Which is Best For Gaming Out Of The Ryzen 7 3700X And Ryzen 5 5600X?

With AMD’s release of the Ryzen 5000 series of CPUs, they’ve promised and delivered, a solid performance uplift over the previous Ryzen 3000 series CPUs. Anywhere from 15%, all the way to 30% in some cases. But along with that performance uplift comes a price increase. The Ryzen 5 5600X is priced almost even with the Ryzen 7 3700X at the $300 price point.

More cores? Or better single-core performance? Which is best for gaming out of the Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 5600X? The answer is: The Ryzen 5 5600X is the better gaming CPU thanks to its impressive leap in single-core performance and reduced latency.

Ryzen Multi-core Processor

 The Ryzen 7 3700X, however, still has its merit. It is the better CPU for multi-threaded applications. Below, we’ll talk about the differences between the two; and how AMD managed to squeeze such a big performance jump out of the new architecture.

Zen 3 vs Zen 2

The reason for the Ryzen 5 5600X’s stellar performance is thanks to changes made in the updated Zen 3 micro-architecture. These improvements offer a 19% raw IPC improvement, and up to a 25% boost in gaming performance over the Zen 2 micro-architecture used in the 3700X.

Major changes include moving from TSMC’s 7nm node to the 7nm+ node for an increase in IPC; as well as a unified 8-core CCX with 32MB of L3 cache instead of a 4-core CCX with 16MB of L3 used in Zen 2, which further decreases core-to-core latency.

Other minor tweaks have also been added to the core architecture, and they come together to offer increased efficiency and better overall performance. Despite an upwards of 20% performance increase, Zen 3’s power consumption hasn’t increased at all compared to Zen 2.

Gaming and Single-core Performance

For the purpose of gaming, strong single-core performance is needed to get the best performance. This is especially important if your goal is a high-FPS, high refresh rate experience as high-FPS gaming needs a strong CPU (and GPU) to be able to push out those 144+ FPS numbers.

A great way to test and gauge single-core performance is with Cinebench R20. This chart shows the difference between the Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 5600X.

Cinebench R20 Single Core Score

As you can see, the R5 5600X with its 600 point score commands a nearly 18% lead in raw single-core performance over the R7 3700X with only 510 points. Which will be a telling tale in the gaming benchmark to come below.

1080 p, 15 Game average of Ryzen

In our suite of 15 games, the Ryzen 5 5600X averages a 21% lead over the Ryzen 7 3700X, despite being down 2 cores and 4 threads.

Multi-core Performance

While the 6-core Ryzen 5 5600X wins out in gaming and single-core performance metrics; how does it stack up against the 8-core Ryzen 7 3700X when it comes to multi-threaded workloads?

Coming back to Cinebench, this time we’ll be comparing multi-core results instead of just single-core performance. All cores will be utilized in this benchmark to give you a good idea of how well each CPU performs under a heavy multi-core load.

Cinebench R20 Multiscore

With a score of 4937 points, the Ryzen 7 3700X is still nearly 18% faster than the Ryzen 5 5600X, which only managed 4339 points. This is still a pretty impressive showing for a 6-core CPU, considering the 3700X has 33.3% more cores/threads.

This extra multi-core performance may be advantageous if you’re planning on doing things other than gaming. Streaming and video editing are two of the most common examples where you will see a performance benefit with the Ryzen 7 3700X’s extra multi-threaded performance.

Conclusion

AMD’s new Ryzen 5000 series CPUs offer series gains in performance while maintaining the efficiency they are known for. The Ryzen 5 5600X is one of the best gaming CPUs available on the market today, and our benchmarks show this.

The R5 5600X is the best choice for gaming out of the two CPUs compared today. The 3700X, however, still offers competitive gaming performance and shines when it comes to multi-core performance. It may be a better option if you intend to do more with your system than just gaming. You can learn more about gaming with the Ryzen 7 3700x here.

Whilst on the topic of the 3700x, here are reviews of the most impressive motherboards for the Ryzen 7 3700x.

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