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

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D Review: 3D Rendering, Audio and Video Encoding

In our custom LAME XP MP3 encoding test, we convert 16, large uncompressed WAV files to the MP3 format, which is a popular use case for many end users, to provide portability and storage of their digital audio content. The LAME engine is an open-source MP3 audio encoder that is used widely in a multitude of third party applications.

LAME XP Audio Encoding

In this test, we created 16-copies of our own 223MB WAV file (an 11 minute Grateful Dead jam) and converted it to the MP3 format using the multi-thread capable LAME XP tool. Processing times are recorded below, listed in minutes:seconds. Shorter times equate to better performance.

lame amd ryzen 7 5800x3d performance

Our custom LAME audio encoding tests had the Ryzen 7 5800X3D finishing just behind the standard Ryzen 7 5800X yet again. 

x265 Video Encoding Benchmark

The multi-threaded HWBOT x265 Benchmark is based on the open source x265 encoder that leverages modern CPU instructions to speed video encoding. We tested the CPUs represented here with the 64-bit encoder using the default 1080p and 4K workloads.

x265 amd ryzen 7 5800x3d performance

The Ryzen 7 5800X3D was able to overtake the Alder Lake-based Core i5-12600K in the 1080p video encoding tests, but ends up trailing slightly with a higher resolution 4K video. Overall though, it finishes in the familiar position slightly behind the Ryzen 7 5800X.

Cinebench R23 Rendering Benchmark

Cinebench rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation tool suite used by animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of system processor resources and can utilize any number of threads, which make is an excellent gauge of computational throughput. This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders and animates 3D scenes and tracks the length of the entire process. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graphs below.

cinebench amd ryzen 7 5800x3d performance

Cinebench doesn't reveal any surprises either. Once again we see the Ryzen 7 5800X3D slotting in just behind the higher-clocked Ryzen 7 5800X.

POV-Ray CPU Ray Tracing Benchmark

POV-Ray, or the Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer, is an open source tool for creating realistically lit images. We tested with POV-Ray's standard 'one-CPU' and 'all-CPU' benchmarking tools on all of our test machines and recorded the scores reported for each. Results are measured in pixels-per-second throughput; higher scores equate to better performance.

pov ray amd ryzen 7 5800x3d performance

We saw exactly the same situation in POV-Ray. The Ryzen 7 5800X3D performs well, but its increased cache doesn't help in a purely compute intensive workload like this and it ends up finishing just behind the Ryzen 7 5800X.

Y-Cruncher Multi-Threaded Pi Calculator

Y-Cruncher is a multi-core-capable tool that calculates the value of pi to a specified number of digits. In this case, we ran the tool on all threads and had the application calculate the value of pi to 1 billion digits. The values below are the time required to perform the calculation expressed in seconds. As a result, lower values indicate better performance.

y cruncher amd ryzen 7 5800x3d performance

No surprises in the Y-Cruncher benchmark either. The Ryzen 7 5800X3D's doesn't help here, and as such, it finishes a couple of second behind the Ryzen 7 5800X.

STARS Euler3d Multi-Threaded CFD Benchmark

STARS Euler3d is a computational fluid dynamics benchmark which uses a CFD grid that contains 1.23 million tetrahedral elements and 223 thousand nodes. The benchmark executable advances a mach 0.50 Advisory Group for Aerospace Research, or AGARD, flow solution for an aeroelastic test wing. The benchmark score is reported as a CFD cycle frequency in Hertz.

This benchmark is multi-threaded, but is also dependent on platform bandwidth, and cache and memory latency, so the final results are not determined by compute performance alone. Cache sizes / speed and memory bandwidth all affect performance here...

cfd amd ryzen 7 5800x3d performance

Its larger L3 cache can't overcome the Ryzen 9 5900X's higher core count, but it does give the Ryzen 7 5800X3D an edge over the standard Ryzen 7 5800X. That said, this processor is all about gaming, so let's get on with some gaming and graphics tests and see if AMD's claims regarding this processor hold water...

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