AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Review

High-end Desktop processor released in 2019 with 8 cores and 16 threads. With base clock at 3.6GHz, max speed at 4.4GHz, and a 65W power rating. Ryzen 7 3700X is based on the Matisse 7nm family and part of the Ryzen 7 series.
Price 92.7%
Speed 79%
Productivity 83%
Gaming 95%
Category Desktop
Target high-end
Socket Compatibility AM4
Integrated Graphics None
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 2 %
Year 2019 Model
Price 274 USD
Number of Cores 8 Cores
Number of Threads 16 Threads
Core Frequency 3.6 GHz
Boost Frequency 4.4 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.5 GHz
Power Consumption 65 W
Manufacturing Process 7 nm
L3 Cache 32 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 128 GB
Price-Value Score 92.7 %
Speed Score 79 %
Productivity Score 83 %
Gaming Score 95 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 14 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 7 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 3.5 %
Overall Score 59/100

The Ryzen 7 3700X is one of AMD's high-end Desktop processors. It was released in 2019 with 8 cores and 16 threads. With base clock at 3.6GHz, max speed at 4.4GHz, and a 65W power rating. The Ryzen 7 3700X is based on the Matisse 7nm family and is part of the Ryzen 7 series.

Ryzen 7 3700X is also the successor of AMD's last gen Ryzen 7 2700 processor that was based on the Zen+ and 12nm process and was released in 2018.

In our mind, the best processors are the ones that deliver outstanding performance at a reasonable price point. And, the Ryzen 7 3700X absolutely nails this concept.

Now, we're asking ourselves whether or not the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X finally dethrones the Core i7-9700 as the de facto ruler of the mainstream processors. Ultimately, it depends: the Ryzen 7 3700X doesn't reach the same single-core performance as Intel, but we're starting to see more games adopt multi-threaded CPUs, so that doesn't matter as much.

AMD Ryzen 7 3rd Generation, and the Zen 2 architecture itself, is notable because it leads 7nm processors to the mainstream for the first time. But, there’s a lot more going on under the hood than just a smaller manufacturing node.

Increased IPC improvements, along with the massive turbo boost of 4.4GHz mean that even in single core performance – long a weak link of AMD’s processors – comes within reaching distance of rival chips.

One thing that the switch to 7nm silicon has allowed for however, is an increase in cache size. AMD is now describing its L3 and L2 cache in a combined spec of 8 x 512 kB and 32. But, because the 7nm CPU cores are contained within their own chiplets, AMD was able to pack much more in – with a whopping 8 x 512 kB and 32. This is a really big deal, as it allows for much faster performance, especially when you’re shooting for high framerates in 1080p games, and will be especially effective in old esports titles like Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

It shouldn’t be too terribly surprising that a 8-core, 16-thread processor with a 4.4GHz boost clock performs like an absolute monster. The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is straight up the fastest piece of silicon you can buy without wading into the HEDT scene – at least until moving to the Ryzen 7 3800X.

AMD's Zen 2 series has landed, upping the ante with Intel in its high-stakes game for desktop PC market dominance with a well-rounded lineup of new chips that push mainstream platforms to higher core counts and more raw compute than we've ever seen. As a result, Intel's commanding presence in the enthusiast space is threatened in a way we haven't seen in over a decade.

The Ryzen 7 3700X takes the basic ingredients of the Zen 2 microarchitecture, which brings an average of 15% more instructions per cycle (IPC) throughput, and 7nm process and melds them into a high-performance chip that is impressive across our test suite, especially when we factor in the competitive pricing, backward compatibility with most AM4 socket motherboards, unlocked overclocking features, and bundled cooler.

As we've seen, gaming remains an advantage for Intel, so if squeezing out every last frame is all you care about, Intel's processors are a good choice. Much of that performance advantage will be less noticeable when gaming at higher resolutions, or if you pair the processors with a lesser graphics card.

But, like most humans, if you do things other than gaming, the Ryzen 7 3700X offers a better mixture of performance in single- and multi-threaded applications. The Ryzen 7 3700X offers twice the threads of the price-comparable Core i7-9700, and it wields them to great effect in threaded workloads. As such, rendering and encoding remain a strong suit of the Ryzen 7 chips, and AMD's improvements to AVX throughput have yielded impressive results.

Out of the box, the Ryzen 7 3700X is a better all-arounder than the Core i7-9700 and offers incrementally higher performance than its downstream counterpart. The bundled cooler reduces platform costs, and a wide array of motherboards offers plenty of choices for builders.

AMD Ryzen 7 3 Generation is finally here, and the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X might just be the poster child for what this generation of processors has in store for consumers. Sure, it might have stuck with the 8-core, 16-thread setup, which it inherited from its predecessor, the Ryzen 7 2700. However, with the new 7nm manufacturing process, it delivers a far better performance at lower power consumption.

The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X was rolled out on Jul 2019 for $274, which puts it in the same general price range as the last-generation Ryzen 7 2700. This means that at least we're not seeing any considerable price jumps from generation to generation.

It gets more interesting, however, when you compare the Ryzen 7 3700X to its main competitor. The Intel Core i7-9700 is available for $360, an 8-core processor with no hyperthreading, which means that the Ryzen 7 3700X offers twice the processing threads at a lower price tag. Intel is still king when it comes to single-core performance, but when it comes to multi-core ones, the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is the absolute beast.

The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, like the rest of AMD's Matisse processors, is built on a 7nm manufacturing node – the smallest in a commercially available CPU. What this means for most people is lower power consumption and much improved performance at the same time.

This decision to 7nm has brought a beefy 15% boost to IPC (instructions per clock) performance. Effectively, compared to a Ryzen 7 2-Generation processor at the same clock speed, you will get a straight 15% increase in performance. That’s not big enough to be evident in day-to-day workloads, but it does still mean something.

What this all means is that the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is an absolute beast when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially at this price point. If you're counting on doing some video editing or compiling one hell of an Excel spreadsheet, you're going to see firsthand a performance boost with the Ryzen 7 3700X.

The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is another impressive release from AMD and its 3 Generation of Ryzen 7 chips. With it, you’re getting 8-cores and 16-threads, with a boost clock of 4.4GHz. It may not be the strongest contender ever made on paper, but when you see and feel the actual performance gains it offers, you’re certainly getting a lot of bang for your $274 buck.

Bear in mind, however, that if you already have something like the Ryzen 7 2700, this generation doesn't offer the biggest boost in performance. You might want to wait another year or so before dropping a few hundred bucks, or even opt to splurge on a higher-end but pricier chip.

AMD has been having some trouble as of late which has made it even harder to compete with the incoming wave of Core i7 processors. That has forced the chip maker to be a little more creative and make do with their current product lines. Today we have the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X on hand, which in itself isn’t anything new. It’s basically a refreshed Ryzen 7 2700 with a clock speed boost. We say basically because it’s not a straight refresh however, there’s another change.

If you're mostly playing games on your PC, you will be happy buying either processor. Both proved to be solid options and are evenly matched with a slight advantage to the Intel chip if you don't tune up the Core i7 processor. The base performance we showed for the Ryzen 7 3700X can be achieved with $90 memory, while the Core i7-9700 will require $110 - $120 memory in order to enable the frame rates shown here. It’s not a big cost difference and right now with anything less than an RTX 2070 or Vega 64 you’ll more than likely become GPU limited.

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-core desktop processor that was released in Jul 2019. AMD offers the Ryzen 7 3700X without integrated graphics. It runs $274 shipped and is ideal for those that plan on using it a system with a dedicated graphics card.

One of the nice things about the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X up for $274 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X retail boxed processor comes with the traditional ‘pancake’ CPU cooler. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done on this processor which is rated at 65W TDP. You do not need to have an aftermarket cooling solution unless you want to.

The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X seems to be a decent performing chip that is readily available for $274 at your favorite retailer. The main competition for this processor is the Core i7-9700 8-Core unlocked desktop processor with Intel HD Graphics 630 graphics ($360 shipped).

For a 8-core processor, AMD’s $274 flagship Ryzen 7 3700X processor seems downright cheap. On paper, the cost of those 0 extra cores is almost an afterthought when you stack it up against its direct competitor, the $360 8-core Intel Core i7-9700.

With Ryzen 7, AMD continues to innovate on its new architecture and 7nm process. Like Ryzen 7, AMD has engineered Ryzen 7 to operate on a AM4 chipset with all the modern amenities of computing. This includes support for DDR4 RAM, the fastest NVMe SSDs and Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Now the biggest question is can AMD’s Ryzen 7 processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 95% in our benchmarks.

Regardless of those external factors, the Ryzen 7 3700X proves it has the chops to be your main gaming system and a just as effective media creation platform – two things that are becoming intrinsically connected in this age of live-streaming, eSports and uploading gameplay videos.

The Ryzen 7 3700X clocks up to 4.4Ghz just as it promises on the box, and with AMD’s software you can take one of the cores all the way up to 4.5GHz. However, don’t expect to get much beyond that without seriously upgrading your cooling solution and manually tweaking voltages behind the operating system level.

That said, to squeeze out all the potential of this surprisingly potent high-end chip, you’ll want (and need) to splurge on an enthusiast-grade X370, X470, X570 motherboard.

Fresh from a successful roll-out of mainstream Ryzen 7 CPUs, AMD's attack on Intel now extends down into the high-end with its Ryzen 7 3700X processors, which the company is making available as of Jul 2019.

Although the 65W-rated cooler doesn't feature a copper base or the LEDs found on AMD's higher-end thermal solutions, it does handle Ryzen 7's heat output deftly enough to facilitate XFR-triggered frequencies. This gives you an extra 200 MHz. We were even able to overclock the Ryzen 7 3700X to 4.6 GHz within a reasonable temperature range. The fan also blows down onto the motherboard, which provide additional cooling around the socket. If you need more bling, AMD recently announced that it now offers the LED-equipped cooler separately.

Like all other Matisse chips, the Ryzen 7-series CPUs drop into any Socket AM4 motherboard. But most will find a home on boards equipped with the A320 chipset, which has provisions for overclocking and offers plenty of connectivity options. Unlike Intel, AMD plans to utilize its current socket until 2020, so upgrading to future models shouldn't require a new motherboard.

Which GPU to Pick for AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X.

Graphics Card Price Cost Per Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 5.7 265.1 FPS
211.5 FPS
130.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 3 231 FPS
184.3 FPS
114.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 2.8 176.7 FPS
141.1 FPS
87.3 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 15.4 162.3 FPS
133.7 FPS
83.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 8.2 158 FPS
130.2 FPS
81.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 4.9 143.3 FPS
117 FPS
72.5 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 21.8 137.4 FPS
113.3 FPS
71.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 5.2 135.5 FPS
109.4 FPS
67.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 6 127 FPS
104.4 FPS
64.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 4 126.2 FPS
100.8 FPS
62.3 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 9.6 124.5 FPS
100.8 FPS
63.8 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 5.6 124.5 FPS
100 FPS
60.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 3.3 121.3 FPS
97.3 FPS
59.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 4.2 119.6 FPS
94.1 FPS
59 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 3.5 113.2 FPS
87.6 FPS
53.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 3.1 111.1 FPS
89.3 FPS
54.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 4.6 107.9 FPS
85.4 FPS
52 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 3.3 106.5 FPS
80.6 FPS
48.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 2.7 104.8 FPS
83.5 FPS
50.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 14.8 101.1 FPS
78.8 FPS
51.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 5 100.8 FPS
81 FPS
49.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 4.1 100 FPS
79.1 FPS
48 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 10.3 97.2 FPS
76 FPS
46.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 2.9 95.1 FPS
75.2 FPS
45.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 4.2 94.5 FPS
75.7 FPS
46 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 4.3 92 FPS
72.1 FPS
43.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 2.6 89.6 FPS
71 FPS
43.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 7.7 84.6 FPS
66.5 FPS
40.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 2.6 84.4 FPS
66.8 FPS
40.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 3.5 80.1 FPS
61.5 FPS
36.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 8.5 76.8 FPS
63.2 FPS
39.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 2.2 73.5 FPS
58 FPS
35.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 2.7 72.8 FPS
55.9 FPS
33.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 7.6 72.5 FPS
56.4 FPS
34.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 3.2 71 FPS
54.5 FPS
32.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 9.3 69.9 FPS
56.5 FPS
35.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 14.8 67.7 FPS
52.3 FPS
33.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 8.3 66 FPS
53.2 FPS
32.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 3.9 65.8 FPS
50.9 FPS
31 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 2.6 65.3 FPS
50.2 FPS
29.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 6.8 63.5 FPS
51 FPS
31.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 2.7 62.5 FPS
48.5 FPS
29.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 5.4 61.4 FPS
47.1 FPS
29.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 6.7 59.7 FPS
47.5 FPS
29.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 5.5 59.3 FPS
46.6 FPS
27 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 2.9 58.6 FPS
46 FPS
27.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 2.7 56 FPS
43.9 FPS
26.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 3.4 52.3 FPS
41.2 FPS
25 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 5.2 44 FPS
34.3 FPS
21.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 6.3 39.5 FPS
30.9 FPS
18 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 5.1 39.2 FPS
30.6 FPS
18 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 4.4 38.6 FPS
30.3 FPS
18.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 7.3 38.2 FPS
30.2 FPS
17.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 5.3 37.7 FPS
29.3 FPS
17.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 5.1 32.9 FPS
25.5 FPS
15.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 3.3 30.4 FPS
23.4 FPS
13.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 5.3 29.8 FPS
22.8 FPS
14.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 5.1 29.2 FPS
21.5 FPS
13.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 5.1 29 FPS
20.8 FPS
13 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 5.2 26.9 FPS
20.7 FPS
12.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 5.8 25.9 FPS
17.8 FPS
11.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 3.7 21.2 FPS
16.4 FPS
9.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 3.9 20.3 FPS
15.6 FPS

Related Discussions and Issues

Yohan1134 August 06, 2020

Ryzen 3700x Help

I just picked up the AMD Ryzen 3700x and have the gigabyte ga-ax370m-ds3h motherboard. I updated bios so its at f50d and I put in the new processor but it won't turn on. I'm not getting a beep code. Monitors not activating. Keyboards not powering up. Did I do my research poorly and they just aren't compatible? Because its a 3rd gen amd and the motherboard literally says that on their website. Thank you in advance.

sandymangina81 August 06, 2020

What beep code did boars give you ? And did you reference the manual for that code ?

Most common culprit is ram in incorrect slots . Test with one stick ram in a/2 slot then second stick... then both in a2/b2 slot

Not sayin the rams the issue but it’s most common

Yohan1134 August 06, 2020

The rams for sure in the right spot i had it set up previously with a ryzen 3 3200g and it works perfectly fine when i put it back in still and there is no beep code at all it doesn't even get the usual 1 beep on start up

Deathswitch July 25, 2020

Need help picking a new cooler for my 3700X (3 choices)

Hey, I've been looking at coolers and I'm stumped. I like aftermarket coolers and I want something smaller that doesn't even sit over the RAM (I don't want to remove the cooler if I have to replace the sticks).

Here's what I'm currently using: Wraith Prism with 72 F ambient room temperature. It fluctuates between 33 to 55 degrees C while idle and when I performed a stress test it went between 55 and 65 C under 100% load.

Here's what I'm looking at:

  • Scythe Fuma 2 - bigger cooler, neutral grey color, and could possibly sit over the RAM. I can't find the Mugen in stock so it's the only reasonable Scythe product I can settle with.

  • Noctual U12S - brown, single fan, and most likely won't sit over the RAM. It may not be the biggest upgrade over the Prism however. Chromax is not in stock so I can't get it right now.

  • Dark Rock 4 - smaller than the pro and most likely won't sit over the RAM (fingers crossed), great color (black), slightly bulkier than the U12S based on the pictures that I saw (could be wrong). I can get it along with the thermal paste remover as early as tomorrow so time is a huge plus before the weekend.

I use A2 and B2 slots for my RAM and here is my build:

I don't mind spending the cash, so that's not a factor but if the Prism can hold it's own compared to these coolers I don't mind settling with a stock cooler.

Thanks in advance for any advice and opinions :)

Edit: So check this out, I ran Prime95 with 100% load on my CPU and my temperature was in the 60's, the highest might have been 70 but I don't remember. Someone commented about keeping it on and I'm glad I did. I'll replace it if I have any issues or I get a great deal. I almost purchased the U12A but it was $115 including the Arctic thermal paste remover. Huge savings by sending it back to Amazon. I think the five Noctua 140mm fans really did the trick.

LightSwitchTurnedOn July 25, 2020

I can personally vouch for Scythe Fuma 2, it's quiet compared to prism and runs cool. It also fits over high profile ram because it has a cutout for the ram slots. You won't get much more value for the money at higher prices.

Deathswitch July 25, 2020

I really like the Fuma 2 but I worry that it will sit over the RAM making it hard to remove them even if there's enough clearance. The Mugen seems smaller but I can't find it right now. But I do want the Fuma if it meets my space needs.

Deathswitch July 25, 2020

From everything I've read, that seems to be the best one.

kepler2 July 25, 2020

I have a Dark Rock 4 with my Ryzen 3600x.

Note that I have only one fan in the case.

The CPU reaches 82c after a gaming session but the cooler seems pretty quiet :)

Deathswitch July 25, 2020

I have five Noctua 140mm case fans. Two on the top and front and one in the back. That may be why my Prism is cooler at 100% load.

All_ur_base_r_belong July 25, 2020

I got the noctua DH-14 and run it with one fan due to the RAM but it keeps my 3600 very cool and it looks very nice to me

Deathswitch July 25, 2020

I didn't even think about that one, I'll take a look.

GreenLant3rn July 25, 2020

I have the U12S. It’s been rock solid for me. Used it on my 1700 and now 3700X

Bud_Johnson July 25, 2020

I also used to run a u12s. Wish i had kept it because while my newer d15 is better, it's not better by much and takes up so much room in the case.

Bud_Johnson July 25, 2020

Your temps are pretty good with the stock cooler. I doubt you'll see much more than a couple degrees.

Deathswitch July 25, 2020

The big thing is taking it off, it's a little scary to me even though I hear it's very easy.

RevolutionaryStay9 July 25, 2020

I don't think your baseline temperatures seem accurate, I've remounted my coolers (FSP Windale 6 and Scythe Big Shuriken 3) multiple times and with the Shuriken I got to around 74C and with the Windale I get around 69C (and higher clocks). That is on a Corsair 780t with 4 140mm fans, MX-4 thermal paste and no PBO or AutoOC. I don't remember my results with the stock cooler but the noise was horrible and it was constantly at high fan speeds (noise was the reason I changed it).

I believe the Fuma 2 is the best designed cooler here. It won't cause any trouble with RAM installation because it is offset and uses a slim fan in the front. Performance wise, Tweaktown has it performing better than the Dark Rock Pro 4 and Techpowerup has it at the same performance level for non overclocked loads.

Deathswitch July 25, 2020

I used HWMonitor and tested it with the Witcher III and Cinebench (that may not be the appropriate program but it showed my CPU at 100% under load at least). I also don't OC.

_Sgt-Pepper_ July 25, 2020

All of them are fine. Choose what you like best .

If you can't decide, take noctua

_BoneZ_ July 25, 2020

My Wraith Prism not only does the job in near silence, it's completely silent, and the tower is sitting 3-feet or less away. It never goes much above 70c in any modern game, which means the fan never spools up to hear it.

That's a screen of my CPU idling at 31c within 2-3 minutes of running Prime95 and not getting over 85c. During gaming I usually stay in the 60c's, and never goes much above 70c. And I never hear my fan (sitting 2-3 feet away) because the next fan curve doesn't kick in until 75c.

The Wraith Prism is plenty sufficient if you're not overclocking and thanks to the lower TDP of the 3700x. Put the extra money towards something else.

Deathswitch July 25, 2020

I think you've convinced me, I'll wait until I plan to OC or get a good deal on Black Friday. My cooler does a very good job right now and saving that money would be nice.

EDDIE_BR0CK July 25, 2020

Your stock temps don't sound too bad. I'd say it's unnecessary, but the Dark Rock 4 would be my choice by appearance and good reviews. Noctua is well reputed, but its brown.

clust3rfuck July 25, 2020

Dark Rock 4 has superior cooling than Noctua U12S plus you can get it faster so I would recommend that (RAM compatibility is another plus now I think about it)

nafis1624 August 08, 2020

R7 3700x Pulling ~1.4V -Send Help!

Ryzen 7 3700x, MSI B450 Carbon Ac Max, Corsair vengance pro rgb DDR4 3200 mhz 2x8gb ram

Hello everyone! I am trying to control the voltages my cpu takes in bc hwinfo says its at ~1.4V so I went into the bios and changed the core voltage to override mode and set it at 1.2 Now the voltage in the bios shows to be ~1.2 but when I boot in HWinfo64 still says ~1.4

Is this accurate? How should I bring in the voltage on this chip?

Also, what is “Power Reporting Deviation (Accuracy)” in HWinfo64? The minimum value is sitting ~77% but the text is in red so methinks its bad?

Here are readings from HWinfo and ryzen master:

NotAceman August 08, 2020

do you have PBO on? Does this voltage drop under 100% load?

nafis1624 August 08, 2020

Nah avg shows to be 1.4 still while running heaven on a loop. Temp shows max of 60 avg at like 50-55 ish

nafis1624 August 08, 2020

Ryzen master is showing this tho when I turn off PBO but this is during idle also what is peak core voltage? And why is it constantly changing between 143-1.45? “Average core voltage is btwn 1.12-1.13 so whatever that is got better

nafis1624 August 08, 2020

I will take a look asap and update this comment as I find out more

kolliasl21 August 08, 2020

You are probably talking about the coreVID voltage. You should ignore this reading if you set your voltage manually in the bios. It is the voltage that the cpu requests from the vrm when running stock. It is not the actual voltage that your cpu runs at. You should read your core voltage from SVI2 TFN sensor.

Power reporting deviation accuracy is ment to be used under 100% load and STOCK settings. If you get a number around 100% under load then you are fine. If you get anything lower than 95% then it means that your motherboard is overvolting your cpu slightly to get more performance. Basically your motherboard is fooling the cpu that it uses less power than it actually does if you get anything lower than 95%.

nafis1624 August 08, 2020

Okay let me unpack everything here.

Okay next time Im testing Ill take a look at that SVI2 sensor reading (it would be on hwinfo64, correct?)

Also, what do you think is safe operating voltages for a 3700x pushing 4.4Ghz, or would you know an article or review that covers that topic?

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AMD Ryzen 7 3700X. The Ryzen 7 3700X is the direct successor to the Ryzen 7 2700X, but instead of just a refresh this time AMD managed a generational microarchitecture improvement called Zen 2 as well as a better node/manufacturer process at 7nm. In addition, AMD moved to a chiplet design, instead of one monolithic chip design.
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pastel_x July 30, 2020
Can't decide which PC case.
Hello everyone!

So i am building my first PC but I can't decide which mid-tower case to choose for my build.

I want a case with good airflow with stock fans and not too much/excessive noise.
I want good dust filtering and cable management.
I will NOT use multiple GPUs
I prefer to spend below $120

The cases that i like but can't decide which one to choose are:
-Be Quiet! Pure Base 600
-Fractal Design Define C TG

Here are my specs:
-AMD Ryzen 7 3700x 3.6GHz AM4 Processor
-Kingston HyperX Predator 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory
-Samsung 860 Evo 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
-Western Digital Blue 1 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
-GIGABYTE GeForce GTX1650 4096Mb D6 OC Video Card
-SeaSonic FOCUS 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply

Any help would be much appreciated.

Edit: changed gpu
Nemesia November 06, 2019
If you want a good case with good airflow do not buy any with the front closed like that. Try getting a case with an open front for maximum airflow. Ill check. Brb.
pastel_x July 30, 2020
Is stock cooler enough for Ryzen 7 3700x?
Hello everyone!
Will AMD Ryzen 7 3700x stock cooler be enough for my build?

Here are my specs:
-AMD Ryzen 7 3700x 3.6GHz AM4 Processor
-Kingston HyperX Predator 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory
-Samsung 860 Evo 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
-Western Digital Blue 1 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
-GIGABYTE GeForce GTX1650 4096Mb D6 OC Video Card
-SeaSonic FOCUS 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
-Be Quiet! Pure Base 600 case

Thanks in advance.
Karadjgne December 26, 2012
Nope to all of the above. Ryzens don't work that way.
Ryzens are a dynamic based cpu, they are not Intel with a set turbo speed. They'll boost according to voltages, currant and temp. If you put a better cooler on the cpu, it'll boost higher, but consequently will run the same temps. It'll do that until it hits power limits. The only time a Ryzen runs cooler is if you go overboard on the cooling, allowing the cpu to hit its power limits and have enough capacity left over to cool the cpu over and above its normal levels.

For instance, if running a decent load at stock and getting 80°C at 3.7GHz, adding a hyper212 will allow 80°C but a 3.9GHz boost. Adding a bigger cooler you'll get 4.1GHz etc. It's only when boost is as high as you can go, that the cooler will start seeing lower temps.

Overclocking by setting definitive voltage and speed levels will cancel the dynamic boost and the cpu will cool as it will, same as Intel.

As to whether the stock cooler is enough, yes, it's plenty at stock performance and stock boost, although you might not be happy with the volume of the fan or the boost speeds with heavier, high thread loads. That's where many aftermarket coolers have the advantage, apart from allowing a higher boost level. You'll not really see temps dropping unless you go with a really decent capacity cooler or better, but that's because it's a Ryzen, not an intel, so behaves differently.
lawrenzrat July 29, 2020
best value gpu for R7 3700X + b450 aorus combo for 1080p ultra?
what's the best value gpu for R7 3700X + b450 aorus combo for 1080p ultra that hits 60 - 100fps + if its possible.....

thanks for the answers..
brewcrew650 February 13, 2018
It really depends on what you had in mind for budget. With a 3700x and looking at 100fps ultra settings, I would assume you are looking to spend slightly more?

If so, I would probably say your best bet would be a 5700xt variant. Would be able to hit 100ish fps in most current games on ultra/very high, coming just behind the 2070s. It would also allow you some extra headroom for future-proofing and is $100(+) less than the 2070s models .
MissesSparrow July 28, 2020
ayy finally upgrading cant decide ! need help :3
hello again peops !

so im finally upgrading my pc a little more

i havnt upgraded my graphics card ever since i got it gifted 2014 which is the 970

i currently have a ryzen 5 2600 (got it last year december) x470 gaming pro carbon MB with 16gb ram (also last year december)
my current games range from assasins creed odyssey where i get like 30 to 40 fps (soon valhalla which i want to have good performance on ) to witcher 3 and so on meaning i enjoy triple A games
my question now is what would be the better upgrade for me ? i could get the 2060 which was also recommended to me

or should i upgrade my cpu and would achieve much more through that ? like lets say going to the ryzen 7 3700x

thanks in adcance for reading! hope i can get some advice <3
Ziadul87 September 07, 2019
Even without XMP, it should run at 2k+ mhz. Try all XMP profiles (if there are multiple profiles).
My RAM runs at 2133mhz without XMP. It's arvertised as 2400mhz but my Mobo won't support it.

Btw, what's it say about RAM speed in CPU-Z?
Regev July 27, 2020
Which of these is the best CPU+cooler+motherboard combo?
Hey guys!

So, I got a 1TB NVMe, a 700W Platinum+ SFX-L, and a kit of 32GB 3200. Thanks to your advice, I was gonna get the i9-9900 (at 50% off from a family member working for Intel), but when I went to find an ITX motherboard the only one I found in my country that can sustain an i9 is the Phantom, which costs $258. I also read that I'd need to buy a cooler cause the Intel 9th gen stock one sucks, so it's another $59 for the L12S.

I'm reconsidering options before ordering. Here are possible combinations I found (all with mITX motherboards). I do not need a video card at all, it's purely for productivity uses (lots of text, very heavy browser use, web developing, and some programming). When necessary, I factored in the cheapest 1030 that I found. Also, I used the stock cooler (hope it's enough) on all builds (except the 9900). Listed in order of price:

  • Ryzen 5 3400G = $271 (B350) or $301 (B450)
  • i3 10100 = $300 (B460) or $336 (Z490)
  • i5 10400 = $390 (B460) or $426 (Z490)
  • Ryzen 7 2700 = $396 (B350) or $427 (B450) or $497 (X470/B550)
  • Ryzen 5 3600 = $402 (B350) or $419 (B450) or $493 (X470/B550)
  • i5 10500 = $412 (B460) or $448 (Z490)
  • i5 10600 = $427 (B460) or $463 (Z490)
  • Ryzen 7 2700X = $430 (B350) or $461 (B450) or $531 (X470/B550)
  • Ryzen 5 3600X = $432 (B350) or $463 (B450) or $533 (X470/B550)
  • i5 10600K = $482 (B460) or $518 ( Z490)
  • Ryzen 5 3600XT = $490 (B350) or $521 (B450) or $591 (X470/B550)
  • Ryzen 7 3700X = $529 (B350) or $560 (B450) or $630 (X470/B550)
  • i7 10700 = $568 (B460) or $604 (Z490)
  • Ryzen 7 3800X = $574 (B350) or $605 (B450, $675 (X470/B550)
  • i9 9900 = $590 (50% off on CPU, pricey Z390 + Noctua L12S)
  • i7 10700K = $628 (B460) or $664 (Z490)
  • Ryzen 7 3800XT = $653 (B350) or $684 (B450) or $754 (X470/B550)
  • Which configuration gives the best bang for the buck for the uses I listed (without suffering any productivity setback)? Still the i9?

    Thanks <3
    Karadjgne December 26, 2012
    Things take time. It takes a cpu a certain amount of time to render anything, game frame, web page etc. A stronger cpu can do things in less time as it has more available resources to work with. A 3700x might render a page in 1 second, a 3400G might take 2 seconds. To a cpu that's a huge improvement, massive really. To you, you blinked and it was over with. Can't really say just exactly how much of a difference there is on such a small scale. But when it comes to large scale, that's a different story. Play gta5 on a 3400G and 3700x, there's a fps difference, then add in streaming and the 4 cores of the 3400G just got swamped and fps drops like a bad habit. The 8/16 of the 3700x doesn't even blink.

    Mmorpgs online are even worse. All that AI can be seriously detrimental to fps. I play swtor and in single player ultra have no issues on an i7-3770K with getting 90fps+. 8man op and I'm into 60-90fps range, 16man op and I'm averaging 30fps with all cpu details disabled/min and a 24man world boss fight is miserable at 5-10fps and everything disabled. Just way too much, too intensive, too cpu challenging for even a 8thread i7 at 4.6GHz to handle. 3400G will be far worse as it has no Lcache and not nearly the same resources, even if it does have better IPC. Fastest runner in the world is useless if he has a ball and chain around 1 ankle. Make him stronger, make the chain longer and he'll just lick it up and run.

    B450m-H is a value motherboard. More tailored towards the 3600 or lesser cpus. It'll handle a 3700x just fine under normal circumstances, but Ryzens are dynamic cpus, they boost according to voltages, temps, loads. With no heatsink the VRM's will run hotter and will limit the boosting ability of the cpu. They won't overheat, but instead of seeing nice high boosts, you'll be relegated to more minimal boosts. The cpu will protect itself and the motherboard from excessive power draws.
    Luigimon July 25, 2020
    FPS spike drops (144 -> 1) for 2-3secs every 1-2mins everywhere
    So this is my problem, I've been struggling since a couple of months ago trying to fix this issue and now I'm on a dead end, because I've pretty much changed all my hardware except for the hard drives and GPU, I took my pc to a computer shop so they could find the root, but at the end they told me that gpu wasn't the problem because they tested it in another pc and it worked fine, so that left me to change the PSU, same problem, then I changed the mobo, cpu and ram but still have the same problem, I also bought an m2 which will arrive on Tuesday because right now I have an SSD and I'm not sure if may be damaged.

    I have posted some videos on these links to show how exactly my fps issue is showing in any game:
    SOT: View:

    Lol #1: View:

    Lol #2: View:

    This is what I've done so far trying to fix this:
    1- Uninstall all video drivers using DDU and reinstalling.
    2- Going back to a previous nvidia driver.
    3- Sfc scan, defragmentation, disck checkUps.
    4- Replacing cables from/to psu
    5- Fresh clean install of windows.
    6- Tested other games and they do have the same problem
    7- Even in windows when I'm typing this post there are some little freeze spikes where it doesn't show what I'm typing until a couple seconds later.
    8- Video benchmarking using FurMark & Unigine Heaven Benchmark, no issues at all it never goes down to 30-40fps on extreme graphics, 50-60fps on ultra.
    9- Replace mobo, cpu and ram.
    10- All heating temperatures doesn't go beyond 60C (Cpu, ram, gpu, mobo, chipset)
    11- Enable DCOP (XMP on Intel) which changed the mhz of my RAM to 3200

    I think that's pretty much it, I have no more ideas on what to do to fix this. Does anyone have experienced/solved a problem like this?

    These are my specs:
    CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core Processor, 3593 Mhz
    MotherBoard: ROG STRIX B550-F GAMING (WI-FI)
    GPU: Asus Rog Strix RTX2060 6G
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB DDR4 3200mhz
    PSU: EVGA SuperNova 850w G2
    SDD: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III
    Monitor: Asus ROG Swift PG278Q, 27-Inch, G-Sync 144hz (DisplayPort)
    Windows 10 Pro
    Luigimon July 25, 2020
    I was able to fix it after reading a lot of forums, one of them were saying that it have background images as SlideShow every 1 min, which is exactly how I had it. Believe it or not, I changed it to 1 day and I no longer have fps drops in my games.
    yerjam July 24, 2020
    Is my 3700x faulty? Dual channel memory not working, code "0d". Tried almost everything.
    Hello everyone, I have a feeling there's something wrong with my new CPU. Here are my system specs:
    • CPU: AMD 3700x
    • Motherboard: ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact, X570
    • RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 3200MHz C16 (CMT32GX4M2C3200C16)
    • PSU: Corsair SF750 80 Plus Platinum
    • GPU: EVGA GTX1070 FTW
    The issue is the system does not POST with dual channel RAM, but it does with RAM in one slot. POST state LEDs light up yellow indicating DRAM fault. I get a POST code error readout of "0d". I have made a post about this issue on another forum and didn't get anywhere. Initially I suspected a faulty motherboard DIMM slot but I have replaced the motherboard and have the same issue. Then I thought it could be the RAM so I got a new set and still have the same issue.

    Here is everything I have tried:
    • System boots with RAM only in slot A1.
    • System does not boot with RAM only in slot B1 or with RAM in both slots.
    • The RAM in question is on the QVL.
    • I have made sure all PSU cables are secured correctly at both ends.
    • I have checked the CPU for bent pins; there aren't any I can see.
    • I have reseated the CPU and rebuilt the system a few times.
    • I have loosened the CPU cooler screws a little (I've heard this can help)
    • I have updated the BIOS to the latest version, didn't work with original BIOS or new one.
    • I have adjusted the RAM speed in the BIOS to match the speed rated on the modules.
    • Tried with DOCP enabled and disabled
    • I have replaced the motherboard, same issue.
    • I have replaced the RAM, same issue.
    • I have played around with some BIOS settings, including RAM voltage. Nothing seems to work. I have cleared CMOS and power cycled and few times, and nothing.
    • I do not have another CPU to try.
    All brand new parts apart from the video card. I have tried everything I can think of and getting nowhere. The last thing left is to replace the CPU, but I want to know if there's anything else I can try, I'm going crazy here.

    Everything else is working correctly with one RAM module installed. No other issues.

    Edit: If anyone finds this post in the future, my problem ended up being a faulty CPU. Got it exchanged and everything is running fine.
    yerjam September 09, 2012
    If anyone finds this post in the future, my problem ended up being a faulty CPU. Got it exchanged and everything is running fine.
    44toudy44 July 21, 2020
    Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro AC vs. MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus
    Hello friends, I'm upgrading my PC. Going to get Ryzen 7 3700X. I wanted to buy motherboard Gigabyte but I get advice in shop to look also onto MSI. In my country (Slovakia) they cost almost same (5 euros less for MSI)
    What's your opinion which one will be better? I'm not planning to use more than one GPU, I have one HDD and one SSD. I'm planning to get later (maybe for christmas) one NVMe SSD. What do you think is better for same price? B550 or X570 ? thanks a lot
    Math Geek October 15, 2014
    i don't see much of a difference between them really. they both have a decent amount of fan headers and pretty much the same power delivery. usb ports are about the same as well. you get pcie 4.0 either way as well. at this point for me, it comes down to looks. which looks better to you?

    i have the b450 aorus pro wifi and love it. plenty of fan headers and lots of rgb headers if your into that stuff. only thing i did not like was the built in wifi. it is very slow and should be a lot better for the money. so if you plan on using it, know you're probably going to want a better card or dongle to be happy with wifi.

    you won't go wrong with either choice really.
    MatthewPav July 18, 2020
    Is the Dark Rock Slim good enough for the Ryzen 7 3700x?
    Want to use this cooler because it has good RAM clearance but don't know if its good enough. No overclocking.
    Ralsei October 01, 2018
    Yes, it'll work just fine.
    JC11 July 18, 2020
    Need your thoughts on buying Ryzen CPU's
    Hello All,

    Need your advice. I live in India and because of COVID, the prices have increased. The Ryzen 5 CPU 3600 sells at 226$ and Ryzen 7 CPU2700 sells at 194$. I was also looking at 3700x which sells at 387$. The b550 tomahawk motherboard sells at 227$ and b450 pro carbon ac at 170$. I was actually planning to buy 3600 but since the next-gen console runs at 8 cores so I was thinking of investing in 8 core CPU to future proof myself.

    Please let me know whether I should wait for the price drop or go with 2700 or wait for Ryzen 4000 series. I usually don't upgrade my CPU often so please consider that too.
    madmatt30 January 01, 2013
    Honestly depends on your budget.

    The 2700 is still a good cpu, and will last years performance wise.

    I'm running a gen 1 ryzen 1700 (early adopter) , it does everything I need it do and I honestly don't see myself replacing it for at least 5 years.

    At those prices the 2700 and b450 pro carbon still make sense imo.

    Especially if it leaves more budget for the rest of the components.
    user.anonymous July 17, 2020
    Should I use both ports to install my graphics card?
    Recently, I have built a pc and I have been having trouble connecting the display. I figured out there wasn’t anything wrong with the DP or monitor after some trial and error and switching out many cables/etc so right now, my thought is this:

    My graphics card comes with two fans and two ports. One port is able to hold eight pins while the other only holds six pins. Before, I was only using one port which was the eight-pin port to connect the graphics card to the PSU. I was curious to know whether or not it would be a good idea to use both ports. My concern here is that the second cable for my graphics card can hold up to eight pins but it is a divided cable, so six pins can be plugged in while two extra pins just aren’t plugged into anything. I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to use this cable because I fear it will cause damage to my MB or other components of the build. Any thoughts? Is this unheard of? (see specs below)

    The reason I am considering using both ports is because I was told that the reason my display isn’t setting up is because I’m only using half my wattage. I have 550 watts in total but it was theorized to me that only having one port connected to the PSU uses only half of the power so in reality I would be using 275 watts which is clearly an uneven power distribution within the build. Not sure how true this is but it made sense to me at least.

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core, 16-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Wraith Prism LED Cooler
    MB: MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS Motherboard (AMD AM4, PCIe 4.0, DDR4, SATA 6Gb/s, M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2, HDMI, ATX)
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2x16GB) 3200MHz C16 DDR4 DRAM Memory Kit – Black
    SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD 500GB - M.2 NVMe Interface Internal Solid State Drive with V-NAND Technology (MZ-V7S500B/AM)
    GPU (graphics): EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER XC GAMING, 8GB GDDR6, Dual HDB Fans, RGB LED, Metal Backplate, 08G-P4-3162-KR
    Case: Phanteks Pro M Series (PH-ES515PTG_BK) Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Case, Black
    HDD: WD Blue 2TB PC Hard Drive - 7200 RPM Class, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache, 3.5" - WD10EZEX
    Keyboard: Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard – IP42 Dust and Water Resistance – 6 Programmable Macro Keys – Dedicated Media Keys - Detachable Palm Rest Included
    PC: Dell Computer Ultrasharp U2415 24.0-Inch Screen LED Monitor, Black
    PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 550 G3, 80 Plus Gold 550W, Fully Modular, Eco Mode with New HDB Fan, 7 Year Warranty, Includes Power ON Self Tester, Compact 150mm Size, Power Supply 220-G3-0550-Y1

    hang-the-9 March 25, 2010
    You not only should consider using both power ports, if you want the card to work properly and prevent damage to it, you NEED to use both power ports. If the card did not need both to be used the vendor would not have put them there. It's not an optional thing. Reading the card specs and instructions is a good idea before installing things.

    You also have some odd idea about the power from the PSU to the system, not really sure what your thoughts are there about only using half the power to the system and uneven distribution. If you have a 550 watt power supply that does not mean you want the system to be drawing that power the whole time, in fact that would be very bad. That rating is the max power output that PSU will give to your components, you should have about a 25% buffer or better between what your PSU max wattage is and what your components need at full load.

    UNDEADWARRIOR76 July 14, 2020
    MSI RTX 2070 Super Ventus OC coil whine randomly starts after a month of use
    Ive had my MSI 2070 super ventus oc for a month now and havent heard a peep. Now suddenly as I start a LEGO game, it starts to coil whine and now does it for all my games. I've heard of it being an immediate out of the box thing, but is it starting after a month normal?

    PC Specs:
    CPU: Ryzen 3700x
    GPU: MSI RTX 2070 Super Ventus OC
    RAM: G.Skill Trident z 3600
    PSU: EVGA 1200 P2 (I know its overkill, long story)
    MoBo: MSI X570 UNIFY
    CPU cooler: Noctua NH-D15
    Case: Corsair 760t Graphite
    keith12 August 08, 2008
    Sometimes the coil whine can be related to the PSU.

    It's typically caused by vibrations in the inductors on GPU's as the current switches very frequently.

    It's still covered under warranty, I'd just go RMA it straight away.

    List your full PC spec.

    There are lots of threads online with similar problems for 2070 owners.

    Edit: Came across this on EVGA's website:
    C_Bernard July 14, 2020
    Problem turning PC on.
    Hello there. I'm new here, so, thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

    I am having a small problem but that bugs me quite a bit. If I completely power off the computer, when I am trying to turn it on, it won't turn on the first time I press the power button, instead the front Led panel of the rig witll turn on for a second and then turn off immediately, just like when you unplug the PC and press the power button to discharge the remaining electricity. Then if I press the button again it will turn on normally. And then if I put the PC on rest mode, if I try to wake it up right away it will, but after a couple of minutes or maybe an hour or so, if I try to wake it by clicking on the mouse or pressing a key, the same thing will happen, the front LED will flash and the computer won't wake. I have to press the power button after that to wake it properly. It's the only problem I'm having but it seems oddly specific.

    I don't know if my specs will help with this but here they are anyway:

    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.59 GHz,
    32 GB RAM
    Cougar CMX 850 power supply
    Cooler Master Masterliquid Lite 240
    GPU NVidia RTX 2080 SUPER
    ASRock B450 Steel Legend Motherboard

    All of it inside a Cougar case.