AMD lifted the curtain on the Ryzen 7 5800X3D in January, making the bold claim that it was the “world’s fastest gaming processor.” It’s a big statement for a chip that, under the hood, is the same as the Ryzen 7 5800X — a processor that launched a year and a half ago.
- Pricing and availability
- A big cache
- A new gaming champion
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A special bit of tech called 3D V-Cache is what helps the Ryzen 7 5800X3D stand apart, and it could catapult the chip to the top of our best CPU list. The older Ryzen 7 5800X still has some advantages, though. Here’s how the two CPUs stack up.
|Ryzen 7 5800X3D||Ryzen 7 5800X|
Base clock | 3.4GHz | 3.8GHz
Boost clock | 4.5GHz | 4.7GHz
L3 cache | 96MB | 32MB
Manufacturing process | TSMC 7nm FinFET | TSMC 7nm FinFET
CPU socket | AM4 | AM4
Overclocking support | No | Sim
Max operating temperature | 90 degrees Celsius | 90 degrees Celsius
TDP | 105W | 105W
Pricing and availability
AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X has been around for a while — it launched in November 2020 for a list price of $450. The Ryzen 7 5800X3D sends off AMD’s Ryzen 5000 range, launching in April 2022 for the same list price of $450.
The Ryzen 7 5800X is about a year and a half old, so prices have dropped a lot. At the time of writing, you can pick one up for about $340. We expect prices will stay below $350 for Ryzen 7 5800X, but even if they climb, you shouldn’t pay more than $400.
AMD’s newer Ryzen 7 5800X3D still has a list price of $450, and although prices may climb slightly in the weeks after launch, they should settle around that list price. Prices always fluctuate, but the difference between the Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 7 5800X3D is about $100.
Comparing the Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 7 5800X3D in terms of performance is tough. The processors target very different applications despite being largely similar under the hood. If you’re concerned with raw processor performance, the older Ryzen 7 5800X is your best option. For gamers, however, nothing seems to beat the Ryzen 7 5800X3D.
In traditional CPU benchmarks like Cinebench, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D falls short of the Ryzen 7 5800X, as evidenced by ExtremeTech’s testing. Memory-sensitive applications still see a benefit on the 3D-stacked part, however. In tasks like H.264 encoding, the increased cache allows the Ryzen 7 5800X3D to even outpace Intel’s Core i9-12900K.
The gains are massively impressive, even if they aren’t surprising. Prior to launch, leaked benchmarks showed the Ryzen 7 5800X3D beating the Core i9-12900K by as much as 30% in some benchmarks.
Gaming is where the Ryzen 7 5800X3D really shines. TechSpot found that it’s as much as 50% faster than the Ryzen 7 5800X in open-world games like Far Cry 6. Even more impressive, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D managed a 5% increase over the Core i9-12900KS in Far Cry 6 — and Intel’s processor costs nearly twice as much.
Those improvements aren’t always as stark. In frequency-sensitive games like Rainbow Six Extraction, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D managed only a 5% increase over the Ryzen 7 5800X. That’s still a lead, however.
In gaming, it’s important to remember that AMD’s Ryzen 5000 range performs largely the same — even between the Ryzen 5 5600X and Ryzen 9 5950X, most titles land within a few frames of each other. Because of that, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D not only beats the Ryzen 7 5800X, but also the most expensive processors AMD has to offer right now.
Despite being a newer version, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D actually has a slower clock speed than the Ryzen 7 5800X. It’s 200MHz slower on the max boost clock and a full 400MHz slower for the base clock. That normally wouldn’t be a big deal, but the Ryzen 7 5800X3D doesn’t support CPU overclocking.
The Ryzen 7 5800X does. It runs faster out of the box — up to 4.7GHz on a single core — and you can easily nudge up to 5GHz on a single core with a little overclocking. If you want to push your hardware to its limits, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D isn’t for you. Although it’s still possible to overclock the Ryzen 7 5800X3D with a lot of extra work, it’s risky.
As performance numbers show, however, frequency isn’t everything. The extra cache on the Ryzen 7 5800X3D makes up for the lack of frequency in games especially. Still, the Ryzen 7 5800X offers much more bandwidth if you run a lot of frequency-sensitive applications.
A big cache
The Ryzen 7 5800X3D and Ryzen 7 5800X are the same processor under the hood, minus a little bit of clock speed. The catch is AMD’s 3D V-Cache technology, which allows the Ryzen 7 5800X3D to access an additional 64MB of L3 cache — bringing the total L3 cache to 96MB on the chip.
Pode não parecer um grande negócio, mas os benchmarks mostram que o cache extra pode fazer maravilhas em jogos. Em suma, mais cache significa que o processador não precisa acessar a RAM do sistema com a frequência, o que reduz a quantidade de tempo que leva para a CPU receber e processar as instruções.
Nem todas as aplicações se beneficiarão de um cache maior. Muitos jogos mais antigos, por exemplo, se beneficiam do aumento da frequência do Ryzen 7 5800X. Títulos mais novos, no entanto, são otimizados para armazenar múltiplas instruções de CPU e, portanto, se beneficiam do cache maior no RYZEN 7 5800X3D.
Um novo campeão de jogos
O Ryzen 7 5800x3D é o melhor CPU de jogos que você pode comprar agora com base em testes iniciais. Se você quiser as taxas mais altas de quadros, você deve gastar o dinheiro extra no Ryzen 7 5800x3d sobre a parte base, apesar da falta de apoio de overclock e da frequência diminuída.
Embora existam aplicações em que a frequência é melhor, os benchmarks mostram que o Ryzen 7 5800x3D pode superar tudo o que a AMD, bem como as melhores CPUs da Intel.