The release of AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D is imminent. Chips are on the loose and the first reviews and benchmarks are popping up on the web. Given that AMD has been touting the 5800X3D gaming prowess, we are waiting to see if this claim holds. And it seems so.
Peruvian hardware website Xanxo Gaming (by 3D center) managed to get a retail Ryzen 7 5800X3D and put it on a comprehensive set of benchmarks, comparing it to Intel’s Core i9 12900KF. As the site has not been tested by AMD, it is not subject to an embargo.
The reviewer compared 11 games running at 720p and 1080p. In games that are less sensitive to the amount of cache, CPUs are mostly neck-to-neck. However, there are several games that show significant increases. In games like The Witcher 3 and Final Fantasy XV, the AMD Ryzen 5800X3D had a 22% and 29% lead, respectively. There are many cases of 1% drops strongly favoring the 5800X3D as well.
The 720p results aren’t as relevant to real-world use cases and show even greater gains. Although, again, the differences between the two systems are negligible in many cases.
While this is just a set of results, early indicators are that AMD’s claim that the 5800X3D is a gaming-oriented processor rings true. Productivity benchmarks show little or no gain, and some actually regress due to slightly reduced clock speeds. But that’s okay, AMD has made no claims to the contrary.
It’s worth noting that both test systems use DDR4-3200 memory. The 12900KF supports DDR5, which means it will gain some performance when paired with high-speed memory. But DDR5 quality costs money and that’s another advantage of the 5800X3D. You can update your BIOS and put it on an older AM4 system without spending a lot of money on a new motherboard and memory.
However, all is not rosy for the 5800X3D. Does not support overclocking and will have a price premium over the already very good 5800X. So unless you’re a hardcore gamer with a high-end GPU chasing every frame you can, or you have an older generation processor, early indicators are that you shouldn’t feel a compelling need to upgrade from a processor from the previous generation. 5000 series. This goes for gamers using Intel systems as well.
What that initial taste does is make us excited about what AMD can do with 3D V-Cache in the future. The increase in gaming performance, higher clocks and higher IPC of Zen4 processors could bode well for AMD. Intel and AMD are ready to fight later this year, and we can’t wait.
PC Gamer’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D review will appear after the embargo is removed. Stay tuned for our comprehensive review!