AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates) Review

High-end desktop processor released in 2020 with 8 cores and 16 threads. With base clock at 3.9GHz, max speed at 4.7GHz, and a 105W power rating. Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates) is based on the Matisse Refresh 7nm family and part of the Ryzen 7 series.
Price 65.2%
Speed 90%
Productivity 85%
Gaming 96%
Category Desktop
Target high-end
Socket Compatibility AM4
Integrated Graphics None
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 1 %
Year 2020 Model
Price 399 USD
Number of Cores 8 Cores
Number of Threads 16 Threads
Core Frequency 3.9 GHz
Boost Frequency 4.7 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.7 GHz
Power Consumption 105 W
Manufacturing Process 7 nm
L3 Cache 32 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 128 GB
Price-Value Score 65.2 %
Speed Score 90 %
Productivity Score 85 %
Gaming Score 96 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 11.3 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 5.7 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 2.8 %
Overall Score 58/100

The Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates) is one of AMD's high-end Desktop processors. It was released in 2020 with 8 cores and 16 threads. With base clock at 3.9GHz, max speed at 4.7GHz, and a 105W power rating. The Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates) is based on the Matisse Refresh 7nm family and is part of the Ryzen 7 series.

Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates) is also the successor of AMD's last gen Ryzen 7 2700X processor that was based on the Zen+ and 12nm process and was released in 2018.

Now, we're asking ourselves whether or not the AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates) finally dethrones the Core i7-9700K as the de facto ruler of the mainstream processors. Ultimately, it depends: the Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates) 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 4.7GHz 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.

Finally, the shrink down to 7nm allows for much better energy efficiency. Because of the Zen 2 architecture, AMD Ryzen 7 3 Generation processors like the Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates) and Ryzen 7 3700X should be up to 58% more efficient than comparable Intel processors. This isn’t the most noteworthy feature here, but, hey, it should translate to lower electricity bills, and in today’s economy every little bit helps, right?

Over the last couple years, AMD has been reaching for dominance in the desktop CPU world, and with the AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates), it's finally there.

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.

That something is the Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates). AMD cranks the TDP dial up to 105W on this 8-core 16-thread chip, making it the high-performance counterpart to the 65W Ryzen 7 3700X, which is basically the same 7nm chip built with the Zen 2 microarchitecture, but with a lower TDP rating. That chip came away from our first look at the Zen 2 series with an Editor's Choice award, going toe-to-toe with Intel's Core i7-9700K, so it's fair to say we have high hopes for the higher-performance model. AMD still hasn't sampled the chip to the press, so we bought one at retail to put it under the microscope.

The Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates) 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.

But we've also found that, after simple push-button overclocking, the Ryzen 7 3700X offers similar performance to the Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates), even when it is also overclocked. But for $70 less. The Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates) is an impressive chip and offers a better mixture of performance than Intel's Core i7-9700, no doubt, but in this case, value seekers might opt for its less expensive sibling.

As the higher-priced version of the Ryzen 7 3700X, the Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates) has higher base and Boost frequencies of 3.9 and 4.7 GHz, respectively. That's an increase in base frequency and a bump to boost clocks, but the real advantage should lay in the higher Package Power Tracking (PPT) envelope, which is a measurement of the maximum amount of power delivered to the socket. The Ryzen 7 3700X's PPT tops out at 65W, while the motherboard can pump up to 142W to the Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates) at peak performance. That opens up much more aggressive boost behavior, on both single and multiple cores, that could widen the performance gap beyond what we see on the spec sheet.

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 3800XT (estimates) offers a better mixture of performance in single- and multi-threaded applications. The Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates) offers twice the threads of the price-comparable Core i7-9700K, 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.

Value seekers who aren't afraid to press the Precision Boost Overdrive button and have sufficient cooling should look to the Ryzen 7 3700X for roughly equivalent performance to the Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates), particularly if gaming factors heavily into the buying decision. That could save you money, reinforcing our decision to give the Ryzen 7 3700X an Editor's Choice award.

AMD Ryzen 7 3 Generation is finally here, and the AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates) 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 2700X. However, with the new 7nm manufacturing process, it delivers a far better performance at lower power consumption.

It gets more interesting, however, when you compare the Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates) to its main competitor. The Intel Core i7-9700K is available for $374, an 8-core processor with no hyperthreading, which means that the Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates) 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 3800XT (estimates) is the absolute beast.

The AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates), like the rest of AMD's Matisse Refresh 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 3800XT (estimates) 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 3800XT (estimates).

Bear in mind, however, that if you already have something like the Ryzen 7 2700X, 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 3800XT (estimates) on hand, which in itself isn’t anything new. It’s basically a refreshed Ryzen 7 2700X 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 3800XT (estimates) can be achieved with $90 memory, while the Core i7-9700K 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 3800XT (estimates) 8-core desktop processor that was released in Jul 2020. AMD offers the Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates) without integrated graphics. It runs $399 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 3800XT (estimates) processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates) up for $399 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates) 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 105W TDP. You do not need to have an aftermarket cooling solution unless you want to.

The AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates) seems to be a decent performing chip that is readily available for $399 at your favorite retailer. The main competition for this processor is the Core i7-9700K 8-Core unlocked desktop processor with Intel UHD Graphics 630 graphics ($374 shipped).

If extended overclocking and boost frequencies are trivial matters to you, AMD also offers the Ryzen 7 3700X at $274. It’s still outfitted with 8-cores and 16-threads, but clocks in at a slower 3.6GHz and maxes out at only 4.4GHz.

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 96% in our benchmarks.

Regardless of those external factors, the Ryzen 7 3800XT (estimates) 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 3800XT (estimates) clocks up to 4.7Ghz just as it promises on the box, and with AMD’s software you can take one of the cores all the way up to 4.8GHz. 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 3800XT (estimates) processors, which the company is making available as of Jul 2020.

Although the 105W-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 3800XT (estimates) to 4.9 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 Refresh 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.