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AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D Review: A Worthy Successor To The Formidable Ryzen 7 5800X3D

Ryzen 7 7800X3D Review

It’s been almost a year since the release of the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, a powerful Zen 3 processor that knocked Intel off their perch when it comes to gaming performance.

Now, 3D V-Cache comes to Zen 4 with three processor options, the Ryzen 9 7950X3D, Ryzen 9 7900X3D, and the Ryzen 7 7800X3D. AMD has sent us the Ryzen 7 7800X3D for review, which features 3D V-Cache technology in an 8 core 16 threads processor.

What’s In The Box?

  • AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D processor
  • Sticker
  • Installation instructions and warranty information

AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D Specifications

Core Count8
Thread Count16
Base Clock4.2Ghz
Boost Clock5.0Ghz
L1 Cache512KB
L2 Cache8MB
L3 Cache96MB
ProcessTSMC 5nm FinFET
SocketAM5
TDP120W
Ryzen 7 7800X3D On Display

Thanks to the 3D V-Cache technology, the processor has a huge L3 cache of 96MB, which is 3 times more than the AMD Ryzen 5 7600. If you have no idea what L1, L2 or L3 cache means, they are basically super fast memory in the processor with the least latencies. Having a large L3 cache should in real usage terms, improve gaming performance, which had been demonstrated in the older Ryzen 7 5800X3D.

On the flipside, the maximum memory is limited to 5,200Mhz for dual channel dual rank. The TJMax temperature is set to 89°C, which is surprisingly lower than other Ryzen processors.

Test Bench Specifications

ProcessorRyzen 7 7800X3D
GPUZOTAC Gaming RTX 3070 AMP Holo
MotherboardGigabyte X670E Aorus master
RAMG.Skill Trident Z5 Neo DDR5 6,000Mhz 16GB x 2
StorageWD Black SN770 1TB
CPU CoolerCooler Master MasterLiquid PL360 Flux 30th Anniversary Edition
Power SupplyCooler Master XG 850 Platinum

Performance Benchmarks

ProcessorRyzen 7 7800X3DRyzen 9 7900X
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)18,23329,328
Cyberpunk 2077
1920 x 1080 | DX12 | Ray Tracing On
89 FPS86 FPS
The Witcher 3
1920 x 1080 | Ultra+ | Ray Tracing Quality
RTX Off: 83 FPS
RTX On: 52 FPS
RTX On + DLSS: 72 FPS
RTX Off: 77 FPS
RTX On: 46 FPS
RTX On + DLSS: 65 FPS
CS:GO
(Very High, 1080p, DX9)
368 FPS352 FPS

Overall, the gaming performance is slightly above the Ryzen 9 7900X, which is great especially considering the price point at launch. The Ryzen 9 7900X launched for $549, while the Ryzen 7 7800X3D just launched for $449. If you pair it with the latest generation GPUs, you can expect a larger performance gap thanks in part to the larger L3 cache.

However, the Ryzen 7 7800X3D lags behind in productivity as it has 4 less cores and 8 less threads. If you plan to get a processor for productivity purposes

Thermals

Ryzen 7 7800X3D Review

With Precision Boost Optimisation turned on, the AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D draws about 200 watts of power. With proper cooling however, I managed an average core temperature of 61°C.

Quirks

One issue I encountered was slow boot times with the Ryzen 7 7800X3D. It seems that this is a common issue among Zen 4 Ryzen processors, however this one in particular booted the slowest. I tried a fresh installation of Windows and it seemed to improve slightly.

Upon research, it seems that motherboard manufacturers are slowly launching AGESA BIOS updates to deal with this issue. Hopefully the problems will be resolved in due time.

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AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D Review: A Worthy Successor To The Formidable Ryzen 7 5800X3D 7

Final Thoughts

Ryzen 7 7800X3D Review

The AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D carries on the legacy of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D as among the best processors for gaming. While you can get more gaming performance by getting the higher powered 3D V-Cache variants such as the Ryzen 7 7950X, but frankly, you can get more frame rates by spending your money on a better GPU.

However, if you need a processor just for productivity, then you should look at non-X3D Ryzen processors that offer more cores, or Intel’s equivalent offerings.

For more information, please visit AMD’s official product page here.

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Part-time gamer, writer, & full time weird coffee person.

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