AMD Ryzen 7 3800X Review

WEB: AMD MSRP: US $399.99 | ZAR 7,499 | AUTHOR: Neo


Hard to believe it’s been almost four months since AMD announced the AMD Ryzen 3000 series. In that time, this platform has undergone quiet a few changes, all for the better I might add. All of the firmware updates from AMD and motherboard vendor side have improved mainly in increased compatibility and adding high speed DRAM support. As it stands, the Ryzen 7 3800X is a better CPU today than it was at launch. What follows is what you may expect out of a Ryzen 7 3800X in everyday use, gaming and in productivity right now.

Where high end gaming CPUs are concerned, the Ryzen 7 3800X may not be the fastest money can buy, but as you might suspect that’s more academic than experienced. On the flip side where content creation and general productivity applications go, the Ryzen 7 3800X is indeed the fastest eight core /16 thread CPU there is on the market. It is this balance of being more than fast enough for gaming, and being the outright fastest for everything else which makes the Ryzen 7 3800X so compelling.

Without too much hullabaloo, let’s get to it.

Socket | CPU Socket 1331 | Zen2 | 3rd Generation Ryzen
Frequency (Base) 3,900MHz
Frequency (Boost) 4,500MHz
Node | Transistor Density TSMC 7nm | 19.2BN
Unlocked Multiplier Yes
TDP 105W
Cache L1 | L2 | L3 768K | 4MB | 32MB
Cores | Threads 8 | 16
Integrated Graphics No
DRAM Support Dual Channel DDR4 3200
Price $399 USD | R7,499

AMD’s clock frequencies with the Ryzen 7 3800X are quite ambitious. Prior to AGESA ABBA, it was fairly uncommon for the CPUs to reach the claimed maximum frequency. Since then, AMD has remedied the situation and as it stands, your Ryzen CPU should readily reach the claimed frequencies under the appropriate loads. In some cases, the frequencies go even beyond the specification slightly.

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