Gaming Performance: 720p and Lower

All of our game testing results, including other resolutions, can be found in our benchmark database: All gaming tests were with an RTX 2080 Ti.

For our gaming tests in this review, we re-benched the Ryzen 7 5800X processor to compare it directly against the newer Ryzen 7 5800X3D on Windows 11. All previous Ryzen 5000 processor were tested on Windows 10, while all of our Intel Alder Lake (12th Gen Core Series) testing was done on Windows 11.

We are using DDR4 memory at the following settings:

  • DDR4-3200

Civilization VI

(b-1) Civilization VI - 480p Min - Average FPS

(b-2) Civilization VI - 480p Min - 95th Percentile

Final Fantasy 14

(d-1) Final Fantasy 14 - 768p Min - Average FPS

Final Fantasy 15

(e-1) Final Fantasy 15 - 720p Standard - Average FPS

(e-2) Final Fantasy 15 - 720p Standard - 95th Percentile

World of Tanks

(f-1) World of Tanks - 768p Min - Average FPS

(f-2) World of Tanks - 768p Min - 95th Percentile

Borderlands 3

(g-1) Borderlands 3 - 360p VLow - Average FPS

(g-2) Borderlands 3 - 360p VLow - 95th Percentile

Far Cry 5

(i-1) Far Cry 5 - 720p Low - Average FPS

(i-2) Far Cry 5 - 720p Low - 95th Percentile

Gears Tactics

(j-1) Gears Tactics - 720p Low - Average FPS

(j-2) Gears Tactics - 720p Low - 95th Percentile

Grand Theft Auto V

(k-1) Grand Theft Auto V - 720p Low - Average FPS

(k-2) Grand Theft Auto V - 720p Low - 95th Percentile

Red Dead Redemption 2

(l-1) Red Dead 2 - 384p Min - Average FPS

(l-2) Red Dead 2 - 384p Min - 95th Percentile

Strange Brigade (DirectX 12)

(m-1) Strange Brigade DX12 - 720p Low - Average FPS

(m-2) Strange Brigade DX12 - 720p Low - 95th Percentile

Strange Brigade (Vulcan)

(n-1) Strange Brigade Vulkan - 720p Low - Average FPS

(n-2) Strange Brigade Vulkan - 720p Low - 95th Percentile

At 720p resolutions and lower, we are significantly (and intentionally) CPU limited. All of which gives the Ryzen 7 5800X3D and its 3D-Vache the chance to shine.

The addition of 3D V-Cache to one of AMD's mid-range chips makes the Ryzen 7 5800X3D a much more potent option in gaming, with much better performance consistently than the Ryzen 7 5800X. This is very much a best-case scenario for AMD, and as we'll see, won't be as applicable to more real-world results (where being GPU limited is more common). But it underscores why AMD is positioning the chip as a gaming chip: because many of these workloads do benefit from the extra cache (when they aren't being held-back elsewhere).

In any case, the 5800X3D compares favorably to its more direct competition, the Intel Core i9-12900K and Ryzen 9 5950X (which are both more expensive options). In AMD partnered titles, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D does extremely well.

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D Review Gaming Performance: 1080p
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  • Dark_wizzie - Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - link

    I've been benchmarking Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion, and it doesn't benefit a huge amount from cache. 12900k's the way to go. Very interesting. On other extreme, Fallout 4 benefits hugely from larger cache (50%).
  • abufrejoval - Monday, July 11, 2022 - link

    Buying a 5800X3D at near 5950X prices would be a bit painful for an IT professional like me: I'd always go the other direction (as I did before the 3D was available).

    But it was a no-brainer for my son, who only cares for having the best gaming experience that fits his budget.

    He upgraded from a Kaby Lake i7-7700K with DDR3-2400 to the 3D on a Gigabyte X570S UD with DDR4-4000 for his RTX 3070 and wears a constant smile since.

    Installation was a breeze, BIOS update easy (system even booted without it), XMP timings worked perfectly and RAM bandwidth is 55GB/s on Geekbench 4, best I ever measured. Windows 10 and near 100 games on 6 ports of SATA and 1 NVMe SSDs didn't even flinch at the new hardware.

    For that point in time several weeks ago, it was quite simply the best gaming platform for a reasonable amount of money and a simple air-cooled system that runs super-cool and Noctua quiet when the GPU tiger sleeps on 2D or movies.

    Yes, it will be outdated in a month or two, but that surely doesn't make in inadequate for some years (unless Microsoft pulls a Pluton stunt).

    And maturity means more time for games.

    I tend to spend more time on tinkering than gaming, but that's why having these choices is so great.
  • Gavin Bonshor - Friday, July 29, 2022 - link

    Hi everyone, I've seen the comments about some of the game data and I've investigated it just now. I found the issue and I've updated the gaming graphs with the correct data.

    I have also updated the correct data to bench. I plan to re-bench the Core i7-12700K and Core i5-12600K gaming results this weekend, so expect them to be updated in this review and the subsequent reviews.

    Apologies about the discrepancies, a genuine mistake where a tonne of data is concerned.
  • mcnabney - Tuesday, August 9, 2022 - link

    Sorry to necro this thread, but with Zen4 coming I would be curious to see how 5800X3D performs against 7700X specific to gaming. Getting to choose cheaper AM4 motherboards, much cheaper DDR4-3600 RAM (vs DDR5-6000) is going to impact the price/performance balance.

    Will the 5800X3D be the chip for gamers to choose instead of Zen4 in Q4 2022?

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