AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 3600X CPU Review Ft. X570 AORUS PRO WIFI
Conclusion - 8 Core and 6 Core CPUs Built For Mass Adoption
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 cores, 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.
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X570 AORUS Pro WiFi - All-Rounder Design Featuring WiFi 6, Lots of Heat Sink Power
With X570, AORUS brings their high-end X570 AORUS Pro WiFi motherboard, an all-rounder design made to serve people who want all the latest features on their new PCs. The X570 AORUS Pro WiFi is a well-balanced motherboard, it is $30 US cheaper than the X570 Taichi from ASRock that I had tested earlier but offers the same overclocking potential for Ryzen 3000 CPUs and even ends up performing a little better, considering AORUS has given some time into fine-tuning their X570 BIOS this time around.
AORUS's main features such as a strong cooling portfolio can be seen on this tier too. A solid fin-array design covers the VRM that even has direct touch heat pipe. Solid heatsinks for the M.2 SSD slots and PCH active cooling are great to see. The aesthetics have become even more pleasant this time around compared to the more flashy nature of the X470 series. I do like some RGB but the previous series was just too much, although you could go into the RGB software and turn them off, however, RGB Fusion 2.0 still needs some time to mature. The lack of some essential features such as a Debug Post Code LED is a big let down and power/reset switches are also missing. There are also just 6 SATA ports and 2 M.2 ports while the board is running the X570 PCH that does offer a lot more I/O than what's featured on the board. I guess it was a design choice for the Pro tier board.
However, there's just enough of everything on the motherboard to satisfy a wide variety of AMD Ryzen 3000 builders and the X570 AORUS Pro WiFi is definitely a recommendation in our list that offers an all-rounder design with ample amount of features, solid overclocking and heatsink design and a modern design that looks great on any build.