AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D vs AMD Ryzen 9 7950X CPU Performance

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AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D CPU and AMD Ryzen 9 7950X CPU

Introduction

AMD launched its Ryzen 9 7950X3D CPU with 3D V-Cache on February 27th, 2023. This $699.00 Zen 4-based CPU takes the Ryzen 7000 series and ups the ante with a large 128MB of L3 cache meant to boost gaming performance. AMD does this by incorporating this extra 3D V-Cache on one of the 8-core CCD dies, while the other 8-core CCD die does not have this built on top. In this way, AMD provides a 16-core/32-thread CPU that is able to boost up to 5.7GHz for normal workloads, but yet can also benefit gaming performance by moving games over the CCD die with the 3D V-Cache.

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At 5.7GHz boost, the Ryzen 9 7950X3D matches the boost clock of the Ryzen 9 7950X for work applications. However, the caveat is that this only applies for 8 of the cores, as it is only on that one die without 3D V-Cache that it can boost that high. Therefore, if you are running multi-threading applications that exceed 8-cores, it will utilize the other 8-core CCD that has the 3D V-Cache on it, and that particular CCD will not boost as high.

Therefore the question is, how will the Ryzen 9 7950X3D compare in performance versus the Ryzen 9 7950X when it comes to regular, work-related, and content-related normal, computer applications that are outside of gaming? That is what we will explore in this review. This is a review comparing Ryzen 9 7950X3D versus Ryzen 9 7590X in application benchmarks. If you want to see how these two CPUs shape up in terms of gaming performance, please read our AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D Gaming Performance CPU Review. This review is purely a comparison of application performance comparing multi-threading and single-threading performance.

ModelCores/ThreadsBoost / Base FrequencyTotal CacheTDP
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D16C/32TUp to 5.7 GHz / 4.2 GHz144MB120W
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X16C/32TUp to 5.7 GHz / 4.5 GHz81MB170W

Test Setup

Installation follows the instructions we outlined here. For the AM5 platform, we are using an AMD-provided test platform ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR X670E HERO motherboard with the AMD-provided BIOS 9922 and AMD-provided G.SKILL Trident Z5 Neo DDR5 at 6000MHz and CL30 running in EXPO I and an MSI MEG CORELIQUID S360 AIO cooler. We are using the new AMD-supplied Chipset driver 5.02.16.347 which was installed for the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D and AMD Ryzen 9 7950X.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW

Performance
8
Efficiency (Perf per Watt)
10
Features
10
Value
6

SUMMARY

We compare the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D versus AMD Ryzen 9 7950X in the application and synthetic benchmark comparisons. In this application-focused review, we find out the overall big picture of the Ryzen 9 7950X3D when it comes to application performance. The CPU fell behind the Ryzen 9 7950X between 2%-10% in multi-threaded performance. However, it did equal it in single-threaded performance. It had much better performance per Watt efficiency and operated at lower power while being loaded with features. Considering the higher price for the Ryzen 9 7950X3D compared to Ryzen 9 7950X, we find the 7950X has better value for content creators and office application work.
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Former managing editor of GPUs at HardOCP for 18 years, Brent Justice has been reviewing computer components since the late 90s, educated in the art and method of the computer hardware review, he brings experience, knowledge, and hands-on testing with a gamer-oriented and hardware enthusiast perspective. You can follow him on Twitter - @Brent_Justice You can sub to his YouTube channel - Justice Gaming https://www.youtube.com/c/JusticeGamingChannel You can check out his computer builds on KIT - @BrentJustice https://kit.co/BrentJustice

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We compare the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D versus AMD Ryzen 9 7950X in the application and synthetic benchmark comparisons. In this application-focused review, we find out the overall big picture of the Ryzen 9 7950X3D when it comes to application performance. The CPU fell behind the Ryzen 9 7950X between 2%-10% in multi-threaded performance. However, it did equal it in single-threaded performance. It had much better performance per Watt efficiency and operated at lower power while being loaded with features. Considering the higher price for the Ryzen 9 7950X3D compared to Ryzen 9 7950X, we find the 7950X has better value for content creators and office application work.AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D vs AMD Ryzen 9 7950X CPU Performance