The Ryzen 7 5800X is one of four announced Zen 3 processors for the consumer desktop segment. It is only second from the rear, ahead of one other CPU and behind two higher end models, yet appears to pack quite the punch. Before we get to the performance figures and how it compares to Intel, let's have a quick rundown of the Ryzen 5000 series...
- Ryzen 9 5950X: 16 cores / 32 threads, 3.4GHz to 4.9GHz, 64MB L3 cache, 105W TDP, $799
- Ryzen 9 5900X: 12 cores / 24 threads, 3.7GHz to 4.8GHz, 64MB L3 cache, 105W TDP, $549
- Ryzen 7 5800X: 8 cores / 16 threads, 3.8GHz to 4.7GHz, 32MB L3 cache, 105W TDP, $449
- Ryzen 5 5600X: 6 cores / 12 threads, 3.7GHz to 4.6GHz, 32MB L3 cache, 65W TDP, $299
We are mostly interested in the single-threaded score, because that gets us closer to evaluating the architecture's performance to other chips, both from AMD and Intel (note that single-threaded performance and IPC are not the same thing). Here's a look...
It is also worth pointing out that this was accomplished on a testbed using DDR4-2400 memory. AMD's Ryzen processor generally perform best when paired with DDR4-3600 memory. Well, technically the "performance sweet spot," as AMD says, is DDR4-3733 where the Infinity Fabric is still tied to the memory clock at a 1:1 ratio, but DDR4-3600 kits are more common. I'm not sure how much this plays a role in CPU-Z's baked in benchmark, but if it does factor into the equation, the gap would be even bigger with faster memory.
Now let's have a look at the multi-threaded performance...
Compared to the Ryzen 7 3800XT (8C/16T, 3.9GHz to 4.7GHz, 32MB L3 cache, 105W TDP), the Ryzen 7 5800X distances itself in the multi-threaded benchmark run by more than 16 percent. And same goes for the Core i7-10700K (8C/16T, 3.8GHz to 5.1GHz, 16MB L3 cache, 125W TDP)—the Ryzen 7 5800X is around 16.5 percent faster, in this benchmark arrangement.
Simply put, this is yet another reason to be excited about the upcoming retail launch.