AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D CPU Review: The King Of PC Gaming

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D Review: CPU, System And Browser Benchmarks

When configuring our test systems for this article, we first made sure all firmwares were up to date, then we entered each system's respective BIOS / UEFI and set each board to its "Optimized" or "High performance" defaults. We then saved the settings, re-entered the BIOS and set the memory frequency to the maximum officially supported speed for the given platform (without overclocking) with optimal XMP timings for the respective memory kits installed. The SSDs were then formatted, and Windows 11 Pro was installed and fully updated.

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When the Windows installation was complete, we installed all of the drivers necessary for our components, disabled Auto-Updating and Windows Defender, and installed all of our benchmarking software. When that process was done, we performed a disk clean-up, cleared any temp and prefetch data, and optimized all of the SSDs using Windows' built-in utility. Finally, we enabled Windows Focus Assist to minimize any potential interruptions and let the systems reach an idle state before invoking a test.

Our Test Systems: Revamped For Windows 11

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AIDA64 Memory Bandwidth, Memory Latency & Cache Latency

AIDA64's CPU Cache and Memory benchmarks measure memory bandwidth during read, write and copy operations, in addition to memory latency, and cache bandwidth and latency.

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Notice that the results for the Ryzen 7 5800X3D are on top and the standard Ryzen 7 5800X are below. As you can see, memory bandwidth is similar with both processors (which is to be expected, since they were using the exact same hardware and settings). Latency, however, is somewhat higher with the Ryzen 7 5800X3D across the board. That higher latency will translate to lower performance with some cache sensitive workloads, where the 5800X3D much larger L3 cache capacity doesn't come into play. For other workloads, where 5800X3D's larger cache translates to fewer cache misses, and fewer calls out to main memory, the opposite will be true. In any case, since the Ryzen 7 5800X3D's 3D V-Cache is its main differentiator, we figured many of you would be interested in this comparison. Now let's see how things play out in some actual benchmarks, before we jump into some games...

Geekbench v5.4.1 CPU Compute Benchmark

In the GeekBench tests, we're stressing only the CPU cores in a system (not the graphics card and GPU), with both single and multi-threaded workloads. The tests are comprised of encryption processing, image compression, HTML5 parsing, physics calculations and other general purpose compute processing workloads.

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Our Geekbench results have the Ryzen 7 5800X3D finishing just behind the Core i9-11900K and higher-clocked standard Ryzen 7 5800X. The array of specialized workloads in Geekbench won't benefit from the Ryzen 7 5800X3D's massive cache, so the higher-clocks of the 5800X allow it to maintain a lead in both the single and multi-threaded tests.

UL PCMark 10 Benchmarks

Next, up we have some full-system testing with PCMark. We're reporting all test results from the PCMark 10 benchmark suite, including the Essentials, Productivity, Digital Content Creation and and total PCMark score. The Essentials test covers workloads like web browsing, video conferencing and app start-up times, while Productivity tests everyday office apps from spreadsheets to word processing. Finally, the Digital Content Creation test evaluates performance of a machine with respect to photo and video editing, as well as rendering and visualization.

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The Ryzen 7 5800X3D performs well in PCMark10, but again, its massive 3D V-Cache don't help much here. As we'd expect, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D slots in behind the Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 9 5900X, but the deltas separating the CPUs are quite small. 

Bapco Crossmark Testing

Crossmark is a new cross-platform benchmark from Bapco that's available for Windows, Android, iOS and MacOS. Like PCMark, Crossmark measures overall system performance and using real-world applications. It characterizes system responsiveness as well, based on the results of its Creativity and Productivity benchmarks.
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Crossmark had the new Ryzen 7 5800X3D finishing slightly ahead of the standard Ryzen 7 5800X, but a notch behind the 5900X. This benchmark, however, heavily favors Intel's architectures, as evidenced by their positions at the top of the charts.

Browser & Web App Benchmarks: Jetstream 2 And Speedometer 2

Next up, we have some numbers from the Speedometer 2.0 and Jetstream 2 tests available at The Speedometer Benchmark Suite uses a wide array of latency and throughput benchmarks to evaluate web application performance and Jetstream evaluates Javascript and WebAssembly performance; both tests take all of their individual results and tabulate them into a final score.

These benchmarks measures performance of an array of browser-based technologies used on modern, rich web applications. Scores in these benchmark are an indicator of the performance users would see when browsing the web and running advanced web apps. All of the systems were tested using the latest version of Microsoft's Edge browser, with default browser settings, on a clean, fully-updated install of Windows 11.

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Somewhat surprisingly, the Jetstream benchmark had the Ryzen 7 5800X3D outrunning its counterparts by a few percentage points, but it couldn't quite catch Alder Lake. Speedometer, which is more indicative of web-app performance than Jetstream has the Ryzen 7 5800X3D finishing just about where we'd expect it to -- just barely behind the Ryzen 7 5800X.

7-Zip Data Decompression Tests

The 7-Zip benchmark measures compression and decompression performance using the LZMA method, which leverages the Lempel–Ziv–Markov chain algorithm to perform lossless data compression. The benchmark produces a final rating in GIPS (giga instructions per second).

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The 7-Zip decompression benchmark told us more of the same. In a workload where the Ryzen 7 5800X3D's massive cache doesn't help, it performs very much like a slightly lower-clocked Ryzen 7 5800X.

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