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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.