AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 3600X CPU Review Ft. ASRock X570 Taichi

By Hassan Mujtaba  / 

AMD Ryzen 3000 is officially here, bringing to consumers more cores, higher clocks, a new platform and most importantly, the first processor lineup to utilize the much anticipated 7nm process node. Unlike the Zen+ refresh which did offer some good reasons to get onboard the Ryzen family, the Zen 2 based lineup is a much bigger upgrade. It comes with a new architecture, a new I/O system and an entirely new design which offers up to 16 cores on a mainstream platform. Best of all, you don't even need to update your motherboards, just plug in a Ryzen 3000 CPU in an existing system based on AM4 socket (X370/X470) and you're ready to go.

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With Ryzen 3000, AMD isn't just competing at price anymore. They have come in guns blazing and hitting Intel at every corner. Yes, the prices are as disruptive as one should expect with a 12 core Ryzen 9 3900X going for around the same price as an 8 core i9-9900K, an 8 core Ryzen 7 3700X for less than i7-9700K (non-multi-threaded) and a Ryzen 5 3600 offering multi-threading for about the same price as a i5-9400 (locked SKU).

In addition to that, Intel doesn't offer more than 8 cores on their mainstream socket right now so AMD retains the core leadership on the mainstream segment. But then we have other features to talk about, the higher clock speeds which put them in the same ballpark as Intel. Offering up to 4.7 GHz on a 16 core and 4.6 GHz on a 12 core is surprising, even for AMD who were barely hitting 4.5 GHz a generation earlier. This is where TSMC's advanced manufacturing comes in play. The higher frequencies along with the 7nm efficiency deliver a very power efficient chip compared to Intel's several 14nm refreshes over the years. There are also I/O leadership features such as PCIe 4.0 & more USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports which make the new X570 series look more feature rich than Intel's own Z390 platform.

For our review, I will be testing the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 3600X processors which were launched last week. The Ryzen 7 3700X offers 8 cores, 16 threads for a price of $329 US while the Ryzen 5 3600X offers 6 cores, 12 threads for a price of $249 US. Both processors would be tested on the ASRock X570 Taichi motherboard which retails for $299 US.

AMD X570 Chipset For Enthusiast and High-End Motherboards - The 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.

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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.

While we are on the topic of discussing Ryzen 3000 processors, 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 feature set of Ryzen 3000 processors.

AMD AM4/TR4 Chipset Features and Specifications:

WccftechX570X399 RefreshX399X470X370B450B350A320X300A300
CrossfireX/SLITriple CFX/2-Way SLIQuad SLI/CFX
(Max 6 GPU Support)
Quad SLI/CFX
(Max 6 GPU Support)
Triple CFX/2-Way SLITriple CFX/2-Way SLIN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
PCIe Gen 3/4 Lanes30 +16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)60 (With Threadripper CPU)
4 Lanes Reserved for PCH
60 (With Threadripper CPU)
4 Lanes Reserved for PCH
16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)
8 (with Bristol Ridge)
16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)
8 (with Bristol Ridge)
16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)
8 (with Bristol Ridge)
16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)
8 (with Bristol Ridge)
16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)
8 (with Bristol Ridge)
PCIe Gen 2 LanesN/A8 PCIe Lanes (reserved)8 PCIe Lanes (reserved)8 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe)8 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe)6 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe)6 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe)4 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe)4 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe)4 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe)
USB 3.1/3,2 Gen28222222100
USB 3.1/3.2 Gen112 (PCH + CPU)13 (PCH+CPU)13 (PCH+CPU)101066644
USB 2.0N/A666666600
SATA 6Gb/s8886644422
SATA Express2222222211
DDR4 DIMMs4884444222
Overclocking
Support
YesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesNo
XFR2 EnhancedYesYesNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNo
Precision Boost OverdriveYesYesNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNo
NVMeYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Form FactorATX, MATXATX, MATXATX, MATXATX, MITXATXATX, M-ATXATX, M-ATXM-ATX, Mini-ITXMini-ITXM-ATX, Mini-ITX

AMD AM4 Socket - Extending The Ryzen Compatibility Beyond 8 Cores

Just like the AMD 300 and 400 series motherboards, the 500 series motherboards would retain the same AM4 socket. Nothing has changed with the design or pin layout which means that all existing AM4 CPUs and APUs will be compatible with the new motherboards.

The AM4 socket has a total of 1331 contact points for interfacing with Ryzen processors. There was a need to develop a new socket for Ryzen processors since the latter comes with support for DDR4 memory and PCIe Gen 3.0 interface directly from the Ryzen chip. The AM4 socket is featured on the AMD 500 series boards and will extend support to all future AM4 compatible processors.

Cooler Compatibility With the AM4 Socket

Since we are looking at a slightly bigger socket that measures 90mm x 54mm, the previous cooler mounting brackets from AM3+ will be non-compatible with AM4. This would require new brackets. Manufacturers in the cooling industry are now offering proper mounting brackets for Ryzen CPUs. Desktop builders who currently have an older AM3+ cooler can also grab the mounting kit for free.

While cooler manufacturers are offering their side of the support, AMD has developed a family of new Wraith coolers that are available with the Ryzen processors. AMD has three new coolers that are optimized for a range of 95W and 65W Ryzen processors. These include the Wraith Prism (95W), Wraith Max (95W), Wraith Spire (65W), Wraith Stealth (65W) coolers. All coolers operate with less noise while delivering good cooling potential. The fans also come with RGB lighting which looks gorgeous for a reference design cooler.

The AMD Ryzen 3000 lineup is based on the new Zen 2 core architecture which is made possible with TSMC’s bleeding edge 7nm process node. AMD has achieved a monumental 15% IPC increase with their Zen 2 architecture which now puts them right on par with Intel's modern day processors.

AMD has made significant changes to their CPU architecture which help deliver twice the throughput of their first generation Zen architecture. The major points include an entirely redesigned execution pipeline, major floating point advances which doubled the floating point registers to 256-bit and double bandwidth for load/store units. One of the key upgrades for Zen 2 is the doubling of the core density which means we are now looking at 2x the core count for each core complex (CCX).

Zen 2 also includes stronger hardware level enhancements when it comes to security. This further solidifies AMD CPUs against enhanced Spectre variants and these mitigations will be adopted fully by Zen 2. When it comes to Zen, AMD already had strong software level support when it came to security and they have further enhanced it through low-level software mitigations.

AMD CPU Roadmap (2018-2020)

Ryzen FamilyRyzen 1000 SeriesRyzen 2000 SeriesRyzen 3000 SeriesRyzen 4000 SeriesRyzen 5000 Series
ArchitectureZen (1)Zen (1) / Zen+Zen (2)Zen (3)Zen (4)
Process Node14nm14nm / 12nm7nm7nm+5nm/6nm?
High End Server (SP3)EPYC 'Naples'EPYC 'Naples'EPYC 'Rome'EPYC 'Milan'EPYC 'Genoa'
Max Server Cores / Threads32/6432/6464/128TBDTBD
High End Desktop (TR4)Ryzen Threadripper 1000 SeriesRyzen Threadripper 2000 SeriesRyzen Threadripper 3000 Series (Castle Peak)Ryzen Threadripper 4000 SeriesRyzen Threadripper 5000 Series
Max HEDT Cores / Threads16/3232/6464/128?TBDTBD
Mainstream Desktop (AM4)Ryzen 1000 Series (Summit Ridge)Ryzen 2000 Series (Pinnacle Ridge)Ryzen 3000 Series (Matisse)Ryzen 4000 Series (Vermeer)Ryzen 5000 Series
Max Mainstream Cores / Threads8/168/1616/32TBDTBD
Budget APU (AM4)N/ARyzen 2000 Series (Raven Ridge)Ryzen 3000 Series (Picasso 14nm Zen+)Ryzen 4000 Series (Renior)Ryzen 5000 Series
Year20172018201920202021?

There are six SKUs in the lineup which include the Ryzen 5 3600, Ryzen 5 3600X, Ryzen 7 3700, Ryzen 7 3700X, Ryzen 7 3800X and the Ryzen 9 3900X. These range from 6 cores and up to 12 cores. There's also the Ryzen 9 3950X which will be the first 16 core processor on the mainstream platform. Specifications of the parts are listed below.

Links to purchase AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs (Amazon / Newegg):

Ryzen 9 3950X 16 Core / 32 Thread Flagship For $749 US

In terms of specifications, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X would feature the 7nm Zen 2 core architecture. There would be three Chiplets on the Ryzen 9 interposer which include two Zen 2 dies and a single I/O die which is based on a 14nm process node. The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X would be fully enabled, offering 16 cores and 32 threads. The core configuration has never been available on mainstream platforms such as AM4, even the 12 core, 24 thread Ryzen 9 3900X configuration hasn’t been seen on mainstream platforms and AMD is the first to bring such high core counts that used to be HEDT exclusive, down to mainstream users.

In terms of clock speeds, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X runs at a base frequency of 3.5 GHz and boosts to a blistering fast 4.7 GHz which is the highest for AMD’s Ryzen 3000 series processor. The chip will feature 72 MB of total cache and just like the other Ryzen 9 parts, feature a TDP of 105W. The TDP is based on the base frequency numbers so it would actually be higher when the chip boosts or is manually overclocked by users. When it comes to overclocking, we also know that like all other Ryzen CPUs, the Ryzen 9 3950X would feature a soldered design which should help deliver better thermals than TIM.

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 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 3800X 8 Core / 16 Thread CPU For $399 US

The AMD Ryzen 7 3800X is an 8 core and 16 thread part featuring the 7nm Zen 2 core architecture. The chip features a base clock of 3.9 GHz and a boost clock of 4.5 GHz. There’s 36 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 for $399 US. In terms of pricing, the chip is positioned against the Intel Core i7-9700K 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 also an 8 core and 16 thread part which features 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 for $329 US. In terms of pricing, the chip is better positioned against the Core i7-9700K than the Ryzen 7 3800X because it's not only more efficient in terms of TDP but also has a lower price point.

Ryzen 5 3600X 6 Core / 12 Thread CPU For $249 US

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X is a 6 core and 12 thread part featuring the 7nm Zen 2 core architecture. The chip features a base clock of 3.8 GHz and a boost clock of 4.4 GHz. There’s 35 MB of L3 cache, 40 PCIe Gen 4 lanes (CPU + PCH) and a TDP of 95 W (derived from the base frequency). The CPU is going to hit retail for $249 US. In terms of pricing, the chip is positioned against the Intel Core i5-9600K and offers more cores, threads, cache, PCIe lanes and support for next-gen I/O such as PCIe Gen 4.0.

Ryzen 5 3600 6 Core / 12 Thread CPU For $199 US

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X is an entry-level 6 core and 12 thread part featuring the 7nm Zen 2 core architecture. The chip features a base clock of 3.6 GHz and a boost clock of 4.2 GHz. There’s 35 MB of L3 cache, 40 PCIe Gen 4 lanes (CPU + PCH) and a TDP of 65 W (derived from the base frequency). The CPU is going to hit retail for $199 US. Based on the pricing, the Ryzen 5 3600 is going to be an extremely popular 6 core chip for gamers who are planning to build budget gaming PCs with a focus on price/performance.

AMD Ryzen 3000 Series CPU Lineup

CPU NameRyzen 5 3500Ryzen 5 3500XRyzen 5 3600Ryzen 5 3600XRyzen 7 3700Ryzen 7 3700XRyzen 7 3800XRyzen 9 3900Ryzen 9 3900XRyzen 9 3950X
Cores/Threads6/66/66/126/128/168/168/1612/2412/2416/32
Base Clock3.6 GHz3.6 GHz3.6 GHz3.8 GHzTBD3.6 GHz3.9 GHz3.1 GHz3.8 GHz3.5 GHz
Boost Clock4.1 GHz4.1 GHz4.2 GHz4.4 GHzTBD4.4 GHz4.5 GHz4.3 GHz4.6 GHz4.7 GHz
Cache (L2+L3)16 MB32 MB35 MB35 MB36 MB36 MB36 MB70 MB70 MB72 MB
PCIe Lanes (Gen 4 CPU+PCH)40404040404040404040
TDP65W65W65W95W65W65W105W65W105W105W
Price$129 US?$149 US?$199 US$249 US$279 US?$329 US$399 US$449 US?$499 US$749 US

ASRock sent me their latest Taichi motherboard based on the X570 chipset, the ASRock X570 Taichi. The motherboard is a very premium offering with a ton of features and updated design scheme that revolves around the Taichi branding. We are looking at a very solid power delivery system, wireless networking capabilities, dual LAN ports which include a Realtek ALC1220 codec for audio and dual M.2 slots,  which come with their own full-length heatsinks.

This premium motherboard is priced at $299.99 US which is the same price as the ASRock X470 Taichi Ultimate.

ASRock X570 Taichi Motherboard Features:

ASRock X570 Taichi Motherboard Gallery:


The ASRock X570 Taichi Ultimate comes in a large rectangular box with an easy carry handle on the top. The motherboard is a refreshing change from the previous Taichi packages with a slight bit more focus on the Taichi theme that is shown in the box this time around. The package is colored in silver and black and houses multiple labels which can be seen.

The front side of the package features the ASRock X570 Taichi branding along with several brand logos that include AMD Socket AM4, X570 PCIe Gen 4 Ready, Ryzen (3000 Desktop), Polychrome Sync, and HDMI.

The back of the box contains all the marketing details along with product specifications. The most interesting features that are highlighted by ASRock include Metal Backplate, Heat armor, M.2 hyper ports, Polychrome Sync RGB technology, Steel slots for PCI Express 4.0, Dual USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, Dr.MOS and flexible integrated I/O shield.

Within the package are two boxes, one house the motherboard and the other houses the board accessories. The accessories for the ASRock X570 Taichi include:

Outside of the package, the motherboard can be seen well placed in two foam containers that hold the motherboard nicely in place. The motherboard gives off the premium feel that I was expecting and can't wait to test it out with AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors.


The ASRock X570 Taichi is styled in silver and black. The motherboard comes with the standard ATX form factor so compatibility won't be an issue on a wide range of PCs. The Taichi theme looks absolutely brilliant and eye-catching on the motherboard as well as the overall design layout which has been upped from the past Taichi variants.

The board packs a better overall design scheme that allows for faster connectivity, memory support and storage options compared to X470 motherboards. The PCB is of matte black color with a Taichi specific gear design printed on the front cover that is termed as Heat Armor. The PCB itself is made of high-density glass fabric and uses 2oz Copper design.

The board uses the AM4 socket to support AMD CPUs and APUs. The socket is compatible with both AMD Ryzen processors and APUs. There's no chance of error while installing a CPU since the socket is keyed, has a 1331 pin layout and won't support any other chips aside from the ones mentioned by AMD and AIB partners.

Right next to the socket are four DDR4 DIMM slots which can support up to 128 GB (dual channel) memory. These slots are rated to support DDR4 DIMMs with frequencies all the way up to 4666 MHz (OC+) which is a huge increase from the X470 Taichi Ultimate which only supported up to 3466 MHz (OC+) DIMMs.

The motherboard packs a 14 phase Intersil Digital PWM which powers the socket. The PCB is outfitted with a long lifespan, durable black solid state capacitors that have an endurance rating of over 12,000 hours. Each phase is delivered 50A of continuous current through the Dr.Mos power stage solution.

The powerful VRM design allows overclockers to get the most from this motherboard. ASRock is listing this motherboard with the support of up to 300W EX OC and full water cooling support on Ryzen processors rated up to 105W. ASRock is also featuring 60A power chokes, Premium memory Alloy chokes, Dual-Stack MOSFET (DSM) and a solid PCB layout.

The VRMs are covered by two sets of heatsinks which are made of aluminum and part of the XXL Aluminum Alloy heatsink design. Both sets are colored in metallic silver and have cuts within them to add to the aesthetics.

On closer inspection, you can note that the XXL Aluminum alloy heatsink design incorporates full copper heat pipes which is a must on this high-end motherboard for stable operation on the VRM front.

The top I/O cover has an ASRock logo which is a nice touch to the AMD setup. The shield covers the entire I/O panel and looks great on this motherboard.

The ASRock X570 Taichi motherboard cover on the I/O panel looks decent. There’s no cooling mechanism involved with the cover as it’s just for visuals and mostly hollow from the inside, but it does add to the overall looks of the product and that’s its main purpose here.

The CPU is supplied with power through an 8 + 4 power connector. This will feed the CPU with up to 225W (300W EX OC) of power. Most AMD CPUs will be shipping with TDPs of up to 105W but that changes when users overclock since that changes the power limit based on applied voltages and clock speeds.

Expansion slots include three PCI Express 4.0 x16 (x16/x8/x4 electrical), two PCI Express 4.0 x1 and triple hyper M.2 slots. The board can support 3-way multi-GPU (CrossFireX / SLI). The M.2 slots are rated to support NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD.

ASRock’s X570 Taichi adopts the latest PCIe steel slot design which are built with more solder points on the PCB for better performance and preventing any signal interference with graphics cards. This allows your graphics cards to be fed with better quality signals and to be safely and securely installed in the PCIe slots.

There are two Ultra M.2 slots on the motherboard that operate through PCI Express 4.0 x4 link at speeds of 64 GB/s. Both slots are ideally placed. One of them is located at the top of the first PCIe 3.0 x16 slot while the other is situated under the second PCI-e 3.0 x16 slot with ample room for up to 110mm M.2 drive/memory support. Both of these M.2 ports are hidden beneath the PCB cover which also provides cooling to the M.2 drives.

In addition to these two, there's a third M.2 Gen 4 x4 slot which is used as a vertical mount for the WiFi module.

 

The X570 PCH is housed beneath a large heatsink with a set of metal gears embedded within it for aesthetics. The PCH comes also utilizes Polychrome Sync RGB which is fully user customizable. It also comes with an active fan solution which runs all the time to keep the PCH cool.

Storage options include eight SATA III ports rated to operate at 6 Gb/s. These can support a total of 8 different storage devices at the same time.

ASRock is using the ALC 1220 audio codec audio system on this motherboard that has its own audio PCB isolated from the rest of the board. This is part of the Purity Sound 4 system which includes a combination of hardware and software audio solutions such as the use of Nichicon Fine Gold Series Audio Caps, 120dB SNR DAC with Differential Amplifier, NE5532 Premium Headset Amplifier for Front Panel Audio Connector (Supports up to 600 Ohm headsets)Impedance Sensing on Line Out port, Gold Audio Jacks and 15μ Gold Audio Connector.

The motherboard has a single onboard USB 3.1 Gen 1 port which can be used to connect the front panel. There's also a single USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel header which can allow for up to two USB 3.1 Gen two ports. A list of connectors available internally on the motherboard include:

The I/O on the motherboard includes a WiFi module with 2 antenna ports, 1 PS/2 port, 1 HDMI port, 1 optical SPDIF out port, 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, 6 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, 1 RJ 45 LAN port (Intel Gigabit LAN), 1 Clear CMOS button, 1 BIOS Flashback button and a 7.1 channel audio jack.

ASRock X570 Taichi Motherboard Polychrome Sync RGB Gallery:


For testing, I used the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 3600X CPUs along with the X570 Taichi that was sent by ASRock. The AMD Ryzen 3000 series comes with a totally revamped architecture when compared to AMD's 1st and 2nd Generation Ryzen processors and offer new PBO (Precision Boost Overdrive) algorithms and memory routing techniques for faster and improved performance while the reduction in latency when communicating through Infinity Fabric.

AMD Ryzen 3000 CPU Test Setup:

Processors:AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
Intel Core i7-9900K
Intel Core i7-8700K
Intel Core i5-8600K
Intel Core i7-7700K
Motherboards:X570 AORUS PRO WiFi
ASRock X570 Taichi
ASRock X470 Taichi Ultimate
ASUS ROG Crosshair VII HERO
AORUS Z370 Gaming 7
AORUS Z270X Gaming 8
ASUS PRIME X299 DELUXE
ASUS ROG STRIX X399-E
Power Supply:ASUS ROG Thor 1200W
Solid State Drive:Samsung SSD 960 EVO M.2 (512 GB)
Hard Disk:Seagate Barracuda 2 TB 7200.12
Memory:G.Skill Trident Z Royal RGB 16 GB (4000 MHz)
Case:Corsair Graphite Series 780T Full Tower
Video Cards:MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z
Cooling Solutions:Cryorig R1 Ultimate
BIOSASRock X570 Taichi (1.40)
OS:Windows 10 64-bit (v1903)

Our test rig includes the Samsung 960 EVO 500 GB SSD that boots up our main OS. In addition to these, we are running an MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z graphics card, a ROG Thor 1200W Platinum power supply and 16 GB of G.Skill Trident Z Royal RGB memory which runs with a clock speed of DDR4-4000 MHz. For cooling, we used the Cryorig R1 Ultimate CPU cooler.

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X & Ryzen 5 3600X Overclocking on ASRock X570 Taichi Ultimate

AMD's first generation Ryzen chips were generally not great for overclocking purposes as the chips maxed out with just a 200-300 MHz increase on the default clocks. Same can be said for the Ryzen 3000 which are highly binned out of the box so you can only get so far with the overclocking. The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X overclocked to 4.3 GHz across all cores with a voltage supply of 1.356V while the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X overclocked to 4.225 GHz across all cores with a voltage supply of 1.371V.

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POV-Ray

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SuperPi

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WinRAR

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X264 HD Encode Benchmark

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Being a huge fan of the Mass Effect series, I was highly anticipating the arrival of Andromeda to store shelves. Now that it’s here, I put the fastest gaming card to the test. Using Frostbite, the latest Mass Effect title looks incredibly gorgeous and the open world settings on the different planets immerses you a lot. The game was tested with max settings at 1440p resolution.

Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus continues the journey of Artyom through the nuclear wasteland of Russia and its surroundings. This time, you are set over the Metro, going through various regions and different environments. The game is one of the premier titles to feature NVIDIA’s RTX technology and does well in showcasing the ray tracing effects in all corners. The game was tested at Ultra setting with RTX settings turned off at 1440p.

Shadow of The Tomb Raider

Sequel to The Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of The Tomb Raider is visually enhanced with an updated Foundation Engine that delivers realistic facial animations and the most gorgeous environments ever seen in a Tomb Raider Game. The game is a technical marvel and really shows the power of its graphics engine in the latest title.

Sid Meir's Civilization VI

Civilization VI is the pinnacle of the series. It's featured huge, sweeping changes, and nothing was left out. Everything has found a purpose, they all work together in tandem but also have a reason to stand alone. It uses a more fleshed out engine that now supports DirectX 12 capabilities. We tested the game with every setting maxed out (4x MSAA, 4096x4096 shadow textures) at 1440P in DirectX 12.

Watch Dogs 2

Watch Dogs 2 once again takes us on a hacking tour, but this time in the city of San Francisco. Using a very evolved version of the OPUS engine the developers should have a better grasp on things this go around than they did with Watch Dogs. The new engine incorporates several NVIDIA Gameworks technologies and is seen as one of the most graphics intensive titles to launch this year. We tested the game on a mix of Ultra and high settings at 1440P (Temporal Filtering Disabled).

The AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors come with the new 7nm process node that allows AMD to deliver faster clock speeds while retaining the same power limits. The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X CPU is a 65W processor which comes with 8 cores, 16 threads, Precision Boost overdrive support up to 4.4GHz while the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X is a 6 core and 12 thread chip clocked up to 4.4 GHz but with a higher TDP of 95W.

With the frequency bump, the new chips do end up with higher power consumption both in idle and load states. Following are the results on the different motherboards at stock clocks:

Based on the latest 7nm process from TSMC, AMD Ryzen 3000 processors offer a major shift over the previous Zen and Zen+ based processors. The 7nm process node helps AMD achieve massive efficiency numbers on higher core count chip that put them ahead of Intel's 14nm based families.

As for temperatures, we used our Cryorig R1 Ultimate with the AM4 retention kit during the overall tests. The results gathered during full load and under idle cases was pretty good. The chip remains cooler than Intel's HEDT parts and even the new Coffee Lake mainstream CPUs which is impressive since they are using a 14nm++ process.

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X & Ryzen 5 3600X Conclusive Thoughts

The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 3600X utilize the brand new 7nm Zen 2 architecture. We had a lot of expectations from the new chips as they are not only the first to feature a 7nm process but also the first to make a departure from the initial Zen design. Based on today's results, I can say it with much confidence that these two Ryzen 3000 series parts not only meet those expectations but they also blew me away with some numbers that we got with our testing.

The AMD Ryzen 3000 series definitely see the biggest performance uplift from its IPC increase which is rated at around 15% from the previous generation (Zen+). This means that while Intel's been stagnant in the IPC department, AMD is now right on par with them and surprisingly, even out beat them in certain workloads. The clock speeds uplift is also a highlight over the previous generations where 4.4 GHz has become the standard for the new chips and we are even expecting beyond 4.6 GHz with the higher core, binned parts.

All these results in a massive increase in multi-threading performance but the highlight is the single-core performance too where not only office tasks are getting a major boost but also gaming. In gaming results specifically, AMD is now almost on par with some of Intel's best chips, sure it is not the same level but considering the value you are getting from these chips, getting a Ryzen 3000 over Intel's 9th Generation lineup should be a no brainer for those building new PCs. If we look back a generation or two, AMD was considered the budget/value option while Intel was favored by the enthusiast/high-end community. That changes today and AMD has proved it, specifically with their Ryzen 7 and top-tier Ryzen 9 parts.

That said, overclocking is still limited on both chips and requires a constant stream of high voltage to keep up the clock speeds. The X570 boards are equipped with more than adequate power (vrm) options but the Ryzen 3000 CPUs have been binned to such an extent that overclock still remains a limiting side. With that said, the unlocked multiplier across the entire lineup and new PBO/memory overclock options do deliver a nice set of tools for the overclocking community to play with.

When it comes to price, the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is the clear winner as it knocks the Core i9-9900K out of the park with excellent multi-threading performance, about as fast gaming performance for $170 US less. It's the best in class 8 core processor that crushes the Core i7-9700K in terms of CPU performance and the Core i9-9900K in the value proposition. The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X does the same to the Core i5-9600K that the Ryzen 7 3700X does with the Core i7-9700K, offering a multi-threaded design that is about as fast in gaming and offers superior performance in multi-thread workloads. Along with the multitude of features such as PCIe Gen 4, 7nm process and far better efficiency than their competitors, the Ryzen 3000 proves that AMD is not the value brand anymore but a solid lineup for high-end gamers who want the best performance, features, and efficiency at absolutely fantastic price points.

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Final Conclusion:

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Final Conclusion:

ASRock X570 Taichi Motherboard - Taichi XIII, The All-Rounder For Ryzen 3000 CPUs

ASRock's X570 Taichi brings a lot in the design department. It's amazing how every generation of Taichi looks better than the previous in its own way. This time, ASRock has taken note of the front cover designs that many high-end boards have to offer and given their own take. The motherboard does look great and is supplied with an ample amount of I/O which makes it an all-rounder for the AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs.

While X570 motherboards are generally more expensive than their X470 predecessors due to many reasons, the X570 is priced around the same as the X470 Taichi Ultimate. The X470 Taichi offered a 10G LAN which the X570 lacks but to complement that, ASRock provides WiFi 6.

It also packs 14 Phase power delivery which was stable and remains consistent in overall stability and overclocking tests. The ASRock X570 Taichi series is built for high-tier memory support of up to 4666 MHz which is a huge update from the DDR4-3466 on the X470 Taichi. The whole feature set for this motherboard such as Realtek ALC1220 audio codec, a ton of USB 3.1 (Gen 1 / Gen 2) ports, dual M.2 ports and one with an M.2 heatsink is all a user would ever want. In terms of storage, you'd find 8 SATA III ports which are good enough for enthusiasts in addition to the PCIe based storage connectivity. The BIOS is a little lackluster but offers the most basic and advanced feature set for overclocking Ryzen 3000 CPUs so it's not that big of a deal.

For $299.99 US, the ASRock X570 Taichi is one of the more solid motherboard options for Ryzen 3000 processors, offering solid connectivity and I/O options along with an upgraded design that looks amazing.

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AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
USD 234.39
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
USD 327.99
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