AMD Ryzen 7 3700X CPU Review

Application & Synthetic Testing

Sandra Memory Bandwidth

Note: All systems were run in dual channel mode using timings of 16,18,18,36@1T.

Given that all of these are dual-channel results, these numbers are all pretty close.

Sandra CPU Dhrystone

While many of the Intel options come out slightly ahead of our AMD test systems, especially while overclocked, the results are generally very close until you get to the 9900K, which is considerably more expensive and consumes a great deal more power.

PCMark 10

In this test, we can see our 3700X achieves a result of 6,390 points, which falls well short of our Intel test systems. This is one case where manually overclocking our 3700X sample achieved a considerable boost in performance, resulting in a score of 7,129.

WinRAR – Multithread

WinRAR is a weird test. While it does scale with additional threads, its still very much influenced by single-threaded performance. Core count matters, but it isn’t necessarily enough to sway the results towards a slower clocked CPU.

WinRAR – Single Thread

The Ryzen 7 3700X achieves a result that shames previous Ryzen 2000 series CPU’s and matches Intel’s Core i7 CPU’s almost precisely. Overclocked, it’s more in line with the overclocked 9900K, but not quite there.

wPrime v2.10

The results are pretty similar across most our test platforms with the Ryzen 7 3700X achieving a result of 237.77. It’s interesting to note that overclocking yielded worse results. We’ve often seen that with the 3000 series as the reduction in boost clocks for a slightly higher “all-core” overclock is generally not a good trade off.


The Ryzen 7 3700X offers a solid showing in this test. It manages to closely match or exceed the performance of the other test CPUs save for the 3900X, which obviously has a 4c/8t advantage.


Again, the similarly priced Intel CPU’s get slaughtered here. The 3700X comes out way ahead, and closely matches the Core i9 9900K, which is a CPU that is over $100 more expensive. Here, manually overclocking the Ryzen 7 3700X provides a very small increase in performance.

Cinebench R20 – Multithread

Again, the 3700X is extremely competitive with Intel’s upper echelon offering and smashes the similarly priced offerings.

Cinebench R20 – Single Thread

Cinebench R20 is a test that AMD always does very well at. Again, the 3700X is extremely close to higher end Intel offerings, but matches the similarly priced ones as well. The Core i7 9700 non-K, is no match for the 3700X either.

Adobe After Effects CC – Puget Systems Benchmark

As with many of the productivity applications, overclocking the 3700X does have a positive impact on performance. At stock speeds, it matches the Core i7 9700K exactly while at stock speeds. When overclocked, the Intel systems pull well ahead due to Intel’s clock speed advantage.


Here, AMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X greatly outperforms all the Intel CPU’s anywhere near its price range. The much more expensive 9900K is only slightly faster at 5.0GHz, meaning it loses to the 3700X at stock speeds as well.


This was a test with very unexpected results. The results we saw where consistently as good or better on our Ryzen 7 3700X than they were on the 3900X, which was surprising. Multiple test runs were performed, the configuration double and triple checked. Always with the same range of results.

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