Product Showcase - Ryzen processor
Alright, it's time for some photos. We received two additional Ryzen 3000 Series processors. Amazing, that a completely different architecture and chiplet design and thus a totally new processor are still at Socket AM4, and thus works on selected 300/400 and X570 chipset based motherboards.
The Ryzen 7 3800X processor clocks in at a base clock of 3.90 GHz, yet can Turbo to 4.50 GHz depending on load levels versus active threads. That brings this proc the fastest base clock of the range as well as the second-best Turbo (only the 16-core part will be faster).
Given it's an 8-core architecture per die, AMD is really nicely managing that clock frequency. We quite honestly expect the Ryzen 7 3700X to be the most popular processor with 8-cores / 16 threads at 329 USD. The 3800X costs 399 USD. Pricing is spot on against last-gen yet with added IPC and perf improvements.
For best fine-grained Turbo support, we do recommend a series 400 or 500 motherboard, X470/X570 of course. Pop in mainstream or high-end graphics card and you'll have a very sweet gaming rig competing with Intel's finest. Should you want to use these procs with an older 300 or 400 series chipset, with a BIOS update these processors will work perfectly well (you need to update to a compatible BIOS prior to installing the new processor of course). We tested, there is no performance difference other than the new motherboards offer PCIe Gen 4.0 and they have stronger VRM designs and more features that come with them, like new AX WIFI on selected motherboard models.
Any decent heat pipe cooler will work fine, we use the Wraith stock AMD cooler, too noisy in my opinion but RPM levels can be tweaked in the BIOS of course, but it does offer cool looks and well, is free with selected processors. For this review, we'll be using the all X570 STRIX -E gaming from ASUS, one of the more premium motherboards available.