AMD‘s latest AM4 processor to hit the shelves, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D is perhaps the most important release AMD will do all year. While the processor isn’t actually out yet, it will be available starting April 20th, benchmarks for the 5800X3D have already been floating in the air for a while now. The review embargo lifts in two days but a Peruvian outlet by the name of Xanxo Gaming apparently does not care and has posted various benchmarks of the chip in the past few days.
Xanxo Gaming first bought us the synthetic tests in which the 5800X3D was put through professional applications and performed even worse than the standard Ryzen 7 5800X due to its lower clock speeds. Then, Xanxo Gaming posted a benchmark comparing the 5800X3D to Intel’s Core i9-12900K and 12900KS in Tomb Raider at very specific settings. The Ryzen chip bested Intel’s flagship processors by a long shot and left everyone eager for more gaming results.
Well, today is that day as Xanxo Gaming has gone head and posted their full review of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, two days before embargo lifts, and the review contains a bunch of gaming tests across a wide variety of popular titles. Xanxo Gaming compared the 5800X3D to Intel’s Core i9-12900K once again, but this time with fair variables. That means the test benches for both the Intel and AMD system were the exact same, bar the platforms of course.
The Intel test bench was equipped with a Core i9-12900KF and 32GB of CL14 DDR4 memory running at 3200Mhz inside a Z690 motherboard. Whereas, the AMD system was also equipped with 32GB of CL DDR4-3200 memory but inside a X570 motherboard. Both platforms shared the same GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founder’s Edition GPU. As you can already tell, the Intel system might be at a bit of a disadvantage here as Alder Lake benefits from having fast DDR5 memory, and even AMD can provide better performance with faster DDR4 memory, but here both the systems are limited to DDR4-3200.
Moreover, Xanxo gaming purchased the Ryzen 7 5800X3D from the retail market themselves so this wasn’t a review sample sent by AMD. In fact, Xanxo Gaming has previously said that they are banned by AMD. That’s one of the reasons as to why they are publishing this review unofficially ahead of the embargo because they have nothing to lose.
Coming to benchmarks now, Ryzen 7 5800X3D and Core i9-12900KF were tested in a total of 11 games at 1080p resolution, in which the 5800X3D managed to remain on-par with the 12900KF in 5 games. In the other 6 titles, the AMD chip actually bested the Core i9 by up to 29% (Final Fantasy 15) while maintaining an average of 10-15% lead over the Intel offering. The important bit here is that the 12900KF never once was able to beat the Ryzen 5800X3D.
This win is even more impressive when you take into account the sheer price difference. The Ryzen 7 5800X3D will retail for $449 USD which was the previous price for the standard Ryzen 7 5800X, whereas the Core i9-12900KF costs at least $570 USD. So, there’s more than a 100-dollar discrepancy in price here yet the cheaper CPU is still faster. Not only that, the 12900KF actually has the lead in core configuration as well. It boasts 16-cores and 24-threads compared to the 5800X3D’s 8-cores and 16-threads, albeit the Ryzen chip has a lot more cache.
That cache is really what’s winning these tests for AMD. Jumping from 32MB L3 cache of the 5800X to 96MB in the 5800X3D, the chip gains a massive performance boost in gaming. The cache actually isn’t helpful in any other application, that’s why the initial synthetic benchmarks were so disappointing, so it makes sense that AMD marketed this solely to gamers and called it the “world’s fastest gaming processor“.
AMD’s 3D V-Cache technology is behind this performance improvement. By stacking layers of cache on top of the core chiplets themselves, AMD nearly tripled the CPU’s memory while not taking up any more space at the same time. The 5800X3D was a sort of experiment by AMD to see if this technology could really work in the mainstream before it can make its way over to more SKUs across an entire lineup.
Current rumors suggest that AMD’s next-gen Zen 4 processors, the biggest leap in Ryzen since its inception, will feature 3D V-Cache, or at least a version of it, across the board. This will on top of the new and improved AM5 platform, and iGPUs populating every CPU, similar to Intel. With all that behind Ryzen 7000, it certainly is building up to be the company’s most important CPU release, maybe ever.
Back to the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, the tests you saw above were conducted at 720p and 1080p resolutions with the game settings specifically tuned to make the game as CPU-reliant as possible. This will allow the outlet to conduct the most fair test possible to evaluate the processor. Of course, realistically, no one with a 5800X3D or a Core i9 will be playing at 720p, but as we go up the resolution ladder, the game becomes more and more GPU-reliant, at which point the CPU cannot be tested accurately since its involvement is so low.
Moreover, Xanxo Gaming did an interesting experiment with the Alder Lake CPU in which they swapped out the 3200Mhz DDR4 memory in favor of a slightly faster 3600Mhz kit, and low and behold, that improved the results. The Core i9-12900KF gained 11FPS with the faster memory, but was still trailing the Ryzen 5800X3D by a very long margin, as you can see below.
Nonetheless, this is the full list of games that Xanxo Gaming tested that you can see in the benchmark pictures attached above:
- Assassin’s Creed Origins
- Borderlands 3 (DX12)
- Control (DX12)
- Death Stranding
- F1 2020
- Metro Exodus
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider (DX12)
- Shadow of War
- Strange Brigade (DX12 – Async ON)
- The Witcher 3
All of these are pretty resource-intensive titles so they give the CPU a hard time by stressing it to its limit, and with the settings customized to maximize CPU usage anyways, the tests start to look pretty well-representative.
All in all, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D is looking like a serious contender for the best gaming CPU on the market. But, we cannot judge it based off of only a few gaming benchmarks from one outlet, especially those that don’t maximize the potential of the Alder Lake CPUs. Reviews that pit the 5800X3D against a Core i9 with fast DDR5 memory and a less CPU-reliant scenario will produce results more reflective of real-world performance that will impact consumer’s buying decisions.
Moreover, the pictures posted above are only of the 1080p benchmarks, which are a little more viable than 720p benchmarks, however you can check them out on Xanxo Gaming’s website if you wish to. The 720p benchmarks also paint a similar picture as AMD’s chip either trumps or matches the Core i9-12900KF in every single game, except for one, Strange Brigade, in which Intel has a slight lead.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D is slated to release on April 20th with the review embargo set to lift on April 14th. Reviews will come flooding in two days later and give us a better idea of the CPU’s performance. As of now, as it stands, AMD’s claim of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D being the world’s fastest gaming processor so far have not been proved wrong, and the best part is, the Core i9-12900K isn’t even the main competitor of the 5800X3D, that title goes to the Core i7-12700K as it is exists in the same price bracket as the AMD chip.