tasks), the Ryzen 7 5800X, which also launched for the same MSRP of $450, but is now available for less than $260, a differential of more than $160 compared to the 5800X3D’s currently discounted price tag of $420.
The 5800X also has higher Base and Turbo frequencies, clocking in at 3.8 GHz and 4.7 GHz. Collectively speaking, the significant monetary inequality between the Ryzen 7 5800X and 5800X3D is challenging to swallow, considering that the 5800X3D will only yield more noticeable gains with respect to 1080p gaming performance.
Let’s not forget that all of these Ryzen 5000 Series Processors are based on the 6-year-old AM4 Platform, which is now being phased out, thanks to the introduction of the previously highlighted AM5 Mounting Socket. As a result, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D doesn’t particularly instill confidence in us as prospective buyers with regards to future-proofing.
The 5800X3D’s thermal envelope does it no favour either, with AMD restricting overclocking to a significant extent, as compared to the Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 9 5900X, both of which come with unlocked multipliers, ready for overclocking out of the box.
All in all, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D may have been an instant success at the time of its release back in late April 2022 due to the pricing differentials swinging in favour of the 5800X3D for that era, with AMD defeating the $340-$350 more expensive i9-12900KS as the Best Gaming CPU.
Unfortunately, with AMD’s Zen 4 Series of Ryzen 7000 Processors’ release on the horizon and the launch of the AM5 CPU Platform, pricing for older AM4 parts have changed drastically, with the Ryzen 9 5900X now unbelievably undercutting the 5800X3D’s price by more than $30 while still offering full overclocking support, alongside a higher Core/Thread count, and subsequently, much improved single-threaded and multi-threaded performance in real-world conditions, up to 30% better.
As such, we can no longer recommend the Ryzen 7 5800X3D as the optimal purchase regarding the Best CPU for Gaming in today’s times. Suppose you’re looking for 5800X3D-like performance in day-to-day applications. In that case, we’d recommend taking a look at the Ryzen 7 5800X, which is more than 60% cheaper in contrast to the 5800X3D, presently speaking, but still offers slightly faster performance in productivity-based usage scenarios.
Otherwise, the Ryzen 9 5900X currently takes the crown for the Best All-Rounder CPU in 2022, compared to the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, due to the 5900X offering drastically improved performance in day-to-day tasks while maintaining a respectable 10-20% performance deficit in 1080p gaming, which substantially reduces at 1440p or higher resolutions.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The Ryzen 7 5800X3D sports 8x Cores and 16x Threads, with Base and Turbo frequencies clocking in at 3.4 GHz and 4.5 GHz, respectively, alongside 96 MB of L3 Cache (thanks to AMD’s 3D V-Cache Stacking Technology). In contrast, the Ryzen 9 5900X features 12x Cores and 24x Threads with Base and Turbo Clock Speeds of 3.7 GHz and 4.8 GHz, accordingly. It’s essential to note that the 5900X comes with an unlocked multiplier, ready for overclocking out of the box, whereas the 5800X3D’s multiplier is factory-locked.
3D V-Cache (Vertical Cache) is AMD’s innovative method of creating a ‘stacked’ 3D Vertical Cache where the Ryzen 7 5800X3D features a stack of 64 MB of L3 Cache layered onto the CPU’s pre-existing 32 MB of L3 Cache for a total of 96 MB, to leverage a theoretical 15% enhancement in gaming performance, as compared to the Ryzen 9 5900X.
No, neither the Ryzen 7 5800X3D nor the Ryzen 9 5900X offers an AMD Stock CPU Cooler within the packaging.
As mentioned previously, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D’s multiplier is locked as part of AMD’s attempt to discourage enthusiasts from pursuing CPU overclocking since the 5800X3D also incorporates a peak voltage limit of 1.35V to preserve the 3D V-Cache’s integrity. Nevertheless, speed fanatics will discover they can play with BCLK (Base/Bus Clock) frequencies with an appropriate motherboard and tinker with Memory Overclocking. However, the real-world performance gains will be null and void.
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