Synthetic System Benchmarks

We are going to start with synthetic system application benchmarks on this page. Gaming performance will be shown later on. In the graphs, AMD Ryzen 7 5800X PBO indicates Precision Boost Override being enabled in the BIOS for a +200MHz official AMD PBO overclock. Otherwise, AMD Ryzen 7 5800X represents default CPU performance without PBO. The Ryzen 7 3700X is also tested at default, without PBO.

PCMark 10

Standard PCMark Benchmark

AMD Ryzen 7 5800x versus Ryzen 7 3700X PCMark 10 Standard PCMark Benchmark

In this first graph, we are looking at PCMark 10 standard benchmark test, which is an overall system test.  PCMark 10 runs a gauntlet of different office, content creation, and desktop workloads.  Typical, non-gaming stuff. In this graph, we can see that the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X is 14% faster than the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X. Adding PBO does not improve performance much in this benchmark, only by less than 1%.

PCMark Application Benchmark

AMD Ryzen 7 5800x versus Ryzen 7 3700X PCMark 10 Applications Benchmark

In this graph, we are looking at PCMark 10’s Applications Benchmark.  This test is very specific, it tests the performance of Microsoft Office, using Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and even Edge.  We have found this test to be rather sensitive to clock speed instead of core count. The performance difference is much larger in these office applications, the Ryzen 7 5800X is 20% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X. This holds up to the claim of the 19% IPC increase AMD claimed with Zen 3. Adding PBO adds about 1% more performance.

Geekbench 5

AMD Ryzen 7 5800x versus Ryzen 7 3700X Geekbench 5 Multi Core

Next up we have the latest version of Geekbench 5.  This benchmark tests overall CPU performance and can show us a result in both multi-core and single-core performance.  In the graph above we have the multi-core performance.  Both CPUs have the same core and thread count, but regardless Ryzen 7 5800X is 18% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X, once again holding up to that IPC improvement claim. Here, PBO is very insignificant on performance.

AMD Ryzen 7 5800x versus Ryzen 7 3700X Geekbench 5 Single Core

In this graph, we are now looking at single-core performance. The Ryzen 7 5800X is a whopping 29% faster on single-core performance, this is partly due to the IPC improvement and in part due to the clock speed frequency increase. Single-Core performance is where PBO affects performance more, at 3% higher performance with PBO due to higher sustained single-core clock frequencies on the 5800X.

PassMark PerformanceTEST

AMD Ryzen 7 5800x versus Ryzen 7 3700X PassMark PerformanceTEST CPU Mark

In PassMark’s PerformanceTEST we are using the CPU Mark only benchmark which benchmarks several CPU-related scenarios. The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X is 26% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X. This test takes into effect single-core and multi-core performance, so we see that be a big advantage toward the Ryzen 7 5800X. Adding PBO is again less than a 1% difference.

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  1. I built 4 systems for people using the 3700X. I was really hoping there would be a 5700X. Or they could drop the price on the 5800X, that would work too. 3700X and 5800X are both good CPUs, but the superiority of Zen 3 really shines through. I wasn’t expecting an article like this, nice surprise, thanks Brent.
  2. I’m on a 5800x for my gaming PC. Very happy. I came from a 3800x. Which seems silly, but who cares. HAHA
  3. Cool to see a side by side between the two. I had considered upgrading to a 5800X, but think I’ll hold on to my 3700X for a couple more years. At 1440P the gaming difference is probably 2-5%, so it really doesn’t make sense.

    Curious, why was PBO not enabled for the 3700X?

  4. So basically for gaming at ultra / 4K it is worthless to upgrade, thanks for that, now my itch to replace my 3700x is completely gone.
  5. It was a very nice incremental upgrade. The biggest benefits IMO were better RAM compatibility / higher RAM clocks, but the higher power envelope and clock speeds were nice.

    I wouldn’t see it as a necessary upgrading coming from Zen2+ either, but if you were on anything older (Haswell, for me), it was a very nice boost.

  6. I made the change from the 3700X to the 5800X and have enjoyed every single bit of improvements so far.
  7. So basically for gaming at ultra / 4K it is worthless to upgrade, thanks for that, now my itch to replace my 3700x is completely gone.

    Yeah.. That’s why I left my 3700X at home, and went with the upgrade for the work machine. I am noticing a good performance boost for my work applications for sure.

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