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AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT vs Intel Core i7-10700K Review: Matisse 2.0

Although the Zen 3 based Ryzen 4000 CPUs remain on track for a late 2020 launch, AMD has decided to bridge the gap between Matisse and Vermeer with a half-generation upgrade, codenamed Matisse 2.0. Although to many of you, the Ryzen 3000XT may simply seem like better-binned variants of the existing 3000 parts, AMD claims that the new chips are based on an improved version of TSMC’s N7 process (not 7nm+ mind you). As such, you can expect higher boost clocks, better boost residency, of course, better overall performance.

CPURyzen 5 3600XRyzen 5 3600XTRyzen 7 3800XRyzen 7 3800XTRyzen 9 3900XRyzen 9 3900XT
Base Clock3.8 GHz3.8 GHz3.9 GHz3.9 GHz3.8 GHz3.8 GHz
Boost Clock4.4 GHz4.5 GHz4.5 GHz4.7 GHz4.6 GHz4.7 GHz
L3 Cache32 MB32 MB32 MB32 MB64 MB64 MB
TDP95W95W105W105W105W105W
Price$224$249$339$399$429$499

Keep in mind that the Ryzen 3000XT processors aren’t for people who already own a Matisse CPU. Instead, they’re targeted towards DIYers looking to build a gaming or content-creation build, but can’t quite wait for Zen 3. It’s simply an incremental upgrade over Zen 2 at the same price rather than a replacement.

Test Bench

  • CPU Cooling Solution: NZXT Kraken X73
  • GPU: Zotac GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP
  • Mobo: ASRock X570 Taichi
  • Memory: Trident Z Royal 8GB x2 (3600MHz CL16)

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Gaming Benchmarks: Ryzen 7 3800XT vs Core i7-10700K

We’ll primarily be comparing the Ryzen 7 3800XT against Intel’s 10th Gen Core i7-10700K which is selling for around $500 (retail) at the moment. The performance scores for the Ryzen 7 3700X, Ryzen 5 3600X will also be included. Apologies for the lack of 3800X benchmarks, we didn’t have a unit on hand at the time of review. Let’s have a look at the gaming benchmarks first, followed by content creation tests and finally a look at the clock scaling and residency:

It looks like Intel will hold onto its advantage in gaming for the time being, at least on paper. In reality, these deltas are too small to be perceived during a heated gaming session, even if you consider the 1% and 0.1% lows. The Ryzen 7 3800XT benefits the most from games like Assassins’ Creed and Shadow of the Tomb Raider which scale well with core counts as well as the frequencies. Other titles like Metro Exodus and Deus Ex fail to see any notable improvement.

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Content Creation and Productivity

Higher is Better
Lower is Better

Content creation workloads like rendering have always been AMD’s forte thanks to superior multi-threaded grunt. The Ryzen 7 3800XT erases the gains brought by the Core i7-10700K over the 9700K and we’re basically where we were a few months prior to the 10th Gen launch.

Higher is Better
Higher is Better

LZMA compression and decompression applications like 7zip see a solid boost with the Ryzen 7 3800XT, increasing the lead over the 10700K by around 25%.

Higher is Better
Lower is Better

Mozilla Kraken has always been a balanced browser test, seeing equal gains from higher core counts and frequencies. The 3800XT is around 6-7% faster than both the Ryzen 7 3700X as well as the Core i7-10700K. Regardless, like most office and browsing workloads, the deltas here are too insignificant to pick a “winner”.

Benchmarks continue on page 2…

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Areej

Computer Engineering dropout (3 years), writer, journalist, and amateur poet. I started Techquila while in college to address my hardware passion. Although largely successful, it suffered from many internal weaknesses. Left and now working on Hardware Times, a site purely dedicated to.Processor architectures and in-depth benchmarks. That's what we do here at Hardware Times!
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