Recently we have looked two vastly different models in the AMD Ryzen 3000-series stack. The budget friendly Ryzen 5 3400G and the Ryzen 5 3600X. Of these two only the Ryzen 5 3600X is a Zen 2 based model, however as it is ‘only’ a six core / twelve thread CPU it does not have a fully activated ‘CCD’ chiplet. Instead 1 quarter of the processor cores in the central processing chiplet are laser cut (or one of the four CCX’s laser cut depending on how you look at things). Today we are going to put the Ryzen 7 3800X under the microscope as this processor boasts one fully enabled CCD.
As it does have four CCX’s / one CCD chiplet fully activated it not only offers 8C/16T worth of processing horsepower, but also has more low level L1 cache. Due to the way the AMD Ryzen 3000-series product stack works it also promises more out of the box / stock performance and more performance boosting headroom than the similar core/thread count Ryzen 7 3700X model.. thanks to a higher TDP of 105watts instead of 65Watts. This ability to push things harder and faster is because it goes through more factory testing and only the cream of the crop CCD’s become Ryzen 7 3800X, while the 7 3700X get second pick of the CCDs. Of course, as this is a higher end processor it should come as no surprise that it does come with a bit more of a price-premium. Namely it has an MSRP of $350 compared to the Ryzen 7 3700X’s $329 MSRP.