AMD Ryzen 7 3700X vs Ryzen 5 5600X

General info

Comparing Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 5600X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

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Value for money (0-100)
9.06
 
9.23
Market segment
Desktop processor
 
Desktop processor
Series
AMD Ryzen 7
 
AMD Ryzen 5
Architecture codename
Matisse (Zen 2)
 
Vermeer (Zen3)
Launch date
27 May 2019 (1 year ago)
 
8 October 2020 (less than a year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$329
 
$299
Price now
$409 (1.2x MSRP)
 
$391 (1.3x MSRP)

Technical specs

Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 5600X basic parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of CPU speed, though for more precise assessment you have to consider their test results.

Physical cores
8 (Octa-Core)
 
6 (Hexa-Core)
Threads
16
 
12
Base clock speed
3.6 GHz
 
3.7 GHz
Boost clock speed
4.4 GHz
 
4.6 GHz
L1 cache
512 KB
 
384 KB
L2 cache
4 MB
 
3 MB
L3 cache
32 MB
 
32 MB
Chip lithography
7 nm
 
7 nm, 12 nm
Die size
no data
 
2x 80.7 + 125 (I/O) mm2
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
no data
 
95 °C
Number of transistors
19,200 million
 
no data
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked multiplier
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 5600X compatibility with other computer components: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration
1 (Uniprocessor)
 
1
Socket
AM4
 
AM4
Thermal design power (TDP)
65 Watt
 
65 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 5600X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensions
no data
 
86x MMX(+), SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, SSE4A,-64, AMD-V, AES, AVX, AVX2, FMA3, SHA, Precision Boost 2
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 5600X are enumerated here.

AMD-V
+
 
+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 5600X. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory types
DDR4 Dual-channel
 
DDR4-3200
Maximum memory size
no data
 
128 GB
Max memory channels
2
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
51.196 GB/s
 
51.196 GB/s

Graphics specifications

General parameters of integrated GPUs, if any.

Integrated graphics card
-
 
-

Benchmark performance

Various benchmark results of the processors in comparison. Overall score is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

Ryzen 7 3700X 25.98 +2.6%
Ryzen 5 5600X 25.31

3DMark06 CPU

3DMark06 is a discontinued DirectX 9 benchmark suite from Futuremark. Its CPU part contains two scenarios, one dedicated to artificial intelligence pathfinding, another to game physics using PhysX package.

Ryzen 7 3700X 13815
Ryzen 5 5600X 14576 +5.5%

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

Cinebench R10 is an ancient ray tracing benchmark for processors by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. Its single core version uses just one CPU thread to render a futuristic looking motorcycle.

Ryzen 7 3700X 5839
Ryzen 5 5600X 6462 +10.7%

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 10 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R10 using all the processor threads. Possible number of threads is limited by 16 in this version.

Ryzen 7 3700X 40439 +2.8%
Ryzen 5 5600X 39331

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core

Cinebench R11.5 is an old benchmark by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version loads a single thread with ray tracing to render a glossy room full of crystal spheres and light sources.

Ryzen 7 3700X 2.3
Ryzen 5 5600X 2.95 +28.3%

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 11.5 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R11.5 which uses all the processor threads. A maximum of 64 threads is supported in this version.

Ryzen 7 3700X 23.2 +6.4%
Ryzen 5 5600X 21.8

Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core

Cinebench R15 (standing for Release 15) is a benchmark made by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version (sometimes called Single-Thread) only uses a single processor thread to render a room full of reflective spheres and light sources.

Ryzen 7 3700X 204
Ryzen 5 5600X 254 +24.5%

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 15 Multi Core (sometimes called Multi-Thread) is a variant of Cinebench R15 which uses all the processor threads.

Ryzen 7 3700X 2092 +6.3%
Ryzen 5 5600X 1968

wPrime 32

wPrime 32M is a math multi-thread processor test, which calculates square roots of first 32 million integer numbers. Its result is measured in seconds, so that the less is benchmark result, the faster the processor.

Ryzen 7 3700X 3.71 +4.9%
Ryzen 5 5600X 3.89

WinRAR 4.0

WinRAR 4.0 is an outdated version of a popular file archiver. It contains an internal speed test, using 'Best' setting of RAR compression on large chunks of randomly generated data. Its results are measured in kilobytes per second.

Ryzen 7 3700X 7503
Ryzen 5 5600X 13282 +77%

x264 encoding pass 1

x264 version 4.0 is a video encoding benchmark uses MPEG 4 x264 compression method to compress a sample HD (720p) video. Pass 1 is a faster variant that produces a constant bit rate output file. Its result is measured in frames per second, which means how many frames of the source video file were encoded per second.  

Ryzen 7 3700X 270
Ryzen 5 5600X 320 +18.5%

x264 encoding pass 2

x264 Pass 2 is a slower variant of x264 video compression that produces a variable bit rate output file, which results in better quality since the higher bit rate is used when it is needed more. Benchmark result is still measured in frames per second.  

Ryzen 7 3700X 115
Ryzen 5 5600X 117 +1.7%

TrueCrypt AES

TrueCrypt is a discontinued piece of software that was widely used for on-the-fly-encryption of disk partitions, now superseded by VeraCrypt. It contains several embedded performance tests, one of them being TrueCrypt AES, which measures data encryption speed using AES algorithm. Result is encryption speed in gigabytes per second.

Ryzen 7 3700X 11.4 +6.5%
Ryzen 5 5600X 10.7

Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Ryzen 7 3700X 22802 +2.7%
Ryzen 5 5600X 22210

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 5600X are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately. Also, your gaming PC must have a decent enough GPU to perform well.

Ryzen 7 3700X satisfies the 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%

Ryzen 5 5600X satisfies the 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%

Advantages of AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

2.6% better performance in benchmarks

Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

Much newer (8 October 2020 vs 27 May 2019)

Cheaper ($391 vs $409)

Higher boost clock speed (4600 vs 4400 MHz)

Higher base clock speed (3700 vs 3600 MHz)

So, which one is the better CPU?

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