AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12 Core & Ryzen 7 3700X 8 Core CPU Benchmarks Leak Out in 3DMark – $329 US Ryzen Trades Blows With $499 US Core i9-9900K

By Hassan Mujtaba  / 

With just four days left to the launch of the AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors, more performance metrics have started to leak out. The latest series of leaks come from within the 3DMark database where reviewers, who have already received the chips for testing, have started uploading the CPU results.

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12 Core Faster Than A 16 Core Ryzen Threadripper 2950X For $499 US, AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Much Better Value Than Intel's Flagship Core i9-9900K

The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is definitely the highlight of the Ryzen 3000 series lineup since the CPU is the flagship variant but it won't launch until September. What would launch in a few weeks is the Ryzen 9 3900X which will be the first 12 core processor for mainstream platforms and that too is a beast in terms of performance and efficiency.

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Ryzen 9 3900X 12 Core / 24 Thread CPU For $499 US

The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X is a 12 core and 24 thread part featuring the 7nm Zen 2 core architecture. The chip features a base clock of 3.8 GHz and a boost clock of 4.6 GHz. There's 70 MB of L3 cache, 40 PCIe Gen 4 lanes (CPU + PCH) and a TDP of 105W (derived from the base frequency). The CPU is going to hit retail on 7th July for $499 US. In terms of pricing, the chip is positioned against the Intel Core i9-9900K and offers more cores, threads, cache, PCIe lanes and support for next-gen I/O such as PCIe Gen 4.0.

Ryzen 7 3700X 8 Core / 16 Thread CPU For $329 US

The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is a 8 core and 16 thread part featuring the 7nm Zen 2 core architecture. The chip features a base clock of 3.6 GHz and a boost clock of 4.4 GHz. There's 36 MB of L3 cache, 40 PCIe Gen 4 lanes (CPU + PCH) and a TDP of 65W (derived from the base frequency). The CPU is going to hit retail on 7th July for $329 US. In terms of pricing, the chip is positioned against the Intel Core i9-9700K and offers more cores, threads, cache, PCIe lanes and support for next-gen I/O such as PCIe Gen 4.0.

AMD Ryzen 3000 Series CPU Lineup

CPU NameRyzen 5 3500Ryzen 5 3500XRyzen 5 3600Ryzen 5 3600XRyzen 7 3700XRyzen 7 3800XRyzen 9 3900XRyzen 9 3950X
Base Clock3.6 GHz3.6 GHz3.6 GHz3.8 GHz3.6 GHz3.9 GHz3.8 GHz3.5 GHz
Boost Clock4.1 GHz4.1 GHz4.2 GHz4.4 GHz4.4 GHz4.5 GHz4.6 GHz4.7 GHz
Cache (L2+L3)16 MB32 MB35 MB35 MB36 MB36 MB70 MB72 MB
PCIe Lanes (Gen 4 CPU+PCH)4040404040404040
Price$129 US?$149 US?$199 US$249 US$329 US$399 US$499 US$749 US

Looking at the 3DMark results, we compared the scores posted on 3DMark with our own Intel Core i9-9900K sample and the results were quite striking. The $329 US Ryzen 7 3700X scores almost 25K points (25,011) in Firestrike Extreme, 17,484 points in Cloud Gate, 82,381 points in the Ice Storm Extreme benchmark and 13,487 points in Night Raid. Following are the comparative results:

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3DMark Firestrike Extreme (Result Link)

3DMark Cloud Gate (Result Link)

3DMark Ice Storm Extreme (Result Link)

3DMark Night Raid (Result Link)

Considering that the Ryzen 7 3700X is a 65W chip and costs $170 US less, the performance is a dealmaker for high-end PC builders who want to upgrade to higher core counts and faster clocks without spending half a grand on just the CPU itself. In addition to the Ryzen 7 3700X, there's also the score of the Ryzen 9 3900X which is close to the 30K (29,777 points) mark in Firestrike Extreme. Pretty impressive since that's almost 6000 points more than what the Core i9-9900K posts & even better than the 16 core Ryzen Threadripper 2950X which scores around 28,000 points in the same benchmark (result link here).

You can also find a handful of leaked benchmarks and performance results in several other articles that we have published before such as:

While we are on the topic of discussing Ryzen 3000's performance, Robert Hallock, AMD's Senior Techincal Marketing Manager, has posted an informative video on the latest updates added to PBO (Precision Boost Overdrive) on Ryzen 3000 processors. In the video, Robert explains that all AM4 motherboards (X570, X470, B450, X370, B350) meet the specifications for AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors but the X570 platform, in particular, will allow the CPU to communicate with the motherboard to determine how many VRMs are available and use them to further boost the frequencies over the suggested boost clocks.

This is a very welcome feature on some of the high-end motherboards that do come out with a lot of VRMs and power phases. The feature will allow the under-utilized power delivery of the X570 motherboard to be fully realized and be used to boost up the Ryzen 3000 chips in terms of clocks. Of course, there are several other factors to consider such as cooling and the TDP of the chip itself but overall, it's an interesting addition to the expanding featureset of Ryzen 3000 processors.

AMD's Next-Gen X570 Chipset – First Mainstream Platform To Support PCIe Gen 4, Feature Rich and Ready For Ryzen 3000 CPUs

As we saw with X470, there were a few features of the Ryzen 2000 series processors which were only supported by new motherboards such as Precision Boost Overdrive and XFR 2.0. There’s no doubt that AMD’s Zen 2 based Ryzen mainstream processor family has some amazing new features, but the main highlight would be support for PCIe Gen4. The X570 platform will be an all PCIe Gen4 solution, which means this would most probably be the first consumer platform to feature support for the new PCIe standard.

In terms of IO details, the CPU will once again be offering a total of 24 PCIe Gen 4 lanes while the PCH will be providing a total of 16 PCIe Gen 4 lanes. There will be one direct link heading out to the first PCI Express x16 and PCI Express x4 slot from the CPU, while the rest of the IO will be handled by the X570 PCH which will be linked to the CPU through an x4 link.

We have already rounded up all the X570 motherboards that were announced during Computex 2019 including the flagship X570 boards from all major manufacturers.

That, however, doesn’t mean that AMD Ryzen 3000 series would only be compatible on X570 boards since just like last time, the new CPUs will be backward compatible with X470 & X370 boards too. Following are links to the respective motherboard manufacturers BIOS release for existing motherboards to support 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen CPUs:

They certainly won’t display the same features that will be available on the newly launched X570 lineup, but will feature fully stable functionality for users who just want to drop in a new CPU and continue using their PCs without the hassle of upgrading the motherboard and everything from scratch. AMD's X570 platform and Ryzen 3000 CPUs are planned for launch on 7th July while the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X will be available in September 2019.

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